October 22, 2014

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White Sox win Central with 1-0 victory over Twins in tiebreaker

 CHICAGO — Jim Thome and Ken Griffey Jr. have been waiting years for a shot at the World Series. For the first time in more than a century, Chicago has two chances at a championship. A big swing by Thome, a strong throw from Griffey and the marvelous pitching of John Danks helped the White Read More…

High school roundup: Elyria drops first conference volleyball match

 STRONGSVILLE — A lack of consistent play hurt Elyria as the Pioneers lost 25-22, 25-15, 25-19 to Strongsville in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division action Tuesday night. Kristen Boros had nine kills and 16 digs for the Pioneers (12-4, 6-1 NEOC Valley), while teammate Amanda Medvetz had 15 digs. Midview 25-26-18-25, Avon 21-24-25-20 GRAFTON — Read More…

NFL notes: Raiders fire head coach Kiffin

 When Al Davis finally broke his silence about Lane Kiffin on the day he fired his coach, he had plenty to say in response to the one-sided verbal attack Kiffin had been launching at the organization for months. Davis detailed acts of what he called insubordination by Kiffin, read a warning letter he gave his Read More…

NBA notes: Knicks open D’Antoni era

 Mike D’Antoni stood near the sideline Tuesday with arms folded, smiling as he watched players speed by during full-court drills. At that moment, he might’ve been the only one in the gym enjoying himself. D’Antoni’s New York Knicks are going to play fast, just like his Phoenix teams did for the past 4½ seasons. But Read More…

LeBron, Cavaliers say this season’s goal is simple: Win it all

INDEPENDENCE — Mo Williams said it, Anderson Varejao said it and Sasha Pavlovic said it. Then LeBron James, fresh off an Olympic gold medal, voiced it Monday at the Cavaliers’ annual Media Day at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I can lead these guys to a championship,” the 6-foot-8, 250-pounder said. “We really believe that. It’s not Read More…

Browns: Despite struggling start, GM Savage still believes in his team, his coach and his quarterback

BEREA — The 0-3 start and 1-3 record at the bye haven’t shaken the faith of Browns general manager Phil Savage. He said Monday he still believes the team can challenge for the AFC North crown and he expressed his support for oft-criticized coach Romeo Crennel and beleaguered quarterback Derek Anderson. “I know for a Read More…

Browns notes: Crennel wants to see fewer flags once bye week ends

BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel placed eliminating penalties near the top of his to-do list for the bye week, right after getting injured players healthy. The Browns have committed 37 penalties for 237 yards in four games, an average of nine for 59. “None of it is excusable because we know that penalties hurt and Read More…

Indians not happy with season, but take pride in strong finish

CLEVELAND — At this time last year, the Indians were preparing to take on the New York Yankees in the Division Series after wrapping up their first Central Division title since 2001. Monday at Progressive Field, many of those same players were cleaning out their lockers and preparing for a long playoff-less offseason. Cleveland’s season Read More…

Boys soccer: Quick goal enough as Avon shuts out Wellington

AVON — Wellington’s boys couldn’t do in 80 minutes what Avon freshman Dan Brown accomplished in less than three on Monday afternoon. That was score a goal. It led to the Dukes’ downfall in a brisk non-conference soccer match between two of Lorain County’s top Division II teams. Brown’s goal was enough to win. But Read More…

College football: Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan doesn’t make Ohio State any less worried about Badgers

COLUMBUS — Moments after No. 14 Ohio State beat Minnesota 34-21 early Saturday in both teams’ Big Ten opener, the Buckeyes had already shifted their focus to the next task on their to-do list. “Wisconsin is a challenge. It’s a huge game,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “They deserve every bit of respect we can give Read More…