March 1, 2015

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U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Men’s and women’s fields look more wide open than usual

The women’s competition is wide open, a new ice dance champion is a given and the guy coming into the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on a hot streak isn’t named Evan or Johnny. So much for figure skating being predictable. “We have tons of new talent,” reigning men’s champion Evan Lysacek said. “Obviously, it’s been Read More…

U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Former world champion Meissner forced to withdraw with hip injury

CLEVELAND — Yet another setback for Kimmie Meissner. The 2006 world champion withdrew from this week’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Monday because of a hip flexor injury she suffered running on a treadmill. The injury happened about a week ago, and Meissner said she aggravated it during training. She returned to her hometown of Read More…

NFL notes: Ravens running back McGahee feeling OK after scary hit vs. Steelers

Willis McGahee joined his teammates Monday at Baltimore’s training complex after doctors told him he would make a full recovery from a fierce helmet-to-helmet hit in the AFC championship game that had him carted off the field. “I’m all right. Everything is OK,” the running back told reporters as the Ravens cleared out their lockers. Read More…

LeBron vs. Kobe battle will highlight Cavaliers’ matchup with Lakers

INDEPENDENCE — The reigning MVP and probable heir apparent will go at it tonight when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Cleveland Cavaliers. League MVP Kobe Bryant’s Lakers will bring a 31-8 record into the game, while LeBron James’ Cavs are slightly better at 31-7. “It’s great to see those two guys go at it,” Read More…

North Olmsted downs Olmsted Falls to reach SWC hockey tournament final

NORTH OLMSTED — Once again, Olmsted Falls goalie Pat Butterfield turned in a terrific game against North Olmsted. And once again, North Olmsted managed to survive Butterfield’s fine effort. North Olmsted (19-2) defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 on Sunday to advance to today’s championship game of the Southwestern Conferernce tournament against defending champion Brecksville (15-6), which Read More…

Pittsburgh uses defense to down Baltimore in AFC championship

PITTSBURGH — Tough and mean, like the original Steel Curtain. These Pittsburgh Steelers delivered too many hard hits and their quarterback was steady enough to outplay the kid and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens. With Troy Polamalu ending any chance Baltimore had for a comeback with a 40-yard interception return, the Steelers bullied their Read More…

Litke: Tomlin’s showing his steely side

PITTSBURGH — The guy Mike Tomlin was hired to replace didn’t just win lasting respect, a lot of games and a Super Bowl. He had a face practically sculpted for this steely town and a fierce personality to match. But no one sees what’s inside a coach until he gets pushed. Tomlin rarely yells, doesn’t Read More…

Arizona downs Philadelphia to win NFC championship

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Down and out for decades, the Arizona Cardinals have turned a bad joke into a Super Bowl-bound team. Yes, the Cardinals, founding members of the NFL, but historically among the most dysfunctional of franchises, are heading for the championship game in Tampa, Fla. Capitalizing on Larry Fitzgerald’s three first-half touchdown receptions, then Read More…

Dahlberg: Losing isn’t in these Cards

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was never going to be easy, no matter how many times Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald hooked up for touchdowns in the first half. It couldn’t be, because these were the Cardinals, and nothing has come easy for them since long before they moved to the Arizona desert. Those who filled Read More…

NFL playoff notes: Suggs keeps streak alive

Terrell Suggs maintained his streak of never missing an NFL game, starting at linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in the AFC championship game despite being hampered by a strained right shoulder. It took a while, however, for Suggs to display the form that enabled him to have a Read More…