August 2, 2015

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Who’s a bigger disappointment, Mangini or Quinn?

I spent a good chunk of Monday in Colorado before my flight home. Partly because I’m a sportswriter and partly because I have no life, I listened to a variety of Denver sports talk radio. Opinions were split on whether the Broncos’ 2-0 start means they’re a legitimate playoff contender, but hosts and callers alike Read More…

Tigers 3, Indians 1: Make it nine straight

CLEVELAND — This might be just what the Detroit Tigers needed. Struggling to fend off the surging Minnesota Twins in the race for the Central Division title, Detroit couldn’t have caught the Indians at a better time. On the heels of a four-game sweep from Oakland that ended in its 11th straight loss on the Read More…

Lutheran West wins its fifth straight PAC championship

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NORWALK — The beat goes on and on and on. Karen Wittrock might want to change her name to Champion Wittrock after directing the Lutheran West boys golf team to its fifth consecutive Patriot Athletic Conference tournament and season titles Tuesday afternoon at Eagle Creek Golf Club. That’s as many years as the conference has Read More…

Buckeyes still upset by loss

COLUMBUS — When their teams are going through troubled times, some coaches fall back on Knute Rockne or Bear Bryant. Jim Tressel leans on Christian author C.S. Lewis. Asked if last Saturday’s 38-0 victory over Toledo might make his team overconfident, Tressel offered a quote he attributed to Lewis. “I’ve shared with you before, the Read More…

Losing getting old fast for Browns players

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BEREA — A new coach, two dozen new players, and a new organizational philosophy have generated the same old results for the Browns on the field. After falling apart late Sunday in a 27-6 loss in Denver, Cleveland has an 0-2 record and has taken over sole possession of last place in the AFC North. Read More…

Crushers 4, Rascals 1: Davis slam ends no-hitter

Crushers closer J.J. Pacella pumps his fist after retiring the final batter. (Photo by David Richard, The Chronicle-Telegram.)

AVON — The Crushers sure picked a great time to hit the second grand slam they’ve ever hit at All Pro Freight Stadium. As a result, there will an all-or-nothing Game 5 to decide the new Frontier League champion. After Stephen Flake walked the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Read More…

Catcher Balduf’s walk got Crushers rolling

Catcher Todd Balduf was selling insurance two weeks ago. Monday he had a key walk to spur the Crushers. (Photo by David Richard, The Chronicle-Telegram.)

AVON — Two weeks ago, Lake Erie Crushers catcher Todd Balduf was still a full-time insurance salesman for Liberty Mutual in Columbus. You’d understand, then, Balduf being a bit intimidated in Monday night’s fifth inning, the Crushers on the brink of elimination from the Frontier League championship series — and being no-hit by River City Read More…

Boys soccer: North Ridgeville blows away Elyria

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ELYRIA — The Josh and Mitch Show came to Pioneer Field on Monday afternoon. Together, senior Josh Abend and junior Mitch Kennard scored seven of North Ridgeville’s eight goals and combined for five assists in an 8-3 non-conference soccer rout of Elyria. Pick up today’s Chronicle in print or read the “E”dition for more high Read More…

Volleyball: Clearview falls to Buckeye’s height, might

LORAIN — Buckeye had a clear height advantage over Clearview. The Bucks also had an advantage in experience. It was the latter edge that Clearview coach Dave Dorinski cited as the reason Buckeye defeated the Clippers in three games in a key Patriot Athletic Conference match Monday. Pick up today’s Chronicle in print or read Read More…

Broncos 27, Browns 6: Another Rocky showing

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DENVER — Browns owner Randy Lerner’s infatuation with the Patriots led to the hiring of Romeo Crennel as head coach. When that experiment failed, he interviewed Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels, also Bill Belichick disciples. He chose Mangini, primarily for his experience as head coach of the Jets. The Broncos quickly jumped on McDaniels, a Read More…