October 25, 2014

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Lorain Xplosion ends drought, brings home Lorain County’s first OGSO state title since 2008

RANDOLPH TWP. – You’ve heard it countless times: the team that makes the fewest errors wins the big game.
Likewise, it’s been proven true countless times, as recently as Saturday afternoon in the searing heat and swirling dust of Portage County.
There, in a softball showdown for girls 18 and under, the Lorain Xplosion scored three unearned [...] Read More…

Browns make two trades, add depth on both lines

BEREA — The Browns made a pair of trades Saturday following the first practice of training camp, addressing needs on both lines.
General manager Tom Heckert reunited with defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, acquiring him from the Eagles for a fifth-round draft choice in 2012. Heckert was GM of the Eagles in 2006 when he drafted Bunkley [...] Read More…

Tribe gets Jimenez from Rockies, but gives up Pomeranz and White

CLEVELAND – Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez is headed to the Indians, but at a steep price.
The Tribe acquired the 27-year-old flamethrower Saturday, agreeing to send top pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, first baseman Matt McBride and pitcher Joe Gardner to Colorado.
Jimenez, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, was the starting pitcher for the National League [...] Read More…

Indians: Tribe lineup in need of assistance

Unless the Indians make one, better yet, two significant moves before the end of the trading deadline today, you can close the books on the season — at least as far as the playoffs are concerned.
This lineup full of Triple-A players and others failing to carry their weight — Matt LaPorta, Carlos Santana, Orlando Cabrera, [...] Read More…

Browns: WR Mohamed Massaquoi, OL Eric Steinbach sit out first practice under coach Pat Shurmur

BEREA – The first practice of the Pat Shurmur era is in the books.
The new Browns coach, who’s a head coach for the first time, began training camp Saturday morning with a two-hour session closed to the public. The players were in helmets, small shoulder pads (shells) and shorts.
“It’s fun because we’re back out [...] Read More…

Browns: 5 players to watch during training camp

Reporters haven’t seen the Browns assembled on the field for a practice since before last season’s finale, a 41-9 loss to the Steelers. For the die-hard fans, they haven’t seen a practice since training camp closed last August.
Eric Mangini was the coach, new coach Pat Shurmur was an assistant in St. Louis and no one [...] Read More…

Browns: Defensive line gets a boost with Mitchell deal

Defensive end Jayme Mitchell agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Browns. He is in line to become a starter.
Five more draft picks reached deals, according to multiple reports. All but first-rounder Phil Taylor were in the fold on the day the players were required to report to training camp.
Cornerback Eric Wright turned [...] Read More…

Ugly night for offense, Carrasco as Indians get ripped by Royals

CLEVELAND – Right about now, Kosuke Fukudome probably has some strong reservations about waiving his no-trade clause to come to Cleveland and play for the Indians.
The Indians and their fans weren’t real enamored by their newest addition, either.
With Fukudome making his Cleveland debut Friday night at Progressive Field, the Indians were clobbered 12-0 by Central [...] Read More…

Family still looking for missing teen

MEDINA — Tami Cassidy sits in a Medina restaurant with a hot cup of coffee in front of her and her mother, Marilyn Johnson, at her side. Johnson reaches over from time to time to cup her daughter’s hands when Cassidy chokes back the tears that want to flow. “I won’t allow myself to do Read More…

New Indian Fukudome excited to be in playoff hunt

CLEVELAND – The Indians were one of the teams listed in the no-trade clause in Kosuke Fukudome’s contract with the Chicago Cubs. But according to the Osaki, Japan, native, the prospect of playing for a contender was too good to pass up.
Fukudome, 34, agreed to waive the no-trade clause Thursday and the Indians acquired the [...] Read More…