April 20, 2014

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Cavaliers notes: Wizards’ Arenas provides bulletin-board material

CLEVELAND — Always colorful Gilbert Arenas will get his wish: His Washington Wizards will play the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight season. Home-court advantage is still up in the air, but the Cavaliers and Wizards locked up the fourth and fifth spots in the Eastern Conference when Toronto Read More…

Indians: Cliff Lee’s strong start sparks Tribe past A’s

CLEVELAND — Cliff Lee said his poor performance last year was a fluke. Through his first two starts of 2008, it appears the left-hander may be on to something. With Lee looking like he did during his days as an effective member of the rotation from 2004-06, the Indians avoided a dubious sweep at the Read More…

Indians notes: Weather causes delay, strange start

CLEVELAND — Bizarre was the best way to describe the events that took place prior to the start of the series finale with Oakland on Sunday. With reports that inclement weather was on its way, the Indians announced to the media that the 1:05 p.m. game would not start on time. But on the field, Read More…

Masters: Immelman completes long journey with green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Trevor Immelman felt goose bumps as he listened to a phone message left by Gary Player, his childhood idol and the last South African to slip on a green jacket at the Masters. Player told him to believe in himself, to be strong through the adversity that was sure to find him Read More…

Masters commentary: Tiger’s Grand Slam dream over before it started

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The only way Tiger Woods gets a Grand Slam this year is by stopping off at Denny’s. For the third year in a row, he knew how all those guys who chased him down the stretch of all those other majors felt: desperate leaving the first tee, frustrated when none of Read More…

Masters: Brandt Snedeker’s emotional day ends in tears

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Brandt Snedeker’s voice shook as he tried to get the words out. He finally gave up, burying his head in a towel and letting the tears flow. If you’d told him at the beginning of the week that he would tie for third in his first Masters as a professional, he gladly Read More…

Commentary: Fausto Carmona had family in mind when signing deal

For the Indians, Fausto Carmona is a dream come true. It was Fausto’s idea to approach the Indians about a long-term contract a full year before he had any leverage, said his agent Jorge Brito. Good business sense suggested he wait a year, until he was eligible for arbitration. With another season like 2007 on Read More…

H.S. Softball: 2008 looks like year of the pitcher

By now the names are familiar to softball fans around the area. Elyria’s Megan Bashak and Tess Sito, Andrea Nicholson of Avon Lake, Amherst’s Megan Krueger, Columbia’s Jen Solanics and Dana Thoms of Firelands. Kara Dill and Lauren Wagner are Keystone mainstays. And Melanie Conklin returns for her final year at Wellington, Brittany Stone is Read More…

H.S. Softball: Team capsules and teams, players and games to watch

TEAMS TO WATCH Elyria Pioneers Pitcher Megan Bashak is sidelined with broken fingers for two or three weeks. Even so, the Pioneers — who were the state’s top-ranked Division I team most of last season — are, overall, the strongest team in the area. And when Bashak heals, they’ll be even better. Keystone Wildcats The Read More…

Masters: Immelman capitalizes on break, leads by 2

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Trevor Immelman stood frozen in the fairway when the ball kept going, spinning off the 15th green and onto the ramp of tightly mowed grass, tumbling toward the water. One more turn and it would plop into the pond, leading to double bogey or worse Saturday at the Masters. “I was begging Read More…