July 25, 2014

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Slammed again: Indians give up major league leading eighth grand slam of season, lose 9-7 to White Sox

CHICAGO — Nick Swisher knows this much: It’s almost as difficult trying to explain how he’s overcome his slow start with the Chicago White Sox as it has been to actually do it. “I wish I had the answers to it. I don’t think in my mind I feel like I’m really doing anything differently Read More…

Indians reliever Elarton leaves team for personal reasons

The Indians placed right-handed reliever Scott Elarton on the restricted list Monday after he told manager Eric Wedge he needed to leave the team for personal reasons. Cleveland called up right-handed pitcher Tom Mastny from Triple-A Buffalo to take Elarton’s roster spot. Elarton flew with the team into Chicago on Sunday night and told Wedge Read More…

U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team emphasizing its likability, as well as its determination to bring home the gold

NEW YORK — Gazing out from the top deck of a yacht Monday, Dwyane Wade wondered why the Statue of Liberty’s torch seemed so shiny. Turns out, Wade learned, the new torch was covered with 24 karat gold during the statue’s restoration in 1986. New gold? Sounds good to someone who so far has been Read More…

Venus, Serena roll into fourth round at Wimbledon: Williams sisters overcome long day on Court 2

WIMBLEDON, England — While Roger Federer glided to another victory on Centre Court, and Rafael Nadal won despite a scary stumble on Court 1, the Williams sisters found themselves playing back to back Monday on cozy, clattery Court 2, known as the “Graveyard of Champions.” What in the name of lawn tennis were they doing Read More…

Tiger Woods hoping pain is gone, says surgically repaired knee had been hurting for 10-12 years

BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods does not know when he can play golf again, but he said Monday his rebuilt left knee has been sore his entire PGA Tour career and he looks forward to playing on two good legs. “My left knee has been sore for 10 to 12 years,” Woods said during a Read More…

World Series of Poker: Nguyen bests field of 148, pockets almost $2 million

Poker professional Scotty Nguyen won nearly $2 million at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on Monday, topping a field of 148 players and emerging from a marathon final table with his fifth gold bracelet. Nguyen beat out 23-year-old Michael DeMichele in H.O.R.S.E., a rotating-game tournament that cost $50,000 to enter. The various Read More…

Summit NHRA Nationals: Doug Herbert gets emotional victory, his first since death of his sons in auto accident

NORWALK — The second annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals began under a cloud of sorrow as the death of driver Scott Kalitta less than a week earlier still weighed heavily on the hearts of everyone. The video tributes, T-shirts and memorial signs were all heartfelt, but the emotional apex wasn’t fully reached until Top Read More…

Summit NHRA Nationals notes: Elyria’s Dave and Ray Connolly have changed roles over the years

NORWALK — One of the most endearing sights this weekend at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park has been the young children crowding around the drivers’ trailers, eagerly hoping to get an autograph or picture with their sports hero. About two decades ago, one of those heroes was the enthusiastic kid soaking in the thrills of Read More…

Another lost series: Laffey has one bad inning, but that’s more than enough for the Indians, who fall to the Reds

CLEVELAND — Aaron Laffey finally reached his breaking point. Pitching admirably all season long but deprived of more favorable results thanks to a lack of run support from the Indians’ sagging offense, the left-hander finally turned the tables on his ungrateful hitters Sunday. One disastrous inning from Laffey was all it took for Cincinnati to Read More…

Tribe notes: Indians have seen quite enough of the National League this year, thank you very much

CLEVELAND — While the majority of the American League continued its dominance in interleague play, the Indians did not follow suit. Cleveland, which entered the season with a favorable all-time record against National League opponents, went just 6-12 this year, losing its last interleague series Sunday with a 9-5 defeat to Cincinnati. Needless to say, Read More…