April 18, 2015

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The home opener: Tigers spoil the party, beat Indians 8-4

CLEVELAND — There was a brand-new look and a different vibe at Progressive Field for the home opener Friday afternoon. The end result for the Indians against four-time defending Central Division champion Detroit, however, remained the same — another loss. With their revamped park packed full of optimistic fans fueled by lofty national predictions for Read More…

Scott Petrak: Tribe needs big year from Zach McAllister, but right-hander gets off to ragged start in loss in home opener

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ fate this season could hinge on Zach McAllister’s right arm. That looked like a losing proposition Friday during a disappointing home opener played in a stiff wind but under brilliant sunshine. McAllister started, struggled and took the loss in an 8-4 defeat to the despised Detroit Tigers. McAllister didn’t get much Read More…

Indians notes: Brantley back in lineup for home opener

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley was back in the lineup Friday after missing the final two games of the season-opening series at Houston, but lower-back stiffness could be problematic for last year’s American League MVP finalist. Brantley began dealing with back soreness during the early stages of spring training — a problem that lingered into the Read More…

Celtics snap Cavaliers’ 18-game home win streak

CLEVELAND — For the home team, it looked a lot like an exhibition game, albeit a sometimes entertaining one. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert didn’t play and Joe Harris, Kendrick Perkins, Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, James Jones and Kendrick Perkins all saw action in the first half Friday night as the Cavaliers fell 99-90 to Read More…

Jordan Spieth sets Masters’ 36-hole record, leads by five

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth is making the Masters look easy. He opened with a 64 despite making a bogey at the easiest hole on the course. He followed with a bogey-free 66 in which he missed a pair of 6-foot birdie putts. He still broke the 36-hole Masters record that had stood for 39 Read More…

Lauren Hill dies from cancer

Lauren Hill, Patt Summit

CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully. She succeeded at both as she fought an inoperable brain tumor. The 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University died at a hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation told The Associated Press. “Through Read More…

Four Indians pitchers strike out 16, walk seven, come up just two outs shy of a team no-hitter in 5-1 victory over Astros

HOUSTON — Even if four Cleveland Indians pitchers had combined on a no-hitter, manager Terry Francona wasn’t certain it would’ve been cause for celebration. Jed Lowrie broke up the bid by hitting a home run with one out in the ninth inning for Houston’s only hit Thursday in a 5-1 win for the Indians. Before Read More…

Indians have big day planned for home opener

CLEVELAND — Progressive Field underwent a facelift this offseason, and Tribe fans will get their first look today when the Indians face four-time defending Central Division champion Detroit in the home opener. As usual, a sell-out crowd is expected to flock to Cleveland’s park — tickets were gone in 11 minutes on the first day Read More…

Browns sign free agent tight end Rob Housler to 1-year deal

Rob Housler

The Browns took a step Thursday toward replacing Jordan Cameron by signing free agent tight end Rob Housler. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $1.76 million with $750,000 guaranteed. Housler, 27, had 105 catches for 1,133 yards (10.8 average) and a touchdown in his four years with the Arizona Cardinals. He was a third-round pick Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashley Makruski to play volleyball at Kent State

Kent State volleyball coach Don Gromala must like Lorain County. For the second consecutive year, Gromala snapped up one of the top high school players in the county, getting an oral commitment from Amherst junior Ashley Makruski. Makruski, a middle and outside hitter, can sign her letter of intent in the fall. Last year, Gromala Read More…