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Better with age

CLEVELAND — LeBron James emerged from a chaotic, complex season unscathed — better than ever. Still the NBA’s undisputed king. Despite no longer having Kyrie Irving at his side. Despite an injury-riddled season in which the Cavaliers’ roster morphed twice and despite being ...

Hoosier winner?

CLEVELAND — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in the series opener, handing James and ...

Cavs look to take care of Pacers again

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James has mastered the first-round knockout. Better protect those chins, Pacers. One of the most dominant postseason players in NBA history, James is undefeated in Game 1 of any opening series, a perfect 12-0 since making his playoff debut with the Cavaliers back in ...

Spring game a QB showcase

COLUMBUS — Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Joe Burrow both showed flashes of big-play ability in a condensed spring game Saturday as each tried to make his case for being the next starting quarterback at Ohio State. The third guy, redshirt freshman Tate Martell, wasn’t bad either, showing off his ...

Weather finally shuts down Indians

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have dealt with record-low temperatures, snow flurries and bone-chilling winds during their first homestand. The Indians managed to play the first eight games despite the obstacles. That run ended when Saturday’s game against Toronto was postponed by ...

Dickerson’s bunt lifts Pirates to win

MIAMI — Corey Dickerson has been one of the hottest hitters in the National League. So when he stepped to the plate for Pittsburgh in the ninth inning of a scoreless game, with runners at the corners and one out, his teammates were sure he’d swing away. Instead, Dickerson bunted. And it ...

Tribe blows 4-0 lead, 5-game win streak ends

CLEVELAND — Teoscar Hernandez thought for a moment Andrew Miller had struck him out. Then he struck back. Hernandez made the most of his season debut — and a close call against Miller that went his way — by driving in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning as the Toronto ...

Browns finalize big contract with Landry

CLEVELAND — Before throwing Jarvis Landry a pass, the Browns made a huge commitment to him. Cleveland signed the star wide receiver to a five-year, $75 million contract extension on Friday night, locking up a game-changing player they’re counting on for the future. A three-time Pro ...

Shuck’s big night lifts Marlins over Pirates

MIAMI — JB Shuck couldn’t help but smile when he got to first base with his career-high fourth hit of the game. Playing in the big leagues for the first time since 2016, Shuck tied a Marlins franchise record for hits in a debut, sparking Miami to a 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Flyers bounce back, thump Pittsburgh, 5-1

PITTSBURGH — His team embarrassed by the defending Stanley Cup champions in a lopsided playoff-opening loss, Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol could have panicked. Instead, he doubled down. No switching up the lines. No swapping the goaltenders. Nothing. Hakstol didn’t think changes ...

Playoff-bound Phantoms beaten as season nears end

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms found themselves in the loss column for the second game in a row after a disappointing 6-2 finish Thursday morning against the US National Team Development Program. The game was held at 10 a.m. as the School Day game. Due to the hot hand of Eric ...

Cleveland’s offense warms up vs. Detroit

CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor sparked Cleveland’s slumbering offense with one big swing. Then he kept going. Lindor hit his fourth career leadoff homer, drove in three runs and scored three times, and the Indians beat Detroit 9-3 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive victory against ...

Playoff rotation to start with 10

INDEPENDENCE — With the playoffs just days away, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue typically would have his lineup rotations set by now. Nothing has been typical about this season for the Cavs. Lue said Thursday that he plans to use a 10-player rotation for Cleveland’s opening-round ...

Browns prepared to pay Landry as big-time WR

CLEVELAND — Jarvis Landry is about to make a major grab. The star wide receiver is close to finalizing a multiyear contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, who believe the three-time Pro Bowler can hasten their turnaround. The team and Landry’s representatives are closing in on a ...

Polanco, Pirates pummel Cubs

CHICAGO — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and Pittsburgh pulled away from the Chicago Cubs ...

Indians down Tigers

CLEVELAND — Jordan Zimmermann was back in Detroit’s clubhouse a few hours after being hit in the face by Jason Kipnis’ line drive in the first inning of Wednesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians and felt fortunate to come away with only a bruised jaw. “Obviously it ...

James plays, rests as Cavs lose to Knicks

CLEVELAND — The trades, dysfunction and months of madness are all behind the Cavaliers. A new season lies ahead. The one that matters. LeBron James played in his 82nd game, scored 10 points and then got some rest for the playoffs as the Cavaliers concluded a “crazy” regular season ...

Home runs, pitching carrying Indians early

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ pitching is helping its all-or-nothing offense get by in the early part of the season. Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, Josh Tomlin bounced back from a rocky outing and Cleveland beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on ...

Pirates ruin Cubs’ home opener

CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed opening day very much this year. All three of them. Ivan Nova pitched seven solid innings, Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh ruined the Chicago Cubs’ home opener with an 8-5 victory on Tuesday. It was the third opening day ...

Penguins go after 3 in row

PITTSBURGH — The chase began nearly a year ago, when Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan addressed hundreds of thousands of fans following a second Stanley Cup championship parade through choked downtown streets in as many summers. Rather than run from the challenge of trying to become ...