June 27, 2016

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Lake Erie Crushers: Players bios and Frontier League capsules

THE PLAYERS Brian Chambers POSITION: Pitcher HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 225 BIRTHDATE: Aug. 14, 1983 THROWS: Right BATS: Right COLLEGE: Florida State HIGH SCHOOL: Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) NOTABLE: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Angels in 2007. Played for the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League last season. As a Read More…

Minor league baseball: Frontier League getting bigger, better

Most area baseball fans are still brushing up on their Lake Erie Crushers knowledge, and have yet to learn much about the Frontier League in which the independent franchise competes. Even the Crushers themselves, beginning their inaugural season, are still becoming acquainted with the league. “My history before this was with affiliated ball, so it’s Read More…

Cavaliers commentary: Add ‘The Flop’ to list of Cleveland disappointments

Cleveland sports fans have seen “The Drive” and “The Fumble” and “The Shot” … and a ton of other moments that didn’t receive a nickname but ripped out the heart of the city. Now you can add “The Flop.” No, not the defensive maneuver Anderson Varejao — and Ben Wallace and Mo Williams, according to Read More…

High school football: Area’s college hopefuls get own combine

Lorain County is entering the proactive world of college football recruiting. The county’s first college combine for local scholastic players will be held June 6 at Oberlin High School. Oberlin head coach Dave McFarland and assistant coach Lester Allen led the effort to create the combine after getting positive feedback at a county coaches meeting. Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Mo Williams lives up to sidekick status in Game 5 win over Magic

CLEVELAND – This is the kind of postseason performance the Cavaliers envisioned when they made the offseason trade for point guard Mo Williams. They needed an All-Star-quality playmaker who could double as a scoring threat — somebody to step up and make life a bit easier for superstar LeBron James. They needed a Robin to Read More…

High school tennis: Westlake freshman Buffington has score to settle at state tournament

Colton Buffington has one more loss to avenge this season, and he`s hoping he`ll do it during the quarterfinals at the Division I state singles tournament this weekend. The Westlake freshman avenged his lone regular-season loss when he defeated Kenston sophomore Nolan Marks in the second round of the district tournament at Oberlin College last Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Cavaliers’ key to success against the Magic is to get aggressive and stay aggressive

If there`s anything Cleveland should take from Friday night`s 96-95 win over the Orlando Magic, it`s that the Cavaliers are at their best when they show aggression on both ends of the floor. LeBron James provided his normal dozen or so highlight-reel drives, Sasha Pavlovic made Orlando`s interior defense look silly several times and even Read More…

Pavlovic gets confidence boost from LeBron, then provides offensive and defensive spark off the bench

CLEVELAND – LeBron James got his wish, and the Cleveland fans got a show during the first half of the Cavaliers` 96-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. James called for Cavaliers coach Mike Brown to give reserve swingman Sasha Pavlovic more minutes off the bench after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Super first half turns sour on Cavs

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers were perfectly happy letting Superman fly all over the court during the first half of their Eastern Conference finals opener against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Cavs were content to let Dwight Howard get his points, rebounds and blocked shots, just as long as Howard`s supporting cast was Read More…

High school tennis notes: Division I district qualifiers know their foes, think it will help

The chances of winning your opening match in the district tennis tournament are greatly increased when you win the sectional title and earn a No. 1 seed. It also helps if you know your opponents going in and have time to formulate a strong game plan. Such will be the case for Westlake`s Colton Buffington Read More…