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High school softball 2015: Keystone has the talent and experience to make this another year of the ‘Cats

If the Keystone Wildcats have their way, right around the first weekend in June the community of LaGrange is going to be decked out in purple and partying like it’s 2012. That was the year Keystone won its third state championship and first national championship. Fast-forward to 2015 and a whole new set of Wildcats, Read More…

High school baseball: Vermilion stays course, rallies past Brookside

VERMILION — Jeff Keck looks at every baseball game as an opportunity for his Vermilion Sailors to learn a lesson. Tuesday’s lesson? You are never out of it. Vermilion rallied from a four-run deficit, scoring the game’s final eight runs to top Brookside 9-5 for the second consecutive day at Vermilion’s high school baseball complex. Read More…

Indians: A healthy Brandon Moss ready to take some healthy swings again

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Coming off offseason hip surgery, Indians outfielder Brandon Moss wants to again be able to change games with his bat. He hit 18 home runs in only 84 games in 2012 and 30 home runs in 2013 for the Oakland Athletics. Last year, he belted 21 home runs and had 66 RBIs Read More…

Big Ten basketball season not so down after all

MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks. “The Big Ten had a down year right?” Dekker asked. If anyone had that perception, it certainly isn’t the case with Read More…

NASCAR pops Ryan Newman’s team for tire tampering

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman’s race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup garage that teams were drilling tiny holes in their tires to allow air to escape during a Read More…

’76 Hoosiers pulling for Wildcats in Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS — Quinn Buckner says he and his 1976 Indiana teammates aren’t chilling any champagne to uncork in celebration of a Kentucky loss. Instead, the nation’s last undefeated college basketball team is eager to end the 39-year wait to add another member to the club — even if an old rival is trying to make history Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns keep draft picks, but GM Ray Farmer suspended 4 games for texting during games

The Browns caught a break. General manager Ray Farmer didn’t, and will be forced to take a league-mandated four-game break to start the season. The NFL handed out punishment Monday following its months-long investigation into gameday text messages sent last season by Farmer. The Browns won’t lose a draft pick, but Farmer will be suspended Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic gets early confidence boost with win over defending district champion St. Edward

Elyria Catholic's Noah Bland returns safe to first base on a scoring play for Elyria Catholic in the first inning Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic could not have asked for a better start to the season. Sophomore starting pitcher Andrew Abrahamowicz recorded seven strikeouts in five innings while allowing just two runs, junior reliever Sean Darmafall struck out the side in the seventh inning to notch the save and the Panthers offense got things started with Read More…

High school baseball: Three-run first leads Avon past Elyria

Elyria catcher Caleb Henry chases Avon's Logan Doenges after Doenges got caught in a rundown during Monday's game at All Pro Freight Stadium. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Anytime a team can put up a crooked number in the first inning, it’s usually a good sign of things to come. Avon was able to put up three runs without an RBI in the first inning thanks to a couple of throwing errors by Elyria, and it proved to be the difference Read More…

Indians keeping things loose, fun during spring training

CLEVELAND — The Indians are pitching, hitting, bunting and doing everything else they need to work on for the upcoming season at spring training. And laughing every step of the way. No team seems be enjoying itself as much as Cleveland, once only the butt of jokes. Whether it’s bombarding manager Terry Francona with water Read More…