May 26, 2015

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U.S.A. gets it half right: Americans squander 2-0 halftime lead, fall to Brazil in Confederations Cup final

JOHANNESBURG — Brazil’s “Beautiful Game” came alive in the second half Sunday with three comeback goals in a 3-2 win over the United States in the Confederations Cup final. Luis Fabiano scored two of the goals and Lucio added the third in the 84th minute to give Brazil its second straight Confederations Cup title and Read More…

NASCAR: Rain helps Joey Logano become youngest Sprint Cup series winner

LOUDON, N.H. — There were questions about the judgment of team owner Joe Gibbs when he decided to replace departing two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart with a 19-year-old rookie this season. Even a rookie considered a phenom. The former NFL coach, head of Joe Gibbs Racing, admitted Sunday he tried not to put too many Read More…

Indians send Mark DeRosa to the Cardinals for a reliever and a player to be named later

CLEVELAND — Though general manager Mark Shapiro wouldn’t admit as much, the Indians made a move Saturday that seemed to signal they are raising the white flag on the season. With the worst record in the American League at 31-45, last-place Cleveland traded versatile veteran Mark DeRosa to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-handed relief Read More…

Offense wastes plenty of chances against Reds as Indians suffer 10th loss in last 13 games

CLEVELAND — There were plenty of opportunities for both offenses at Progressive Field on Saturday night. The Cincinnati Reds took advantage of theirs and the Indians didn’t. With that scenario playing out, it was a predictable result, Cincinnati evening the three-game interleague series at a game apiece with a 7-3 victory that accounted for Cleveland’s Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Fire Wedge? You can make a case for or against

Should manager Eric Wedge be fired? It’s a question that is gaining more and more relevance as the Indians trudge through what already appears to be a lost season. Cleveland’s baseball fans have answered a resounding yes, while general manager Mark Shapiro has not surprisingly offered repeated defenses of his hand-picked manager and confidant, the Read More…

Tribe notes: Jensen Lewis goes from last year’s closer to Triple-A thanks to control problems

CLEVELAND — Reliever Jensen Lewis was officially optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Indians manager Eric Wedge said it could have been sooner. “There were multiple times we could have sent him out, but we chose to keep him here to try and figure it out,” Wedge said of the struggling right-hander, who finished last Read More…

High heat, fast times: Hot temperatures bring record motorcyle run at NHRA Summit Nationals

Matt Florjancic The Chronicle-Telegram NORWALK — The Pro Stock Motorcycle elapsed times were slower than expected during the early qualifying round at the third annual NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, but they did not stay that way all day. While the track temperatures rose from 116 degrees early in the day to 127 degrees for Read More…

Summit Racing Equipment Nationals: No place like Summit Motorsports Park to motorcycle rider Hector Arana

Matt Florjancic The Chronicle-Telegram NORWALK — The Summit Motorsports Park is a special place tucked into the flatlands of Norwalk and for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana, the track and city have a special place in his heart. Arana entered the third annual NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals as the defending event champion, Read More…

Crushers stage a comeback against the Beach Bums, win fourth straight at the Freight

AVON — After a 3-3 road trip, the Lake Erie Crushers were happy to be back at All Pro Freight Stadium. So, too, were the 2,974 fans Saturday night, who made good use of the promotional rally towels that were given out before the game. All those towels didn’t make the Crushers want to throw Read More…

Five pitchers, four hits, no runs: Numbers add up to a win for NorthCoast Knights

LORAIN — Five pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to give the NorthCoast Knights a 5-0 win Saturday night against Richmond (Ind.) at The Pipe Yard. It was NorthCoast’s second straight whitewash of the RiverRats. The Knights improved to 8-9, while Richmond fell to 9-10 — both teams trail the Chillicothe Paints by two games Read More…