March 3, 2015

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Indians Notes: Tribe disagrees with how advanced stats rank Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Advanced baseball metrics say left fielder Michael Brantley is a below-average defensive player. The Indians beg to differ. “For the life of me, I can’t understand it,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes me to no end, because he is one of the better left fielders in the game. I Read More…

Indians: Michael Bourn banking on injury-free season after pair of disappointing years

Michael Bourn

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nick Swisher isn’t the only Indians veteran with something to prove. Center fielder Michael Bourn, who joined Swisher as free agent acquisitions in 2013, wants to show Cleveland what he’s like at 100 percent. Like Swisher, Bourn signed a big-money contract — four years, $48 million. And like Swisher, he’s given the Read More…

Latest injury to Derrick Rose hits Bulls hard

The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot -- trying to get by without their star point guard. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot — trying to get by without their star point guard. The torn meniscus in his right knee was announced Tuesday night, another tough twist for a franchise, a star, Read More…

Indians: After shaky defensive start last season, catcher Yan Gomes flourished

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — No one could ever accuse Yan Gomes of taking his defense to the plate. Cleveland’s catcher got off to a miserable start last year behind the plate, committing nine errors within the first 28 games. His fielding eventually improved, and his bat never buckled, providing the Indians with arguably the American League’s Read More…

Commentary: Center Timofey Mozgov a huge reason Cavaliers playing best ball in NBA

Timofey Mozgov (AP file photo)

The biggest game in the NBA tonight — and perhaps this season — will take place at Quicken Loans Arena. It will pit the best team in the league, the 44-10 Golden State Warriors, against the hottest team in the NBA, the 36-22 Cavaliers, who have won 17 of their last 19 games. It could Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic rolls past Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Sam Filiaggi, right, gets a rebound Wednesday against Oberlin’s Meaira Williams, left, and Judith Lesesne. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Their shooting was off, but the Elyria Catholic girls dominated the backboards, played well defensively and got a game-high 20 points from sophomore post Jessie Lee on Wednesday night. It added up to the top-seeded Panthers’ 51-17 victory over Oberlin in a Division III sectional semifinal at the Coliseum. EC (19-4) earned a Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia blanks Kidron Central Christian in 1st quarter, cruises to win

Columbia’s Alison Schafer goes in for a layup Wednesday in a 45-34 win over Kidron Central Christian. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — For three quarters Wednesday evening, Columbia and Kidron Central Christian played an even back-and-forth game. Fortunately for the Raiders, what they did in the first quarter made the final three rather inconsequential. Columbia (17-6) scored the first 15 points of the game and then spent the rest of the night in cruise Read More…

Browns Notes: Tight end James Casey reportedly will visit Cleveland, is an option if Jordan Cameron leaves

James Casey

Jordan Cameron would leave a sizable hole at tight end if he leaves in free agency. The Browns are looking at veteran James Casey as an option if that happens. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Casey (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) will visit the Browns. Casey, 30, was released last week by the Eagles in order to save Read More…

Diving: Avon Lake’s Megan Peepers turned from gymnastics to diving, has reached states as sophomore

Megan Peppers

Megan Peepers recognized the crossroads in her athletics career in eighth grade, made a decision and didn’t second-guess herself. The Avon Lake sophomore followed the tangent from club gymnastics to diving and hasn’t looked back. Peepers will compete in the Division I girls state diving meet at 9 a.m. today in Canton at Branin Natatorium. Read More…

Indians notes: Brandon Moss might be ahead of schedule

Cleveland’sJose Ramirez participates in a drill during spring training Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz. The Dominican Republic native is working on learning the English language to better communicate with teammates on the field. (AP photo)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brandon Moss (hip surgery) took batting practice on the field for the first time Wednesday. It was progress, since Moss, who had been relegated to agility drills and work in the cages, wasn’t expected to hit on the field until next week. “I think he was dying to get on the field,” Read More…