November 1, 2014


Boys regional soccer: Avon facing familiar foe in Copley

Avon’s top scorers and tri-captains from left: Michael Smigel, Daniel Minotti and Will Sharer. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Sometimes history repeats, even in high school soccer. In 2011, Avon defeated a Southwestern Conference opponent (Amherst) to win a Division I district championship. The Eagles moved on to a regional semifinal, where they took on the Copley Indians. On Saturday night, Avon defeated another SWC opponent (Westlake) for the Rocky River district crown. And Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Late surge has EC thriving in postseason

Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Kelling (left), Gage Jarvis (center) and Spencer Fetko will be key for the Panthers in tonight’s regional semifinal. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Late in the regular season it looked like Elyria Catholic’s string of district championships might be coming to an end. The Panthers entered Division III tournament play on a three-match losing streak. In fact, after starting the year 5-0, Elyria Catholic was just 3-7-1 over the final month of the season. Now the Panthers are Read More…

World Series: Royals rout Giants to force Game 7 in KC

Kansas City Royals pitcher Tim Collins celebrates after striking out San Francisco Giants Gregor Blanco to end Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals defeated the Giants 10-0 to tie the series at 3-3.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night. As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 — just like Read More…

Scott Petrak: Twitter was must-see social media Monday night

Washington Redskins' Colt McCoy (talks to Dallas Cowboys' Brandon Weeden after their game, Monday in Arlington, Texas. Washington won in overtime 20-17. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Twitter can be trouble. People have lost jobs because of an ill-advised 140 characters, including PGA of America president Ted Bishop last week. Guys are so worried about what they’re missing in their timelines, they bury their heads in their phones and ignore their friends at the bar. It’s added hours to the beat writers’ Read More…

Cavaliers: Copying the Spurs’ championship ways?

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters plays in a preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies . (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers aren’t emulating the San Antonio Spurs, but they are studying the reigning NBA champions. It’s gotten to the point where even shooting guard Dion Waiters, who admitted Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he studied film only when it was required over his first two seasons in the league, sounded like Read More…

World Series: Giants, postseason teams affected by concussions

Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre responds to a question during a news conference at MLB headquarters, in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The message from Joe Torre shown on the video board at AT&T Park was clear and direct: “When in doubt, sit it out.” From the World Series to the NFL, from hockey to youth sports, concussions are a major topic at all levels of athletics. They shaped part of the postseason for the Read More…

Girls soccer: Top defender Kirsten Fehlan would love to lead Elyria Catholic to the state tournament

Elyria Catholic senior Kirsten Fehlan works the ball against a teammate during practice Monday. Though Fehlan has three goals this season, her forte is defense ... and being a team leader. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

When Elyria Catholic senior Kirsten Fehlan was a freshman and a member of the first girls soccer district championship team in school history, she dreamed of winning a state championship as a senior. Now she has the chance to help make her dream a reality. Fehlan will be starting at center back tonight when Elyria Read More…

Browns happy with ‘ugly’ win over Raiders, know they have to play better on offense

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — The Browns took a page out of late Raiders owner Al Davis’ playbook Sunday. Just win, baby. “I’ll take ugly wins all day,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. The Browns didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter. They converted only two of 12 third downs. They rushed for 39 yards with an Read More…

Cavaliers to unveil new scoreboard on opening night

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ roster isn’t the only thing that’s going to be better this season. A new-and-improved 5,550-square-foot, high-definition scoreboard will be unveiled Thursday when Cleveland hosts the New York Knicks in its season opener at Quicken Loans Arena. Billed as the largest HD scoreboard at any arena in the country, the improved version Read More…

NBA preview: Cavaliers, Spurs have that favorite feel

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James goes against Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis in a preseason NBA basketball game in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept the gang together. They brought back nearly every piece from the team that annihilated James and the Read More…