July 22, 2014

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Cavaliers: Cleveland sets sights on All-Star Kevin Love

Kevin Love

CLEVELAND — With superstar LeBron James in the fold, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin moved on to his next target Friday. Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season, is seen by Cleveland as the final piece to its championship puzzle. The Cavaliers have offered power forward Tristan Thompson, Read More…

LeBron James keeps Cleveland and Miami waiting another day — at least

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CLEVELAND — Four years and three days after “The Decision,” LeBron James is apparently having a much harder time making up his mind. The Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High graduate kept the basketball world guessing — and the Cavaliers and Heat on pins and needles — by not announcing which team he will sign a Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving officially signs extension; 3-team trade goes through

Kyrie Irving

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers locked up their best player and formally completed one trade Thursday when the NBA’s annual roster moratorium ended. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving signed a five-year, $90 million contract extension that he agreed to July 1, keeping him in Cleveland through the 2019-20 season. The pact will not be counted toward Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona leads majors with 318 pitching changes in 90 games

Terry Francona

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona loves to use his bullpen, making a major league-high 318 pitching changes over the first 90 games. Not surprisingly, three Tribe relievers rank among the top five in the American League in appearances. Cody Allen and Marc Rzepczynski are tied for second with 44 and Bryan Shaw is fifth Read More…

LeBron James still undecided on future team; Cleveland waits impatiently

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CLEVELAND — The waiting game continued for the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James held his much anticipated summit with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas, but did not commit to signing with Miami or Cleveland. Both teams have offered the unrestricted free agent a maximum-level contract valued Read More…

Cavs’ 3-team trade leaves roster in good shape, no matter what LeBron James decides

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CLEVELAND — Even if LeBron James spurns the Cavaliers for the second time in four years as a free agent, the franchise is in solid shape going forward. Cleveland general manager David Griffin unloaded the contracts of point guard Jarrett Jack, center Tyler Zeller and small forward Sergey Karasev in a three-way trade Wednesday with Read More…

Cavaliers set Summer League roster

CLEVELAND — Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett will be the marquee attractions on the Cavaliers’ team at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League from July 11-21. Kansas small forward Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, while UNLV power forward Bennett went first to Cleveland one year earlier. This marks Read More…

Indians Notes: Outfielders Bourn, Morgan get downgraded medical reports

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CLEVELAND — Indians center fielders Michael Bourn and Nyjer Morgan both received bad news Monday about their injuries. Bourn underwent an MRI that revealed a mild to moderate left hamstring strain, which is expected to sideline him for three to four weeks. The two-time Gold Glove winner pulled up lame Saturday while running the bases Read More…

Yankees rough up Masterson in 5-3 win over Indians

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson, left, hands the ball off to manager Terry Francona in the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Justin Masterson continued his descent from ace to afterthought Monday night. The New York Yankees scored five runs off the right-hander in two-plus innings — including a bases-loaded walk to Derek Jeter — paving the way for their 5-3 victory over the Tribe at Progressive Field. The six-out effort equaled the Read More…

Cavaliers: Dan Gilbert’s plane flies to Florida as pursuit of LeBron James continues

LeBron James

CLEVELAND — Social media was set ablaze Sunday with reports about the Cavaliers’ pursuit of unrestricted free agent LeBron James. A small plane in the fleet owned by Rock Financial LLC — a company controlled by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert — traveled from Pontiac, Mich., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., late in the afternoon. It is Read More…