August 21, 2014


Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant making the most of his third chance

Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant walks off the field after practice Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant understands the demons Josh Gordon is fighting off the field. Demons of his own nearly ended his NFL career before it started, but also taught him what not to do. “Things could have gone really bad for me,” Bryant said. “Luckily, things did fall in my favor and Read More…

Indians: Former closer John Axford claimed off waivers by Pirates

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, takes relief pitcher John Axford out of the game against the Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — John Axford’s days are done in Cleveland. The deposed closer, who lost his job shortly into the season, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Pirates reportedly will be responsible for the remainder — a little more than $1 million — of the $4.5 million salary Axford is earning Read More…

High school football 2014: Amherst has new coach, desire to get winning tradition back

Amherst's #2 Donte Dower runs for long yardage against Clearview last season. Comets' first-year coach Bill Fishleigh is ready to bring back winning ways to Amherst. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AMHERST — If he would have been asked about football at Amherst High School back in 2007, when he joined Mike Elder’s staff at Avon, Bill Fishleigh never would have expected to talk about the need to “change the culture.” Amherst was a perennial playoff contender then, a power team in the Southwestern Conference. As Read More…

Boys golf: Westlake, Patrick Steffen survive tough conditions to win Ranger Invitational

Westlake’s Patrick Steffen chips Thursday at the Ranger Invitational at Avon Oaks. Steffen won individual honors with an even-par 72 and led the Demons to the team title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — What a difference a day can make. And a golf course. Westlake’s score Thursday at the Ranger Invitational was two strokes worse than it shot Wednesday at the Pioneer Invitational. But the Demons’ 330 was good enough for the win Thursday on a chilly and windy day at Avon Oaks Country Club, while Read More…

Rob Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink. The 55-year-old Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball in Read More…

Tiger Woods removes himself from US Ryder Cup consideration

Tiger Woods winces after a tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Tiger Woods removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team Wednesday evening with a clear message that he is not healthy enough to play. One day after U.S. captain Tom Watson said he trusted Woods to give him the “straight skinny” on the condition of his back injury and his game, Woods said he called the 64-year-old captain to say Read More…

Indians split doubleheader against Arizona with thrilling win, shutout loss

The Diamondbacks’ Andrew Chafin, a Wakeman resident and Western Reserve grad, threw five shutout innings in his major league debut in the second game. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians played two Wednesday night at Progressive Field. It was one too many. After a dramatic 3-2 win in the opening game of a traditional doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, Cleveland limped to an agonizing defeat in the nightcap, going scoreless through 12 innings of a 1-0 loss. The long day — seven Read More…

Cavaliers in spotlight again: Schedule features 29 nationally televised games

With LeBron James back in town and the team expected to contend for an NBA title, the Cavaliers will once again be national media darlings in 2014-15. Cleveland will have 29 games telecast nationally — five on ABC, 10 on TNT, 10 on ESPN and four on NBA TV — the league announced Wednesday. Eleven Read More…

Browns rookie RB Terrance West thrilled to spend time with Hall of Famer Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown walks off the field after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Terrance West’s eyes had doubled in size. “Wow. THE Jim Brown,” he said, with the smile of a kid walking into Disney World. West, a rookie running back, met Brown, a Hall of Famer, for the first time Monday. They chatted again Wednesday after training camp practice, and the thrill hadn’t diminished. “It’s Read More…

Boys golf: Elyria’s Dylan Edgell wins Pioneer Invitational; Avon rolls to another team title

Elyria’s Dylan Edgell sends a putt on its way Wednesday at Forest Hills Golf Course. Edgell shot a 2-over 72 
to win the Pioneer Invitational, a day after shooting a 99. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Dylan Edgell knew he had to do something different. Avon, on the other hand, didn’t see the need to change anything. Both were winners Wednesday at the Pioneer Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Course. Elyria High’s Edgell won medalist honors with a 2-over 72, one day after shooting 99 at the Grey Hawk Read More…