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Preaching patience

BEREA — Embarrassed by the Browns’ deplorable record during his tenure as owner, Jimmy Haslam promised patience will guide him going forward. During his annual press conference at training camp, Haslam acknowledged last season’s 1-15 record was “harder than we thought” but he’s ...

Steeler defense to next level?

LATROBE, Pa. — Mike Tomlin’s word choice was specific. That way, nothing would get lost in translation. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach believes the generational shift his defense was forced to undergo over the last five years is officially over. No more grinning and bearing the growing ...

Hit batter with bases loaded provides winning run for Tribe

CHICAGO — Brandon Guyer dreamed of coming through in a big spot and driving in the winning run. He just never envisioned a scenario quite like what played out Saturday night. The pinch-hitter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning for the go-ahead run and ...

Padre pitcher limits Pirates; Pittsburgh has lost 4 straight

SAN DIEGO — Dinelson Lamet needed 27 pitches to get through the first inning. He settled down quite nicely from there. Lamet pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and fellow rookie Manuel Margot homered and scored twice, leading the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 victory against the ...

Mahoning Valley’s offense too much for Williamsport

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored 12 runs on 14 hits in Friday’s 12-2 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters. MV had five runs in the third inning, and finished the night 14 for 37 at the plate. After scoring two runs on a balk and a single in the bottom of the second ...

Indians extend win streak to 8, beat White Sox

CHICAGO — Jose Ramirez had four hits, including a homer, Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley also homered, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-3 on Friday night for their eighth straight victory. Ramirez went 4 for 5 and drove in three runs, and Yan Gomes had two hits and ...

Kizer impresses in camp

BEREA — Nothing screams rookie about DeShone Kizer. After wrapping up a news conference Friday, when he handled questions about Cleveland’s three-way quarterback competition with the finesse of a polished politician, Kizer was escorted into the Browns’ facility with two members of the ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Williamsport starting pitcher Kyle Young, left, reaches to catch the ball and tries to tag first base before Mahoning Valley’s Simeon Lucas (28). Young caught the ball, a flip from the Crosscutters first baseman Nerluis Martinez (11), but missed the base and Lucas was safe on the play.

Small beats tall

NILES — A game that looked like a great pitchers’ duel certainly lived up to the billing. It was a matchup between 7-foot Williamsport starter Kyle Young (yes, he’s really 7-foot tall), a Philadelphia Phillies prospect, and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ Zach Plesac, a right-hander ...

Indians run win streak to 7 games

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are finally starting to look like the defending AL champions. Cleveland ran its winning streak to a seven games — its longest of the season — and moved to a season-high 10 games over .500 with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles ...

Garrett stars at Browns’ 1st practice

BEREA — On Day One, Myles Garrett looked like a legitimate No. 1. Bursting off the line of scrimmage during a pass-rush drill, Garrett quickly got around offensive tackle Rod Johnson, a fellow rookie who could do little to slow down the speedy defensive end and top pick in this year’s ...

Buckeyes aim to fire up air attack

COLUMBUS — Ohio State opened training camp Thursday morning eager to bury memories of the last time the team played a game. That was New Year’s Eve in Arizona, where the Buckeyes were humiliated by Clemson 31-0 in the College Football Playoff. The significant flaws in the Buckeyes’ ...

Steelers arrive for camp minus RB Bell

LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled into training camp on Thursday in pickup trucks and Porsches, Rolls Royces and Rubicons. And in the case of ageless linebacker James Harrison, a firetruck. Because of course he did. Left tackle Alejandro Villaneuva showed up too, arriving ...

Area father-son duo plays at Ohio Open

North Bloomfield’s Craig and Thomas Lydic took to the course for the 97th annual Davey Tree Ohio Open at Medina’s Weymouth Country Club last week. Perhaps the only father-son duo in the tournament, the Lydics are certainly no stranger to the Open, as this is their fourth year competing ...

Cleveland execs reject Irving trade talk

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent more than 30 minutes presenting a positive portrait of his franchise. The reality is that the Cavs are troubled. In his first public comments since Kyrie Irving asked to be traded, Gilbert would not confirm whether he’ll honor the ...

Garrett ready to return to action

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns already have their first win: Myles Garrett is ready for training camp. The rookie defensive end and No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has recovered from a foot sprain and will be on the field Thursday when Cleveland opens camp following a miserable 1-15 ...

Indians’ 8th-inning rout leads to 6th straight win

CLEVELAND — Bradley Zimmer isn’t playing like someone who wasn’t called up from the minors until May 16. In fact, the rookie center fielder is a big reason why the Cleveland Indians are playing their best baseball of the season. Zimmer hit a home run on the game’s second pitch and ...

Grand finish

CLEVELAND — Bradley Zimmer didn’t care one bit that his mouth was filled with talcum powder. To the rookie, it tasted like victory. Edwin Encarnacion connected for a grand slam in the 11th inning as the Cleveland Indians, who wasted a seven-run lead and were held scoreless for eight ...

A well-oiled machine

CHICAGO — The tailored, slate-gray suit, the scarlet and gray power tie, the blacked-out chronograph on his wrist — if you didn’t know Urban Meyer was the football coach at Ohio State, your first guess would be a Fortune 500 CEO. That’s hardly a coincidence. After five seasons in ...

Cavs, Rose make it official

CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s goal is to win an NBA championship. He’s a little closer to one. The free-agent guard signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that has blocked his path to a title before and one that needs him now more than ever. Rose is ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Steve Vega, an Avon native, coaches his TNBA team during Friday's Nike Summer Championship in Columbus. Vega is the co-director of the tournament.

AAU plays big role for recruits

COLUMBUS — Steve Vega was busy pacing the sidelines during Friday’s Nike Summer Championship, coaching his team. After that, the Avon native is busy going around Whitehall-Yearling High School trying to tend to the needs of teams, college coaches and even parents — making sure his ...