November 22, 2014

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Cavs banking on LeBron as other free agents sign with teams

LeBron James

This might not have been the plan at the start of free agency, but with a number of other options beginning to fade, the Cavaliers are suddenly facing another boom or bust scenario with LeBron James. When James departed the Cavs four years ago, they were left in a position of weakness. A number of Read More…

National Guard border duty faces hazy future

A National Guard soldier monitors a screen showing thermal imaging of the ground below as the Guard flies in support of Border Patrol agents on the ground near Laredo, Texas, on May 19. McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS PHOTOS

LAREDO, Texas — A few hours after dusk, three National Guard soldiers and a U.S. Border Patrol agent emerge from a hulking metal hangar in what looks like an abandoned corner of the Laredo airport and prepare for another night of hunting along the Rio Grande. They board a lightweight Lakota helicopter, outfitted with a Read More…

Corey Kluber shines as Indians bang out season-high 22 hits

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana slides safely into home plate Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

TORONTO — In spring training, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona often spoke of how fun it would be to watch right-hander Corey Kluber grow. This must have been what Francona was talking about. But even then, Francona might not have realized he had a budding strikeout machine in his midst. Wednesday night at Rogers Centre, Read More…

Things go a little batty for Indians in loss to Blue Jays

Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole and the Indians’ Carlos Santana look to the home plate umpire for the call as Thole tags out Santana at home plate in the eighth inning. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO — While questions continue to swirl this season over the new rule regarding home-plate collisions, a bat that fell in the wrong place at the wrong time thwarted the Indians’ chances of a comeback Tuesday night. Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera threw out Carlos Santana at the plate in the top of Read More…

Cavs commentary: Irving talking a lot, but can’t quiet rumors he wants out

Kyrie Irving

Before and after games lately, Kyrie Irving is still shooting. At Josh Gordon, at the media. Irving is firing back. A turbulent Cavaliers season began to tremble again in recent days. Just when peace and harmony seemed restored with hand pounds and back slaps — within the Cavs’ roster, within Irving and Dion Waiters — Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says there’s no guarantee team will take a quarterback with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft

Cleveland Borwns head coach Mike Pettine answers questions from reporters during the AFC head coaches breakfast at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Browns coach Mike Pettine conceded starting a rookie quarterback next season is “a possibility,” but that doesn’t mean the franchise will draft a quarterback fourth overall on May 8. “The fourth pick, I think, there’s going to be some outstanding players available,” Pettine said Tuesday during an hour-long group interview at the Read More…

Indians’ Mike Aviles has the talent, versatility and team-first attitude to be the perfect role player

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles jogs home after a solo home run off. Aviles' ability to play just about any position keeps his spot on the roster secure. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — After infielder Mike Aviles started in center field March 16 against the Chicago Cubs, he had a brief conversation with Indians manager Terry Francona. The exchange Aviles recounted revealed his willingness to do anything to help his team, even though he wasn’t sure he’d met Francona’s standards. “How did you feel?” Francona asked Read More…

Indians catcher, Olympic champion wife have gold medal love story

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — When Cleveland Indians catcher Matt Treanor met his future wife, three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, he was 27, broke and living with his parents down the street from Disneyland. He had no inkling that a romance fit for a Walt Disney movie was in store. It was 2003 and Read More…

Indians: Mental toughness is Cody Allen’s strong point

Cleveland Indians' Cody Allen delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in a spring exhibition game Friday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

MESA, Ariz. — In just one season at High Point University, Indians reliever Cody Allen felt what mental toughness means. His coach, Craig Cozart, put the Panthers through brutal conditioning drills. Allen still recalls the first day of fall workouts, when Cozart made them run 1½ miles in less than 10 minutes. “I’m not exactly Read More…

Brantley earning praise from Indians teammates, coach

Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley bats during a spring exhibition baseball game. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — To many Indians fans, Michael Brantley is a quiet, nondescript guy who has nothing that sets him apart except a nickname given to him by a sportswriter. But don’t voice that opinion in front of teammates Jason Giambi or Nick Swisher. Giambi, 43, who has more than 18 years of major league Read More…