January 28, 2015

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Indians: Masterson doing what he can to remain in Cleveland

PEORIA, Ariz. — Ace right-hander Justin Masterson is doing what he can to remain in Cleveland. Now, it’s the Indians’ turn. Masterson’s agent Randy Rowley told numerous media outlets Tuesday night that his client, who could demand a lucrative, long-term contract as a free agent next year, is open to signing a shorter-termed, less expensive Read More…

Woman killed by train in Elyria

Elyria police investigate the death of an unidentified woman who was fatally struck by a train near the South Abbe Road crossing about 9:46 Saturday night. Check back at chroniclet.com for updates.

NFL combine: Louisville’s Bridgewater lives football

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater takes “football junkie” to the next level. Coaches crave players who can’t get enough of their sport, and the quality is almost mandatory in a quarterback. Cue Bridgewater and his Xbox. “I eat, sleep and breathe football,” he said this weekend at the scouting combine. “There’s not a moment that goes Read More…

RESCUED

VERMILION — As the Vermilion River continued to crest Saturday, six families who failed to heed evacuation warnings were rescued by the Vermilion Fire Department and other local emergency management agencies. Fire Chief Chris Stempowski said a text alert was sent out to Vermilion residents at 3:03 p.m. Friday notifying them of an ice jam Read More…

Browns: Harbaugh news doesn’t derail Pettine’s focus

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Pettine responded to the heads-up phone call from the Browns’ director of communications with the appropriate question. “‘How does that affect my tenure as the head coach?’” Pettine recalled Saturday morning at the scouting combine. It didn’t. The Profootballtalk.com report Friday that the Browns nearly traded for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Read More…

Browns: Team nearly traded for Niners’ Harbaugh?

Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Harbaugh as Browns coach is difficult to imagine. According to a report on Profootballtalk.com, it almost happened. The website reported Friday afternoon that the Browns’ meandering 25-day coaching search included one more twist. It was a corkscrew. The Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to Harbaugh, Read More…

Browns at NFL combine: Bortles looks like opposite of Manziel

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel came up short in the measurement Friday, but that was inevitable. He was a shade under 6 feet, his official listing: 5-11¾ and 207 pounds. That’s 5¼ inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. Perhaps bolstered by the tape measure, Bortles also tried to Read More…

Combine Notes: Browns reportedly were close to trade for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh; team doesn’t deny it

Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Harbaugh as Browns coach is difficult to imagine. According to a report on Profootballtalk.com, it almost happened. The website reported Friday afternoon that the Browns’ meandering 25-day coaching search included one more twist. It was a corkscrew. The Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to Harbaugh, Read More…

Stocker Foundation donates $1.25 million in effort to improve Franklin Elementary

Jayla Mitchell, left, and Payton Holbert, kindergarden students at Franklin Elementary, learn numbers 11-20 in math class on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was a normal Wednesday at Elyria’s Franklin Elementary School. Students were drilled on math problems, read aloud to their teachers and Principal Lisa Licht stopped by classrooms to ensure the business of education was at hand. There was no mention of the big news to come later in the evening at the Read More…

FRONT-OFFICE SHAKEUP

BEREA — The first major decision Jimmy Haslam made after buying the Cleveland Browns was to hire Joe Banner as CEO and give him tremendous authority in business and football decisions. Sixteen months later, Banner is on his way out as part of a front office overhaul announced by Haslam on Tuesday. Haslam tried to Read More…