August 28, 2014

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Crushers flounder at plate

The Crushers’ Craig Hertler is tagged out by the Rascals’ Johnny Morales on steal attempt in  the first inning Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — In the thick of a playoff race with 11 regular-season games left, the Lake Erie Crushers didn’t pick the best time for a shutout loss. In front of 4,160 fans at “Pack the Park Pink Night” at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Crushers couldn’t get anything going offensively against River City Rascals starter Read More…

Indians sloppy on bases and in field, drop series opener against Astros

Houston Astros' Dexter Fowler is tagged out by Cleveland Indians third baseman Mike Aviles in a rundown between third and home in the ninth inning Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Indians got another top-shelf effort from a starting pitcher Friday night in the series opener against Houston. Unfortunately for them, they also got another bottom-feeding performance from their offense and defense. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched well but was pretty much forced to go it alone in a 5-1 loss to the fourth-place Read More…

Browns’ offense on the spot against Rams

CLEVELAND — Renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium are ongoing, which is why fans will see construction zones around its perimeter. Fittingly, the Browns’ offense is also a work in progress, setting up a potentially messy matchup against the St. Louis Rams tonight at 8. Cleveland (0-2) has not scored a first-half touchdown in its first two Read More…

Cavaliers: Kevin Love deal should be completed today

Kevin Love

The long-awaited Kevin Love deal is expected to be officially announced today, after the three teams involved complete a trade call with the NBA office. The deal will bring the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Love, who averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists for Minnesota last season, to the Cavaliers, who will start him alongside four-time Read More…

ArenaBowl XXVII: Gladiators, city of Cleveland hungry for a championship

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Gladiators are four quarters away from doing what no professional football team has done in five decades — bring a championship to the city of Cleveland. As the Gladiators get ready to host the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII tonight at 8 o’clock, quarterback Shane Austin said he knows what a Read More…

High school football 2014: Vermilion looking for a new home … and more wins, too

VERMILION — There’s a Navy saying about having “gear adrift” when something is out of place or doesn’t quite seem to fit. That expression might be heard in Vermilion these days when talking about the Sailors — the high school football Sailor, that is. Vermilion is looking for a conference that fits, one that it Read More…

Indians notes: Catcher Yan Gomes sustains mild concussion

Yan Gomes

CLEVELAND — Doctors believe Yan Gomes sustained a mild concussion Thursday, but the Indians aren’t planning to put the catcher on the seven-day concussion list yet. “He’s feeling a lot better,” manager Terry Francona said of Gomes, who sustained the injury in the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss in the series finale at Minnesota. Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for giving middle finger to Washington bench

Johnny Manziel

Talk about an expensive bird. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for giving the middle finger to the Washington bench Monday night. He has the option to appeal. Washington players yelled at Manziel throughout the game and mocked him by flashing his “money sign” after he was sacked. Read More…

More universities mixing beer, football at stadiums

A beer sits atop a garbage can as Minnesota college football fans fans cheer a first quarter play against New Hampshire at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles)

Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones. North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin Read More…

Girls soccer: Firelands edges Vermilion thanks to Zoe Simmons’ goal

Firelands celebrates after Brylee Jones scored the game's first goal against Vermilion. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Correction: Zoe Simmons scored the goal in Firelands’ 1-0 girls soccer win over Vermilion. Due to a reporter’s error, the wrong girl was credited with the goal. SOUTH AMHERST — Though both teams appeared to be a half-step off all night, Firelands Zoe Simmons caught up with the ball when it counted Thursday. Simmons right-footed Read More…