June 2, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya wins 2nd Indy 500 … 15 years after 1st

INDIANAPOLIS — His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain. Roger Penske called the driver in late 2013, when Montoya found himself without a job after seven frustrating seasons in NASCAR that had turned one of the baddest drivers on the planet into a struggling also-ran. Read More…

Bet against LeBron at your own risk: Cavs even series

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, second from left, celebrates with Tristan Thompson, left, J.R. Smith, center, Matthew Dellavedova, and Kyrie Irving, right, after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of Game 4 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Sunday, May 10, 2015. The Cavaliers won 86-84. AP

You don’t do it. You just don’t. Doubt LeBron James, that is. Even on a day his shot wasn’t falling, his offensive fouls were mounting and his clutch gene seemed to be in remission, the Cavaliers superstar showed once again why he is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. All the four-time Read More…

Tough week, tough game: Ohio State turns focus to Wisconsin, Big Ten championship

INDIANAPOLIS — Urban Meyer walked over to Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen on Friday and gave him a big hug. It was a welcome respite in one of the most trying weeks of Meyer’s coaching career. Last Saturday, the Ohio State coach watched his record-setting quarterback J.T. Barrett being carted off the field with a season-ending Read More…

Girls golf: Avon Lake’s Schroeder eyeing title on fourth trip to state

Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder watches her shot Tuesday at the Division I girls sectional golf tournament at the Legacy Course at Sweetbriar. Schroeder shot a 3-under 69 to take first place. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Visualization is an important part of Niki Schroeder’s golf game. “See your shot before you hit it,” the Avon Lake senior says when talking about how she’s preparing for her fourth Division I state tournament today and Saturday on Ohio State’s Gray Course in Columbus. Asked if she ever visualizes winning the state title, Shoregals Read More…

Kevin Aprile: LeBron is back

LeBrons Desision Cleveland Basketball

Anyone else feel like dancing? Like smiling every 30 seconds or so? Like shouting at the top of their lungs: He’s back. How does it make any sense to have even some small part of our emotional state determined by … a basketball player? OK, we are talking about LeBron James, the best basketball player Read More…

MLB Draft: Midview’s Cody Callaway picked by Indians in 34th round

Cody Callaway

Cody Callaway’s mom went rooting through the family pictures a few days ago and came up with one of him around age 2 all decked out in Cleveland Indians gear. “That was kind of cool,” Callaway said. Even cooler for the recent Midview graduate and his family is the news they received Saturday: Callaway was Read More…

Despite some success against Yu Darvish, Indians see 6-game winning streak snapped against Rangers

Cleveland Indians Lonnie Chisenhall is congratulated by teammate Asdrubal Cabrera, right, after hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

ARLINGTON — Lonnie Chisenhall hit a three-run homer off Yu Darvish that helped Cleveland erase a big early deficit against the Texas ace. The Indians, though, just couldn’t avoid another road loss. Michael Choice hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning after Darvish blew a four-run lead and the Rangers snapped Cleveland’s six-game winning Read More…

Cleveland gets big win over East-leading Pacers to keep its long-shot playoff hopes alive

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson grabs a rebound ahead of Indiana Pacers' David West Sunday in Cleveland. Cleveland defeated Indiana 90-76. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers struck first. Every time the Indiana Pacers started to make a push, the Cavs pushed back harder. The result was an impressive and important 90-76 Cleveland victory Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, and it came against the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. “We didn’t back down,” said Read More…

High school golf: Career round carries Wellington’s Kevin Scott to second at Division II sectional, spot in district

Kevin Scott

ELYRIA — Kevin Scott picked a good day to shoot the best round of his life. The Wellington junior broke 80 for the first time Tuesday, firing a 4-over 76 to take second at the Division II sectional tournament at Forest Hills and advance to next week’s district. “It’s just my favorite course,” Scott said. Read More…

College football: Ohio State ranked second in coaches’ preseason poll; Alabama overwhelming choice for No. 1

Ohio State is back with a vengeance … at least in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll. While two-time defending champion Alabama was an overwhelming choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes, the Buckeyes checked in at second and received three first-place votes. Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. Read More…