April 25, 2014

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Indians notes: Nick Swisher not sweating slump

Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher reacts after being called out on strikes Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — While the majority of people around him fret, Indians first baseman Nick Swisher isn’t sweating out his slow start at the plate. Swisher, who had a down year last season, entered Tuesday batting .197 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 19 games. He had struck out a team-high 20 times in Read More…

Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis connect on two-run home runs as Indians rally past Royals

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Jason Kipnis in the fourth inning Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — During the early portion of Monday night’s series opener with the Royals, about the only excitement for Indians fans was provided by a squirrel that got loose in the Progressive Field infield and outfield. Once the squirrel was contained, Cleveland’s baseball team brought the crowd to its feet. Keyed by two-run home runs Read More…

High school softball: Midview tops Avon, grabs first in WSC

Midview freshman pitcher Lauren Landers held Avon in check Monday to help the Middies roll. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Midview took a big step toward claiming superiority in the West Shore Conference on Monday. Freshman Lauren Landers held the potent Avon offense to six hits, Erin DiFranco went 4-for-4 and Amanda Beursken belted a three-run home run as the Middies cruised to a 7-0 win and sole possession of first place. “We’ve Read More…

High school baseball: North Ridgeville’s Matt Feierabend works his magic on the mound in victory over Vermilion

North Ridgeville's Nolan Freeman returns to first base safely on a pick-off attempt. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — North Ridgeville pitcher Matt Feierabend knows he isn’t going to blow anyone away when he’s on the mound. So far this season he hasn’t had to. Feierabend won his third game without a loss, keeping the Vermilion batters off-balance and allowing just one run in six innings in the Rangers’ 4-1 West Shore Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers need to keep David Griffin as GM

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Acting Cavaliers general manager David Griffin will meet with the media this morning at Cleveland Clinic Courts to review the 2013-14 season. Normally, such proceedings include a decent amount of talk about the future, but these aren’t normal times. For one, Griffin doesn’t know whether he will retain the GM job. Two, even if he Read More…

More than 32,000 run Boston Marathon in show of defiance; Meb Keflezighi ends U.S. title drought

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BOSTON — Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. Some wanted to prove something to themselves. With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people ran in the Read More…

Indians notes: Jason Giambi activated from DL

Cleveland Indians' Jason Giambi bats against the Kansas City Royals Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is back in the fold. The veteran designated hitter, who missed the first 18 games while recovering from a fractured rib, was officially activated from the disabled list Monday. He was in the lineup for the series opener with Kansas City in place of a struggling Carlos Santana, who is batting Read More…

College Notes: Elyria graduate Alyssa Barker has perfect week for Coppin State

Elyria graduate Alyssa Barker was MEAC player of the week after winning five games. PHOTO PROVIDED

A 5-for-5 day at the plate is impressive, but a 5-for-5 week in the circle really gets people to take notice. Alyssa Barker got the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s attention when she won all five of her starts from March 31 through April 6 for Coppin State’s softball team. The Elyria graduate posted a 1.40 ERA and Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Clearview grad Anthony Hitchens bigger, better, ready for shot at NFL

Iowa linebacker and Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens catches a ball during a drill at the scouting combine in February. (AP photo)

Anthony Hitchens is one of the best athletes in Clearview High School history. He was a Golden Helmet winner, a three-sport star and drew interest from multiple Division I colleges. But when he left for Iowa City to play for the Hawkeyes, the NFL was light-years — and 40 pounds — away. It’s suddenly around Read More…

Boston Marathon: Runners given rare chance when extra invitations extended year after bombing

University of Massachusetts nursing professor Adrienne Wald, center, helps carry a banner that features a photo of Krystle Campbell, a UMass nursing student who died in the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, during a tribute walk on a track at the school in Boston.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON — “I need to run.” The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief. Read More…