October 22, 2014


High school soccer games moved because of weather

The Division III boys soccer semifinal game between Lake Ridge and Elyria Catholic, originally set for tonight at Elyria Catholic, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran West High School. The Division III boys soccer semifinal game between Columbia and Oberlin has been moved to 7 tonight at Lutheran West. The Division III Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic a win away from fourth straight district title

Elyria Catholic's Jenna Ellingson prepares to shoot on goal Monday night during the Panthers' 4-1 victory over Cuyahoga Falls. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic is 80 minutes away from a fourth consecutive Division III district championship. The Panthers took care of business Monday night, defeating Cuyahoga Heights 4-1 on a muddy Knights of Columbus Field. The Panthers (13-1-4) got a pair of goals from senior Keely Birsic and one each from Jenna Smith and Jenna Read More…

Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98: Plenty pitch in to lift Cavs to preseason win

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — It was only an exhibition game, but it could very well have been a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. With both teams sticking to their regular-season rotations and the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” playing together for just the second time in the preseason, Cleveland downed the Chicago Bulls 107-98 Monday night in front Read More…

Cavaliers notes: LeBron says Bulls are the team to beat in the East

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — LeBron James isn’t going to provide any bulletin board material for Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, who are widely considered the Cavaliers’ most formidable challenger in the Eastern Conference this season. “Chicago is a lot better than us right now,” James said Monday prior to an exhibition game against the Bulls at Read More…

Ohio State: Meyer trying to keep focus on Penn State, not Michigan State

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on the sideline against Rutgers Saturday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — There’s always the danger of a powerhouse looking past a couple of struggling teams to the marquee game on its schedule. But Urban Meyer says that won’t be the case for No. 13 Ohio State at Penn State on Saturday. “I think if you play a really bad team, that happens,” Meyer said Read More…

World Series: Will it be rest or rust for Royals and Giants?

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost watches batters during baseball practice Monday in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals will host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout. “I can’t believe Read More…

Browns Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate is tripped up by Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Johnathan Cyprien Sunday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and Read More…

Browns lament loss to Jaguars, try to move on quickly

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer reacts after getting sacked by defensive end Chris Clemons as guard John Greco, left, and tackle Paul McQuistan help him up. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — The disappointment hadn’t dissipated by Monday afternoon. The Browns (3-3) squandered an opportunity for a three-game winning streak, playing easily their worst game of the season in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Their first two losses came on field goals on the final play. This one stung because the performance was Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB Brian Hoyer ‘still firmly our starter’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer walks off the field after throwing an interception to Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith Sunday.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — Rookie coach Mike Pettine isn’t hitting the panic button after an ugly 24-6 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. That includes at the quarterback spot. “Brian (Hoyer) is still firmly our starter,” Pettine said. Hoyer played his worst game with the Browns, falling to 6-3 as the starter. He was 16-for-41 for 215 yards, Read More…

Record-setting DeMarco Murray, Cowboys top Giants 31-21

Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant (88) and DeMarco Murray (29) celebrate Murray's touchdown run against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — DeMarco Murray’s workload is a frequently asked question during the week for the Dallas Cowboys. There is no doubt about the answer when the game is on the line. The NFL’s leading rusher is going to get the ball. Murray had already become the first running back in league history to start Read More…