April 24, 2014


High school softball: Keystone pounds out 17 hits against Firelands, stays undefeated, gets payback for district loss

Firelands' Brittany Reising can't get a grip on the ball as Keystone's Summer Constable makes it to second safely. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — The last time Keystone and Firelands met at LaGrange Community Park, the Falcons broke three streaks. It was May 22 last year and they defeated the Wildcats 1-0 in a Division II district semifinal for their first win over Keystone in at least nine seasons. Until then, the Wildcats hadn’t lost a game Read More…

Local student-athletes sign to play in college


AVON LAKE — There are several student-athletes that can finally exhale. Making it official Wednesday, Avon Lake’s Tyler Nock, Wyatt Ohm, David Winkel, Logan Montague, Seth Muck and Emily Krause can all breathe a little easier after signing letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the next level. The process wasn’t easy as Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Santana says move to 3B, playing multiple positions have played a part in offensive struggles

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana throws to first base against the San Diego Padres April 9 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

DETROIT — During spring training, Carlos Santana’s focus was on defense, as the converted third baseman adapted to a new position. Now, it’s on his offense or lack thereof. Santana, who entered Wednesday batting just .186 (8-for-43) with one RBI over his first 13 games, said prior to the series opener against Detroit that the Read More…

NFL Draft Analysis: Ranking important quarterback qualities as Browns keep searching for long-term answer

Hall of Famer John Elway might be 
the best quarterback of all time. He certainly has most, if not all, of the qualities teams are looking for when they draft a QB.
Elway, the No. 1 pick in 1983, was big, strong, could run, had a huge arm and went to Stanford.
None of the quarterbacks in the draft in May have all the desired traits, but do they have enough of the right ones for the Browns to take a chance at No. 4? (AP FILE PHOTOS)

The Browns have been looking for the long-term answer at quarterback since the day they returned to the NFL in 1999. The fans know all too painfully the list of 20 that began with Tim Couch and is paused on Jason Campbell. No. 19, Brian Hoyer, is the only one who remains on the roster. Read More…

Cavaliers: Veterans Luol Deng, Jarrett Jack believe young guards Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters can thrive together

Cavaliers guards Kyrie Irving, left, and Dion Waiters kid around during media day on Sept. 30. Irving and Waiters addressed the media Monday after practice in an effort to dispel rumors they dislike one another and don’t get along. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

INDEPENDENCE — Luol Deng is finishing his 10th NBA season. Jarrett Jack has been in the league nine years. Both Cavaliers veterans are considered to be intelligent, hard-working players who understand the nuances of successful professional basketball. Perhaps it should be a positive, then, that both expressed extreme confidence that young Cavs guards Kyrie Irving Read More…

Track and Cross Country: Lorain County Hall of Fame to induct 5 stars, 1 legendary coach Thursday

hall of fame

The sixth induction class for the Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame brings something special to the table. Two of the six enshrinees have a distance background. One specialized in sprints, one in middle distance and another in pole vault. The last is a longtime coach. Each made fantastic achievements in their Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Back in the draft lottery, what are Cleveland’s chances?

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers’ season finale against the Brooklyn Nets tonight at Quicken Loans Arena is going to be about games of chance. Over the course of the evening, more than $1 million in prizes will be given out as part of Fan Appreciation Night, and from a basketball standpoint the game could have NBA Read More…

Indians Notes: Michael Bourn activated, takes roster spot of Nyjer Morgan

Michael Bourn (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — The Indians will get their center fielder back for the first time this year, but it comes at the expense of one of their most productive players since the start of the season. Michael Bourn was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and is expected to make his debut tonight against the Tigers. Read More…

Indians: Cold postpones series opener with Tigers

DETROIT — An early season Central Division showdown in Motown will have to wait until tonight. The opener of a three-game series between the Indians and Tigers was postponed Tuesday because of cold weather at Comerica Park. Snow fell during the morning hours, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees for much of the day. The Read More…

Cavaliers looking to finish season on a good note against Nets following last two lackluster efforts

Kyrie Irving

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers play their final game of the season Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Some would argue their season ended two games ago. After beating Detroit in impressive fashion Wednesday but getting eliminated from the playoffs later that night when Atlanta beat Boston, the deflated Cavs (32-49) lost Read More…