April 21, 2014

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Cavaliers show little life in blowout loss to Celtics

Boston Celtics' Jeff Green shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova and Jarrett Jack Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The penultimate game of the season was the ultimate clunker for the Cavaliers. Playing with no emotion and virtually no effort prior to a totally cosmetic fourth-quarter rally, the Cavs were dismantled 111-99 by a bad and injured Boston Celtics team Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Boston (25-55), which had lost 13 Read More…

High school softball: Tough weekend at Wendy’s Classic could be good learning experience for Elyria, Columbia

Elyria's Alex Dick is tagged out at second while teammate Madison Fullmer makes a break for home at Brookside West Park in Ashland. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ASHLAND — Elyria’s softball team is undefeated no longer. The Pioneers lost twice Saturday in the 21st Wendy’s Spring Classic that was rearranged by wet grounds from Brookside Park and Brookside West to other diamonds in Ashland County. Columbia, playing in Loudonville 20 miles south, split its two Saturday games in the 24-team invitational that Read More…

The Masters: Bubba Watson stumbles into a tie for first with Jordan Spieth, leaves the door open for a host of challengers

Jordan Spieth hits out of a bunker on the 16th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Even without golf’s biggest star, this suddenly is shaping up as a Masters for the ages. Jordan Spieth, playing a brand of big-time golf that belies his 20 years, kept his cool amid the chaos of Saturday at Augusta National. He was too busy trying to handle a lightning-fast golf course to Read More…

Browns: Center Alex Mack will be back, as Cleveland acts quickly, keeps him from leaving for Jacksonville

Alex Mack

The angst was unnecessary. The worry wasted. Center Alex Mack isn’t going anywhere. At least for the next two years. After a month of uncertainty with Mack on the free agent market, the Browns quickly ended the drama Friday, announcing they will match the five-year, $42 million offer sheet he signed with Jacksonville earlier in Read More…

White Sox 9, Indians 6: Pitching problems send Tribe to 3rd straight loss

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers against the Chicago White Sox on Friday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

CHICAGO — It’s hard to win when you walk nine batters, including a pair with the bases loaded. So despite a decent offensive showing against Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, the Cleveland Indians lost 9-6 Friday night. Down 3-0, the Indians tied the score with three runs in the fifth, only for Carlos Carrasco Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Brad Hamilton helps Avon Lake stop St. Ignatius at Progressive Field

Avon Lake's Brad Hamilton hits a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning Friday night at Progressive Field during the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Brad Hamilton has grown up around the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field. His dad, Tom, is the longtime play-by-play voice of the team. But anytime the Avon Lake senior catcher and Kent State baseball commit gets to play a meaningful game at the home of the Tribe, he relishes the chance. Hamilton went Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria mauls Maumee in battle of unbeatens at Wendy’s Spring Classic

ASHLAND — Two softball unbeatens, Elyria and Maumee, tangled Friday afternoon in an opener of the 21st Annual Wendy’s Spring Classic. Well, sort of tangled. It was more like the Pioneers broadsided the Panthers in a 9-0 mercy-rule rout at Cahn Grove Park. The game ended in the Elyria fifth when senior Kandis Laseke drove Read More…

Bucks 119, Cavaliers 116: A game after being eliminated from playoff contention, Cleveland plays clunker

Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Knight drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters Friday in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

MILWAUKEE — With slim hopes of avoiding the NBA’s worst record, the Milwaukee Bucks are making the most of their late-season opportunity. The Cavaliers dropped their first game since being eliminated from the playoff chase. Chris Wright, in the midst of his second 10-day contract, scored an energetic 14 points off the bench to help Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone in top form, beats Massillon Jackson to stay undefeated

Keystone's Jenny Schaffer lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of the Wildcats' 4-0 win against Massillon Jackson on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone displayed all the traits of a championship-caliber softball team Friday in its 4-0 non-conference win over Massillon Jackson. The Wildcats showed off some timely hitting, scoring three runs on two-out hits. Freshman Lauren Shaw gave Keystone outstanding pitching, scattering six singles while improving her record to 4-0. Shortstop Summer Constable and second Read More…

Analysis: Browns should act quickly, match offer sheet, keep center Alex Mack

Alex Mack

The numbers are in. Browns free agent center Alex Mack is scheduled to sign a five-year, $42 million offer sheet today with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple reports. It would make him the highest-paid center with an average of $8.4 million a year. The deal includes $18 million over the first two years, and Read More…