April 18, 2014

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Celts turn back time: Aging Boston uses defense to win Game 1

Boston  Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots over Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard Sunday during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Orlando, Fla. (AP photo.)

ORLANDO, Fla. — The hair is a little grayer. The ankles and knees no longer so sturdy. Even with a roster full of aging superstars, the Boston Celtics are still standing tall. Too old to chase a title? Not these days. Ray Allen scored 25 points, Paul Pierce had 22 and the Celtics used smothering Read More…

Jake Westbrook goes the distance as Tribe takes series

BALTIMORE (AP) – Now that Jake Westbrook has put concern about his troublesome elbow behind him, he can start thinking about things that cross the minds of other major league pitchers. Things such as getting a shutout, throwing a complete game and earning wins for his team. Westbrook worked around nine hits for his 13th Read More…

Tribe explodes in 9th, beats Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) – Austin Kearns taught rookie closer Alfredo Simon a harsh lesson: Mistakes get hit hard. Kearns hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Simon in an eight-run ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for an 8-2 victory over Baltimore on Saturday night, ending the Orioles’ season-high three-game winning streak. “Just like any at-bat, Read More…

The Preakness: Jockey switch brings Lookin At Lucky a win

BALTIMORE – Change of jockeys, change of fortune. Five years ago, Martin Garcia was working in a deli making sandwiches. He couldn’t name even one of the Triple Crown races. But the 25-year-old jockey stole one of them Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert a Preakness win with a trouble-free ride. Garcia beat veteran Calvin Borel, Read More…

Masterson loses 10 straight as Orioles beat Indians

BALTIMORE – Jeremy Guthrie received ample offensive and defensive support. Justin Masterson was left to ponder another fruitless outing. Guthrie allowed two singles in eight innings, Miguel Tejada drove in three runs and the Baltimore Orioles extended Masterson’s losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. “Guthrie was good. He Read More…

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert calls 2:30 press conference

CLEVELAND — No ring. And, maybe, no King. Now that Cleveland’s NBA championship dreams have vanished, a cold, bitter truth has settled over a franchise and sports-tortured city in need of a hug. A stunning loss to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs has hastened a summer that came quicker than Read More…

Watchdog group: Cleveland diocese worst at IDing sex abusers

CLEVELAND — A national group that tracks clergy sexual abuse cases says the Cleveland Roman Catholic diocese has the nation’s worst record for identifying suspect priests. BishopAccountability.org on Friday demanded that Bishop Richard Lennon release more names. The group points out that a 2004 report from the diocese said 118 clerics had been accused of Read More…

2 people killed by train in Barberton

BARBERTON — Authorities say two people have been killed by a train on tracks near a road crossing in Barberton. Investigator Gary Guenther with the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office says the 45-year-old woman and 53-year-old man were fatally struck just after 10 p.m. Thursday in Barberton, 33 miles south of Cleveland. It’s not clear Read More…

Celtics 94, Cavs 85: Cavaliers ousted; LeBron watch starts

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It may not be as dramatic as “The Shot,” “The Drive” or “The Fumble,” but the latest monumental Cleveland sports disappointment came Thursday night as the Cavaliers’ season came to an end with a 94-85 loss to the Boston Celtics. The Cavs lost three straight games to be eliminated during the Eastern Conference semifinals, a Read More…

Cavaliers ousted by Celtics; uncertainty looms

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics sent LeBron James and the Cavaliers back to Cleveland to admire all of their regular-season accomplishments and ponder their future. It’s the Celtics who are still in the chase for an NBA title. Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 12 Read More…