May 30, 2015

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Ron Artest new focus? Cavaliers turn their attention to volatile veteran after Charlie Villanueva opts for deal with Pistons

INDEPENDENCE — In the wacky world of NBA free agency, Charlie Villanueva quickly went out of the picture, while the Cavaliers’ interest in veteran swingman Ron Artest started coming into focus. The colorful and often volatile Artest, who earned $7.4 million last season while playing for the Houston Rockets, is an unrestricted free agent with Read More…

Another off night: After 14 losses in 17 games, Indians happy to finally get a day off

CLEVELAND — The off day today couldn’t come at a better time as far as the Indians are concerned. In the midst of one of their worst stretches of the season — and that’s saying something — the Indians are well on their way to producing a highly forgettable homestand after a 6-2 loss to Read More…

Tribe notes: Site of Fausto Carmona’s next outing still up in the air, but it won’t be with the Indians

CLEVELAND — Fausto Carmona took another positive step, but it wasn’t a big enough one to return to the Indians rotation. Carmona, a former 19-game winner who was demoted to rookie ball in Goodyear, Ariz., after extended struggles on the big league level, worked his second straight impressive rehab appearance Tuesday — one run on Read More…

Knights rally in ninth, falter in 10th in loss to Sliders

LORAIN — What started Wednesday night at The Pipe Yard as a starting pitchers’ duel turned into a game of whose bullpen could do its job. Despite a ninth-inning hiccup, the Slippery Rock Sliders’ relievers proved better equipped for the challenge. The NorthCoast Knights surrendered an early 3-0 lead only to send the game to Read More…

High school volleyball: Oberlin hires Elyria grad as new coach

OBERLIN — Keith Jenkins is going to find out if you can, in fact, go home again. Jenkins is returning to the area from Tennessee to become the varsity volleyball coach at Oberlin High. An Elyria High graduate, Jenkins took Fairley High in Memphis from winless to the third round of postseason play last year. Read More…

A relieved Andy Roddick makes first Wimbledon semifinal since 2005

WIMBLEDON, England — This one meant so much to Andy Roddick. Because of the stakes: a return to Wimbledon’s semifinals. Because of the opponent: 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt. And because of the circumstances: a five-set grind that began under a bright sun and concluded in shadows, 3 hours, 50 minutes later. When it was over, Read More…

Indians: Lee isn’t himself as Tribe loses another

CLEVELAND — Cliff Lee has been the only thing worth watching these days for the Indians. Tuesday night at Progressive Field, it would have served Cleveland fans well to close their eyes. For one of the few times this year, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner was roughed up, paving the way for Read More…

Cavaliers: Ferry sets sights on desired targets

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers went into the NBA free-agent period at 12:01 a.m. today wanting to add a player or two and keep one of their own. As expected, Cleveland power forward Anderson Varejao opted out of the final year of his contract, which would have paid him $6.2 million in 2009-10, and became an Read More…

Indians notes: Sizemore likely to need surgery after season

CLEVELAND — According to Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff, Grady Sizemore will likely have surgery on his left elbow when the season is complete. “There is a high index of suspicion for that,” Soloff said of potential surgery for Sizemore that at this point would be arthroscopic and less serious. Sizemore has struggled offensively for Read More…

Wimbledon: Williams sisters one step away from finals rematch

WIMBLEDON, England — Venus and Serena Williams are one round away from meeting in another Wimbledon final. Five-time champion Venus overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday, and two-time winner Serena followed her into the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenka. No. 3-seeded Venus will next face top-ranked Dinara Safina, who overcame Read More…