July 4, 2015

Elyria
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Miguel Cabrera gets day off, Indians get rare win over Tigers

CLEVELAND — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was gracious enough to give Miguel Cabrera the day off for the series finale Wednesday afternoon — and the Indians were happy to receive the gift. With Cabrera, a well-known Cleveland killer and arguably baseball’s best hitter on the bench, the Indians took advantage, beating Detroit 8-2 to avoid Read More…

Cavaliers: No surprise, Kevin Love opts out of deal

As expected, Kevin Love opted out of the final season of his contract, which would have paid him $16.7 million, and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Cavs, who can pay him more money than any other team, are considered the heavy favorite to re-sign the 6-foot-10, 243-pounder, who averaged 16.4 points Read More…

NBA Draft: For once, Cavs not looking for franchise player

A year ago, the Cavaliers had the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and chose Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins, who they eventually traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love. Two years ago, the Cavs took UNLV’s Anthony Bennett at No. 1 — and later traded him to the Timberwolves with Wiggins — and Russian Sergey Read More…

NBA Draft: Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor likely to go 1-2; OSU’s D’Angelo Russell could go 3

NEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns hoisted a child high up toward his shoulders, letting the youngster at an NBA community service event feel what it was like to rock the rim with a dunk. Next up for Towns might be trying to help lift the Minnesota Timberwolves. The center from Kentucky is considered the likely Read More…

High school baseball: Area all-stars enjoy game despite result

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AKRON — A select group of local players got a chance to put their high school uniforms on one final time and get a brief taste of what it’s like to play on a professional field Wednesday at the 2015 Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game. Elyria coach Ed Piazza led the Lorain-Ashland-Medina all-stars Read More…

Indians notes: Jason Kipnis says season far from over

CLEVELAND — No matter how bad it looks right now, the season is not lost, according to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis. “No, no. I think it’s still very much within our reach,” said Kipnis, whose team entered Wednesday in fourth place in the Central Division, trailing first-place Kansas City by nine games. “We’re just Read More…

Qatari fund, Miami Dolphins owners mulling Formula One purchase

A wealthy Qatari investment fund teamed with the owner of the Miami Dolphins NFL team is among several potential buyers of a stake in Formula One, a person with knowledge of the talks says. The person was not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly but spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The Read More…

Appeal hearing done, so what’s next for Tom Brady?

NEW YORK — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league suspended Brady for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the Read More…

Wright claims he was done wrong by Vermilion

Vermilion softball coach Roger Wright said he was fired last week after being told he would return next season. Wright said athletic director Andrew Stillman told him he would be back for his eighth season, but later received a call from superintendant Phil Pempin saying he was out. “I talked to the superintendent on the Read More…

Despite expectations, Mariota’s goal is simple: ‘I’m going to continue to be myself’

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BEREA — The NFL is counting on Marcus Mariota to be a star. The Tennessee Titans need him to be their franchise quarterback. Mariota, though, is focused on a much simpler goal for his first pro season. “I’m going to continue to be myself,” the No. 2 overall draft pick said. “I understand the expectations Read More…