April 18, 2015

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High school track and field: Avon earns repeat sweep, wins boys and girls titles at LCAAA invite for 2nd straight year

EATON TWP. — Avon did it again. For the second straight year and for the sixth time in the history of the event, Avon swept the boys and girls titles Friday at the 70th Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Invitational. The Avon boys won for the third year in a row with 138.75 points as Read More…

Not-so-perfect ending: Corey Kluber loses perfect game in sixth inning; Indians lose to Twins on homer in 11th inning

MINNEAPOLIS — Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians are searching for that magic that worked so well last season. Kluber took a perfect game into the sixth inning before becoming erratic, and Trevor Plouffe led off the 11th with a soaring home run to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Indians Read More…

Cavaliers: For Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, it’s playoffs time … ready or not

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have watched a lot of NBA playoff games. Now they will finally get to play in one. Both three-time All-Stars, fourth-year pro Irving and seventh-year man Love will make their postseason debuts Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena when the Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel apologizes to Browns, fans in statement and vows to regain trust, respect

Johnny Manziel took “full responsibility” for his actions, apologized to the Browns organization and fans and vowed to work hard to regain trust and respect in a statement released Friday through the Browns. The nine-sentence statement was Manziel’s first public comment since leaving a treatment facility last week after spending 10 weeks there. Manziel confirmed Read More…

High school baseball: Late rally lifts Amherst over Elyria

ELYRIA — Ed Piazza hopes his Elyria Pioneers learned something Friday in its 9-8 non-conference loss to Amherst. Despite leading hitter Marques Inman on the bench for violating team rules, the Pioneers raced out to an 8-2 lead after three innings. It wasn’t enough. Behind the strong relief pitching of junior Hunter Kuzak and the Read More…

College football: Ohio State enters spring game with few holes

COLUMBUS — Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoffs championship in January, yet the Buckeyes do not utter the word “repeat” around their spring practices. “We don’t even have conversation about that around here,” coach Urban Meyer said. Instead, they try to deal with the here and now. The thinking is, a team concentrating Read More…

NBA Playoffs start Saturday — minus some familiar faces

MIAMI — No Kobe. No D-Wade. Not even any wild Russell Westbrook outfits. New standouts might emerge during these playoffs, but there’s no arguing that there’s plenty of star power missing. If jersey sales are a true measure of a player’s popularity, then four of the NBA’s top nine stars — the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Read More…

Boys tennis: Avon Lake set to defend LCAAA tourney title

Avon Lake surprised itself last year. With the ACT on the same day as the annual Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Tournament, Avon Lake’s lineup took a big hit. Relying on a few call-ups from the junior varsity, the Shoremen stunned the field, sweeping the doubles championships and snagging two other runner-up trophies at second Read More…

High school softball: Feel-bad story ends well for Midview as Lauren Landers fights through bad cold, beats Vermilion

Midview's Lauren Landers turned in a strong performance Thursday against Vermilion despite battling a cold. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Cough, cough, cough. Strike, strike, strike. That was Midview sophomore pitcher Lauren Landers all Thursday afternoon in a 4-2 West Shore Conference softball victory over Vermilion. “She was a very sick young woman,” Midview coach Mike Ives said. “I asked her this afternoon if she was up to pitching. She took a Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers, LeBron have changed a lot since 2010, but the chance to erase bitter memories is still there

It was five years ago. Sometimes, it seems like yesterday. More often, it feels like a lifetime ago. The last time the Cavaliers were in the playoffs, it was 2010. The opponent was the Boston Celtics, the same team the Cavs will play — and perhaps sweep — in the first round this year. Try Read More…