July 30, 2014

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Clearview’s Anthony Hitchens has chance to be big part of Cowboys

Clearview High graduate and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens, right, listens to defensive back Sterling Moore during minicamp. The rookie fourth-round pick Hitchens will be filling in for the injured Sean Lee. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Anthony Hitchens had never played middle linebacker when the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the fourth round as insurance if starter Sean Lee got hurt again. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones loved how Hitchens hit at Iowa and thought the skill would translate perfectly to his defense. The policy was quickly cashed in when Read More…

Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher lead way as Indians top Twins

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana lays down a bunt single in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians hope struggling Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher continue to hit like they did Tuesday night. Having Danny Salazar pitch like he did won’t hurt either. Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits and Salazar won in his first start in more than two months as the Indians beat the Read More…

Cavaliers make deal with Jazz that could pave way for future deal for Kevin Love

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers general manager David Griffin continued to reshape the team’s roster by making another trade Tuesday. Cleveland sent shooting guard Carrick Felix and a second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, along with approximately $1 million in cash, to the Utah Jazz in exchange for point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Read More…

Longtime football coach Dave McFarland to study factors contributing to players’ success

Dave McFarland CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

After three decades of coaching football, Dave McFarland had some burning questions running through his mind. Why are some kids destined to go to college? What drives certain players to succeed? How do winners become winners? McFarland believes he knows the answers, and now he’s going to try and prove it. “It seems we start Read More…

Zac Treece dominates on mound, leads Crushers past Greys

Lake Erie Crushers' Zac Treece pitches against the Frontier Greys. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Zac Treece set the tone for the Lake Erie Crushers on Tuesday. Treece (3-2) held the Frontier Greys to three hits, one run and two walks over eight innings, while striking out five as the Crushers rolled 7-1 at All Pro Freight Stadium. He got lots of support, too, as the offense, which Read More…

Elyria sophomore Kevin Vough wins national wrestling championship

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Elyria sophomore Kevin Vough has built an impressive wrestling resume for himself and the Pioneers program over the past season. The heavyweight added to the lengthy list of accomplishments Monday afternoon when he became the first Elyria wrestler to capture a USA Wrestling national championship in Fargo, N.D. “I’m actually a little bit surprised (that Read More…

One bad slider spoils Indians’ comeback against Twins

Cleveland Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw retrieves a new ball after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham in the eighth inning Monday in Minneapolis. The Twins won 4-3, and Shaw took the loss. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong. Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night. Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Read More…

Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel No. 1 in jersey sales

Johnny Manziel's jersey was the top selling NFL jersey on NFL.com.

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is second on the Browns’ depth chart, but No. 1 in the NFL in one statistic. Manziel’s No. 2 was the most popular jersey sold on NFL.com from April 1-Thursday. Manziel has yet to take a professional snap and enters training camp this week trailing veteran Brian Hoyer in the competition Read More…

Todd Kibby, offense have off nights as Crushers fall to Greys

Crushers starter Todd Kibby had a rare off night Monday in a 6-3 loss to the Greys. Kibby, who has emerged as the team's ace, wasn't awful, but did allow four runs over six innings at All Pro Freight Stadium. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AVON — Todd Kibby has quickly emerged as the ace of the Lake Erie Crushers pitching staff. Time and time again, whenever the Crushers needed a big pitching performance, Kibby delivered. Unfortunately for the Crushers, Monday was not one of those nights. Kibby gave up four runs in six innings and the offense took a Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria-Avon 14U district final postponed

Is it because of a mandatory volleyball camp for Avon players or a school-sponsored “mission trip” of unspecified origin and purpose as the rumor mill first suggested? Or is it because of a conflicting fastpitch softball tournament for travel ball players from Avon or any or all of the above? First of all, we’re really Read More…