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No Love for Cavs in 7th game

BOSTON — LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won’t get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Already laboring to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals with a supporting crew made mostly of cast-offs and ...

Bullpen backs 4-homer attack

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians’ beleaguered bullpen suffered another jolt when Andrew Miller went on the disabled list Saturday. A few hours later, the relievers played a major role in an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros. Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero and Cody Allen combined ...

Cardinal youngster tops Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty’s first win in the big leagues sent a message that the St. Louis Cardinals rookie wants to be a part of his team’s recalibrated rotation. His second victory was just as impressive for an entirely different reason. The swing-and-miss stuff that overwhelmed ...

Steelers confident they can replace Shazier

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best. While there is a sense of loss, there is no ...

Brilliant again

CLEVELAND — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next. Game 7 is on. And any talk about James’ future is on hold. Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the ...

Woes continue for Tribe ’pen

CLEVELAND — The Houston Astros kicked off a late rally Friday night against relief ace Andrew Miller, then put their entire offensive arsenal on display. Jose Altuve tied it with a two-run double off Miller in the eighth and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, ...

James, Cavs again in battle to survive

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston’s defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm sounded. “Uh-oh,” Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming ...

Indians’ bullpen falters again in loss to Astros

CLEVELAND — Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season — and knew where to place the credit for his latest victory. Morton (7-0) pitched six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2. “I felt like I ...

Grand slam key to Reds’ victory

CINCINNATI — Eugenio Suarez wanted to hit one deep enough to get the runner in from third base. He got all of a hanging slider — and four runs with one swing. Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova, who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati, and Jesse Winker added a solo shot ...

Celtics crush Cavs; now on brink

BOSTON — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this ...

Plutko carries no-no into 7th, Tribe wins, 1-0

CHICAGO — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate. Once that was over, everything fell into place. Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping the ...

James, Cavaliers look for road win tonight

BOSTON — The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he’s been to seven straight NBA finals. Boston will ...

Rout at Wrigley

CHICAGO — Jose Ramirez turned on a knee-high pitch and launched the Indians toward a lopsided victory. Ramirez hit his 14th homer and Cleveland routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series. The AL Central leaders moved ...

Reds’ Harvey stops Pirates

CINCINNATI — So far, Matt Harvey is making good on his second chance. The former Mets ace allowed only one run over six innings for his first win with the Cincinnati Reds, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam in the last two seasons on Tuesday night for a 7-2 victory over the ...

Roethlisberger OK with QB chosen in draft

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph. That his comments during a radio appearance shortly after the Steelers took the former Oklahoma State star in the third round of the draft — when Roethlisberger openly wondered ...

Series deadlocked

CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today’s game. And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he could get there again. James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland ...

Pitchers’ duel

HOUSTON — Lance McCullers finally found his curveball — and the results were devastating for the Cleveland Indians. McCullers allowed one hit over seven innings and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win Sunday night. McCullers (6-2) took a perfect game ...

It’s Celtics’ turn to recover from blowout loss

CLEVELAND — The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren’t straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them. All was quiet as Boston worked out Sunday. Practice isn’t an issue on the road in the postseason. Playing games is the ...

Padres squeeze Pirates, 8-5

PITTSBURGH — Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 Sunday for their third win of the four-game series. Pittsburgh took a 5-4 lead into the ...

Moving forward

Sometime in the early 1970s, a Youngstown teenager had read that baseball great Jimmy Piersall, after he hit his 100th home run, turned and ran backwards around the bases. He thought it was fantastic, and always kept it in mind. A couple of years later, after a stellar high school season at ...