October 31, 2014


Browns: Defense rises to the occasion

Derek Carr, Paul Kruger

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ offense scored two late touchdowns to secure a 23-13 victory over the Raiders on Sunday, but it was Cleveland’s defense that undoubtedly delivered the win. Much maligned after an embarrassing defeat last week to winless Jacksonville, the Browns’ bounced back in dominating fashion, defensively, shutting down Oakland for nearly the entire Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe manager Terry Francona reflects on season

Terry Francona

CLEVELAND — Minutes after the season was officially complete Sunday, manager Terry Francona allowed himself to reflect on what took place in 2014. Playing through injuries to key veterans and performance issues from others, the Indians were able to finish with a winning record (85-77) for the second consecutive season — something they hadn’t accomplished Read More…

Indians 7, Rays 2: Tribe goes out on a winning note

Rays Indians Baseball

CLEVELAND — The Indians played their 162nd game of the season Sunday at Progressive Field. They wish there were more. Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 7-2, but won’t be making a repeat playoff appearance in manager Terry Francona’s second season. Finishing on a positive note and with a winning record (85-77) will have to do for Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Carrasco apologizes for critical comments about teammates

Carlos Carrasco

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco apologized for criticizing his teammates over a pair of fielding plays in a 2-0 loss to the Royals on Monday. Carrasco, who took the loss despite pitching well once again, said in a statement released by the team Tuesday: “It was a terribly immature and foolish thing to say. Read More…

Royals 7, Indians 1: KC shuts down Tribe offense again

Royals Indians Baseball

CLEVELAND — The Indians have been offensively challenged all season, but it’s reached a new level of futility at the worst possible time. In an all but must-win situation Tuesday night at Progressive Field, Cleveland did quite the opposite, collecting just five hits in a 7-1 loss to Central Division and American League wild-card rival Read More…

Royals 2, Indians 0: Kansas City takes series opener as Tribe’s playoff hopes take a hit

J.B. Shuck

CLEVELAND — It was the biggest game of the season for the Indians and their fans Monday night at Progressive Field and neither showed up. Trying to remain relevant in the race for a postseason berth, Cleveland instead took a step back, dropping the series opener 2-0 to Central Division rival Kansas City in front Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe still alive as regular season winds down

Scott Atchison, Yan Gomes

CLEVELAND — The Indians weren’t in first place in the Central Division and they faced a 2 1/2-game deficit in the American League wild-card race entering the series opener with Kansas City on Monday. But they were still alive with six games remaining in the regular season. “It’s about as exciting as it can get,” Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel makes uneventful debut

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told a white lie when he said Johnny Manziel “probably” wouldn’t play Sunday against the Saints. Maybe he was just trying to keep New Orleans defensive coordinator and former Browns assistant coach, Rob Ryan, honest. Manziel, Cleveland’s high-profile rookie quarterback, made his regular-season debut in the Browns’ 26-24 win, Read More…

Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham makes plays, but Browns defense makes more

Jimmy Graham

CLEVELAND — Jimmy Graham got his at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, but the Browns got the win. As expected, Graham, an All-Pro tight end, was a force for New Orleans’ high-flying offense — catching 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees. But an inspired effort and big plays from Cleveland’s Read More…

Indians 8-2, Twins 2-0: Tribe takes two from Twins

Michael Bourn

CLEVELAND — Following a loss to the Twins in the series opener Tuesday, Indians center fielder Michael Bourn said his team had to win nearly all of its remaining games to qualify for the postseason. Cleveland took the first step Thursday afternoon, sweeping Minnesota in a traditional doubleheader at Progressive Field. The Indians’ scuffling offense Read More…