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Kluber, Tribe blank Tigers

CLEVELAND — The reigning AL Cy Young winner looked every bit an ace. Corey Kluber struck out 13, pitching two-hit ball for eight innings and leading the Cleveland Indians past the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in snow flurries Monday night. The temperature at first pitch was 33 degrees, one above ...

James, Love lead Cavaliers to 50th win, Central title

NEW YORK — LeBron James used to downplay winning division titles. Not this time. Not after what these Cleveland Cavaliers have been through this season. This one is worth appreciating. “I’ve kind of like been a hypocrite of that because I’m always moving and trying to figure out ...

Going … going … Gomes

CLEVELAND — Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes beat everyone with one big swing. The wind, the record-cold temperatures and Kansas City. Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-1 win over the Royals in the coldest game in Progressive ...

Hubbard grad Scott set for MSU finale

EAST LANSING, Mich. — LJ Scott is back. Beyond that, Michigan State’s running game has plenty of questions. Scott’s return for his senior season gave the Spartans some good news after they finished 2017 with a victory in the Holiday Bowl, but now he stands out even more in a backfield ...

Taillon blanks Reds; Pirates move to 7-2

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle approached Jameson Taillon in Pittsburgh’s dugout after the top of the eighth inning and asked his team’s emerging ace for a bit of healthy self-assessment. “He asked me if I had pitches left,” Taillon said. “I don’t know if I even said anything back. I ...

Big shot

Shaheed Davis thought the walk he was on was a little strange, but he continued going, looking around to see if his destination was somehow in sight. Davis glanced to his right. Nope, that’s not it. He peered over to the left. Nope, not it either. After a few minutes, he realized things ...

Bauer blasts new MLB rules after 1-0 defeat

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer felt the rules beat him before the Royals did. Bauer allowed Lucas Duda’s homer on his first pitch in the seventh inning for the game’s only run and Ian Kennedy pitched six shutout innings, leading Kansas City to a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday ...

Smooth opening

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley has perfected the comeback season. Now he has to master completing one. Brantley singled home two runs on the first pitch of his first at-bat this season, and Carlos Carrasco worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to ...

Close call

PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James pulled Ben Simmons in for a hug, and smiled and laughed in a brief chat with Joel Embiid. Allen Iverson watched the scene with a big grin and high-fived a few fans. The 76ers of the past and present sure loved LeBron — but is that appreciation enough to make ...

Phantoms surge past Chicago

YOUNGSTOWN — Friday’s Youngstown Phantoms 7-4 victory had everything fans want in a hockey game — speed, scoring, tenacity, and a good back and forth flow. Midway in the third period, a near goal by Chicago Steel forward Samuel Bucek was waved off due to goaltender interference. It ...

Fighting off Wizards

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and brought Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 17-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115 on Thursday night and maintain the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs trailed 104-87 with 7:35 ...

Darnold visits Browns; more QBs to come

CLEVELAND — Sam Darnold was quarterback No. 2 on the Browns’ visitation list this week. That doesn’t mean he might not be their No. 1 choice. Southern Cal’s gun-slinging QB visited with Cleveland’s coaching staff and executives on Wednesday as the team continues to evaluate ...

Ohtani, Cozart burn Indians

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani really didn’t think his long drive to center field at Angel Stadium would get out of the park, so he sprinted around first base while it soared over the fence for his second homer in two days. Ohtani made the same sprint with the same thoughts one day ...

Lue to return tonight versus Washington

CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue is rejoining the Cavaliers’ disjointed season. Cleveland’s coach is expected to return from a medical absence and be back on the bench tonight against Washington, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Lue, who has been away ...

All together now

CLEVELAND — Once his layup dropped, LeBron James sent another message. As Cleveland’s crowd cheered following his artistic shot, James walked within a few feet of Toronto’s bench, pounded his chest several times and screamed, “I’m still a problem!” The Raptors didn’t need any ...

L.A., Ohtani crush Tomlin, Tribe

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sho Time is off to a powerful start in Anaheim. Shohei Ohtani hit his first major league home run in his first Angel Stadium at-bat, taking a curtain call after his three-run homer Tuesday night in the Angles 13-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Ohtani capped a ...

Clipping? James takes on Alabama football over barber show

CLEVELAND — LeBron James believes Alabama’s football program is offside. James contends the Crimson Tide has lifted “ideas, concepts and format” from a program on “Uninterrupted,” the digital media platform the three-time NBA champion co-founded with business partner Maverick ...

Finishing in the 4th

CLEVELAND — LeBron James couldn’t get his shot to drop. However, he wouldn’t let the Cavaliers fall. James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and Cleveland had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks 98-87 on ...

Edwin’s HRs aren’t enough

SEATTLE — Dee Gordon isn’t known for hitting home runs, and before this year he’d never played the outfield. But on Sunday, his power and his glove in center field led the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win against the Cleveland Indians. Gordon, who has never hit more than four homers in a ...

Alonso’s slam powers Indians past Seattle

SEATTLE — A little of the pressure to contribute right away with his new club has been lifted from Yonder Alonso. Hitting a grand slam in just the second game of the season will take away some stress. “After this game, doing something for the team, I think it helps you get settled a ...