July 5, 2015

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Cavaliers: Owner Dan Gilbert will have highest payroll in NBA history next season

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CLEVELAND — Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is no longer the biggest spender of all time in the NBA. That honor now belongs to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. By agreeing to contracts with three of its free agents on Wednesday, Cleveland is guaranteed of having the highest payroll in NBA history next season. The Cavaliers’ salary Read More…

Little League Softball: Elyria East rallies, beats Avon in sixth inning

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AVON — Elyria East’s Alexis Qualls didn’t want to come back out to pitch extra innings. Catcher Emma Barnes made sure she didn’t have to. Barnes led off the bottom of the sixth inning by reaching base on an Avon error and slid into home with the winning run after a wild pitch to cap Read More…

Women’s World Cup: Japan reaches final against U.S. with lucky late goal versus England

EDMONTON, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett reached out with Read More…

Indians: Three home runs give Salazar enough cushion in win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Danny Salazar had his best fastball Tuesday night and didn’t see much reason to use anything else. Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. “That was the key tonight,” he said. “I was Read More…

Women’s World Cup: U.S. shuts out No. 1 Germany, heads to final

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net. Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany Read More…

Cavaliers unlikely to make any splashy moves in free agency

CLEVELAND — The Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers are on the clock. So are the other 29 teams in the NBA. The league’s free agency period began at 12:01 a.m. today, allowing players to negotiate with other franchises, but not officially sign until the transaction moratorium ends July 9. Unlike last summer, when LeBron James returned Read More…

Amherst High’s Madison Cruzado and Ashley Makruski instrumental in team winning AAU national volleyball title

Amherst High’s Ashley Makruski, left, and Madison Cruzado show off the national championship trophy they won recently. PROVIDED PHOTO

The youngest player on the team was irritated … and she let her teammates know about it. After losing in straight sets to the Indiana Asics Elite team, Amherst junior Madison Cruzado told the rest of her AVC Cleveland Rox 17 Hawks that things had to change. They listened, and ended up national champions. Cruzado, Read More…

Ironmen bounce back with Steam sweep

LORAIN — If you’re going to have a long day at the ballpark, you might as well make it a productive one. That’s exactly what the Lorain County Ironmen did Tuesday, sweeping a Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League doubleheader from Cincinnati (6-13). Lorain County won the first game 5-3 and needed a run in the bottom Read More…

Openly transgender Harvard swimmer believed to be a first

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team instead, competing as the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA. “It’s half terrifying and half Read More…

Clearview’s Lance Billings to play football at Iowa

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Clearview senior Lance Billings is the second Clippers football player in seven years who is going to become a Hawkeye. Billings, a two-time first-team Division IV All-Ohio player, orally committed Monday to continue his football career at the University of Iowa. “I visited the Iowa campus about two months ago and I knew right away Read More…