May 28, 2015

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Avon Lake offensive lineman Christian Pace heads to Michigan

Division I colleges across the nation rushed to shower Avon Lake offensive lineman Christian Pace with scholarship offers before his senior year. Pace reciprocated the swift action by picking Michigan, and enrolling in summer school so he can graduate in January and begin taking classes in Ann Arbor before spring practices begin. “The recruiting process Read More…

Tribe’s Martinez needs a break

CLEVELAND — If Victor Martinez is looking forward to the All-Star break more than most, who could blame him? Not only will Martinez be the Indians’ lone representative at the All-Star Game on July 14 at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, he also finally gets some time to rest. Coming off an injury-plagued 2008 season in Read More…

Many questions about Steve McNair’s last days

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The star quarterback and the waitress met six months ago, at a restaurant where she worked and his family often ate. He was married and 16 years older, but she seemed happy and eager to build a life with him. Steve McNair was retired from the NFL and spending time again in Read More…

Blue Sox 6, Knights 4: Avon resident Brua earns another outing

LORAIN — Phil Brua lives to pitch another day. That’s what NorthCoast manager Andy Jarvis said after Brua, an Avon resident who joined the team July 1, pitched respectably in his first work as a member of the Knights. Maybe the next time Brua takes the mound he will get more than a six-inning no-decision. Read More…

Pitching, routs rule day at OGSO softball tourney

WELLINGTON — Two one-hitters, a two-hitter and a three-hitter produced four Class B routs Monday night as the OGSO district tournament continued at Community Park. The winners meet in a pair of championship games Wednesday. In Monday’s Class A action, three winners scored 10 runs and the fourth 11 runs to narrow the field for Read More…

Athletics 5, Indians 2: Offense fails Lee yet again

CLEVELAND — With ace Cliff Lee on the mound Sunday, the Indians had the opportunity to put a positive spin on an otherwise negative homestand by completing a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s. But keep in mind, these are the Indians. Struggling to produce offense all day, as it usually does when Lee pitches, Read More…

Shapiro: Wedge to finish season

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Eric Wedge can sleep well, at least until October. During a meeting with reporters prior to the series finale with Oakland on Sunday, general manager Mark Shapiro said Wedge would keep his job through the end of the season. With the Indians in the midst of a disappointing year — the Read More…

Federer wins a Wimbledon for the ages

WIMBLEDON, England — Roger Federer was playing for history. Andy Roddick was playing the match of his life. On and on they dueled, Federer trying for a record-breaking 15th major championship, Roddick striving for his second, in a Wimbledon final that required more games than any Grand Slam title match in the considerable annals of Read More…

Cavaliers waiting, hoping until roster moratorium ends

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers and the rest of the NBA are on the clock. Just two days remain until the league’s annual roster moratorium ends, meaning the time is now to finalize free-agent deals. In Cleveland’s case, however, that might be easier said than done. The Cavaliers are one of a handful of teams stuck Read More…

Fresh start yields great result for Crushers

AVON — Crushers manager John Massarelli preaches a one-game-at-a-time mentality. Following a dismal Fourth of July performance, that mentality was on display Sunday, virtually immediately. Lake Erie’s first four batters reached base en route to a four-run first inning. That set the tone for an 8-0 blowout in the rubber match with the Florence Freedom Read More…