July 31, 2014

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Olympics: Avon Lake grad Schmitz picked to coach triathletes

Avon Lake’s Andy Schmitz went from being on the short list to the top of the list. But he was almost wiped off everyone’s list. Schmitz is one of two head coaches for the U.S. Olympic triathlon team headed to Beijing for the Olympic Games, Aug. 8-24. The 34-year-old Schmitz nearly didn’t live to earn Read More…

Baseball: Sabathia overcomes wildness for 1st win as Brewer

MILWAUKEE — CC Sabathia screamed and pumped his fist as he lumbered off the mound after striking out Brad Hawpe with a nasty 96 mph fastball to escape a sixth-inning jam with the lead. Sabathia was a little wild on Tuesday night, but he still wound up a winner in his Milwaukee debut, giving up Read More…

Commentary: Infatuation with celebrities just doesn’t make sense

The rich and famous, it seems, split up differently than the rest of us. Christie Brinkley loaded up the kids in the family private jet and flew off to Colorado in search of comfort after discovering her husband was having an affair with an 18-year-old and spending some of the family fortune on Internet porn. Read More…

Cavaliers: Travis, Joyce III named to Summer League team

CLEVELAND — While LeBron James is spending the summer playing for USA Basketball, two of his prep teammates will be taking their shot at joining him on the Cavaliers. Forward Romeo Travis and guard Dru Joyce III, who helped James win three state championships at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High, were among the athletes invited Read More…

NFL notes: Rooneys may be selling majority interest in Steelers

A deal could be reached within days to sell a majority interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers to the chairman of a Pittsburgh-based investment firm, taking control of the NFL franchise away from the Rooney family. The shares would be sold to Stanley Druckenmiller, chairman of Duquesne Capital management, making him principal owner of the team. Read More…

Golf commentary: Perry skipping majors, drawing criticism

Kenny Perry never imagined facing so much criticism over where to play golf. There was a time when he was desperate to play anywhere. He was 26, with two children in diapers and no money for a third attempt at qualifying for the PGA Tour. That’s when he made a deal with an angel, Ronnie Read More…

Ace no longer needed: Indians fold losing hand, trade CC Sabathia to Brewers for prospects, look to the future

CLEVELAND — High hopes greeted the Indians as they entered the 2008 season, fresh off a Central Division title in their most successful year in more than a decade. Now, in last place and all but out of contention, they are waving goodbye to their ace. During a news conference at Progressive Field on Monday, Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Indians excel at developing star talent … for other teams

It stinks to be an Indians fan, doesn’t it? You watch your team develop players into superstars and then you watch them walk out the door. You saw it with Manny Ramirez when he left Cleveland to help the Red Sox win a pair of World Series titles. You saw it with Jim Thome, the Read More…

CC Sabathia enters new period in career … without the periods

MILWAUKEE — Write an e-mail and cc it all around baseball: New Milwaukee Brewers pitcher CC Sabathia no longer wants periods after the initials he uses for his first name. From here on out, Carsten Charles Sabathia is just “CC” Sabathia — not “C.C.” After holding a news conference Monday morning to announce they’d made Read More…

Still going strong: Gladiators upset Force, advance to conference final, just a game away from the ArenaBowl

DULUTH, Ga. —  Raymond Philyaw completed 20 of 29 passes for 295 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the Cleveland Gladiators to a 73-70 victory against the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League playoffs Monday night. Cleveland will play at Philadelphia in the National Conference championship game Saturday, with a chance to play in Read More…