April 25, 2014

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was exonerated after 19 years in prison, dies at 76

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former middleweight boxer, speaks during a news conference on March 3, 2000, inside the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. For 19 long years, the prizefighter was locked in a prison cell far away from the spotlight and the adulation of the boxing ring. But when Read More…

Indians 6, Blue Jays 4: Tribe snaps skid, avoids sweep on Easter

David Murphy hits the winning three-run double Sunday in the sixth inning against Toronto.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians picked a good day to come back from the dead. Riding a season-high three-game skid and with seven losses in nine games, Cleveland snapped out of the funk Sunday just in time to avoid a sweep by the Blue Jays, beating Toronto 6-4 in front of a sparse crowd of 11,716 Read More…

Indians notes: Manager Terry Francona not ready to make changes to batting order

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn reacts after striking out against Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos Friday in Cleveland. The Blue Jays defeated the Indians 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona is aware that his batting order has struggled to produce over the majority of the Indians’ first 18 games. But he doesn’t think it’s time to shake it up. “I don’t not change it because I’m not paying attention,” Francona said before Cleveland’s series finale with Toronto on Sunday. “I Read More…

H.S. Softball: Columbia beats St. Joseph at Akron showcase; North Ridgeville falls to Pickerington

North Ridgeville’s Marissa Caraballo tags out Pickerington Central’s Alex Kiddwell 
at third base Saturday at the Akron Racers Showcase at Firestone Stadium in Akron. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Columbia’s offense has come through with a big inning time and again this season and Saturday was no exception. Amanda Sedlock’s bases-clearing triple was the big blow in a six-run third inning as the Raiders downed St. Joseph Academy 7-4 at the Akron Racers Spring Showcase at Firestone Stadium. Columbia (4-3) took advantage Read More…

Indians Notes: Catcher Yan Gomes struggling with defense, leads team with 5 errors

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes catches a popup against the Detroit Tigers on April 16. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

CLEVELAND — Indians catcher Yan Gomes has made a team-high five errors and ranks 18th in the American League in fielding percentage at the position. Tribe manager Terry Francona isn’t worried about his young backstop just yet, however. “I think Gomer is prepared for this and he’s pretty good, so the one thing we don’t Read More…

Struggling offense no match for veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle as Blue Jays blank Indians

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle delivers in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday. Buehrle pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits. The Blue Jays defeated the Indians 5-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle is drinking from the Fountain of Youth at age 35. The Indians, meanwhile, are struggling to tread water. The veteran left-hander scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings Saturday afternoon, allowing Toronto to coast to a 5-0 win at Progressive Field. Cleveland failed to get a runner past Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Chill out, Tribe fans, it’s April

Hey, Indians fans, relax. When there has been an off chance between discussing who the Browns are going to take with the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland sports world has taken to Twitter, Facebook and local sports radio talk shows to discuss the demise of the Tribe. The Indians are 7-10 Read More…

High school baseball: Resilient Avon edges North Olmsted

Avon shortstop Jonny Morales and second baseman Brian Baker tag North Olmsted baserunner Brad Novak. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — The ability to take a punch and bounce back quickly isn’t just an essential virtue in boxing, but also a valuable team skill in baseball with its staccato waves of momentum. Avon demonstrated this point Saturday afternoon as they responded to each shot administered by North Olmsted to secure a 6-5 victory in Read More…

High school baseball: Amherst gets two shutouts in non-conference sweep of Lorain

Amherst's Rees Rua squares up to make a sacrifice bunt. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — In baseball, setting the table, finding ways to score and keeping your opponent off the board guarantee success. Amherst did just that Saturday in sweeping Lorain in a non-conference doubleheader at The Pipe Yard. The Comets shut out the Titans 7-0 and 6-0 to improve to 9-2. Lorain fell to 5-4. “I just Read More…

Boston Marathon: Women’s contender Shalane Flanagan says a U.S. win a year after the bombings would help heal city

In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Shalane Flanagan approaches the finish line to finish fourth in the women's division of the Boston Marathon in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

BOSTON — Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday. Her goal has changed now. But only a little. “If I could have one wish, it would be to win this specific race Read More…