August 23, 2014

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Indians sloppy on bases and in field, drop series opener against Astros

CLEVELAND — The Indians got another top-shelf effort from a starting pitcher Friday night in the series opener against Houston. Unfortunately for them, they also got another bottom-feeding performance from their offense and defense. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched well but was pretty much forced to go it alone in a 5-1 loss to the fourth-place Read More…

Browns’ offense on the spot against Rams

CLEVELAND — Renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium are ongoing, which is why fans will see construction zones around its perimeter. Fittingly, the Browns’ offense is also a work in progress, setting up a potentially messy matchup against the St. Louis Rams tonight at 8. Cleveland (0-2) has not scored a first-half touchdown in its first two Read More…

Cavaliers: Kevin Love deal should be completed today

The long-awaited Kevin Love deal is expected to be officially announced today, after the three teams involved complete a trade call with the NBA office. The deal will bring the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Love, who averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists for Minnesota last season, to the Cavaliers, who will start him alongside four-time Read More…

ArenaBowl XXVII: Gladiators, city of Cleveland hungry for a championship

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Gladiators are four quarters away from doing what no professional football team has done in five decades — bring a championship to the city of Cleveland. As the Gladiators get ready to host the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII tonight at 8 o’clock, quarterback Shane Austin said he knows what a Read More…

High school football 2014: Vermilion looking for a new home … and more wins, too

VERMILION — There’s a Navy saying about having “gear adrift” when something is out of place or doesn’t quite seem to fit. That expression might be heard in Vermilion these days when talking about the Sailors — the high school football Sailor, that is. Vermilion is looking for a conference that fits, one that it Read More…

Indians notes: Catcher Yan Gomes sustains mild concussion

CLEVELAND — Doctors believe Yan Gomes sustained a mild concussion Thursday, but the Indians aren’t planning to put the catcher on the seven-day concussion list yet. “He’s feeling a lot better,” manager Terry Francona said of Gomes, who sustained the injury in the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss in the series finale at Minnesota. Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 by NFL for giving middle finger to Washington bench

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for raising his middle finger to the Washington bench Monday night, a source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the fine, citing a league source. The NFL had yet to announce the punishment. Washington players yelled at Manziel throughout Read More…

More universities mixing beer, football at stadiums

A beer sits atop a garbage can as Minnesota college football fans fans cheer a first quarter play against New Hampshire at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles)

Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones. North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin Read More…

Girls soccer: Firelands edges Vermilion thanks to Brylee Jones’ goal

Firelands celebrates after Brylee Jones scored the game's first goal against Vermilion. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Though both teams appeared to be a half-step off all night, Firelands striker Brylee Jones caught up with the ball when it counted Thursday. Jones right-footed a Valerie Riccardi cross past Vermilion goalie Isabelle McCale and into the back of the net for the only goal of the game in the Falcons’ Read More…

Browns notes: Players back Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback

Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas, left, and tight end Jordan Cameron block defensive end Armonty Bryant during team drills at NFL football training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has blocked for 13 quarterbacks during his seven seasons with the team. One of them is Brian Hoyer, who won all three of his starts in 2013 — and will be under center when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “Brian was obviously a Read More…