July 24, 2014

Partly sunny

Prospect League: Blue Sox shut out Ironmen

Ironmen first baseman Tyler Bires stretches for the ball to beat a Butler hitter during Thursday night’s game in Lorain. Below, Ironmen catcher Ryan Cooper lunges to make a tag on Blue Sox baserunner Stuart Levy. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Butler pitcher Ben Hartz kept the Lorain County batters guessing as the Blue Sox came away with a 2-0 victory Thursday night at The Pipe Yard. Hartz went 62⁄3 innings, striking out two and allowing four walks and four hits for the Blue Sox (24-18). J.T. Brubaker (4-1) had a strong outing for the Read More…

McIlroy grabs lead after first round, Tiger off to solid start at British Open

Rory McIlroy plays a shot off the fourth tee during the first day of the British Open on Thursday. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods Read More…

Midview grad Ryan Feierabend back in Major League 6 years after Tommy John surgery

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After being released by three major league organizations over a two-year span following Tommy John surgery and pitching in an independent minor league, Ryan Feierabend was definitely thinking about the dreaded “R” word. Retirement. But a winter workout in late 2012 at Midview High School, his alma mater, inadvertently reignited the left-hander’s baseball career and Read More…

Cavaliers add another veteran shooter in James Jones

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CLEVELAND — James Jones played with LeBron James on two NBA championship teams in Miami. He hopes to win a third with “The Chosen One” in Cleveland. Jones agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract Wednesday, according to multiple reports, giving the Cavaliers another veteran sharpshooter to come off the bench. The 6-foot-8 small forward Read More…

OGSO: South Amherst Firelands falls in Class D state final

Buckeye's Kelsie Shultz beats the throw at the plate to Firelands' catcher Alex Willis. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — South Amherst Firelands experienced the joy of victory and agony of defeat all within a matter of hours Wednesday in the Ohio Girls Softball Organization Class D state tournament at Wellington Community Park. The night started off well with a 7-0 semifinal win over the Lorain Xplosion, but the powerful Buckeye offense proved Read More…

Olmsted Falls’ Kerri Gasper chooses Division I Evansville for basketball, nursing programs

Kerri Gasper

Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper was thinking about her basketball future and her future after basketball earlier this week when she orally committed to the University of Evansville. Gasper, a shooting guard, was highly sought after by a number of other midmajor Division I programs but she chose the Purple Aces because of coach Oties Read More…

Logan Landon finds groove, Ironmen find win over Kings

The Ironmen’s Lucas Raley makes a running catch in the outfield in Wednesday night’s 5-3 win over Champion City. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — All it took was a little tinkering. Logan Landon went six innings on the mound and tripled and scored in three at-bats to lift the Lorain County Ironmen to a 5-3 win over Champion City at The Pipe Yard. Langdon, who could not get out of the fourth inning in his last start Read More…

Indians: It was an average first-half for Tribe

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As the 47-47 record indicates, it was an average first half for the Indians, who dealt with injuries and performance issues to key players, as they began their quest to repeat as a postseason qualifier under second-year manager Terry Francona. The Indians are still in contention for a playoff spot (3 1/2 games out in Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavs need to take next step, get Kevin Love

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If I were Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, I’d do everything in my power to acquire Minnesota power forward Kevin Love — without trading 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins. But if I absolutely had to trade Wiggins, I would — at a later date. How’s that for straddling the fence? It may Read More…

Derek Jeter gets 2 hits in memorable final All-Star Game

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MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the Read More…