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Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer fail to impress in Browns’ 24-23 preseason loss to Redskins

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LANDOVER, Md. — Talk about not living up to the hype. The duel between Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel against Washington on Monday night at FedExField disappointed in almost unimaginable fashion because neither player made strides nor a strong case he should become the starter heading into the upcoming season. The veteran and Read More…

Indians blank Yankees but injuries to key players cause concern

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall, left, congratulates teammate Jose Ramirez at home plate after Chisenhall scored on a two-run home run by Ramirez. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NEW YORK — Right-hander Corey Kluber continued his roll, rookie shortstop Jose Ramirez hit his first major league homer (with his parents in town from the Dominican Republic) and the Indians picked up a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd in Yankee Stadium. But the good feelings Read More…

Waiting period may complicate Cavs’ deal for Love

Kevin Love

When the Cleveland Cavaliers receive the paperwork on Andrew Wiggins’ signed contract, which is expected Thursday, the clock on a tedious 30-day waiting period that could drastically alter the future of the franchise will officially begin ticking. Forget about fantasies here. If the Cavs are going to consummate a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Read More…

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…