February 7, 2016

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No Cavaliers named to All-Star Game as reserves

CLEVELAND — Small forward LeBron James will be the lone Cavaliers player in the NBA All-Star Game. Power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving were not among the seven Eastern Conference reserves announced Thursday, representing a slight snub by the coaches who voted for the selections. Cleveland owns the best record in the Read More…

Cavaliers: New coach Tyronn Lue challenges team to play “right way” and with spirit

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue points in the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday in Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue threw the hammer down in his first news conference since taking over the team. When asked what he planned on doing differently than the deposed David Blatt, he quickly responded. “I wouldn’t say differently, I would say do some things better,” Lue said Saturday before Cleveland’s game against the Chicago Read More…

It’s a Warriors mentality: Last year’s Finals loss still stings, Kyrie Irving says, left Cavaliers with a chip on their shoulder

INDEPENDENCE — No hype is necessary for a rematch of the NBA Finals. The facts speak for themselves. The world champion Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers meet tonight at Quicken Loans Arena, which will be the center of the sports universe when the teams tip off at 8. “It’s two great teams playing each Read More…

Tabor staying on as Browns’ special teams coach

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BEREA — Special teams coach Chris Tabor continues to defy the odds by remaining with the Browns. New Cleveland coach Hue Jackson announced Friday that Tabor has been retained in the same role, extending his stint with the franchise that began five years ago. Tabor has now worked under Browns coaches Pat Shurmur (2011-12), Rob Read More…

Browns notes: Cornerback Justin Gilbert admits to problems during his rookie season, puts blame on being a ‘hard sleeper’

BEREA — Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert finally came clean about the events of his rookie year. He did so Monday, one day after his second season came to an end. “I missed a whole bunch of meetings last year,” the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft said. “I wasn’t saying that then, but Read More…

Browns: Has Joe Thomas had enough? Pro Bowl tackle sounds like team’s struggles have taken toll

CLEVELAND — Left tackle Joe Thomas has played for five coaches since being the Browns’ top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection isn’t sure that he wants to make it six with the team. “As you get older, the tomorrows become fewer and far between, and you become more reflective Read More…

Browns notes: Coaches agree Johnny Manziel showing improvement, but still has work to do away from the field

BEREA — No one associated with the Browns disputes that Johnny Manziel made great strides in his second NFL season by passing for 1,500 yards. “Johnny Football” earned his first two wins as a starting quarterback, threw seven touchdowns and appeared in nine games before suffering a season-ending concussion last week at Kansas City. But Read More…

Browns notes: Pettine remains confident in kicker Coons

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BEREA — Travis Coons began the regular season as the Browns’ kicker. He will have the opportunity to finish it in the same role. Coons has missed four of his last 10 field goal attempts — all of them blocked — but coach Mike Pettine said his job is safe heading into the season finale Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine trying to avoid distractions, including his job security, and focus on finale vs. Steelers

BEREA — Forgive Browns coach Mike Pettine for feeling like the late Yogi Berra, but Monday was deja vu all over again for him. Pettine spent his afternoon news conference reviewing a Cleveland loss, addressing his tenuous job status and discussing a new party video of quarterback Johnny Manziel. Given the myriad times he has Read More…

Cavs’ Shumpert talks about delivering baby

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert can joke about it now, but it was no laughing matter when his fiancée went into premature labor in their bathroom. Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. arrived one month early, being born at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday as her father assisted Teyana Taylor in the delivery. He said mother and Read More…