December 23, 2014

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Mixed Martial Arts: Local fighter OK after collapsing in ring from dehydration

Marcus Washington was heading down a dangerous road during his mixed martial arts fight last Friday night at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Sheffield, but nobody that was along for the ride was able to see the signs. “In the middle of the second round, I stopped sweating,” Washington said. “My trainer was too Read More…

Pitcher in a pinch: Former Vermilion star sues over suspension

Former Vermilion baseball star Andy Oliver just wants to clear his name and get back on the mound, according to the lawyer who filed a lawsuit for him last month. But the suit also opens a window on a power struggle between groups interested in representing a talented and potentially very rich young man and Read More…

Mixed Martial Arts: Elyria’s Washington gets draw, then collapses from “extreme fatigue,” according to manager

SHEFFIELD — Marcus Washington fought out of a pair of arm bars, a deep triangle choke and a third round filled with flurries of punches to come away with a technical draw during Round 2 of the Quaker Fight Series on Friday night. Washington, a 170-pound fighter with Elyria’s Team Powerhouse, dominated the first two Read More…

Elyrian says mixed martial arts saved his life

SHEFFIELD — The casual sports fan might take a look at a mixed martial arts fight and think the sport is violent and breeds violent behavior. But for Superior Cage Fighting general manager Nate White, the sport softened him and proved to be his salvation. “I was headed toward one of two things — prison Read More…

Indians: LaPorta stays calm despite being thrust into spotlight

AKRON — All-Stars Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee wouldn’t be on the roster if the Indians hadn’t traded away ace Bartolo Colon. Travis Hafner and Franklin Gutierrez landed in Cleveland as parts of offseason trades. Even starting pitcher Jake Westbrook was one of the throw-in players when Cleveland shipped David Justice to the New York Read More…

Summit NHRA Nationals: Doug Herbert gets emotional victory, his first since death of his sons in auto accident

NORWALK — The second annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals began under a cloud of sorrow as the death of driver Scott Kalitta less than a week earlier still weighed heavily on the hearts of everyone. The video tributes, T-shirts and memorial signs were all heartfelt, but the emotional apex wasn’t fully reached until Top Read More…

Summit NHRA Nationals notes: Elyria’s Dave and Ray Connolly have changed roles over the years

NORWALK — One of the most endearing sights this weekend at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park has been the young children crowding around the drivers’ trailers, eagerly hoping to get an autograph or picture with their sports hero. About two decades ago, one of those heroes was the enthusiastic kid soaking in the thrills of Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Elyria’s Connolly looking for good showing, needs to make up ground in points standings

NORWALK — Dave Connolly knows he needs to take advantage of every opportunity he has to gain points in the standings after missing the first five races of the season. No opportunity could be more important for the Elyria native than this morning’s first-round Pro Stock matchup with Warren Johnson at the second annual Summit Read More…

NHRA Nationals notes: Sportsman division has hometown feel with three local drivers competing

NORWALK — Area drag racing fans flocked to Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park this weekend to take in the second annual NHRA Nationals. A few of them even brought their racecars and joined the fun. A trio of drivers took part in the Sportsman division races — North Ridgeville’s David Weber competed in the Top Read More…

NHRA: Elyria’s Dave Connolly feels at home in Norwalk

CLEVELAND — Dave Connolly won the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals event in Norwalk last season, and is one of the favorites to win it again this weekend. “I’ve probably made more laps down this track than any other Pro Stock racer on the circuit,” Connolly said. Connolly grew up in Elyria and began Read More…