April 19, 2014

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Tennessee downs Stanford to win the women’s NCAA basketball title

TAMPA, Fla. — Though bruised and braced, an injured left shoulder hardly prevented Candace Parker from hoisting the championship trophy one last time. Parker scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Tennessee capture its eighth NCAA women’s basketball title with a 64-48 win over Stanford on Tuesday night. The Lady Vols also became Read More…

Tiger Woods knows this weekend’s Masters is first step toward Grand Slam

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Seven players stood on the first tee in the morning chill of Augusta National on Tuesday, a half-dozen more waiting on the practice green behind them. They had about 10 minutes to kill before the course opened for practice at 8 a.m. The quiet was shattered by the crack of Tiger Woods Read More…

Night of the Hunter: Indians lose to Angels on Torii Hunter’s ninth-inning grand slam off Joe Borowski

ANAHEIM, Calif. — From the moment he signed with the Los Angeles Angels, Torii Hunter said he and the Rally Monkey would be close friends and would go everywhere together. There’s even one hanging in his locker. Hunter got some good vibes from the stuffed animal he calls Rusty on Monday night, hitting a game-winning Read More…

Just super, Mario: Chalmers’ late 3-pointer saves Kansas, which uses overtime to capture first title in 20 years

SAN ANTONIO — Memphis kept missing. Mario Chalmers wasn’t about to. Chalmers’ 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation put the game in overtime, and Kansas pulled away to a 75-68 victory on Monday night for its first national championship since Danny and the Miracles 20 years ago. Mario and the Miracles? That has a Read More…

Calm in the clutch: Chalmers’ improved 3-point shooting pays off big-time for Jayhawks

0SAN ANTONIO — Mario Chalmers knew his historic moment was coming. Jarrett Jack had all but predicted it back in 2004. Chalmers was friends with Jack, a guard at Georgia Tech, which lost to Connecticut in the national final. Chalmers attended the game, which, by chance, was played at the Alamodome. “I talked to him Read More…

High school softball: Fenik gets 299th win as Elyria blasts Solon behind Sito’s one-hitter

ELYRIA — Was it a one-hitter or a no-hitter? If you scrutinize the scorebook long enough, it might even have been a two-hitter. So what? It’s a detail and it borders on abstract. The fact is, it was the second straight victory for Elyria’s softball team, which ripped Solon, 8-0, at the West High softball Read More…

Cavaliers giving LeBron James’ aching back some needed rest, but that doesn’t mean he’ll miss any games

INDEPENDENCE — While his teammates practiced their free throws, LeBron James worked on a trick shot where he stands under the basket and heaves a ball off a nearby wall, trying to ricochet it back through the hoop. He hasn’t made one yet. “I’m working on it,” he said. He’s got time. James was held Read More…

High school soccer: Bill Little had big impact on Wellington boys program

WELLINGTON — Think of soccer hotbeds around the area and Wellington probably doesn’t come to mind. But after a decade of extraordinary success, maybe folks need to mention Wellington and soccer in the same breath. Dukes boys teams have completed a 10-season stretch in which they crafted a combined record of 135-36-17. That amounts to Read More…

Dan Coughlin: Gib Shanley was wonderfully acerbic and supremely talented

Although he was the controversial sports anchor at WEWS (Channel 5) for two decades, everyone identified Gib Shanley with the Browns. The sound of his voice calling a game is indelibly imprinted on our memories. Many felt that he was the best NFL play-by-play man of his era, which lasted from 1961 to 1984. Oddly, Read More…

College notes: Wellington’s Worcester shining in her return to diamond for Wooster

Participating in athletics at the collegiate level can be a difficult undertaking, especially in Division III. With the odds of becoming a professional athlete more than remote, some high school stars make the decision to focus strictly on academics and give up the sports they love. Natalie Worcester, a former Wellington High softball player and Read More…