September 3, 2014

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Boys cross country 2014: Black River’s Hawley motivated after success last year

Black River’s Tanner Hawley is looking to repeat as a state qualifier this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Tanner Hawley handled the pressure of his first state cross country meet like a pro. Nervous and a bit sleep-deprived, the Black River runner didn’t allow the nerves to rule the day — no more than the stress of chip shot or putt as a member of the varsity golf team. Hawley finished 39th out Read More…

High school football 2014: Westlake could be contender in SWC

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Westlake coach Mark Campo just smiles. He’s told after a Demons scrimmage that a lot of people are talking about his team, about Westlake again challenging for a Southwestern Conference crown, about running back Quan Hardy, about new quarterback Andris Balodis. “Let’s just say that I’m excited to coach them,” he says coyly. “As long Read More…

Ohio State: Navy’s unique offense could present problems

Ohio State's Joey Bosa sacks Michigan State's Connor Cook during the Big Ten Conference Championship on Dec. 7. For Saturday's season opening game with Navy, Bosa and the Ohio State defense must get ready for the Midshipmen's lethal triple-option game. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

COLUMBUS — It’s already difficult enough to play Navy because of the tough, dedicated and disciplined players demanded by any service academy. “These guys are guys who are trained to be fearless and they’re trained to be relentless,” Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry said. “So we know that we have to go full-go the whole Read More…

Girls cross country 2014: Amherst looks to continue success

Megan Parker, left, and Alexis Szivan lead the Amherst girls. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

Typically not only talent sets elite high school programs like Amherst apart from its rivals. It’s their line of thinking. That’s played a major role in the success of senior Alexis Szivan and junior Megan Parker. “What helps me before the race is to think about somebody who can’t run and try to run it Read More…

(UPDATED) BREAKING: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

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The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…

Women’s World Cup turf war heats up

In this Jan. 27, 2012, file photo, United States' Kelly O'Harafights for control of the ball with Costa Rica's Daniela Cruz during the first half of CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer game action at B.C. Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward, File)

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women’s World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass. A group of players from the U.S. women’s national team, who will vie for a spot in the World Cup in October qualifying, have joined with several international players in protesting Read More…

High school volleyball: Columbia opens season with win over Firelands

Columbia's Rebecca Tacchite spikes the ball over the net as Firelands' Dalaney Rogala blocks.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia overcame opening-night jitters against Firelands in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover match as the Raiders pulled out a 17-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 win over the Falcons on Tuesday night. “After that first game, we really calmed down a lot and played the game that we were taught,” said Raiders freshman setter Read More…

Indians 8, White Sox 6: Zach Walters’ home run lifts Tribe to win in 10 innings

Cleveland Indians' Zach Walters watches his two-run home run during the 10th inning Chicago White Sox Tuesday. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO — Zach Walters hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to an 8-6 victory over the sliding Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to lead off the 10th against Jake Petricka (0-4), and after failing to sacrifice Chisenhall to third, Walters hit a 3-2 Read More…

Westlake’s Erin Langermeier realizing dream of playing hockey for Ohio State

Westlake’s Erin Langermeier, shown playing for the Ohio Flames, will hit the ice for The Ohio State University women’s team next year. PHOTO PROVIDED

WESTLAKE — Erin Langermeier was in a long-distance relationship with The Ohio State University women’s hockey coach Nate Handraham. She just wasn’t aware. For a couple years, Handraham and the Buckeyes staff had their eyes on Langermeier, a senior at Westlake High School. The long-distance relationship resulted in an offer to play Division I hockey Read More…

Browns: Brian Hoyer sees silver lining in offensive struggles

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer fires a pass to wide receiver Andrew Hawkins against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — The Browns’ offensive woes have generated frustration and agitation throughout the preseason. Cleveland has scored exactly one first-half touchdown and 16 points in its first three exhibition games, illustrating just how poorly its starters have performed. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, however, believes those numbers are misleading. He also expects much better results Thursday when Read More…