March 31, 2015

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Cavs notes: Big men need to bounce back after coming up small on offense in Game 1

INDEPENDENCE – From the Cavaliers` perspective, there wasn`t much to fret about following a 99-72 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. One area of concern, however, was the offensive production of Cleveland`s big men, who combined for 13 points on 5-of-23 shooting. Starting center Zydrunas Ilgauskas was 2-of-9 Read More…

Pavano stymies hot Sox: Third straight strong outing leads way as Indians end Boston’s nine-game home winning streak

BOSTON – Carl Pavano endured four injury-plagued years in which he gave the New York Yankees very little for their $39.95 million. So far he`s been a big bargain for the Cleveland Indians. Pavano pitched his third strong game in three weeks, Victor Martinez homered and drove in four runs, and the Indians ended the Read More…

Life back on track, Lorain boxer can dream big again

Anyone who`s seen Wilkins Santiago in the ring during his 19-year career would simply call him a boxer. Those who have watched him knock out his personal demons over the past six years would call him a fighter. “I`ve had some ups and downs,” Santiago said. “But boxing is something I can`t let go. It`s Read More…

Browns: Mangini tries a ‘smart’ start by drafting a bunch of scholar-athletes

BEREA – Smarter better be better. General manager George Kokinis and coach Eric Mangini are trying to rebuild the Browns through discipline, effort, concentration and intelligence. The thirst for knowledge was obvious in their first draft last month. First-round pick Alex Mack, a center, was the Draddy Award winner at California as the nation`s top Read More…

Track and field notebook: Avon likely moving up to Division I next year

Avon High School track fans should be prepared for some changes next year when the OHSAA releases information for its divisional breakdowns for sports during the 2009-10 school year. According to athletic director Erich Frombach, the boys and girls track teams are likely to move up to Division I. Other Avon sports potentially impacted by Read More…

High school track and field: North Ridgeville boys dominate Midview; Middie girls edge Rangers

GRAFTON – North Ridgeville`s boys won all but one of 15 events as the Rangers defeated Midview 100½-26½ Wednesday in a West Shore Conference dual meet. Alexa Katrinchak and Grace Demyan each won two individual events to lead the Middie girls as they bested the Rangers 59-57. BOYS WINNERS 100: D. Bowden (NR) 11.6; 200: Read More…

Cavaliers playoffs: Rested Cavs show no rust in Game 1 win

CLEVELAND – Going nine days between games didn`t derail the Cavaliers. Neither did another MVP award presentation. The Atlanta Hawks didn`t have any luck, either. After being presented with the MVP trophy for the second time in as many days – NBA commissioner David Stern did the honors this time – LeBron James went out Read More…

Cavaliers commentary: Williams, West ease burden on LeBron

CLEVELAND – The knock on the Cleveland Cavaliers during the last five years was that the team didn`t have much around LeBron James. James winning an MVP trophy, as he did Monday afternoon, didn`t seem like a stretch, but talk of the Cavaliers being able to plow their way through an NBA postseason and come Read More…

H.S. Softball: Sizzling Keystone crushes Columbia

LAGRANGE – For the second straight day, No. 7 Columbia tackled another state-ranked softball team Tuesday. The Raiders went 1-1. Frustrating? Perhaps. But a split with top-10 opponents isn`t so terrible. On a bright but chilly Tuesday, Division III Columbia ran into Keystone, the state`s top-ranked team in Division II. With an attack that threatened Read More…

Indians: Bullpen blows another lead in another loss

TORONTO – There`s not much relief in the Cleveland Indians bullpen these days. Adam Lind hit a three-run home run and Scott Rolen added a solo shot to punctuate a seven-run seventh inning for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 10-6 win Tuesday over the Indians. Trailing 6-3 after Cleveland scored four times in the Read More…