Napoli to Texas, Weekend Radio Sports

If they like him so much, why do they keep letting him go? Mike Napoli, who helped lead the Cleveland Indians to the World Series last season, has rejoined the Texas Rangers for the third time, calling it a great opportunity to be back with his first World Series team. The Rangers re-introduced Napoli– as if they had to–on Thursday morning, with the expectation to be the primary first baseman and provide another big bat for Texas.
Napoli has played in the World Series for three different teams over the past six seasons. He went to the World Series with Texas in 2011, was let go, and became a big part of the championship team in Boston that won the Series in 2013, before helping the Indians to get all the way to Game 7 last year. Napoli will get $6 million from the Rangers, with an $11 million club option for 2018 and a $2.5 million buyout.

In High School Boy’s Basketball tonight—ST. JOHN travels to EDGEWOOD at 6:45PM on ESPN 970 WFUN

On SATURDAY in College Hoops; the Buckeyes take on the Cornhuskers @ NEBRASKA—with coverage beginning at 5:30PM on ESPN 970 WFUN.

And tune in to the OSU MEN’S BASKETBALL—THAD MATTA CALL-IN SHOW on Monday at 6:05PM… where else, but ESPN 970 WFUN.

Anthony to Replace Love on All-Star Squad

The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony is an All-Star again– but at the expense of Cleveland’s injured All-Star Kevin Love. The NBA announced that Anthony was selected to replace Love on the Eastern Conference roster for Sunday’s All-Star Game in New Orleans. It’s the 10th All-Star selection for Anthony, and his eighth consecutive. Love is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee Tuesday. Injury replacements are chosen by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Anthony’s 10 trips to the All-Star Classic are second only to Love’s Cleveland teammate LeBron James — an All-Star for the 13th time. Anthony’s addition was one of many All-Star weekend moves made Wednesday by the NBA because of injuries.

Lake County Friday AM News

30-year-old LaToya Coleman of Maple Heights has admitted to shipping 100 pounds of marijuana through a Willoughby UPS store. Coleman was arrested last February at the SOM Center Road facility. Lake County Narcotics agents told Willoughby Police they had intercepted the marijuana ahead of time. Coleman pleaded guilty Thursday in Lake County Common Pleas Court to possession of marijuana. She is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced March 29, but that date could change since she is expected to give birth soon.

Two programs received $50,000 grants from the Lake County Senior Citizens Collaborative Initiative. The projects help address gaps in senior services in the county. Funding comes from the county’s senior services levy.

The Lake County YMCA Central branch is hosting a community Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Free and open to the public, folks can get blood sugar screenings, blood pressure screenings, meet with health consultants, gather nutritional information, and enjoy chair massages.

Geneva Business Expo, KSU Nature Club Film

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce services and products wilol be on display at the 24th annual Business Expo today, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Geneva High School at 1301 S. Ridge Road. The event is free and open to the public. Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Sue Ellen Foote said the event usually draws around 300 people. There will be 40 business exhibitors. Visitors get a chance to win one of the many door prizes.

The Sam Wharram Nature Club will present the film “Journey in the Great Unknown, Exploration of the Colorado River,” on March 4 at the Kent State University Ashtabula Campus. Dinner by reservation is served at 6 p.m. in the Blue and Gold Room. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Call Berniece Boggs for dinner reservations at (440) 997-9403, by Feb. 28. Tickets for the film are $8 for adults and $2 for students.

The opioid epidemic in Lake County will be the topic at a Mentor school district round table

The opioid epidemic in Lake County will be the topic at a Mentor school district round table discussion next week. Mentor Schools Assistant Superintendent Bill Porter said the district is bringing together several area agencies to heighten awareness and provide information in response to recent reports that more drug overdose deaths ocurred in 2016 than ever before. The event called “A Crisis We Can’t Ignore: The Opioid Epidemic in Our Own Back Yard,” will be held on Feb 21 at Paradigm.

Two suspects arrested in drug bust were arraigned this week in Willoughby Municipal Court

Two suspects arrested in a drug bust Friday (Feb. 10), were arraigned this week (Feb. 13) in Willoughby Municipal Court. Police were tipped off about suspected drug activity at a home on Wood St., and detectives set up undercover surveillance which eventually led to the arrest of, 26-year-old Evan Russo of Willoughby, and 28-year-old Joseph Roe of Mentor, according to court records. The two men are believed to be involved in drug trafficking, according to an anonymous complaint. Both Roe and Russo have preliminary hearings scheduled for next week (Feb. 23).

Revised ordinance could affect your trash pickup

CONNEAUT – Conneaut City Council unanimously approved amendments to a garbage ordinance this week (Monday), that could affect your trash pickup. The measure stems from a 2014 ordinance for a proposed exclusive contract program for residential rubbish collection which voters defeated at the polls. The new law allows trash haulers to determine what items they’ll collect, based on what market value is placed on the item being recycled. The law also requires all residents to place trash bags in hard-sided containers to avoid damage from animals and birds. The amended ordinance will take effect mid-May.

A shooting reported in the Harbor early Tuesday morning is still being investigated

ASHTABULA – A shooting reported in the Harbor early Tuesday morning is still being investigated. Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said four police officers responded to calls from area residents who reported hearing what sounded like multiple gun shots in and around the 400 block of Thayer Avenue, but officers were unable to determine where the shots originated. Stell said the shooting stopped just before the officers arrived on the scene. APD is following up on all leads, he noted.

Cavs Beat Pacers 113-104

After a few hiccups, speed bumps, rough patches– whatever you want to call a mid-season slump– the NBA champions are rolling once more. And now, most of them will get a well-deserved, fit-for-a-champion All-Star break.
But first, on Wednesday night, LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 26, Kyle Korver made six 3-pointers as the Cavs reached the All-Star break with their seventh win in eight games, beating the Indiana Pacers 113-104. Irving and Korver combined to make four 3s in the first 2 minutes and 50 seconds of the fourth quarter — Korver finished with 22 points and became the seventh NBA player with 2,000 career 3s — and the Cavs, playing their second game without All-Star Kevin Love, improved to 7-1 in February after a dismal 7-8 month of January.

Tonight, it’s Ohio State University Women’s Basketball as the Buckeyes travel to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers. Coverage begins at 7:45PM on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Forbes Says Cavs Lost $40M in 2016

The question is; was it worth it? Forbes business magazine reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers lost $40 million in championship season. Team owner Dan Gilbert is most certainly as aware as anyone of the Cavs financial bottom line, but according to Forbes, the Champs were one of only three NBA teams to lose money last season.
On Wednesday, Forbes released its 2017 NBA team evaluations list. The Cavs are ranked 11th among NBA teams with a current value of $1.2 billion. Gilbert bought the team for $375 million in 2005. The New York Knicks have the highest valuation at $3.3 billion.
Despite all those sellouts last year at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers still lost $40 million because Gilbert had to shell out $185 million in player costs, including, $54 million in luxury tax plus benefits, cash involved in trades and the team’s share in NBA player costs to reach the mandated 51 percent of league-wide revenue. Yeah… it was worth it.