July 31, 2014

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Indians notes: Terry Francona not sure buying is best idea at trading deadline

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona isn’t begging general manager Chris Antonetti for reinforcements as Thursday’s trading deadline approaches. “What we need to be geared for is to play good baseball, and if something happens, something happens,” said Francona, whose third-place team trails the first-place Tigers by 6½ games in the Central Division and are five Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon to blame second-hand smoke in suspension appeal, per reports

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns receiver Josh Gordon has a high-profile lawyer and an interesting argument. He hopes they result in a successful appeal of an indefinite suspension for failing a marijuana test. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be allowed to play in 2014. Reports Tuesday on ESPN and Profootballtalk.com laid out the argument Gordon’s attorneys will use Friday Read More…

UPDATED: Man charged for urinating on Art Modell’s grave

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. Read More…

Browns veteran Ben Tate, rookie Terrance West spice up battle for starting running back job

running back battle

BEREA — The quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is the primary storyline at Browns training camp. The most explosive position battle? That might just be the duel between running backs Ben Tate and Terrance West. Fifth-year pro Tate and rookie West have exchanged pointed comments through the media — refusing to acknowledge Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria downs Avon to win 14U district title, advance to regional

Elyria’s Gabby Shackelford drives in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning Monday at Vic Janowicz Memorial Park. Elyria downed Avon 8-1 
to advance to this weekend’s 14U regional tournament in Akron. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The first time they faced Avon pitcher Hannah Boesger on Monday night at Vic Janowicz Memorial Park, the Elyria batters went hitless. But when leadoff hitter April Howser doubled to the left-field fence with one out in the third inning, she changed everything. Her gapper sparked the first of four consecutive two-run innings Read More…

Indians’ Carlos Santana named American League Player of the Week

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Carlos Santana could not be much hotter. Too bad the same can’t be said for his team. The Cleveland Indians, who open an eight-game homestand tonight against the Seattle Mariners, are coming off a 10-3 win over the Royals on Sunday. Unfortunately for them, that was just their second win in their last eight games. Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Notes: Read option makes early appearance in Kyle Shanahan’s offense

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with head coach Mike Pettine at training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan couldn’t wait to begin installing the read option. All the quarterbacks took turns running the option Monday on the third day of training camp, the first in pads. In the competition for the starting job, Shanahan called more options for rookie Johnny Manziel than Brian Hoyer, because Manziel ran Read More…

UPDATED: Tickets for LeBron James welcome home rally gone in hours

LeBron James

AKRON — Turns out there will be a LeBron James party after all — and 30,000 free tickets to it were gobbled up in hours Monday. The city of Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation will hold a Welcome Home LeBron Community Rally on Aug. 8 at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. In Read More…

LeBron James returning to No. 23 for his Cavaliers jersey

LeBron James will wear No. 23 when he steps on the court for Cleveland. (AP Photo/Lori Shepler, File)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ jerseys have changed since LeBron James last wore the wine and gold four years ago. James’ number, however, will remain the same. James announced Sunday that he will wear No. 23 in his Cleveland comeback, simultaneously releasing the news on all three of his social media accounts. “23 it is! It’s Read More…

Santana hits a pair of home runs to push Indians past Royals

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn’t do it. Neither did Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other opposing slugger who played at Kansas City. Carlos Santana hit five home runs in a series at spacious Kauffman Stadium, connecting for two more shots Sunday and Read More…