April 20, 2014

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Cavaliers: LeBron makes strong case for MVP

CLEVELAND — Kicking back near the rear of a charter bus, a sleepy LeBron James pulled up his sweatshirt’s hood and contemplated a cat nap on a rainy afternoon in New Orleans. As Cleveland’s superstar was about to doze off before departing for a community service event during a busy All-Star weekend, Jason Kidd came Read More…

Indians: Carmona loses control, as Tribe falls again

CLEVELAND — Fausto Carmona took more than a walk on the wild side Saturday at Progressive Field. Try a short retreat or extended vacation. Carmona’s problems with control continued in earnest and, with little help from his sagging offense, it added up to another defeat for the Indians, who lost 7-3 to Oakland on a Read More…

Tribe commentary: Carmona deal great one for team

At first look, the multiyear contract the Indians presented to Fausto Carmona on Thursday appeared to be bad for the prospect of re-signing ace C.C. Sabathia. But thanks to the creative deal Cleveland’s front office orchestrated with its No. 2 starter — a four-year guaranteed contract with options for three more seasons — that shouldn’t Read More…

Tribe notes: C.C. Sabathia confident he’ll bounce back

CLEVELAND — C.C. Sabathia’s dismal start has fueled speculation that the ace’s uncertain contract situation might be affecting his performance. Sabathia, who is expected to hit the free-agent market at the end of the year, is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA through his first three starts, allowing 18 earned runs on 24 hits over 14 Read More…

College softball: LCCC adjusting to move to varsity sport

Wellington senior Heather Bankston is unique in Lorain County. She is forgoing her senior high school season to play college softball. This is for a couple of reasons. First, she is also a student at Lorain County Community College, where her course load makes her a full-time student. If she played her senior year at Read More…

OSU football: Scrimmage helps turn focus to next season

COLUMBUS — As linebacker James Laurinaitis answered questions after Ohio State’s intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, a flat-screen monitor above him was showing highlights of LSU’s win over OSU in the national championship game. “It still hurts from time to time but you accept it. It’s over with. That season’s done with,” he said of the Buckeyes’ Read More…

Seeing C.C. is not believing: Indians ace roughed up again as A’s jump on lefty early

CLEVELAND — Look on the bright side. If C.C. Sabathia keeps pitching like this, he’s going to come a lot cheaper this offseason. Sabathia, who is in the final year of his contract and whose uncertain future in Cleveland has been an ongoing debate since the winter, continued his dismal start to the season Friday Read More…

Byrd won’t be disciplined for past HGH use under new MLB policy

CLEVELAND — Paul Byrd got positive news Friday, but he’s still waiting for more. With Major League Baseball announcing that it would not penalize those named in the Mitchell Report, he will avoid a suspension for admitting to taking HGH. But Byrd, who said he took the banned substance for medical reasons, is awaiting word Read More…

Tribe notes: Wedge tinkers with offense

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ slow start — four wins in the first nine games — caught the attention of plenty around baseball, including general manager Mark Shapiro. “I’m very hesitant to judge small junctures of time,” Shapiro said. “But having said that, I don’t think anybody is happy with the way we’ve played. It’s been Read More…

LeBron James laments lack of defense in Cavaliers’ loss to Bulls

CHICAGO — All LeBron James wanted to talk about was the dunks and layups the Cleveland Cavaliers allowed, not the dazzling array he produced. He delivered plenty, but he couldn’t deliver a victory. While James made it look easy early on, tying his team record by scoring 24 of his 34 points in the first Read More…