March 31, 2015

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Out of the fog: Webb Simpson shoots closing 68 to win U.S. Open as Furyk, McDowell falter

SAN FRANCISCO — Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open and put two more names into the graveyard of champions. Overlooked for so much of the week, Simpson emerged on a fog-filled Sunday at The Olympic Club with four birdies around the turn and a tough chip out of a hole to the right of the Read More…

NBA Finals: Heat roars back to beat Thunder, grabs series lead

MIAMI — LeBron James and the Heat remember the pain from a year ago. They needed two wins for a title and never got another, their superstar player coming up small in the biggest moments — a finals failure for which James has accepted the blame. He seems determined not to let it happen again. Read More…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. snaps four-year winless drought

BROOKLYN, Mich. — After four years and 143 races — the agonizing near-misses and all those questions about when he might finally win again — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was alone in his car, comfortably ahead of the field and only a few minutes from victory. “That was the worst feeling, riding around there with 15 Read More…

College World Series: Kent State stumbles in opener, routed by Arkansas

OMAHA, Neb. — Kent State knows it faces a daunting task to make its first appearance in the College World Series last much longer. An 8-1 loss to Arkansas on Saturday leaves the Golden Flashes fighting for survival in a bracket that includes two-time defending national champion South Carolina, No. 1 national seed Florida and Read More…

Big 33 Football Classic: Urban Meyer keeping a high profile in enemy territory

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Urban Meyer created a minor stir at a news conference Friday for a high school All-Star football game between Ohio and Pennsylvania and he didn’t even say a word. Imagine what Ohio State’s new coach could do on the recruiting trail in Pennsylvania, long fertile territory for prospective talent for the Read More…

U.S. Open: Tiger Woods grabs share of lead after two rounds

SAN FRANCISCO — There were no fist pumps for Tiger Woods, just a deep breath and a slow exhale. Jim Furyk walked most of the 7,170 yards at Olympic Club with his head down. David Toms couldn’t think of a single shot he hit without his full attention Friday. They were not the survivors of Read More…

Reds leave Indians feeling ill after first sweep in series since ’08

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CINCINNATI — The Cleveland Indians reached the midpoint of their annual intrastate series with one clear impression: It’s not going well in any way. They got swept by a Reds team so sick at the start of the series that manager Dusty Baker hardly had anyone on the bench next to him. Brandon Phillips hit Read More…

Ohio unemployment down for 10th month in a row

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in May for the 10th consecutive month, reaching its lowest point since October 2008 as the national rate increased slightly, officials said today. The state Department of Job and Family Services said seasonally adjusted joblessness in Ohio decreased from 7.4 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May, and Read More…

Heat hold off Thunder, tie series at a game apiece

OKLAHOMA CITY  — LeBron James has seen his share of great starts turn into faulty finishes. So with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh providing the help he needed, he wasn’t letting another one get away Thursday night. James scored 32 points, got a disputed big stop on Kevin Durant and the Miami Heat held off Read More…

Ex-Indian Brandon Phillips burns old teammates

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CINCINNATI — The Cleveland Indians gave up on Brandon Phillips at the start of the 2006 season. He’s been getting back at them ever since. The Gold Glove second baseman helped the Cincinnati Reds get through their illness with another strong game against his former team, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs Read More…