March 27, 2015

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Reds leave Indians feeling ill after first sweep in series since ’08

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CINCINNATI — The Cleveland Indians reached the midpoint of their annual intrastate series with one clear impression: It’s not going well in any way. They got swept by a Reds team so sick at the start of the series that manager Dusty Baker hardly had anyone on the bench next to him. Brandon Phillips hit Read More…

Ohio unemployment down for 10th month in a row

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in May for the 10th consecutive month, reaching its lowest point since October 2008 as the national rate increased slightly, officials said today. The state Department of Job and Family Services said seasonally adjusted joblessness in Ohio decreased from 7.4 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May, and Read More…

Heat hold off Thunder, tie series at a game apiece

OKLAHOMA CITY  — LeBron James has seen his share of great starts turn into faulty finishes. So with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh providing the help he needed, he wasn’t letting another one get away Thursday night. James scored 32 points, got a disputed big stop on Kevin Durant and the Miami Heat held off Read More…

Ex-Indian Brandon Phillips burns old teammates

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CINCINNATI — The Cleveland Indians gave up on Brandon Phillips at the start of the 2006 season. He’s been getting back at them ever since. The Gold Glove second baseman helped the Cincinnati Reds get through their illness with another strong game against his former team, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs Read More…

Reds righty allows a run in first, then slams door on Tribe

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DENVER — Brandon Moss has put on quite a power display since being recalled by the Oakland Athletics. Moss hit two home runs, Bartolo Colon settled down after a rough start to pitch effectively for five innings, and the Athletics beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Tuesday night. Since coming up from Triple-A Sacramento last Read More…

Hundreds of rolls of toilet paper spill on highway as semi catches fire

PERRYSBURG — The State Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer hauling 10 tons of toilet paper caught fire on a highway in northwest Ohio, temporarily blocking southbound traffic as rescuers responded to the scene. Troopers say the fire last night began when the trailer air lines dislodged and ignited as the vehicle was traveling along Interstate Read More…

Bill on youth sports head injuries heads to Ohio House

COLUMBUS — Legislation aimed at protecting young athletes with head injuries is headed to the full Ohio House. A committee passed the bill yesterday with some changes. The Columbus Dispatch reports legislators have been trying to balance liability and responsibility issues in the proposed rules. The bill would require pulling young players from action if Read More…

Police: Boy called in bomb threat to Jet Express ferry

PORT CLINTON — Police say a bomb threat received by a Lake Erie ferry service turned out to be an apparent prank by a juvenile. Media outlets report an employee at Jet Express in Port Clinton told police early yesterday that a person speaking in an accent called and said the al-Qaida terrorist group was Read More…

Human trafficking bill poised to clear Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS — An Ohio bill that increases penalties for human trafficking and creates a fund to help victims is expected to clear one of its final legislative hurdles. The bill would create a path for human trafficking victims to have their records expunged if they have prostitution or solicitation charges as a result of being Read More…

Well-placed pop fly carries Kent to first trip to College World Series

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EUGENE, Ore. — Jimmy Rider drove in the winning run with a shallow pop fly that landed just inside the left-field foul line in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Kent State to a 3-2 win over Oregon on Monday night and sending the Golden Flashes to their first College World Series. Rider’s hit off Read More…