February 1, 2015

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NBA: Balance of power tipping to the East

 INDIANAPOLIS — The Western Conference has ruled the NBA the past decade. Not anymore. West teams won seven of the past 10 championships and had a winning record against the East every season since 1998-99. But through Thursday’s games, the East was 87-65 against the West this season. “I think the balance is shifting,” Indiana Read More…

NFL notes: Favre’s right shoulder ailing?

 Playing as large a role as anything in whether Brett Favre returns to the Jets next season will be the 39-year-old’s physical condition. He strongly hinted that it’s not the best right now. During a news conference  Wednesday dominated by questions about his intentions for next season, Favre was noncommittal about 2009 but did disclose Read More…

NBA roundup: Lakers ends Celtics’ win streak at 19 games

 Perhaps now the Los Angeles Lakers can put the anguish of losing the NBA Finals to Boston and the embarrassment over the way the series ended behind them. Kobe Bryant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Pau Gasol scored seven of his 20 points in the final three minutes, and the Lakers beat Read More…

Today’s bowl game: Scoring is the traditon at Motor City Bowl

 DETROIT — The Motor City Bowl is where teams put points on the board. Last year’s game was the second-highest scoring bowl game in NCAA history. Today’s game between Central Michigan and Florida Atlantic could be more of the same. Central Michigan lost the 2007 Motor City Bowl 51-48 to Purdue on a last-second field Read More…

Outdoors: Deer hunters take advantage of extra time

 COLUMBUS — Hunters killed 16,382 deer last weekend — the two days added to the season by the state of Ohio. The extra weekend of gun hunting was first offered in 2006 in response to hunters’ request for additional weekend days to pursue white-tailed deer, the state’s number one big game animal. In 2007, hunters took Read More…

Keystone’s Minnich is a three-sport star, but he shines brightest when bowling

Keystone senior Tyler Minnich is not just an athlete, he’s a three-sport standout. Sure, other students compete in three sports, but in the age of specialization it’s become more unique and even tougher to excel in each one. Minnich’s first love is baseball — his goal is to play college ball at either Ashland or Read More…

Southview’s Diaz hoping for return to girls state bowling tournament

Southview junior Ciera Diaz doesn’t remember all the details that helped pull her through the district tournament. But no mistake about it, earning a berth to last year’s Division I state bowling tournament was an eye-opener. She definitely remembers the emotion. “It was a good day,” said Diaz. “I felt good. I saw people I Read More…

Team capsules  North Shore Bowling Conference Admiral King Admirals HEAD COACH: Terri Velasquez, second year Boys 2007-08: fifth place NSBC; eighth North Ridgeville Division I sectional RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (2): Chad Hall, sr.; Anthony Velasquez, so. REMAINDER OF ROSTER: Thomas Edwards, jr.; Shawn Eppler, so.; Dimitri Harris, so.; Anthony Moll, jr.; Jake Pleban, jr.; Felix Serrano, jr.; Read More…

Backup Browns QB may get start against team he rooted for as a child

BEREA — Bruce Gradkowski joined the Browns on Dec. 2, so he’s still learning the intricacies of the offense. But he doesn’t need any help grasping the depth of the Cleveland-Pittsburgh rivalry. Gradkowski was born in Pittsburgh, grew up a Steelers fan and eclipsed the Pennsylvania high school passing records of George Blanda, Joe Namath, Read More…

Tomlin unamused by fake Santa visit

PITTSBURGH — Santa Claus’ visit to Mike Tomlin’s weekly news conference Tuesday didn’t elicit a “ho, ho, ho” from the less-than-amused Steelers coach. Bill DiFabio, a sports announcer from Washington, Pa., traditionally dresses up as Santa for the pre-Christmas press gathering and often pokes fun at the Steelers coach for a few moments. Former coach Read More…