July 31, 2014


Reciever Charles Johnson has real chance to make Browns team this year

Charles Johnson

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t pull any punches during his first meeting with wide receiver Charles Johnson. “I told him I didn’t know much about him, but I went on You Tube and watched his Grand Valley State highlights,” Pettine said. “They were impressive. You could see he was worth taking a peek Read More…

Craig Hertler’s first-inning homer provides spark as Crushers cruise past ThunderBolts

Lake Erie Crushers' Craig Hertler watches his first-inning shot clear the fence Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — A 2-4 road trip capped by a series sweep at Schaumburg had the Lake Erie Crushers in a bad mood Wednesday. It didn’t take long for them to start feeling better. Craig Hertler led off the bottom of the first with a home run — his first of the season — over the Read More…

Tiger Woods focused on winning at Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods watches his drive on the fourth hole during practice for the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

AKRON — Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started. The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000 on his way Read More…

Paints’ tough lefty handles Ironmen

Lorain County’s Cody Semler forces Chillicothe’s Ronnie Dawson and throws on 
to first for the double play in the first inning of Wednesday’s game at The Pipe Yard. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — With both their leading hitter and hottest hitter on the bench, the Lorain County Ironmen faced one of the top pitchers in the Prospect League on Wednesday at The Pipe Yard. Infielder Taylor Emody, who leads the Ironmen with a .299 average, is getting over a hip injury while third baseman Billy Salem, Read More…

Indians Corey Kluber outduels Mariners ‘King’ Felix Hernandez

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Though they traded their ace to St. Louis, the Indians appear to be in good hands with Corey Kluber atop their rotation. As he has done all season, Kluber pitched like a No. 1 starter, outdueling one of the majors’ best in Seattle’s Felix Hernandez on Wednesday night to push Cleveland to a Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber takes over as ace

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — T.J. House will replace Justin Masterson in the rotation, but right-hander Corey Kluber will take over as the Indians’ ace now that Masterson has been traded. Truth be told, Kluber had earned the title long before Masterson was dealt to the Cardinals on Wednesday. He has been one of the American League’s best Read More…

Indians: Justin Masterson traded to St. Louis for prospect


CLEVELAND — After his discount long-term contract offer was rejected this spring, Justin Masterson probably felt his days in Cleveland were numbered. Wednesday, the Indians traded the right-hander to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey, bringing an end to Masterson’s tenure with the Tribe — a stint that began when Cleveland Read More…

More tickets offered for LeBron’s homecoming

A large electronic billboard in Cleveland welcomes back NBA basketball star LeBron James Friday after he announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years with the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

AKRON (AP) — LeBron James’ Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday, and fans claimed Read More…

Rory McIlroy wants to build on British Open victory

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, responds during an interview at the World Golf Championships, Bridgestone Invitational,Tuesday, in Akron. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

AKRON — The claret jug is not out of sight. Rory McIlroy is just trying to get it out of his mind. McIlroy had plenty of fun with golf’s oldest trophy after his wire-to-wire win in the British Open. He celebrated with friends in England, took the jug out for a night on the town Read More…

Trevor Bauer struggles, Indians offense provides little support as Mariners spoil first game back

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, right, talks with catcher Yan Gomes in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A return to Progressive Field following a lengthy road trip did not provide relief for the Indians on Tuesday night. Cleveland, one of the majors’ top teams at home this season, couldn’t continue the trend in the series opener with Seattle, dropping a 5-2 decision in front of just 15,713 fans. For one Read More…