May 3, 2015

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Baseball: Crushers make switch, rally for victory

AVON — Needing a spark to get some runs on the board, Crushers manager John Massarelli didn’t make a lineup change. Instead, he made a coaching change. Putting bullpen coach Pat Collins at first base to replace hitting coach Dave Schaub to start the sixth inning turned out to be a smart move. Lake Erie Read More…

Baseball: Helvey’s strong start gives Knights perfect home beginning

Joel Hammond LORAIN — NorthCoast Knights starter Jacob Helvey said there’s a learning curve in the Prospect League, where players rarely have seen their opponents — or their teammates, for that matter — play before. Helvey, a physics and math major from Morehouse State University, had little trouble solving that problem in the Knights’ home Read More…

State track meet: Avon’s Herbst sixth in discus

COLUMBUS — Avon senior Christina Herbst won. Well, OK, not the Division II girls state discus title she wanted. She won the battle of mind over matter at OSU’s Jesse Owens Stadium. Herbst finished sixth with a throw of 116 feet 8 inches. Her best throw came in the third and final round of prelims. Read More…

Softball: Elyria looks to end finals drought

The first inning could have gone a tad better when Elyria took the field against Hudson on June 2, 2007. In a veritable fusillade of hits — four gap-finding doubles and a single — the Explorers took a 4-0 lead on the Pioneers in the Division I state softball final at Brookside Park in Ashland. Read More…

Indians 6, White Sox 0: Pavano tosses shutout

CHICAGO — Carl Pavano is closing in on the form that earned him a big contract from the Yankees — and eluded him for four years in New York. Pavano pitched a three-hitter for his fifth career shutout and Mark DeRosa hit a three-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-0 win over the Read More…

Baseball: Knights at Pipe Yard for home opener tonight

Area baseball fans have gotten to see the finished product for years — they just have to drive 30 miles through heavy traffic, then slap down hundreds of dollars for parking, tickets, snacks and souvenirs to enjoy a Cleveland Indians game. Now, starting with tonight’s home opener at The Pipe Yard in Lorain, baseball fans Read More…

Baseball: Prospect League gives college players a chance

For fans who have always wondered what their favorite pro athletes might have looked like early in their careers, the Prospect League may be the perfect place to take in a few baseball games this summer. The league officially kicked off its inaugural season this week, but the Prospect League is actually the expansion and Read More…

The Memorial: Furyk tied for lead after birdie on 18

DUBLIN, Ohio — One last birdie for Jim Furyk put him one more stroke under par, which he found more gratifying than being in a share of the lead with Jonathan Byrd on Friday at the Memorial. A blue sky and warm sun translated into fast greens at Muirfield Village, leading to a crammed leaderboard Read More…

Browns: Offensive lineman added to mix

BEREA — The Browns added an offensive lineman to the mix Friday, signing tackle George Foster. Foster, a six-year veteran, spent the last two years with the Lions, playing in 19 games, including 12 starts. He played in only four games in 2008, with three starts. The 20th pick by Denver in 2003, Foster (6-foot-5, Read More…

French Open: Federer a win away from record

PARIS — Roger Federer now wants — needs? — to do something he never has: Win a final at Roland Garros. He came back Friday to beat No. 5-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 3-6, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, and moved within a victory of his first French Open championship. If he can Read More…