July 4, 2015

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Crushers welcome back Todd Kibby after Tommy John surgery, but say so long to winning streak with loss to Otters

AVON — Todd Kibby waited almost 11 months to take the mound following Tommy John surgery. Unfortunately, his long-awaited return to the Crushers’ rotation lasted just 2⅔ innings Friday night in a 3-1 loss to the Evansville Otters in front of 2,136 fans at All Pro Freight Stadium. Despite getting 11 hits and forcing Otters Read More…

Pro baseball team makes history with first openly gay player

SONOMA, Calif. — Baseball history was made in Northern California when the sport’s first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to a 7-0 victory Thursday night Read More…

Lawsuit over personal seat licenses refiled against Browns

ELYRIA — A lawsuit against the Cleveland Browns over personal seat licenses that was dropped earlier this year was filed again Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Eric Zagrans, the lawyer representing several fans who owned the licenses, said the lawsuit was dismissed in March a day after it was first filed so he Read More…

NBA Draft: Cavaliers draft three players in second round after trading first-round pick

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INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers took a point guard Thursday night in the first round of the NBA Draft, but they didn’t keep him long. Cleveland took Duke freshman Tyus Jones with the No. 24 pick, then immediately traded the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a pair of early 2015 second-round picks (Nos. 31 Read More…

NBA Draft: T’wolves take Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1; Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell goes 2nd to Lakers

NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle. The Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant. Knicks fans just got mad — though not for long. Minnesota selected Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, the first of three straight freshmen chosen before New Read More…

High school softball: Keystone’s Sammie Stefan and Summer Constable pick up All-American honors

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Only 48 high school softball players across the country earn a spot on the All-American team each season and this year two of those players call Keystone home. Sophomore third baseman Sammie Stefan was named to the second team and junior shortstop Summer Constable to the third team Thursday when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Read More…

Crushers’ pen has right stuff in win over Grizzlies

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AVON — Lake Erie manager Chris Mongiardo can live with the “Captain Hook” label pinned on him lately by the press box crew at All Pro Freight Stadium. He doesn’t mind it as long as the result continues to go the Crushers’ way as it did again Thursday. The Crushers downed Gateway 3-1 to sweep Read More…

Women’s World Cup: A healthy Alex Morgan may be just what struggling U.S. offense needs to get past China

OTTAWA, Ontario — The last time the United States played China in the Women’s World Cup was in the 1999 final at the Rose Bowl, when the Americans won on penalty kicks for their second title and Brandi Chastain famously ripped off her jersey. The teams meet again tonight with the winner advancing to a Read More…

Lorain High athletes charged with graduation party assault

LORAIN —- Police say two former athletes from Lorain High School ganged up on and assaulted an 18-year-old at her graduation party Sunday morning. Devon Andrews, 19, and Marlena Guice, 18, were charged with assault in the alleged attack. Eliza Gonzalez, 18, told police Monday that she had been attacked at her graduation party over Read More…

Young Indians fan makes friends with Tigers slugger Cabrera after highlight-reel catch

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AVON — A Cleveland Indians cap was placed on Dominic Opron’s head shortly after he was born. Some might say his fate was sealed from then on. But not to hear the soft-spoken 11-year-old tell it when he speaks of the episode that transpired at Tuesday night’s Indians/Detroit Tigers game. Dominic’s spur-of-the-moment catch of a Read More…