February 8, 2016


Shaun Bennett: Buckeyes’ win won’t silence the critics, but it should make them take a second look

Now the talk of how great this team is can begin. Ohio State’s victories over four no-name non-conference opponents were unimpressive. The Buckeyes’ grind-it-out win over Michigan State had many wondering if the Big Ten team from Columbus had just gotten lucky. But the lopsided rout — that included a rally from an early double-digit Read More…

Tribe’s Cord Phelps finds lessons in 0-for-4 MLB debut

CLEVELAND — An 0-for-4 performance may look bad on paper, but second baseman Cord Phelps learned something from each at-bat during his major league debut Wednesday afternoon and put on a defensive clinic during the Indians’ 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Facing veteran Carl Pavano in his first major league at-bat in the second […] Read More…

Running errors haunt Indians

CLEVELAND — When a baseball team makes a baserunning blunder, it’s called running yourself out of an inning.
When the Cleveland Indians had baserunners thrown out in four consecutive innings Tuesday, they ran themselves out of the game.
A pair of runners were caught stealing, another was thrown out at third and one Indians player suffered a […] Read More…

Len Barker’s perfect game helped the CT’s Shaun Bennett learn to love sports

When “Len Barker” is said aloud, eyes involuntarily widen and smiles creep onto the faces of Cleveland sports fans.
That is because Barker is a member of Cleveland sports royalty. He’s a true rock star in the city that’s the epicenter of that musical genre.
Sunday marked the 30-year anniversary of the event that made Barker an […] Read More…

Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera better than ever

CLEVELAND — Asdrubal Cabrera would prefer that his big games at the plate come during Cleveland victories, but when the production is as bountiful as it has been this year for the Indians shortstop he’s bound to look good during some of their losses, too.
Such was the case Thursday afternoon during the Indians’ 7-4 loss […] Read More…

Ohio State dominates in win over George Mason

Solon native Dallas Lauderdale hammers home a dunk during Ohio State’s blowout win over George Mason. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The only thing difficult to discern Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena was which Ohio State player put on the most impressive performance during the Buckeyes’ 98-66 demolition of George Mason in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Was it senior forward David Lighty’s 7-for-7 shooting night from behind the 3-point arc? Read More…

Thomas makes most of debut

CLEVELAND — Freshman bench player Deshaun Thomas made the most of his NCAA Tour-nament debut. Entering the game mid-way through the first half, Thomas helped spark a late run that helped put the game away for Ohio State. Thomas finished with 13 points and eight rebounds during the Buckeyes’ 75-46 victory over Texas-San Antonio. “I Read More…

Buckeyes crush Roadrunners

CLEVELAND —Texas-San Antonio thought it had a good enough game plan Friday night to stay close to Ohio State and maybe become the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed. The Roadrunners were wrong — really wrong. UTSA tried to hold the ball on offense in an attempt to limit the Read More…

College basketball: OSU coach Thad Matta warns of possible upset

Solon High graduate Dallas Lauderdale will play in front of his hometown fans tonight when top-ranked Ohio State takes on Texas-San Antonio at Quicken Loans Arena. (AP FILE PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — A No. 1 seed has never been beaten by a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but Ohio State coach Thad Matta is among those who believe it’s just a matter of time. “I’ve been part of a 1-16 (matchup) that went down to the wire,” Matta said Thursday before the Buckeyes’ Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Cavs can’t match fans’ tenacity

It was hard to tell if the boos cascading down the stands at Quicken Loans Arena during the second half of Thursday night’s game were aimed at LeBron James or the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.
Both had done plenty to earn them.
The city of Cleveland had been waiting five long months for the greatest sports hero it […] Read More…