February 27, 2015

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Lorain rallies to beat Warrensville Heights, finish regular season 22-0 (with Video)

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WARRENSVILLE HTS. — In its final hurdle to a 22-0 season, Lorain trailed by eight at half Thursday night against Warrensville Heights — its largest halftime deficit of the year. So it was slightly surprising to see the Titans emerge after just two minutes of the halftime break. The message in that short locker room Read More…

LeBron James scores 42 as Cavaliers handle Golden State in marquee matchup

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, front, drives past Golden State Warriors’ David Lee during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James showed he’s still the best player in the world and the Cavaliers made a strong case they might now be the best team in the NBA. It was only one game, but Cleveland looked very impressive Thursday night while downing the Golden State Warriors 110-99 in front of a sellout crowd Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Firelands clamps down in 2nd half, knocks rival Keystone out of tourney

Keystone’s Sammie Stefan slams into Madi Bonner’s knee Thursday as Stefan and Firelands’ Keely Hall scramble for the loose ball in the fourth quarter. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — A win-or-go-home game sent old rivals Firelands and Keystone into a rubber match for a Division II sectional championship Thursday night. Each won half the game, just as they split their two regular-season matchups. The Falcons liked the second half a whole lot better. With a strong defensive effort, Firelands won the Read More…

Wrestling: Avon’s Travis Leopold has come long way in short time, enters postseason 43-0

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The road has been short and all uphill for Avon senior Travis Leopold. In a true quality-over-quantity story, Leopold has gone from a floundering novice to a top-ranked high school wrestler in just over two years. “He’s really crammed about six years of training into three years,” Eagles coach Mark Porter said. “The thing about Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Shots don’t fall, but Elyria beats Strongsville with stifling defense

Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks shoots over Strongsville’s Erin Simsduring Thursday’s Division I sectional final at Elyria. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In the eyes of Brian Arth, there was nothing ugly about Elyria High’s 28-25 Division I sectional final victory over Strongsville on Thursday at the Pioneer gym. “(Strongsville) plays good defense,” the Elyria coach said. “It’s tough to read at times. My feeling is we got the shots we wanted. We shoot a Read More…

Commentary: NBA Finals likely to feature Cavaliers, Golden State rematch

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The NBA Finals won’t be played until June, but there is a good chance they will feature a rematch from Thursday night. The Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are the two hottest — and exciting — teams in the league, which they eagerly displayed in front of a national television audience on TNT. As one Read More…

Indians Notes: Tribe disagrees with how advanced stats rank Michael Brantley

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Advanced baseball metrics say left fielder Michael Brantley is a below-average defensive player. The Indians beg to differ. “For the life of me, I can’t understand it,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes me to no end, because he is one of the better left fielders in the game. I Read More…

Indians: Michael Bourn banking on injury-free season after pair of disappointing years

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nick Swisher isn’t the only Indians veteran with something to prove. Center fielder Michael Bourn, who joined Swisher as free agent acquisitions in 2013, wants to show Cleveland what he’s like at 100 percent. Like Swisher, Bourn signed a big-money contract — four years, $48 million. And like Swisher, he’s given the Read More…

Latest injury to Derrick Rose hits Bulls hard

The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot -- trying to get by without their star point guard. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot — trying to get by without their star point guard. The torn meniscus in his right knee was announced Tuesday night, another tough twist for a franchise, a star, Read More…

Indians: After shaky defensive start last season, catcher Yan Gomes flourished

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — No one could ever accuse Yan Gomes of taking his defense to the plate. Cleveland’s catcher got off to a miserable start last year behind the plate, committing nine errors within the first 28 games. His fielding eventually improved, and his bat never buckled, providing the Indians with arguably the American League’s Read More…