May 1, 2016

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Indians’ trade of Branyan signals commitment to prospects

CINCINNATI – Acknowledging that their season is lost, the last-place Cleveland Indians traded Russell Branyan back to Seattle for a couple of prospects and put their youth movement in fast-forward by bringing up first baseman Matt LaPorta. LaPorta, acquired from Milwaukee in the trade for CC Sabathia two years ago, was in the starting lineup Read More…

NHRA notes: Force catches break vs. Hight, reaches final

NORWALK – One of the winningest and most engaging NHRA drivers of all time, Funny Car legend John Force continues to be a fan favorite every time he rolls into Norwalk for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. Force had a roller-coaster performance this year. He squeaked into the field by grabbing the final qualifying spot Read More…

Crushers game suspended in 7th, will resume tonight

AVON – A pair of rain delays and a brief fire alarm delayed the conclusion of Sunday night’s game between the Crushers and the East Division-leading Oakland County Cruisers. The game is scheduled to resume tonight at 5:05, with the originally scheduled game to follow at 7:05 and last seven innings. The game was suspended Read More…

World Cup: U.S. gone after OT loss to Ghana

RUSTENBURG, South Africa – Grim-faced American players filed by one by one on their way out of Royal Bofokeng Stadium. Their World Cup was over. They’ll have four long years to dwell on what might have been, how the most talented team in U.S. soccer history was knocked out in a game the Americans were Read More…

Indians drop seventh straight, lose season series to Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) – The shiny Ohio Cup will stay in the southern part of the state for another year – not that Cincinnati really cares all that much. The first-place Reds have much grander trophies in mind. Laynce Nix singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning Saturday night and came around to score Read More…

Mixed martial arts: Elyria’s Bogle lets title slip away

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE – Elyria’s Adam “The Bomb” Bogle tried to claim the vacant 135-pound belt in the semi-main event of Saturday night’s Cage-Stars’ VooDoo Custom Sportsbikes Fight Series at Quaker Steak & Lube. However, challenger Raymond Yanez proved to be too slick – literally – for Bogle to contain. Controlling enough of the action for Read More…

NHRA Nationals: John Force, Ashley Force Hood to meet today in first round

NORWALK – Nobody expected a ton of drama during Saturday’s qualifying sessions for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, and there wasn’t much to be had. After the drivers flew down a cool drag strip for record-breaking times Friday in the second session, it was a long shot that any of the provisional No. 1s Read More…

Indians commentary: Tough questions with some tough answers

Some questions concerning the woeful Wahoos, who are limping back home with one of the worst records in baseball after a less-than-fruitful interleague road trip: ** Is there any reason to keep watching this team? Not unless you like watching a Triple-A-caliber club wearing your hometown colors get thumped on an almost regular basis. Oh, Read More…

Branyan traded to Seattle

The Indians traded slugger Russell Branyan to Seattle on Saturday night, acquiring a pair of minor leaguers in the deal. The trade was announced after theĀ Indians’ 6-4 loss at Cincinnati. The move was made to clear room for Matt LaPorta, who will join the team today in Cincinnati for the series finale with the Reds. Read More…

Matt Smith struggles on mound, Crushers fall

AVON – With a runner on first in the first inning against the Oakland County Cruisers, Lake Erie Crushers pitcher Matt Smith checked the runner a couple of times. One fan took exception and pleaded with Smith to throw a pitch because he was falling asleep. That proved to be the wrong advice. Cruisers designated Read More…