April 24, 2015

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NFL Draft: Clemson’s Vic Beasley puts up impressive numbers in games and workouts

The combine numbers should come with a napkin to collect the drool. Especially for a team, like the Browns, looking for an impact pass rusher. Clemson’s Vic Beasley (6-foot-3, 246 pounds) ranked among the top performers at linebacker in every measured drill. He ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, a linebacker-best 6.91 3-cone drill and a Read More…

White Sox 6, Indians 0: Ace Corey Kluber struggles, doesn’t get any help from offense

CHICAGO — Corey Kluber made his share of mistakes, and the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner gave up a career-high 13 hits. Yet Cleveland manager Terry Francona said a 6-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday wasn’t all Kluber’s fault. “It’s a hard way to pitch when we’re throwing up zeros as Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Keystone overcomes cold to clobber Cardinals, keep pace in PAC Stars

Keystone High School pitcher Denny Szalai (20) pitches against Brookside High School on Wednesday evening, April 22. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — Neither wind, nor snow, nor frozen fingers could keep Keystone from rounding the bases against Brookside in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game Wednesday. The Wildcats put up seven runs in the second and third innings on the way to a 12-0 six-inning win to keep the pressure on division-leading Firelands. Keystone Read More…

H.S. Softball: Early homer by Alex Dick sets tone for Elyria in win over Brunswick

Elyria's Alex Dick hits a two-run home run against Brunswick in the second inning Wednesday.  AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

BRUNSWICK — With the temperature dipping near the freezing mark Wednesday, Elyria’s softball team was looking for one hot bat to get things going against Brunswick. That bat belonged to Alex Dick. The senior smacked a two-run home run over the left-field fence with one out in the second inning to lead the Pioneers to Read More…

Steelers, Patriots to open NFL slate as schedules released

NEW YORK — Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. The opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 with a game matching quarterbacks with six Super Bowl rings and Read More…

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving dominate down the stretch, carry Cavaliers past Celtics and to 2-0 lead in series

CLEVELAND — Batman and Robin were never this good. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined to score the Cavaliers’ last 28 points Tuesday night as Cleveland defeated the Boston Celtics 99-91 at Quicken Loans Arena to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. James, who finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, seven assists Read More…

Brian Dulik: Cavs’ ‘Big Two’ more than enough on this night

The Cavaliers looked lethargic and played disinterested, which is almost always a deadly combination in the NBA playoffs. Fortunately for Cleveland, there were two reasons — specifically, two All-Stars — why that wasn’t the case Tuesday night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored the Cavaliers’ final 28 points and rescued them from the brink of Read More…

Carlos Carrasco, bullpen bounce back strong from rough outings as Indians hold off White Sox, snap two-game skid

CHICAGO — On a cold night in Chicago, Carlos Carrasco worked an efficient five innings in his first start since being smacked in the face with a line drive against these same White Sox. The Cleveland Indians bullpen took it from there in a 6-2 win Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field, where the temperatures slipped Read More…

High school baseball: Senior Jack Bondy gets chance to start and sparks Avon past Amherst with three runs batted in

Amherst High School pitcher Evan Shawver (6) pitches against Avon High School on Tuesday evening, April 21. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — In a game that was moved from All Pro Freight Stadium to Oberlin College to Avon Middle School, it was no surprise a player not in the original starting lineup was the hero. Jack Bondy drove in three runs, including a pair that tied the game in the fourth inning, as Avon rallied Read More…

Cavaliers: Timofey Mozgov more active in Game 2 win

CLEVELAND — Timofey Mozgov was pretty much a non-entity in Game 1 of the Cavaliers’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against Boston. Things changed Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. After recording only six points on four field-goal attempts over 23 minutes Sunday, Mozgov was a different guy in Game 2, scoring 16 points on Read More…