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Brantley hopes ‘bad days’ behind him after injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Michael Brantley has clashed with self-doubt and depression while pushing his body. The former All-Star’s light is flickering. Brantley’s comeback from right shoulder surgery has been grueling for the Indians’ best all-around player, far tougher than he or the team ...

New slugger expected to fit right in

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland’s main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team’s newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on his head, Encarnacion signed ...

Pirate boss vows no rebuild

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, but that won’t cause chairman Bob Nutting to abandon the team’s steady, build-from-within approach. “We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and ...

Indians eager to finish their business

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland’s training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. “American League Champions 2016,” it says. The Indians have some ...

Staff plans to cut back on Kluber’s work

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Don’t pencil in Corey Kluber as the Cleveland Indians’ opening day starter just yet. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Sunday the team will take a slow approach this spring with Kluber, a workhorse for the Indians a year ago. Kluber has started the opener the ...

Kokrak third in delayed tournament

LOS ANGELES — Wind, rain and the snap of a large tree limb were enough to stop play Friday in the second round of the Genesis Open. Through 11 holes, Warren’s Jason Kokrak is in third place behind Sam Saunders and Jhonattan Vegas — both at 7-under par. Kokrak, a Warren JFK and Xavier ...

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Ursuline graduate Mark Hughes, center, corrals a loose ball prior to it going past midcourt Thursday against Youngstown State. Hughes plays for Wright State.

Ursuline’s Hughes makes improvement at Wright State

YOUNGSTOWN — Ursuline boys basketball coach Keith Gunther knows the progress his former player Mark Hughes made after he left the Irish. Hughes is a 6-foot-4 guard for Wright State and averages almost four points per game for the Raiders (18-9, 9-5 Horizon League). He had five points at ...

Steelers say Brown contract in works

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are following through on their promise to offer All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown a new contract. General manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday the team has already begun negotiations with Brown, who has one year left on the $42 million deal that began ...

Pirates, Nova pleased with contract

BRADENTON, Fla. — Ivan Nova is happy to be back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nova made that clear in December, when he signed a three-year, $26 million contract. It was obvious again from the smile on Nova’s face when he checked into spring training camp Tuesday. It’s as plain as the ...

Crosby hits milestone, then nets game-winner

PITTSBURGH — It was, in many ways, Sidney Crosby’s remarkable career distilled to its essence. Game on the line. A wide-open net. A race to the puck. These are the moments the Pittsburgh Penguins star embraces as well as anyone in his sport. Of course he beat Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele ...

Cavaliers rolling into All-Star break

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers are getting some down time. Not that they really want any right now. After some disruptions and some drama, the NBA champions are rolling once more. LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 26, Kyle Korver made six 3-pointers as the Cavs reached the ...

Aldridge, Gaston star on Wednesday

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Peyton Aldridge from LaBrae had 27 points and eight rebounds, Jack Gibbs added 21 points and nine boards and Davidson beat George Washington, 74-63, on Wednesday. The Wildcats (13-11, 6-7 Atlantic 10) took control with a 17-6 run that ended with a 58-49 lead on Aldridge’s ...

James leads win after Love has knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS — LeBron James spent the morning sending a crystal clear message to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of Kevin Love’s knee injury: things will be just fine as long as James is on the court. He spent the night backing that up against an emboldened Andrew Wiggins and the ...

Francona always looking ahead, not at the past

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Manager Terry Francona hasn’t watched the Cleveland Indians’ Game 7 loss to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. He’s not one to look back. The Indians’ extra-inning loss to the Cubs in one of the best World Series finishes was difficult for Cleveland to get past. ...

Pirates counting on return of healthy starter Cole

BRADENTON, Fla. — Two years ago, Gerrit Cole won 19 games and finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting. After slogging through an injury filled 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace has set more modest goals for the upcoming season. “Staying healthy, being able to ...

Defense, continuity keep Akron basketball successful

YOUNGSTOWN — The last thing coach Keith Dambrot would admit is that it is easy — 29 consecutive victories at the James A. Rhodes Arena. Feb. 21, 2015. That was the last home loss for the Akron Zips men’s basketball team, a 57-52 overtime loss to Miami (Ohio). The streak is the ...

Second opinion sought for Love’s injury

INDEPENDENCE — Kevin Love’s left knee injury has the Cavaliers concerned about the All-Star forward, who will get a second opinion while his teammates are in Minnesota. Love has been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Timberwolves, his former team, and there is a strong possibility ...

Players praise former Champion coach

Legendary Champion Golden Flashes baseball coach William “Bill” Thorne, who passed away Feb. 3 while on vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina, was remembered fondly by former players — and there were many. Thorne was the Flashes’ skipper from 1969 through 1994, compiling a 398-168 ...

Son of former YSU coach Peters is assistant at Ball State

AKRON — You could say Danny Peters has that “it factor” as a coach. Look a little deeper. Talk to the Ball State men’s basketball assistant coach and you’ll realize more than the obvious. Ball State coach James Whitford said Peters is well versed in the game. Like most young ...

Love out again, this time with sore knee; will not play Tuesday

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love’s sore left knee will sideline him for at least one game and could keep him out of the All-Star game. Love complained of soreness in his knee following Saturday’s win over Denver. He underwent an MRI on Sunday, and while the Cavs did not reveal ...