May 29, 2015

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Harden loses ball in final possession as Warriors hold on for win

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Houston Rockets couldn’t have scripted it any better. James Harden had the ball in his hands in transition with the chance to win the game and tie the Western Conference finals at a game apiece. Harden’s chance at a potential game-winning shot was squandered when Golden State knocked the ball away Read More…

District Softball: Westlake beats Elyria 8-3, snaps Pioneers’ streak of 11 straight district titles

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AVON LAKE — There was a long list of things that might help Westlake end Elyria’s dominance in the Division I district tournament. A quick start could provide a boost. A dominant performance in the pitcher’s circle from Katie Lew wouldn’t hurt. An off day by the Pioneers defense would certainly be welcomed. The Demons Read More…

District Softball: Anna Edwards lifts Avon over Amherst, into matchup with Westlake

AVON LAKE — Anna Edwards, Avon’s southpaw pitcher, has thrown one no-hitter this year. It came in the Eagles’ win over Westlake in the season opener. What a coincidence. Edwards will get a chance to do it again at 4:30 this afternoon when Avon (19-8) tangles with Westlake for the Division I district championship. If Read More…

District Baseball: Robbie Bliss pitches, hits Wellington past Rootstown and into final

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COPLEY TWP. — Wellington applied pressure early and never faltered Thursday in a 6-3 Division III district semifinal victory over Rootstown. The Dukes will face Akron Manchester today after it knocked off Elyria Catholic 10-1. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. back at Copley High School. At the heart of the win for Wellington Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: It’s only been one game, but it’s OK to start thinking about a sweep

At the moment, Kyrie Irving is just a shadow of the player who Thursday was named third-team All-NBA. LeBron James, a unanimous selection in making the All-NBA first team for the ninth time in his 12-year career, sprained his right ankle. Iman Shumpert slipped and came up limping. Kevin Love is already out for the Read More…

Cavaliers: In battle of walking wounded, Cleveland coach David Blatt glad to have LeBron “Superman” James

ATLANTA — While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing. It’s understandable. This series could turn into a war of attrition — and they’ve only played one game. James was limping around, Kyrie Irving went to the bench Read More…

Indians 5, White Sox 2: Danny Salazar’s strong outing gives Tribe 1st 3-game winning streak of season

CHICAGO — Strong pitching and some early power at the plate gave the Cleveland Indians their first three-game winning streak of the season. Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by first-inning home runs from Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, leading Cleveland past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 Thursday night. Salazar was coming Read More…

District Tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi has stress-free day, qualifies for state tournament again

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OBERLIN — There wasn’t any district drama this year for Avon junior Nico Mostardi. Which is just the way he likes it. No three-set marathon matches. No playing through injuries. No having to go through the consolation bracket and win a do-or-die match just for one of the bottom two qualifying spots to state. Mostardi Read More…

District Baseball: Tie turns into lopsided loss for Elyria Catholic after 9-run 7th inning by Akron Manchester

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COPLEY TWP. — A slow drip into a raging current, a whisper into a scream or a spark that turned into a roaring fire. There are many ways to describe what happened to Elyria Catholic on Thursday in the top of the seventh inning of its Division III district semifinal at Copley High School. Once Read More…

Cavaliers 97, Hawks 89: LeBron James scores 31, J.R. Smith 28 as Cleveland makes statement with Game 1 win in Atlanta

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ATLANTA — J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James led Cleveland with 31 points, it was Smith who Read More…