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Cavaliers downplay underdog status

INDEPENDENCE — Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. Let’s be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite ...

Jaso comes through twice for Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — John Jaso singled home the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 5-4 Saturday night. Jordy Mercer doubled off the center-field wall against Addison Reed with one out in the ninth. Jaso pinch hit for ...

Indians’ early 4-0 lead not enough as KC wins

CLEVELAND — Jorge Bonifacio’s two-run double off Andrew Miller broke an eighth-inning tie and lifted the Kansas City Royals past the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Friday night. The Royals entered the game with the lowest winning percentage in the AL, but rallied from an early 4-0 ...

Walker leads Mets over Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Neil Walker homered twice in his return to his hometown and Jacob deGrom gave New York’s bullpen a needed rest as the Mets blasted the Pirates, 8-1. Walker, who grew up in Pittsburgh and played seven seasons for the Pirates before being traded to New York in December 2015, ...

Penguins win double-OT thriller

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final. Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night. Kunitz scored ...

Hamilton finds quicksand sign as Reds-Indians washed out

CLEVELAND — A day after scoring the go-ahead run from first base on a ninth-inning single, Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton arrived at Progressive Field and saw a quicksand sign had been placed on his locker-room chair along with a bag of drying agent used on infields. Cleveland’s front ...

Cavaliers can finish off Celtics tonight

BOSTON — It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a ...

Replay, Hamilton’s speed carry Reds past Tribe

CLEVELAND — Billy Hamilton saw the ball skip away from Michael Brantley in left field, and after that, there was no stopping baseball’s fastest player. Hamilton scored from first base on Zack Cozart’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds over the ...

Pirates rally in 9th, score seven in 10th

ATLANTA — Gift Ngoepe doubled to drive in Andrew McCutchen for the go-ahead run before the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three straight homers during a seven-run 10th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh’s Jose Osuna hit a bases-loaded, two-run single off Jose ...

Pens-Sens Game 7 tonight

PITTSBURGH — Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL. The Ottawa goaltender would like to chalk his 45-save masterpiece in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh up to his own brilliance. He knows that’s not ...

Browns’ Garrett sidelined

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns are not taking any chances with Myles Garrett, their No. 1 draft pick and $30 million investment. Garrett is being kept off the practice field by the team this week because of an unspecified injury. The former Texas A&M star would not disclose his medical ...

Grigson joins Browns

BEREA — The Browns have hired former Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson as a senior personnel executive. Grigson was with Indianapolis from 2012-16, and helped the Colts win two AFC South titles and make the playoffs three times. He was named the NFL’s top executive in 2012 by ...

Back on track

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet. The pain didn’t stop him. The Celtics didn’t either. Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one ...

Encarnacion blasts two HRs in win

CINCINNATI — Edwin Encarnacion talked his manager out of giving him a day off, and then delivered his best game yet for the Indians. Encarnacion hit two of Cleveland’s four homers off rookie Amir Garrett and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch Tuesday night, leading the Indians to an ...

Senators force Game 7 in Pittsburgh

OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hoffman fired a slap shot through traffic off a pass ...

Steelers’ Bryant says he’s serious about career

PITTSBURGH — Game days were the hardest, when the pain Martavis Bryant inflicted on himself, his family and his Pittsburgh Steeler teammates felt the most acute. So Bryant retreated and refocused. The television in the Las Vegas place he shared with his trainer Alex Fine stayed off while ...

WGH grad Herron walks different path

KENT — Playing Major League Baseball isn’t often the first choice of kids who attend Warren G. Harding High School. When a high school has sent dozens of players to the NFL, several others to Pro Bowls, Super Bowls and even to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, football usually steals the ...

Lue: ‘He’s human’

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile. Just as he did in Game 3. James did not address the media Monday, hours after one of the worst postseason games of his career, an 11-point, six-turnover, head-scratching atrocity in a ...

Reds, Feldman foil Indians

CINCINNATI — Scott Feldman fanned his first five batters with such ease that it got him wondering. “Why can’t I do that every time?” he mused. The right-hander did things no Reds starter has done in a long time. He struck out a season-high nine while ending Cincinnati’s long ...

Cavs’ stumble is stunner

CLEVELAND — Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the ...