April 18, 2014

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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…

Keystone’s Tyler Gullett headed to Toledo to play baseball

LAGRANGE — Following a stellar junior baseball season, Keystone’s Tyler Gullett was hopeful to have his college search finalized before his senior year began. After visiting Toledo, Bowling Green and Dayton over the past few weeks, Gullett made up his mind Sunday morning, orally committing to Toledo. “I’m just ecstatic right now,” Gullett said. “It’s Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone’s third straight trip to regionals sparks high expectations

When most people think of Keystone spring sports, the softball team is the first one that comes to mind. Countless regional and state tournament berths, along with several state championships, have given the Wildcats softball team a legacy that has stood the test of time. Now their counterparts on the baseball diamond are building a Read More…

College basketball: Akron has big man in middle and big hopes for postseason

Palming a basketball in each hand, Zeke Marshall’s arms are outstretched across the entire face of a building next to the bustling student union. Akron’s 7-foot center towers above campus. On a huge billboard overlooking the soccer field now covered in several inches of wind-drifted snow, Marshall’s gigantic image — his eyes fixed straight ahead, Read More…

Just a sophomore, Shoregals’ Niki Schroeder likes Buckeyes for golf … and they like her

Schroeder

AVON LAKE — Niki Schroeder plays golf with a maturity that belies her young age. Is it any wonder she’s made her college choice before her sophomore year is even half over? Schroeder, who owns just about every Avon Lake High School girls golf record and finished second in the Division I state tournament in Read More…

Browns: Perfect season could be perfect time for Phil Dawson to make first Pro Bowl

BEREA — Though Phil Dawson long ago established himself as the best kicker in Browns history, he has never played in the Pro Bowl. Cleveland punter Reggie Hodges is doing his best to change that. Hodges has launched a “Dawson 4 Pro Bowl” campaign on his Twitter page, encouraging Browns fans to cast as many Read More…

High school soccer: Wellington’s Grace Dooley, Oberlin’s Sam Weiss make first team All-Ohio

Grace Dooley and Sam Weiss have something in common besides being first-team Division III All-Ohio soccer players. Dooley never really wanted to play defense and pretty much no defense this season really wanted to play Weiss. Dooley, a senior sweeper from Wellington, and Weiss, a senior striker from Oberlin, were the lone Lorain County players Read More…

Oberlin can’t keep follow big win last week, lose 47-20 to Wittenberg

OBERLIN — Whatever magic Oberlin possessed a week earlier when the Yeomen upset the No. 10-ranked Division III team in the nation vanished into thin air on Saturday. The Yeomen traveled to Crawfordsville, Ind., last Saturday and shocked Wabash, 31-16. Oberlin was not even close to pulling off the same trick against Wittenberg, the No. Read More…