9:58 AM EDT, Fri March 24, 2017
13 hours ago

Indians 8, Rockies 3: Indians welcome back WBC players, aim to have Roberto Perez catch up

Goodyear, Ariz.: The United States defeated Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic finale Wednesday night. The U.S. team celebrated in Los Angeles, while managers all across Arizona and Florida breathed a sigh of relief that their respective players would soon return to camp healthy and ready to go. That certainly included Indians manager Terry Francona, who has maintained that he understands the positives of the WBC, but also knows the frustrations that it creates on a club’s schedule. Perhaps the greatest relief is the safe return of prized reliever Andrew Miller, now a WBC champion....
13 hours ago

Indians welcome back WBC players, aim to catch Roberto Perez up; Indians 8, Rockies 3

The United States defeated Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic finale Wednesday night. The U.S. team celebrated in Los Angeles, while managers all across Arizona and Florida breathed a sigh of relief that their respective players would seen return to camp healthy and ready to go. That certainly included Indians manager Terry Francona, who has maintained that he understands the positives of the WBC, but also knows the frustrations that it creates on a club’s schedule. Perhaps the greatest relief is the safe return of prized reliever Andrew Miller, now a WBC champion. Pitchers...
15 hours ago

Indians outfielder Daniel Robertson fights for time, embodies what spring training has to offer

Goodyear, Ariz.: Outfielder Daniel Robertson is one of those guys fans can see every spring training. The guy busting his tail every play at some sleepy, half-attended ballpark in Arizona or Florida in March, fighting for a roster spot even though the odds are against him. The guy wearing No. 99 instead of No. 9. His spring training is not a laid-back, seven-week retreat at a sunny venue with a gradual incline to the start of the regular season, where a roster spot on the big-league club is comfortably waiting for him.His job in the spring is to fly into camp and immediately try to run...
17 hours ago

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer succeeds in using pro day to rebound from disappointing combine

Several draft analysts thought the prototypical size and arm strength of Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer would allow him to steal the show earlier this month at the NFL Scouting Combine.It simply didn’t happen.Kizer struggled with his footwork and accuracy at the combine while North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson thrived during their throwing sessions and seemingly showed NFL talent evaluators why they should form the top tier of quarterbacks in April’s draft with Kizer and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes in the second wave.Kizer realized all of this...
17 hours ago

Marla Ridenour: Was LeBron James sending Cavaliers’ a man-up message with his performance in loss to Nuggets?

DENVER: I will never question LeBron James’ toughness, even as he questioned his team’s Wednesday night.I understand that at age 32, the four-time league Most Valuable Player must conserve his energy, must ramp up his effort through each level of the playoffs, must be at his peak if he reaches his seventh consecutive NBA Finals.But in one regard I am torn. Can the Cavaliers fix their struggling defense without a better example than the one the best player in the world set against the Denver Nuggets? Or was James sending a message that with 12 games remaining, it’s time to man-up, both...
22 hours ago

Browns notebook: Left tackle Joe Thomas believes Mitchell Trubisky is the quarterback to draft this year

Browns 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas thinks the franchise ought to enlist someone from its own backyard if it chooses to draft a quarterback April 27.Thomas identified Mentor native Mitchell Trubisky as his pick for the head of this year’s quarterback class during a radio interview Thursday with 92.3 The Fan.North Carolina’s Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson are widely considered the top-rated incoming rookie quarterbacks with Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes in the mix, too.“I know that Mitchell Trubisky is probably the guy that has the...
Mar 23, 2017

Nuggets 126, Cavs 113: Marla's 31 shots from Beyond the Arc on toughness, defense, Ty's tech

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell 126-113 to the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at Pepsi Center. 1. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has been on fire in his post-game press conferences the last two games and didn’t spare his players’ feelings after the ugly loss. The Cavs were outscored 70-30 in the paint, allowed the Nuggets to shoot 53.1 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range. The Nuggets had a 44-38 rebounding edge, 10-7 on the offensive glass. 2. It marked only the second time this season a Cavs’ opponent had reached the 70 mark in points in the...
Mar 22, 2017
Nuggets 126, Cavaliers 113: Cavs finally healthy, but dominated inside by Nuggets

Nuggets 126, Cavaliers 113: Cavs finally healthy, but dominated inside by Nuggets

DENVER: It was game No. 70 out of 82, and the Cavaliers were finally whole.For the first time since Dec. 17, the Cavs’ starters played together. But that didn’t mean everything magically came together against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night in Pepsi Center.Eighth in the Western Conference playoff race entering the night, the Nuggets scored 73 points in the first half, six points shy of their season best. Even with Kyrie Irving pouring in 33 points, the Nuggets kept the offensive pressure on and pulled out a 126-113 victory.With the Boston Celtics defeating the Indiana Pacers earlier...
Mar 22, 2017

Rockies 10, Indians 2: Danny Salazar feels ‘terrific,’ is ready for the regular season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz: Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar was roughed up but with the bigger picture of the regular season in mind, likes his standing heading into the final stretch of spring training. Salazar allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk in five innings in the Indians’ 10-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. The majority of the damage came in the second inning, which he couldn’t close out and was knocked around for five runs. “Days like this will happen during spring training. They’ll happen during the season, too,” Salazar said. “I think it’s...
Mar 22, 2017

Cavaliers notebook: LeBron James’ assists stand out in star’s performance this season, Nuggets coach Michael Malone says

DENVER: Nuggets coach Michael Malone had a front row seat to LeBron James’ greatness for five seasons as a Cavaliers’ assistant coach.Considering what he saw in Cleveland from 2005-10, Malone isn’t amazed by James’ feats this season, when he is averaging 26.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists with 10 triple-doubles. But Malone has a deep appreciation for the four-time league MVP’s performance at age 32.“The five years I was in Cleveland he was a great player then and if possible he’s even greater now,” Malone said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at Pepsi Center....
Mar 22, 2017
Indians prospect Bradley Zimmer hoping strong spring a sign of new swing rounding into form

Indians prospect Bradley Zimmer hoping strong spring a sign of new swing rounding into form

Indians outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer has been tearing through Cactus League play this spring training, a positive sign after a stagnated 6-to-8 month stretch. The Indians and Zimmer hope this spring is a byproduct of his revamped swing and stance rounding into form, and not entirely a mirage of small sample sizes. This spring, Zimmer is hitting .354 with three home runs, five doubles, 12 RBI and four stolen bases in 48 at-bats entering Wednesday’s game. Last July, Zimmer worked with Tim Laker, now an assistant hitting coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks, at Double-A Akron to alter...
Mar 22, 2017

Former Browns, Kent State standout Josh Cribbs announces retirement from NFL

Josh Cribbs transitioned from a dual-threat quarterback at Kent State to one of the best returners in NFL history.Now he’s retired and will be remembered as a Browns legend. “I’m grateful to officially retire a Cleveland Brown,” Cribbs announced Wednesday in a video on Uninterrupted.com. “Thank you, Cleveland, and God bless.”Cribbs, 33, last played in 2014 for the Indianapolis Colts. He was with the New York Jets in 2013.But Cribbs built his legacy during his eight seasons with the Browns, who signed him as an undrafted free agent from KSU in 2005. He loved the game and enjoyed...
Mar 22, 2017

Kyle Korver a game-time decision vs. Nuggets

Kyle Korver’s availability against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at Pepsi Center will be a game-time decision. The Cavaliers’ 3-point specialist went through Tuesday’s full practice at UCLA, and played in a four-on-four on the side, coach Tyronn Lue said. But Lue and the medical staff want to see how Korver comes out of shoot-around Wednesday before declaring him ready to return. Korver has missed seven consecutive games with a sore tendon in his left foot. If Korver is able to play, Lue said J.R. Smith would return to the starting lineup. Lue wanted Smith, back since March 9...
Mar 22, 2017

Browns' search for safety continues as Bradley McDougald reportedly strikes deal with Seahawks

The Browns are still seeking help at safety after another one declined to join them in free agency. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting safety Bradley McDougald struck a one-year, $2 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, NFL Network reported. McDougald, who's from the Columbus area, visited the Seahawks last week. He also visited the Browns on Monday. Then he chose the Seahawks' offer instead of the Browns' offer, even though he'll presumably be a backup behind standout safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in Seattle and would have been a virtual lock to start for the...
Mar 21, 2017
Indians’ Cody Anderson gearing up for Tommy John surgery, recovery after series of unfortunate events

Indians’ Cody Anderson gearing up for Tommy John surgery, recovery after series of unfortunate events

GOODYEAR, Ariz: The 11 months that have followed the beginning of the 2016 season have been anything but auspicious for Cody Anderson. Anderson finished 2015 with a 7-3 record and a 3.05 ERA. He then came to camp last year showing an uptick in velocity and was named to the Opening Day rotation ahead of Trevor Bauer.Since that time, Anderson’s career has lost its preverbal footing. He struggled mightily out of the gate and was eventually sent to Triple-A Columbus. He was later moved to the bullpen and finished the year with a 2-5 record and a 6.68 ERA at the major-league level. The magic he...