April 27, 2015

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Lake Erie Crushers: Players bios and Frontier League capsules

THE PLAYERS Brian Chambers POSITION: Pitcher HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 225 BIRTHDATE: Aug. 14, 1983 THROWS: Right BATS: Right COLLEGE: Florida State HIGH SCHOOL: Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) NOTABLE: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Angels in 2007. Played for the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League last season. As a Read More…

High school softball: Elyria state semifinal pushed back to 12:30

Elyria fans, go ahead and hit the snooze button Thursday. You get to sleep in. Due to graduation ceremonies at Cincinnati Colerain High School, Elyria’s top-rated softball team won’t play its state semifinal game against Hilliard Darby until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Colerain will now play Hudson in the 10 a.m. opener at Firestone Stadium Read More…

NASCAR still believes in GM: Owners don’t think bankruptcy will result in less financial support

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — General Motors has become the second of NASCAR’s four manufacturers to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but industry leaders remain confident support will continue as the automakers shore up their finances. “I’ve never wanted to race anything else, and I have every confidence that we will continue to celebrate victories together for Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron says he’s happy with situation in Cleveland

INDEPENDENCE — He stopped way short of saying he’d sign a contract extension prior to next season, but LeBron James still loves playing in Cleveland and is happy with the Cavaliers organization. James, who averaged 38.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in the Cavaliers’ 4-2 loss to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Read More…

Indians: Sorry, LeBron, Tribe gets best of Yankees

CLEVELAND — It’s been a tough two days for LeBron James. First, he and the Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Orlando Magic on Saturday. Then his favorite baseball team, the first-place New York Yankees, took it on the chin from the last-place Indians on Sunday — a 5-4 decision in a game Read More…

Minor league baseball: Frontier League getting bigger, better

Most area baseball fans are still brushing up on their Lake Erie Crushers knowledge, and have yet to learn much about the Frontier League in which the independent franchise competes. Even the Crushers themselves, beginning their inaugural season, are still becoming acquainted with the league. “My history before this was with affiliated ball, so it’s Read More…

French Open: Stunner — Nadal suffers first defeat in Paris

The Associated Press PARIS — For 31 matches, Rafael Nadal ruled the red clay of Roland Garros, boasting an unbeaten record and an unbreakable will. For 31 matches, this was his surface, his tournament, his time. For 31 matches, dating to his debut on May 23, 2005, Nadal never truly was challenged, much less defeated, Read More…

Regional track: Herbst, Coolidge win titles, head to state meet

RAVENNA — It was all about heart and desire. Avon senior Christina Herbst and Elyria Catholic junior Marty Coolidge not only wanted to qualify for next weekend’s Division II state track meet, they wanted the momentum associated with winning a regional title. Mission accomplished. Herbst won the girls discus crown Saturday with a toss of Read More…

Cavaliers: Wallace feeling age, considering retirement

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers big man Ben Wallace is contemplating retirement, even though he has a year left on a contract that would pay him $14 million. “As I said when I signed my last contract, for me, it was never about the money,” Wallace said Sunday at Cleveland Clinic Courts, where Cavaliers players gathered for Read More…

Cavaliers notes: Ilgauskas, Szczerbiak want to return

INDEPENDENCE — Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Wally Szczerbiak both want to return to the Cavaliers next season, but only Ilgauskas will have much say in the matter. Ilgauskas has a player option in his contract that will pay him $10.54 million in 2009-10, and he is almost certain to exercise it. “That’s been my thought process Read More…