September 16, 2014

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Carmona solid as Indians hold on to beat Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Fausto Carmona was able to put his last start against the Texas Rangers behind him. The big right-hander pitched six strong innings and the Indians continued their late-season surge with a 7-5 victory over the stumbling Rangers on Friday night. Carmona (6-5) allowed one run and six hits, struck out five and Read More…

Crennel wants to see ‘smart’ football from Browns in today’s preseason game against the Lions

DETROIT — Just five days after being embarrassed on national television by the Giants, the Browns have something to prove this afternoon, both to themselves and the rest of the football world. Cleveland takes on the Detroit Lions in the annual “Great Lakes Classic’’ at Ford Field, where anything less than a solid performance could Read More…

Ohio State’s Chris Wells looking like legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate

COLUMBUS — Ohio State fans would love to have tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells win the Heisman Trophy this season. For two reasons. First, what fans wouldn’t want one of their favorite players to win the top individual honor in college football? But more importantly, they want to see Wells win it so that 2007 winner Read More…

High school roundup: Amherst blanks Southview in girls tennis

AMHERST — Amherst’s girls lost only six games in three singles matches as they blanked Southview 5-0 Friday in non-conference girls tennis action. Diana Noskova and Jessica Brooks of the Comets won the first doubles match in three sets, while teammates Kaytee Newton and Maggie Smith lost only one game in their second doubles win. Read More…

Area motorsports fans, start your engines: Lorain County Speedway’s ‘Ride In A Race Car Night’ is back

Bob Stascak The Chronicle-Telegram If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to take some laps in a race car around Lorain County Speedway, tonight you’ll be able to find out. “Ride In A Race Car Night” will give young fans the opportunity to see the 3/8ths-mile track from the drivers’ point of view. The event, Read More…

Golf roundup: Stricker shoots 64, grabs three-shot lead at The Barclays

Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 64 in perfect morning conditions Friday to take a three-stroke lead over Hunter Mahan at The Barclays in the FedEx Cup playoff opener in Paramus, N.J. The 41-year-old Stricker, 21st in the FedEx Cup standings, had a 10-under 132 total on the tree-lined A.W. Tillinghast layout, the tournament site for Read More…

Softball silver, 400 relay drops highlight tough day for U.S. at Olympics

BEIJING — Crystl Bustos rocked slowly from side to side, kicked away some dirt, then started rocking again. As she and her U.S. softball teammates waited to receive their silver medals — yes, silver — the slugger clearly wanted to get this over with. Instead of capping their sport’s fourth and possibly final Olympic appearance Read More…

Sizemore has career day at the plate, helps Lee earn 18th win

CLEVELAND — American League Cy Young Award frontrunner Cliff Lee was the billboard star, but it was the Grady Sizemore show that drew the rave reviews in a matinee affair at Progressive Field on Thursday. While Lee’s magical season continued in earnest with his 18th win, Sizemore stole the spotlight from his fellow all-star teammate, Read More…

Tribe notes: Gutierrez hopes he can improve

CLEVELAND — This was supposed to be a breakout year for Franklin Gutierrez. After establishing himself as the starting right fielder over veteran Trot Nixon during the second half of last season, Gutierrez was expected to provide a lift for the Indians’ offense. Instead, the 25-year-old Venezuelan has been one of the club’s biggest disappointments, Read More…

Browns’ Rogers ready for return to Detroit

BEREA — During a break in practice Thursday, Shaun Rogers sat on a water cooler and rested. When work was set to resume, Rogers took his spot at nose tackle. But he was in no hurry. It was hot and Rogers is a big man. He also wanted to save energy. He’s got a big Read More…