December 21, 2014


Indians sign Gavin Floyd, say his elbow is fine; four spots in rotation set

Veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd will join the Indians rotation after signing a one-year deal for a reported $4 million not including incentives. The Tribe says Floyd, who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and suffered a broken elbow last year, is healthy. (AP file photo)

CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter spring training with four spots in the rotation already spoken for. Cleveland signed free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, 31, to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million Tuesday. And according to general manager Chris Antonetti, Floyd, who has been plagued by elbow injuries the past two seasons, has a Read More…

Scott Petrak: Remember when the Browns were relevant?

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks off the field with center Ryan Seymour after an interception by the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A collection of thoughts with the season winding down, the Browns reeling and the playoffs out of the picture. Relevance was nice while it lasted. For the first time since 2007, the Browns entered December with a winning record. That meant extended excitement and finally games with real meaning. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the early Read More…

Rick Noland: Ignore the critics, LeBron James is still the best

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

He’s lost some explosiveness. He takes a few possessions off defensively. His rebounding numbers are down. He turns 30 in a few weeks. He even missed a game because of, gasp, knee soreness. Relax, people. While there is at least a grain of truth to all of the above statements, LeBron James is still so Read More…

Vote for Elyria’s Kevin Vough for Ohio wrestling athlete of the week

Kevin Vough

Elyria High School wrestler Kevin Vough has been nominated in the first week of JJHuddle’s Ohio High School Athlete Athlete Team of the Week contest. The sophomore won the Walsh Ironman title on Saturday. Vough (285 pounds) pinned Tate Orndorff of University (Wash.) to become the first Ironman champion in school history. Vote for Vough online Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron James not down on Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives on Charlotte Hornets' Brian Roberts in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is still a friend and supporter of Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who struggled mightily Sunday in his first NFL start. “He’s worked very hard,” the Cavaliers small forward said Monday before a game against the Charlotte Hornets. “You can’t put all that pressure, or everything that happened, on just one game. Read More…

Girls basketball: Oberlin falls to undefeated Fairport Harding

Oberlin’s Judith Lesesne battles Fairport Harbor’s Gabbi Babbitt for a rebound during Monday night’s game. Lesesne had 13 points,14 rebounds and seven steals. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — A loss is a loss, but some come with a bright spot. Oberlin coach Robert Wright thought Monday’s 40-31 loss to undefeated Fairport Harding qualified. “Despite the loss, I was pretty happy with the way my girls continued to compete tonight,” said Wright, whose team fell to 3-3. “We’re a young team and Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel humbled by 1st shutout of his football career

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel took home an unwanted souvenir from his first start. A giant goose egg. “It’s the first game I’ve ever not scored a point,” he said Monday. “I’ve played in a lot of games I feel like from high school through college and never been shut out until then, so it was Read More…

Cavaliers ride 21-0 start to win over Hornets

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots against Charlotte Hornets' Gerald Henderson in the first quarter Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Turns out there was nothing wrong with the Cavaliers that some home cooking, a scintillating start and a dose of the Charlotte Hornets couldn’t cure. In a game that should have been much easier than it turned out to be, no-killer-instinct Cleveland notched a 97-88 victory over the NBA’s worst road team Monday Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Mayfield to stay undefeated

EC’s Julia Scarpelli gets ready to put up a shot against Mayfield’s Courtney Favazzo during Monday’s game. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Unbeaten Elyria Catholic routed Division I Mayfield 63-34 Monday night in non-conference action. It was the Panthers’ sixth victory. Mayfield (0-5) led only once, 2-0, in the first minute. But Division III EC, with superior depth and balanced scoring, quickly took over and had it under control at 21-6 after eight minutes. At Read More…

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman expected to be named University of Houston coach

Tom Herman

HOUSTON — Houston is negotiating with Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman to be its new head coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because a deal hadn’t been completed. Houston fired coach Tony Levine last week. Fox Sports first reported Herman was Read More…