January 28, 2015


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…

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown happy to defend his offense

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, left, talks with Kyrie Irving against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

In the hours after the Cavaliers acquired Spencer Hawes, the new center told Mike Brown he had a good understanding of what the Cavs did offensively because he had just played them as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brown joked that if he read the scouting report, he essentially knew all the Cavaliers did Read More…

Indians’ prospect Francisco Lindor healthy, biding his time

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Francisco Lindor quietly sat on the stool in front of his locker in the clubhouse of the Cleveland Indians spring training complex, listening intently to the guy who’d just plopped down next to him and was loudly chattering away. The person the Indians’ No. 1 prospect (according to Baseball America) was smiling Read More…

Commentary: Bode Miller no longer invincible, just human

Joint bronze medal winner Bode Miller of the United States passes a gate in the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SOCHI, Russia — As Bode Miller grows more vulnerable he becomes more lovable.
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Cavaliers find needed energy, down Wizards to snap six-game losing streak in first outing since firing of general manager

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters shoots over Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat. Waiters had 24 points and the Cavaliers won 115-113. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — After playing like zombies for the better part of the past two weeks, the Cleveland Cavaliers arrived Friday night at Verizon Center locked in, focused and actually interested in playing basketball. How much that had to do with the events of Thursday are debatable, but regardless, the longest losing streak of the season Read More…

25 things to know that will make the 2014 Games more interesting

Though Bode Miller is the headliner, Ted Ligety, above, is the U.S. skier to watch. He left the Vancouver Games without a medal and is determined it won’t happen again. (AP photo)

Lindsey Vonn missing the Olympics is like Kobe Bryant sitting out the All-Star Game. There’s still plenty to see. How will aging Russian hero Yevgeny Plushenko fare in figure skating? Will Shani Davis catch history, and what’s going on with Canada’s women’s hockey team? While there is a lot of focus on security at the Read More…

State of the Union: Obama calls for year of action, with or without help from Congress

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama looked to revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday, outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the widening gap between rich and poor. He offered a mix of new and old ideas in his annual State of the Union address, calling for Read More…