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Warriors’ run

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the ...

OSU’s Smith says Holtmann was top choice

COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s search for a new basketball coach began and ended with Butler’s Chris Holtmann. Holtmann was offered the job by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith one day after Thad Matta’s firing was announced, but didn’t accept until two days later after Smith agreed ...

Legend in Niles

Ryan Villopoto’s engine is revving beneath him. The dirt flies up from the two wheels around the sharp turns, finding traction around the hairpin turns along with the peaks and valleys, vigorously testing the suspension of his Kawasaki motorcycle. That’s all going on as a gaggle of other ...

Warriors defeat Cavs, win NBA Championship

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, in Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors won the series 4-1. Golden State has won two of the last three NBA titles.

King returns to form

HARTFORD — After going winless for nearly two years at Sharon Speedway, Rex King of Bristolville won on opening night 2017 on May 20, then showed Saturday night during Fan Appreciation Night that he was back in top form. King found himself back in victory lane after dominating the non-stop ...

Penguins’ 5th championship is repeat

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year. Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team in nearly two decades to repeat as ...

Irving steps forward when things are down

OAKLAND, Calif. — Whether it’s his lightning quick dribble, supreme confidence that doesn’t seem to waver or ability to score from almost anywhere on the court, Kyrie Irving seems to be at his best when things look the bleakest for the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James said his teammate ...

Carrasco, bullpen beat Sox

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco got the Cleveland Indians to the sixth inning, and Andrew Miller and company took over from there. Miller, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined for 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief, helping the Indians top the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Sunday. “We have an ...

Diaz gets key hit to back Nova and Bucs’ bullpen

PITTSBURGH — Elias Diaz is filling in quite nicely for injured catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Diaz drove in two runs, Ivan Nova pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Jeff Locke and the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Sunday. Diaz drove in Jose Osuna and David ...

Penguins one win away from title

Ron Hainsey avoiding a big hit and carrying the puck from end to end isn’t what the Pittsburgh Penguins ask of him or any other defenseman not named Kris Letang. Out long term after neck surgery, Letang isn’t a part of this run, but a key adjustment by Hainsey and the other defensemen in ...

Cavaliers stave off elimination — again

CLEVELAND — Go ahead, back them into a corner. Call them names. Write them off. The Cavaliers don’t care. For the fourth time in two years, Cleveland fought off elimination in the NBA Finals by winning just when it appeared their season was over. On Friday night, the Cavs turned anger ...

Indians’ comeback falls short vs. White Sox

CLEVELAND — David Holmberg had gone two years between victories. The wait was worth it Saturday night. Holmberg allowed two runs in five innings for his first win since July 30, 2015 and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-3. The left-hander (1-0) hadn’t won since ...

Pirates finally get big hit in late rally

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates spent most of Saturday looking for a big hit to break through against the Miami Marlins. They finally got it in the seventh, when Jordy Mercer hit a tying two-run triple and John Jaso followed with a go-ahead double, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-6 victory. Mercer’s ...

Stopping the sweep

CLEVELAND — Golden State’s perfect postseason is over. Cleveland’s coming back again. Just like last year, the NBA Finals are at 3-1 after four games. LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and the Cavs broke scoring records while outperforming the NBA’s ...

OSU hires former Butler coach

COLUMBUS — Butler basketball coach Chris Holtmann will replace Thad Matta as the head coach at Ohio State, the school announced Friday morning. Ohio State said Holtmann, the reigning Big East coach of the year, will be paid about $3 million a year under an eight-year deal, but details still ...

Encarnacion, Kluber lead Tribe past White Sox

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona made a blunt assessment Friday afternoon over the way his team has played this season. “We have not been very good to date — that’s the understatement of the year,” he said before the Indians took on the Chicago White ...

Check out Go-Kart track in Mahoning

All race car drivers must start somewhere, whether they end up in NASCAR, IndyCar or at Sharon Speedway. Most got their start in Go-Kart racing, and the good news is there is a go-kart track in the area. One of the best kept secrets — unfortunately — to local race fans is go-kart racing ...

James OK with Golden State adding Durant

CLEVELAND — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen before. And although he’s on the cusp of ...

Penguins roll to within one win of repeat

PITTSBURGH — The night started with a catfish throw. It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from the ever resilient Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what makes them such a difficult out in a 6-0 ...

Marlins clobber Pirates, 7-1

PITTSBURGH — Edinson Volquez followed his no-hitter by pitching seven scoreless innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night. Volquez (3-7) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two while winning his third straight start. He helped the Marlins ...