July 5, 2015

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Perfectly impressive: Indians rookie Cody Anderson takes perfect game into 7th inning against Rays, settles for first win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Somewhere around the fourth inning, Cody Anderson realized he was chasing perfection. “I kind of knew that everything was going pretty smooth,” Cleveland’s rookie right-hander said Monday night after taking a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning of his second major league start. “I just tried to keep Read More…

Women’s World Cup Soccer: Goalkeepers grab spotlight in semifinal clash between United States and Germany

MONTREAL — The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo. The two women will be the last line of defense tonight for their teams. Solo, despite being inundated at the start of the tournament Read More…

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan says next season will be his last

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year’s national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old Ryan has only one more season left in him. Ryan surprised the college Read More…

The camera’s always watching, and athletes must adjust to it

When LeBron James pulls into the parking lot at Quicken Loans Arena, there are cameras waiting. They follow him into the arena, record him walking down the hall to the locker room. They are there when he’s changing into his uniform. They are there in the huddles during timeouts and there during the halftime meetings Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James declines option, will become free agent, but expected to re-sign with Cleveland

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The best basketball player in the world wants to be paid commensurately. For that reason, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James did not exercise his one-year, $21.57 million player option for next season. The deadline for his decision was Sunday. The four-time NBA MVP will become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, but has repeatedly stated he Read More…

Orioles 4-8, Indians 0-0: Tribe blanked twice in doubleheader disaster

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians had been flailing helplessly at the plate for nearly 18 innings when Terry Francona finally had seen enough. Francona stormed out of the dugout after a third-strike call went against Ryan Raburn, and the manager was ejected before he got to the plate. The sequence effectively summed up a Sunday Read More…

Crushers 4, Otters 3: Lineup change pays off as Jose Barraza sparks offense from cleanup spot

AVON — After watching Lake Erie struggle to score — six runs in the last three games — manager Chris Mongiardo shuffled the batting order Sunday against Evansville. Catcher Jose Barraza made Mongiardo look like a genius. Barraza responded to the move to the cleanup spot by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as Read More…

Ironmen’s sloppy play leads to doubleheader sweep at hands of Grand Lakes

LORAIN — The Ironmen would probably rather just forget about their Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League doubleheader with Grand Lakes on Sunday. Lorain County (8-9) started the day by committing seven errors in a 13-7 loss to the Mariners and followed that with three errors in the first inning of the second game en route Read More…

Women’s World Cup: American Carli Lloyd at her best in most important moments

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd’s career is defined by big moments. The latest came in the U.S. victory Friday over China, with a goal that ultimately sent the Americans through to the semifinals at the Women’s World Cup. With goals in consecutive games, the 32-year-old midfielder could face her biggest challenge against top-ranked Germany on Tuesday. Read More…

NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins in Sonoma in 5th start back after serious injuries

SONOMA, Calif. — After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot. He repeated the routine the night before Sunday’s race, all in an effort to minimize pain and give himself the best chance to pick up a much-needed victory. Just five races after returning from Read More…