Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart says he's not worried if the developers of the Portage Crossings keep their promise of announcing who will move into the Shopping Center by Labor Day.
At a City Council meeting two months ago, shopping center developers told members and Mayor Robart that they had planned an announcement close to Labor Day on who would move in. The developers are planning to announce the names of the businesses that will be moving in on the sign in front of the development,
Mayor Robart says he's more concerned about the finished product at Portage Crossings, how it will look to shoppers and how many Cuyahoga Falls residents will shop there. The Mayor said the shopping center will be important to the economic future of Cuyahoga Falls for many, many years.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Mayor Robart said he heard two months ago that developers had commitments from 12 to 15 businesses. Mayor Robart says he expects the Portage Crossings Shopping Center will be home to 25 businesses when finished.
Indians designated hitter Travis Hafnerr eceived ``encouraging'' news from doctors about his foot injury and could soon return for the playoff chase.
Hafner has been sidelined since August 21st, when he injured a tendon in his foot after hitting a single. Manager Manny Acta hasno timetable on a return for Hafner, who is batting .281 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs.
Acta would not address if Hafner will need offseason surgery. Cleveland's offense has sputtered and could use Hafner back in the middle of its lineup. With Hafner out, the Indians acquired slugger Jim Thome in a trade from Minnesota last week.
Hafner initially hurt his foot in April on a slide. He has been in a walking boot and receiving daily treatments.
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Jack Hannahan's single with one out in the 16th inning scored pinch-runner Cord Phelps from second base and gave Cleveland a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics last night, moving the Indians back into second place in the AL Central.
Jim Thome singled with one out off Josh Outman (3-4), the A's eighth pitcher, and was replaced by Phelps. Carlos Santana lined asingle to center before Hannahan, who hit two solo homers, singled to right. Phelps never slowed and was able to slip headfirst underthe tag of catcher Kurt Suzuki.
The Indians, who won for the 17th time in their last at-bat at home and jumped Chicago in the division, stayed 5.5 games behindfirst-place Detroit.
Frank Herrmann (4-0), Cleveland's sixth pitcher, worked four perfect innings.
The Indians go for the sweep this afternoon against the Athletics at Progressive Field. First pitch at 12:05. Fausto Carmona starts on the mound for the Tribe against Gio Gonzalez for the Athletics.
Things are changing at the Interval Brotherhood Home.
New IBH Executive Director Don Finn has been on the job for the last two months. He says during that time, the IBH Board asked him to learn 'the nuts and bolts' of the organization and its operations.
Now, Finn says it's time for him to go out into the community and talk to stake-holders and donors about their feelings concerning the Interval Brotherhood Home.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Finn admitted some donors are still upset over the problems the organization has had in recent years, and with its previous executive director, Father Sam Ciccolini.
But, Finn is confident that he and the organization will be able to address those concerns.
Finn admitted that donations to the Interval Brotherhood Home were down in 2010 when compared with 2009 figures. Finn says IBH decided to step back from seeking donations in 2010 because of the situation with Father Sam. Actually, donations to IBH have been declining since 2007 according to Finn.
Finn is hoping that folks who are still upset at IBH and with Father Sam will come around because their mission of helping those who are dealing with alcohol and drug addiction is so important.
Finn says he was surprised to learn about wide the reach of the Interval Brotherhood home is, and unfortunately, how widespread the problem of alcohol and drug addiction is.
On Tuesday night, The University of Akron volleyball team won its first set of the season but lost to Cleveland State 3-1 (18-25,15-25,25-20,13-25) at Woodling Gymnasium.UA senior Courtney Jarvis led all players with 14 kills, while fellow senior Tina Dimitrijevs finished with eight kills and a .250 hitting percentage. At setter, Morgan Kuhn tallied 34 assists and 15 digs, while libero Chelsea Harvey added 18 digs.On the night, the Zips (0-4) hit .135, highlighted by the third set in which they notched 16 kills and had a .302 hitting percentage. The Vikings (3-1) recorded 55 kills and a .275 hitting percentage. Each teach also made 5.0 team blocks.“We did a better job of competing tonight against a high caliber team,” said head coach Ron Arenz. “Our serve and pass game was considerably better, but we still need a few more pieces to come together. Overall, I think we are on the right track, and it will be great to play at home this weekend.”In the first set, the score was knotted at 4-4 after each team claimed several long rallies. A service ace by CSU gave the Vikings a 6-5 lead, and a fierce spike on the next point extended the lead to 7-5. After adding a solo block, CSU was up 8-5.Kymberle Gordon and Jarvis combined for a block to make it 9-7, CSU, and a kill by Alex Wiederholt put another one on the board for Akron. The Vikings still maintained their lead, however, up 12-9 later in the set. After splitting the next four points, both teams played great defense in a long point, but Akron’s attack was just wide and CSU held a 15-11 advantage.The Zips came back to win consecutive points but still trailed 17-13. A deep attempt by Jarvis was just over the baseline, but a service error by CSU on the next point gave Akron the serve. Each time the Zips took a point, CSU would counter to preserve its lead. Late in the set, UA was down 20-17. The Vikings then took two more points and led 22-17.A block assist by UA’s freshmen combo of Mary Delich and Gordon added one for the Zips, but CSU claimed the set on the next two points, winning 25-18.In set number two, the Zips took an early 3-2 lead after winning a long battle, causing CSU to use a timeout. After the Vikings tied it up, a block by Dimitrijevs regained Akron’s lead. The teams continued to swap points, and after a thunderous kill from Jarvis, the score was level at 6-6. The Vikings then racked up three straight points for a 9-6 lead, forcing Akron to call a timeout.The Zips responded to win the next two points before CSU recovered to own an 11-8 margin. The lead would be extended to 14-9 before a slam by Dimitrijevs put the Zips in double digits. The set began to get away, however, as Akron found itself down 17-11. Dimitrijevs tallied another kill, but back-to-back service errors stalled Akron’s shot at a comeback.With a 19-12 advantage, Cleveland State would not let the Zips back in the set, winning five of the next six points to reach set point. Kills by Jarvis and Wiederholt kept Akron alive, but a running over-the-shoulder kill by CSU’s setter gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead after taking the second frame 25-15.Alex Cocklin opened the third set with a deep kill, and an ace by Harvey gave the Zips an early 2-0 lead. Akron then took a 4-2 advantage after another kill by Cocklin, but CSU came back to take a 7-5 lead. A big swing from Jarvis scored another point for the Zips, and an attack error by CSU gave the lead back to Akron at 9-7.After a Viking timeout, UA did not let up, winning the next two points after an ace by Kuhn. A smash by Cocklin gave Akron a 13-9 margin, and Dimitrijevs followed with a kill to the middle of the floor to extend the lead. CSU was forced to use its second timeout after Cocklin buried another one, putting the Zips ahead 15-9.Back-to-back kills by Dimitrijevs and Jarvis opened up an 18-11 advantage, and a CSU error put yet another point on the board for UA. The Vikings tried to fight back, but Akron was able to answer each charge. After a tremendous point by both sides, the Zips held a 21-15 lead. Again CSU tried to apply pressure, coming back to make it 23-18, but an attack error by the Vikings gave the Zips set point. Dimitrijevs put it away a few points later with a high-flying kill, ending the third set at 25-20.In the fourth set, the Zips again got off to an early lead, but CSU came back to even the score at 3-3. A service ace by the Vikings then put them up 5-3, causing Akron to call a timeout. The Vikings reeled off three straight points to widen the gap to 8-5, but a service error put one on the board for Akron.The set quickly got away from the Zips, as they trailed 12-5 before a smash by Twitty tallied another point. Two points later, CSU ended a long rally with a kill to the right sideline to stay ahead, 13-6. After dropping three of the next four, the Zips tried to claw back in it, making it 18-10 after a monster kill by Dimitrijevs. Jarvis recorded another kill from the left side, but ultimately the margin would prove to be too great. Cleveland State would go on to win the set, 25-13, and the match.
The Zips will return to the floor on Friday, Sept. 2 as they play host to the Akron Invitational at James A. Rhodes Arena. UA will be in action at noon and 7 p.m. ET on the opening day.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore is scheduled for a rehab assignment with the Akron Aeros tonight against the Reading Phillies at Canal Park.Sizemore has been on the Indians disabled list since July 18 with a right knee contusion.In 2011, Sizemore is hitting .237 with 10 home runs, 21 doubles, one triple, 29 RBI, 17 walks and 75 strikeouts in 61 games with the Indians.This will be Sizemore’s second rehab stint with the Aeros. He appeared in four games in April going 5-for-14 with two doubles and three RBI.
Sizemore is scheduled to be the Designated Hitter in tonight's game. On Thursday night, Sizemore is scheduled to play six innings and play in center field.
Indians manager Manny Acta does not know how long Sizemore's rehab assignment will last. The Aeros' regular season ends on Monday.
First baseman Matt LaPorta has been sent to the minors by the Cleveland Indians.
LaPorta, considered the key part of the blockbuster trade that sent Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers in July of 2007, was sent to Triple-A Columbus yesterday.
Cleveland recalled right-hander Jeanmar Gomez to start the second game of a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics.
LaPorta has been a disappointment in Cleveland. He has spent the entire season with the Indians, hitting .238 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 97 games.
Others acquired by Cleveland for Sabathia were outfielder Michael Brantley, currently on the 60-day disabled list with a wrist injury, left-hander Zach Jackson and minor-leagueright-hander Rob Bryson.
Gomez is 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA in five games over two stints earlier this year with Cleveland.
Carlos Santana and Jack Hannahan hit two-run homers for Cleveland and the scrappy Indians kept pace in the AL Central race by beating the Oakland Athletics 6-2 last night.
Jeanmar Gomez (1-2) allowed one unearned runs over six innings after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus. He took the rotationspot vacated by Josh Tomlin, who is on the Indians' disabled list with a sore right elbow.
Cleveland continues trying to overcome injuries and gain ground in its division, winning four of five.
The Indians entered play a half-game behind the second-place Chicago White Sox and 5.5 behind first-place Detroit. Both the Tigers and White Sox won last night.
Trevor Cahill (9-13) fell to 1-6 in nine starts since the All-Star break. He opened the season 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA throughMay 14th, but is 3-13 since.(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
The University of Akron begins the 2011 college football season this coming Saturday afternoon when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at the 'Horseshoe' in Columbus.
The game begins Rob Ianello's second season as head coach at the University of Akron. The Zips are coming off a 1-11 season in 2010.
Ianello says his team had a great summer training camp and are ready to get the season started. Ianello says his team has a great attitude heading into the start of the season.
The Zips will have a new starting quarterback this season. The Coaching Staff has installed Clayton Moore as the starting quarterback, replacing Patrick Nicely.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Moore enrolled at the University in January after spending the 2010 season at Gulf Coast Community College. He hails from Louisville, Miss. (Louisville High School) and originally walked on at Mississippi in 2009. At Gulf Coast, he completed 155-of-257 passes for 2,395 yards and 23 touchdowns, while leading the Bulldogs to the JUCO state championship.
The running game will be led by sophomore tailback Broderick Alexander. The 6-foot-one, 205 pound running back hails from Covington, Georgia. Another running back in the mix is redshirt freshman Jawon Chisolm from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The Zips defense will be led by junior linebacker Bryan Wagner, who played is high school football Springfield Central Catholic High School.
With 30 or so games remaining in the 2011 Major League Baseball season, the Cleveland Indians are still in the race to capture the American League Central Division title.
The Tribe is 66-65, five-and-a-half games out of first place in the Central Division. The Chicago White Sox are a half-game ahead of the Indians and in second place.
Indians Senior Vice-President of Public Relations Bobby DiBiasio says considering how the Tribe has dealt with so many injuries this season, it's amazing that they are still in the race.
Plus, DiBiasio says not enough credit is being given to second-year pitching coach Tim Belcher.
Belcher has worked to keep both the Indians' starting rotation and the bullpen at or near the top of American League pitching statistics this season.
Following the Oakland series, the Indians have games against Central Division opponents Kansas City (away), Detroit (home) and Chicago (away).
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