April 16, 2014

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Browns: Chris Pressley wants to prove fullbacks still have place in Cleveland, NFL

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The Browns went all of last season without a true fullback on the roster. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants to change that. Fullback is a position decreasing in stature and population across the league. Chris Pressley, who was signed Monday by the Browns, wants to change that. “I take it personally that the game Read More…

Browns: Center Alex Mack says he’s happy he’s back in Cleveland, ready to get back to work

Alex Mack

BEREA — Alex Mack is happy to be the highest-paid center in the NFL. Happy the venture into free agency is behind him. Happy to have a long-term contract, and the power to opt out after two years. And, yes, happy to be a Brown. Mack was back at Browns headquarters Monday. He went to Read More…

White Sox 4, Indians 3: Closer John Axford blows save as Tribe loses on homer in 9th inning

Cleveland Indians closer John Axford reacts as he leaves the field after Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez hit the game-winning two-run home run. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians looked poised to salvage a four-game split. One pitch from John Axford and one big swing by Alexei Ramirez changed that. Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox over the Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday. The Indians scored twice in Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Elyria Catholic comfortable at Progressive Field, gives Highland big league beatdown

Elyria Catholic second baseman Christian Stanziano tags out Highland's Zac Melchiorre attempting to steal Sunday during the Panthers' 12-2 win at Progressive Field. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Progressive Field has tamed many a baseball team during its time on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Not Elyria Catholic. Playing for the second year in a row in the Cleveland Indians Hardball Classic, the Panthers once again rose to the occasion in another easy win. On Sunday, it came at the Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria freshman Kevin Vough puts state loss behind him, takes national title

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Elyria freshman Kevin Vough was disappointed with his third-place finish in the Division I state wrestling tournament a month ago. So to help soothe the pain of falling short in his quest to win a state title, the heavyweight went out and captured a national championship last weekend. Vough pounded his way through the 285-pound Read More…

Bubba Watson pulls away to win 2nd Masters in 3 years

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson. All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket. Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his Read More…

Girls AAU Basketball: Lissy Roggenburk hits buzzer-beater to lift TNBA to tourney title in open division

ELYRIA — It was a mixed bag for local teams Sunday at the 2nd Adidas North Coast Cup basketball tournament. In the open division host TNBA pulled out a 61-59 win over Toledo Thunder in the championship game. With the score tied and 1.4 seconds to play, Olmsted Falls’ Kerry Gasper inbounded the ball to Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Defense deciding factor in North Olmsted’s win over Elyria

Elyria's Zack Rosenkoetter gets a triple in the bottom of the sixth against Olmsted Falls. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — With the way North Olmsted played defense, no one would believe the Eagles have practiced only one time outdoors this spring. The Eagles managed to make a couple key plays in the field when they needed to and came away with a 5-4 win over Elyria on Saturday afternoon at George Day Field Read More…

Indians commentary: Another year, more empty stands

A sparse crowd behind Indians right fielder David Murphy watches in the seventh inning Tuesday in Cleveland. Only 9,029 were in attendance to see the Tribe defeat San Diego, 8-6. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The television advertisements and team spokesman/cheerleader Nick Swisher say this is a “Tribe Town.” But is it really? The Indians returned to Progressive Field this year to discover that not much had changed from last season, where after the obligatory sellout in the home opener, they drew a little over 10,000 fans per day for Read More…

Ohio State football: Elyria grads Chase Farris, Tracy Sprinkle trying to break through

COLUMBUS — There was a lot of optimism flowing for Elyria High grads Chase Farris and Tracy Sprinkle during Ohio State’s spring game last season in Cincinnati. Farris was competing for the right tackle position with Taylor Decker, and there was talk that Sprinkle — a true freshman — had a shot at landing on Read More…