Early release for mother of child who died from exposure
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The mother of a 2-year-old girl found unresponsive outside an Ohio home on a frigid February day has been released from prison after three months. Tierra Williams had been sentenced to 18 months earlier this year, a sentence that sparked a community outcry given the loss Williams and her former boyfriend, Dariaun Parker, had already suffered. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty on Wednesday placed the 23-year-old Williams on probation for 18 months, required her to attend parenting classes and suggested she undergo counseling. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the judge told Williams she had suffered a great loss and she was sure Williams had gotten the message. Parker was sentenced to two years in prison following the child's death in 2018. ___ Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com
Man convicted of killing couple at their car dealership
CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who represented himself in his trial on charges that he killed a couple at their used car dealership in Cleveland has been convicted and could be sentenced to the death penalty. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office says in a news release that a jury found 31-year-old Joseph McAlpin guilty Tuesday night of aggravated murder and other charges in the April 14, 2017, slayings of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik. Authorities say McAlpin shot and killed the couple and their dog and stole a car. McAlpin pleaded not guilty. He told jurors that there were inconsistencies in the testimony against him and that he's "not a monster." A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for an attorney who acted as standby counsel for McAlpin.
Customer threw iguana at restaurant manager, police say
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Police say an unruly customer at a restaurant in Ohio pulled an iguana from under his shirt, swung it around and threw it at the manager. Painesville police were called to the Perkins restaurant around noon Tuesday. Police say they apprehended the suspect a few blocks away in the city roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland. Authorities did not say what provoked the attack. The 49-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and animal cruelty. Police say the lizard, whom they named "Copper," was taken to the Lake County Humane Society to be checked by a veterinarian.
Cleveland's Francisco Lindor to begin rehab at Triple-A
SEATTLE (AP) - Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor has been sent to Triple-A to begin a rehab assignment as the All-Star is moving closer to rejoining the big league club after being slowed by a left ankle injury. The Indians announced the move Monday before starting a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners. Cleveland also activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day injured list and designated for assignment veteran infielder Brad Miller. The switch-hitting Lindor was making steady progress from a right calf injury when he rolled his ankle while caught in a rundown during a minor league scrimmage in Arizona. Lindor batted .277 last season with 38 home runs, 92 RBIs and 25 steals. Kipnis opened the season on the injured list after suffering a calf strain late in spring training. He played just 10 games in spring because of hip, quad and calf injuries and appeared in six games at Triple-A during his rehab assignment. Miller hit .250 in 13 games for the Indians. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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US to play old foe Trinidad in CONCACAF Gold Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title against Guyana on June 18 at St. Paul, Minnesota, the first competitive match for the Americans in 20 months since their loss at Trinidad and Tobago caused them to miss the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. will play T&T on June 22 at Cleveland and complete Group D against Panama on June 26 at Kansas City, Kansas. The Americans are expected to play a pair of exhibitions in June to prepare for the tournament, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. The U.S. will wind up playing 18 consecutive friendlies since the 2-1 defeat at Couva, Trinidad, on Oct. 10, 2017. The gap between competitive matches will be the longest for the Americans since a loss to Costa Rica on May 31, 1985, their final qualifier for the 1986 World Cup, and a draw at Jamaica on July 24, 1988, their first qualifier for the 1990 World Cup. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Huge crowd welcomes home national hoops champion Cavaliers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia's national champion men's basketball team returned to campus Tuesday and was greeted with a hero's welcome. A throng of several thousand fans serenaded coach Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers, many in the crowd sporting newly acquired T-shirts celebrating the first national basketball title in school history. The Cavaliers won the title Monday night, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime in Minneapolis. The crowd chanted "U-V-A, U-V-A" as police motorcycles escorted the busses carrying the team into the parking lot of John Paul Jones Arena. The players and coaches walked down a path set off by barricades, high-fiving fans on their way to a podium. Virginia post player Mamadi Diakite drew huge cheers when he got off the bus holding the national championship trophy high above his head, and the crowd chanted "Tony, Tony" when Bennett emerged. "I guess this really happened," Bennett told the crowd from a stage, drawing roars. "We won the national championship." Fans erupted again. Kyle Guy, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, told the crowd he and his teammate never wavered in their belief that they could win the championship, ever after last season when, as the top overall seed, they became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. Virginia's players were reminded of the loss all season, but felt like they answered their critics in the best way imaginable. "I don't think Hollywood could have done a better job with the ending," Guy said. Seeing fans lining the streets on the route from the airport to the school's arena, Bennett said, helped him realize how much the victory meant to the community, even if he hadn't quite had the chance to let the magnitude of the last 24 hours fully sink in. "That's one of the pure, good...
Golden State clinches 1 seed in West, East field nearly done
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE Finally, a lot of clarity. On Sunday, two of the remaining three spots got grabbed. Three more seeds were locked in, as was the first official matchup for when the playoffs start this weekend. Orlando, in for the first time since 2012. Brooklyn, in for the first time since 2015. Detroit, not in yet. Charlotte, still with a chance. Miami, down to the slimmest chance imaginable. Milwaukee was already the No. 1 seed, Toronto was the No. 2 seed - and now, a whole lot more is known after a very long, very hectic Sunday. Philadelphia will be the No. 3 seed for the second straight year. Boston is the No. 4 seed and will open against No. 5 Indiana, in the first matchup that is locked into place. Detroit is in the driver's seat for the last spot. Charlotte improved its chances after beating the Pistons on Sunday. Miami also has life, though needs a whole lot of things to break its way and no longer controls its own destiny after an overtime loss in Toronto. The Heat need to win both of their remaining games and get a ton of help. Brooklyn clinched by winning in Indiana and sweeping a road-road back-to-back that started Saturday in Milwaukee. Orlando went into Boston and prevailed, winning its way in and clinching the Southeast Division title for good measure. Steve Clifford's first season as coach of the Magic is now, officially, a banner one. WESTERN CONFERENCE The road to the Western Conference title now goes through Oracle Arena. Golden State, the two-time defending NBA champions, wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the West playoffs by beating the Los Angeles Clippers in what might turn out to be a first-round pairing. The Clippers fell from sixth place...
Ohio schools now must notify parents when kids are absent
CLEVELAND (AP) - If Ohio children are absent from class without excuse, their schools will have to notify their parents within the first two hours of the school day under a new law taking effect Friday. It was enacted in response to the death of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze, who was kidnapped and killed in Cleveland in 2017. Her mother didn't know she was missing until she didn't come home from school. School districts have had varying procedures about how and when they notify parents about a child's absence. A registered sex offender was convicted in Alianna's killing and sentenced to death .
Galvis impide que Indios completen el sin hit ante Azulejos
CLEVELAND (AP) - Trevor Bauer fue sacado del partido por el manager Terry Francona luego de siete innings sin hit y 117 lanzamientos, y vio desde el dugout cuando un sencillo de Freddy Galvis acabó con las aspiraciones de Cleveland de lograr un juego combinado sin imparable. El venezolano Galvis abrió el noveno inning por los Azulejos con el imparable que frustró la proeza. Aun así, los Indios se impusieron el jueves por 4-1 sobre Toronto. Bauer buscaba lanzar el primer sin hit de Cleveland en 38 años _en el 25to aniversario de la inauguración del Progressive Field_ pero fue relevado cuando su cantidad de lanzamientos fue demasiado alta. Jon Edwards sacó dos outs en el octavo episodio antes que el cerrador Brad Hand saliera de un apuro con casa llena. Sin embargo, Hand recibió el potente sencillo de Galvis al jardín central. Poco después, Alen Hansen conectó el segundo imparable de Toronto y los Azulejos anotaron antes que Hand ponchara a dos para apuntarse su tercer salvamento de la temporada. Bauer estaba a seis outs de completar la hazaña cuando Francona optó por bajarlo del montículo como medida de precaución. Parecía que el derecho podía seguir en el encuentro, _la campaña pasada impuso el máximo de su carrera con 127 lanzamientos en un partido_ pero en una noche fría y con tanta temporada por delante, Francona decidió ser cauteloso y reemplazarlo. Por los Indios, los dominicanos Carlos Santana de 3-1 con anotada, y José Ramírez de 3-0 con una empujada. El cubano Leonys Martin de 3-2. El puertorriqueño Roberto Pérez de 3-1 con producida. Por los Azulejos, el venezolano Galvis de 1-1 con anotada. Los dominicanos Sócrates Brito de 4-0, y Teoscar Hernández de 1-1 con una impulsada. El cubano Lourdes Gurriel Jr. de 4-0.
Lindor vuelve con Indios, pero sigue inactivo por lesión
CLEVELAND (AP) - Francisco Lindor atrapó algunas pelotas el miércoles con un médico en el Progressive Field. Pero pasará un tiempo antes que el campocorto estelar de los Indios de Cleveland haga algo más. Se espera que el puertorriqueño se pierda al menos dos semanas más por una torcedura en el tobillo izquierdo, una lesión que sufrió mientras se recuperaba de un tirón en la pantorrilla derecha que lo limitó en la pretemporada y le impidió comenzar la campaña. Lindor visitó el lunes en Wisconsin a un especialista del pie, el doctor John Anderson, quien confirmó el diagnóstico del equipo: una torcedura, mientras aliviaba la preocupación de que el pelotero estuviera lesionado más gravemente. Ahora habrá que esperar. "No hay fecha específica", señaló el presidente de operaciones de béisbol, Chris Antonetti, sobre el potencial regreso de Lindor. "Pero Frankie está impaciente y siente que está en muy buen lugar para abordar lo que está frente a él y después, tú sabes, avanzar desde allí". Antonetti, quien se reunió con Lindor antes del juego del miércoles, dijo que el pelotero de 25 años pasará de una semana a 10 días con los Indios. En tanto, Eric Stamets es titular en el campocorto y Leonys Martín batea en primer turno mientras los Indios esperan a Lindor, tres veces seleccionado al Juego de Estrellas. Lindor, bateador a ambos perfiles, estaba progresando constantemente tras la lesión en la pantorrilla que sufrió durante el entrenamiento de pretemporada y parecía cerca de sanar por completo, cuando rodó sobre su tobillo mientras hacía una atrapada sobre la carrera durante un entrenamiento de ligas menores en Arizona. Antonetti aseguró que la pantorrilla no es más un problema. "En palabras de Frankie, tan pronto se lesionó el tobillo se olvidó de la...
ACLU joins lawsuit opposing panhandling ordinance
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A civil rights group has joined a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a county's panhandling ordinance in Ohio as unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says in a release that the amended complaint, filed recently in U.S. District Court in Akron, argues the Summit County law unconstitutionally restricts free speech. The ordinance limits people's ability to transfer anything from inside a vehicle to anyone outside who's within specified roadside rights of way. It also says people cannot "engage in distribution" with anyone in a vehicle in the travel portion of a right of way. The lawsuit names Summit County, Bath Township and township Police Chief Vito Sinopoli as defendants. Sinopoli said township officials can't comment on pending litigation. A message was left at county offices.
Includes games of Wednesday, March 20, 2019
. . . . . ... ... ... . . . . . . ... ... . . . . . . . ... ... POINTS FIELD GOAL TURNOVERS REBOUND PER GAME PERCENTAGE PER GAME PERCENTAGES OWN OPP. OWN OPP. OWN OPP. OFF DEF TOT Atlanta 112.3 118.6 .452 .473 17.6 15.1 .250 .770 .505 Boston 112.7 107.7 .465 .448 13.0 15.4 .219 .770 .493 Brooklyn 111.6 112.0 .449 .457 15.1 13.6 .234 .761 .499 Charlotte 110.4 111.6 .447 .466 12.7 13.6 .220 .771 .491 Chicago 105.6 113.2 .456 .471 14.5 13.6 .192 .768 .480 Cleveland 104.3 113.3 .442 .489 13.5 12.5 .235 .763 .489 Dallas 108.3 110.1 .447 .461 14.7 13.4 .229 .772 .502 Denver 112.0 107.0 .469 .458 13.7 13.7 .273 .784 .528
Duron picks up third offer
Martin senior Mathew Duron picked up his third scholarship offer Sunday as Lake Erie College - located in Painesville, Ohio - extended one to the former Tiger quarterback. Lake Erie joins McMurry University and Southwestern University as the three schools to have offered Duron. The Storm are an NCAA Division II program participating in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Last year, Lake Erie went 0-11 losing games by an average of 37.5 points per game. The Storm averaged 202.7 total yards per game last year - 43.2 on the ground and 159.5 through the air. Due to the winless season, Lake Erie made a coaching change as they hired former Fayetteville State offensive coordinator Reilly Murphy to lead the program. In his final season with Martin, Duron was named the District 14-5A-1 Most Valuable Player after leading the Tigers to a 6-5 record and the program's first playoff appearance since 2013. Duron finished the year 64 of 137 for 1,131 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions through the air. He also added 530 yards and eight more scores on the ground. About a month ago, Duron took a visit to Southwestern. Duron is still uncommitted. email@example.com Twitter: @gkroegs
Giants trade Odell Beckham Jr. to Browns, Jets get Le'Veon Bell
While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr. Not to be outdone, however, the Jets got the guy at the top of their free agency list, agreeing with former Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on a deal early Wednesday morning.