August 28, 2014

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Browns Commentary: Don’t worry, it’s only practice

The NFL calls them preseason games, but there is no truth in that advertising. They are nothing more than glorified practices against another team, exhibitions in every way. For that reason, the Browns did exactly what they were supposed to do Saturday in a 33-14 loss to the St. Louis Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland’s Read More…

High school volleyball: North Ridgeville comes back to beat Lorain

Lorain’s Marlena Guice, left, hits the ball over the fingertips of North Ridgeville’s Maddie Schauer (13) and Kara Sullinger on Saturday afternoon. Lorain won the first game before losing the next three. 
 KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — North Ridgeville stumbled in game one on Saturday, but bounced back to give first-year head coach Jenny Oblock her first coaching win at the school, beating Lorain 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-12 as each team moved to 1-1 in the young season. The Rangers led 11-4 in the first game before the Titans came storming Read More…

Brian Hoyer throws TD pass, but Browns dominated by Rams in 33-14 loss

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CLEVELAND — The Browns finally did it. Win? No. Look good? Nope. Give the home crowd reason for optimism in the third preseason game that’s supposed to serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season? Absolutely not. But for the first time in three preseason games, the starting offense scored a touchdown. It came Read More…

All-Star big man Kevin Love joins Cavaliers, quest for title begins

Kevin Love

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili helped the San Antonio Spurs win NBA titles in 2003, ’05, ’07 and ’14. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh led the Miami Heat to four straight NBA Finals appearances and two titles from 2011-14. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics to Read More…

ArenaBowl XXVII: Gladiators get Rattled early as Arizona rolls to third straight title

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CLEVELAND — The wait will continue for long-suffering Cleveland football fans. The Cleveland Gladiators saw their dream season end in stunning fashion Saturday when they lost ArenaBowl XXVII to the Arizona Rattlers 72-32 in front of a boisterous crowd of 18,410 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Gladiators were outscored 30-7 in the second quarter and Read More…

Rookies provide winning in touch in Indians’ walk-off win over Astros

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez is swarmed by teammates after hitting the game-winning single in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday in Cleveland. The Indians won 3-2. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The future looked bright Saturday for the Indians at Progressive Field. Getting production from a number of young players — most notably right-hander Danny Salazar and shortstop Jose Ramirez — Cleveland notched a needed victory, turning back the Astros 3-2. The win came in walk-off fashion, with Ramirez slashing a one-out single to Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic uses strong second half to hand Oberlin its first loss

Oberlin's Dante LaRiccia goes up for the ball against Elyria Catholic's Liam O'Halloran.

OBERLIN — Having been summarily run out of the midfield and trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes, Elyria Catholic’ soccer team convened a focus group about possible solutions at halftime Saturday night. With Jeff Ruiz and Jeremy Kelling leading the effort to recapture this important piece of ground, the Panthers bounced back for a 3-1 non-conference Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Indians still in contention for playoff spot, but …

CLEVELAND — It’s a good thing another Browns season is upon us, and that the Cavaliers’ LeBron James is back on his royal throne in Cleveland, because this Indians season is over. Don’t really care that through Friday the Central Division standings indicated the Indians were only seven games out of first place. And, yeah, Read More…

Indians notes: Yan Gomes placed on concussion list; Chris Gimenez acquired

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CLEVELAND — Yan Gomes was placed on the seven-day concussion list after all, with the Indians acquiring a backup catcher in former Cleveland player Chris Gimenez on Saturday in a trade with the Rangers for future considerations. Gimenez, who played for the Indians from 2009-10, is expected to replace Gomes on the 25-man roster today. Read More…

Browns CB Joe Haden inactive vs. Rams with sore foot, considered day-to-day

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BEREA — Browns cornerback Joe Haden has a sore foot and won’t play tonight in the third preseason game against the Rams. He practiced this week and wasn’t on the injury report, but coach Mike Pettine decided to sit him for precautionary reasons. He’s considered day-to-day. Potential starter Buster Skrine is also out following thumb Read More…