June 2, 2015

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Escape from New York: Ex-Knicks Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith exactly what the Cavaliers needed … and vice versa

INDEPENDENCE — Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have been perfect fits for the Cavaliers. How perfect? They’ve switched roles in the postseason and the Cavs still haven’t missed a beat as they prepare to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James not worried about outside shot

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James knows exactly what is wrong with his 3-point shot: It’s not going in. “They’ve been short and they’ve been long. They’ve been left and they’ve been right,” the Cavaliers small forward said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “They haven’t been in.” As sensational as James has been in averaging 27.6 points, Read More…

NBA Finals: Warriors’ Klay Thompson close to returning

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is one step away from being cleared to play in the NBA Finals. Thompson returned to practice Monday, a major step in the All-Star shooting guard’s recovery. Thompson said he feels great and is just waiting on final clearance from doctors under the NBA’s concussion protocol Read More…

High school soccer: Tony Rozanc, who led Elyria Catholic’s girls to the state tournament, named Brookside’s boys coach

After becoming the first Lorain County soccer coach to lead a team to the state tournament, Tony Rozanc is going home. Rozanc, who guided the Elyria Catholic girls to the Division III state semifinals in November, was named Brookside boys soccer coach Monday, replacing Kyle Pohl. Rozanc, who played college soccer at Waynesburg University, started Read More…

Will the Crown finally fit? Former winners believe American Pharoah has what it takes to end long Triple Crown drought

Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners. The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in the Belmont on Saturday to boost flagging Read More…

Nationals success story: Elyria High’s Kevin Vough adds freestyle championship to his list of big-time victories

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AKRON — There are good years, there are great years and then there’s the kind of year Elyria High sophomore Kevin Vough is experiencing. Since winning a folkstyle national championship at the Flo Nationals in April of 2014, Vough has checked off every major title on an elite wrestler’s to-do list. He added to the Read More…

Cavaliers: Kevin Love says he plans to stick around

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has buried the hatchet with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk. The three-time All-Star also vowed to be on the court, wearing a Cleveland jersey, for the 2015-16 regular-season opener. Love addressed those subjects — and many more — Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts, where the Cavaliers continued to Read More…

Bullpen does job as Indians down Mariners in 12 innings

SEATTLE — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona credited his bullpen for the team’s latest win. Six relievers limited Seattle to just one hit over the 6⅔ innings, and David Murphy had a two-run single in the Indians’ three-run 12th to beat the Mariners 6-3 Sunday. “Now that was impressive,” Francona said. “Any time you’re on Read More…

Move over, Dover, Jimmie’s taken over: Jimmie Johnson joins elite NASCAR company with 10th win at same track

DOVER, Del. — Jimmie Johnson took the congratulatory call from his boss, then flipped the phone for a selfie. Six-time series champ and crew chief Chad Knaus sandwiched the 60-pound trophy and smiled for a familiar photo. “You’ve only got 10 of ’em,” a fan yelled at the victory lane celebration. Johnson said: “We’ll keep Read More…

Police: Browns QB Johnny Manziel threw bottle of water at fan harassing him for autograph; no arrests made or charges filed

Johnny Manziel threw a bottle of water at an 18-year-old harassing him for an autograph Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in Irving, Texas. Manziel missed, police arrived and the situation was defused, Irving public information officer James McLellan told The Chronicle-Telegram on Sunday. No arrests were made, charges filed or tickets written, Read More…