March 27, 2015

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April sours finally over for Indians? First day of May brings better all-around play, much-needed win over Tigers

DETROIT — Carl Pavano made his best start since joining the Cleveland Indians, but had to sweat out the final five outs before he could celebrate his first victory with the club. After he pitched 7 1-3 effective innings, the bullpen was shaky, but still held off the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Friday night. Pavano Read More…

Cavaliers still don’t know next opponent and really don’t care

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers will be chomping at the bit as much as Dunkirk in the Kentucky Derby, but they’re not even headed to the starting gate yet. Because the Miami Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 Friday night, the Cavaliers will have been off nine days when they host the winner of Read More…

High school softball: Elyria’s Tess Sito sizzles at the plate and on the mound as Pioneers go 2-0 at Prebis Memorial Classic

LAGRANGE — One home run, a double, single, two RBIs, a game-winning hit, three runs scored, a 17-strikeout no-hitter, a 10-strikeout two-hitter and two pitching victories. It nearly takes the breath away. It seems awkward sometimes, even a little fussy, to focus on the accomplishments of one athlete. But re-examine the numbers put together by Read More…

High school softball notes: Amherst coach Bill Matthews still having fun after 25 seasons, 400 wins

Amherst’s senior players gave a plaque to coach Bill Matthews on Wednesday to commemorate his 400th career victory. Aleecia Sunagel, Ari Antonopoulos and Olivia Sliman presented the plaque at home plate before the Comets’ game with Avon Lake. Matthews’ assistant and former player, Lacey Reichert, presided over the brief ceremony. Matthews reached the milestone Monday Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone KOs Elyria Catholic with seven-run first inning

PENFIELD — An overcast, chilly, windy afternoon didn’t stop Tom Kubuski from keeping on the sunny side. “I was pleased with a lot of things,” the Elyria Catholic  coach said after watching Keystone beat his Panthers 13-6 in a non-conference game. “I saw a lot I liked, despite the score.” For Keystone (8-7) it was Read More…

Kentucky Derby: Win would be dream of a lifetime for General Quarters’ owner/trainer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “Is that the one-horse guy?” a visitor asked as he walked past Tom McCarthy’s rented stall on the backstretch at Churchill Downs. Indeed, it was. The 75-year-old owner-trainer signed a few autographs Friday under the watchful gaze of his big gray colt, General Quarters, who cost him all of $20,000. McCarthy, a Read More…

Cavaliers: Pavlovic is latest guard to go down

 INDEPENDENCE — The NBA All-Star break can’t come soon enough for the Cavaliers because they are running out of shooting guards. Sasha Pavlovic, who was starting at the position in place of the injured Delonte West, was diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain Monday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. He Read More…

Girls basketball: Uninspired Wildcats drub Cards

 SHEFFIELD — The Keystone girls wrapped up their third straight Patriot Athletic Conference championship at home on Saturday night. Maybe that’s why they played less-than-inspired basketball 48 hours later. The Wildcats rolled over Brookside, 48-36, Monday night in a PAC Stars Division game that wasn’t that close. And in the process, they improved to 16-2 Read More…

Boys basketball: First Baptist rally falls short

 ELYRIA — The above-average temperatures outside did little to thaw the ice-cold shooting of First Baptist through the first three quarters Monday night. Not many shots fell for the Sabres early on as they dug themselves a hole they could never quite climb out of. Despite a fourth-quarter rally, they fell to Fuchs Mizrachi, 58-51, Read More…

Baseball: A-Rod admits to steroid use

 NEW YORK — Already the highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez wanted to prove himself one of the greatest. Instead, he wound up atop another list: the highest-profile player to confess to cheating in baseball’s steroids era. The All-Star third baseman, responding to a weekend Sports Illustrated report that he flunked a drug test, told ESPN on Read More…