March 3, 2015

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Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia gets revenge, slips past Lake Ridge

Columbia's Bailey Patrouhas makes a diving pass in Saturday's game against Lake Ridge Academy. Also pictured are Columbia's Shelby Friedel, left, Lake Ridge's Brianna Kirk, center, and Rachael Williams. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — With a history of close, hard-fought games, Columbia and Lake Ridge have developed a fan-friendly rivalry in recent seasons. Notable was the Royals’ three-point win over the Raiders in a Division IV sectional final last season. The pattern continued Saturday afternoon. Columbia, battling from four points down, made eight of 12 foul Read More…

Indians Commentary: Sorry, Tribe fans, 2015 might not be your year

Cleveland Indians participate in a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A number of respected baseball writers are picking the Indians to win the Central Division. I won’t be one of them. Then again, I’m not so sure “respected” would be an adjective many of the readers — or anyone else, for that matter — would use to describe me. But, whatever. As Read More…

Indians Notes: Live batting practice debut is positive for pitchers

Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes hits a ball during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Trevor Bauer was among a number of pitchers — including Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Bruce Chen — to take the mound Saturday, as Indians hitters took live batting practice for the first time. “(It felt) weird, like always,” said Bauer, who claimed to have thrown every pitch in his Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West fails tough final exam against Bay

ROCKY RIVER — As back-to-back Patriot Athletic Conference champions, the Lutheran West Longhorns seldom face a test they don’t have the answers for, particularly in the friendly confines of Wittrock Gymnasium. But the season ending non-league game Friday night against the West Shore Conference co-champion Bay Village Rockets was enough to break the No. 2 Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria earns first league title in 20 years

Elyria Antonio Blanton goes up to hoop over Normandy Mickey Newman Feb. 27. Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — Twenty years is a long time to go between league titles, so Elyria celebrated Friday night. The Pioneers earned a co-championship in the final year of the Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division by beating co-champion Normandy 72-64 at the Pioneer gym. With a number of players and coach Mike Walsh (now an assistant) Read More…

Browns agree to terms with QB Josh McCown; Brian Hoyer’s time in Cleveland is over

In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown looks down his line during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The Browns picked Josh McCown over Brian Hoyer, then made sure they got him. The Browns agreed to terms with McCown, 35, on a three-year deal Friday night, reportedly worth about $15 million, after outdueling the Bills. The door is all but shut on Hoyer returning to his hometown team. McCown went 1-10 as a Read More…

Pacers 93, Cavaliers 86: Without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Cleveland falls on road

INDIANAPOLIS — George Hill took center stage with the biggest stars sitting. Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and capped the first triple-double of his career with three free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the Indiana Pacers’ 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. With LeBron Read More…

Division I Sectional Wrestling: Competitors ready to rumble as postseason opens

WESTLAKE — Rivalries were created and set up during Friday night’s opening action at the Division I sectional wrestling tournament at Westlake High School. The biggest feud was sparked on the mats during a wild 160-pound quarterfinal between North Ridgeville’s Tommy Wendling (29-4) and Lorain’s Aaron Huff (33-11). The pair engaged in a wild back-and-forth Read More…

Boys Basketball: Columbia’s David Delahunty reaches 1,000 points in loss to Buckeye

YORK TWP. — The leading scorer in the Patriot Athletic Conference reached a major milestone Friday. Junior power forward David Delahunty poured in 26 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as Columbia dropped a 57-52 decision to Buckeye. The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter, who entered the evening with 981 points, joined the prestigious club 2:40 into Read More…

Indians: Cerebral pitcher Trevor Bauer looking to build on 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — This is Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer talking about adjusting to variables: “You’re never going to be able to repeat your delivery,” he said. “The mound’s always going to be slightly different. You’re going to be slightly stronger or weaker, tired, different surroundings. So a lot of what I did this offseason is Read More…