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James has Raptors endangered

CLEVELAND — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits before sinking one fadeaway after the ...

Cavaliers torch Toronto

TORONTO — Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store. Maybe not the fadeaway jumpers James kept making, each seemingly with a higher degree of difficulty than the last, but he was sure there would be something. “This morning you could just sense ...

Long day leads to DH split, milestone for Tribe

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona was too tired to realize he reached a personal milestone. An extra-long day at the ballpark left everyone exhausted. Francona reached his 1,500th career win Thursday night when Cleveland bounced back from a tough loss in the opener to pound the ...

Browns looking at new stadium

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are discussing long-term plans for a major downtown development project that could include major stadium renovations — or a new facility. Owner Dee Haslam revealed to ESPN that the team has done some preliminary work by speaking to city officials and there ...

Phantoms outscored, 10-6; series tied at 1-1

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — After four consecutive postseason victories, the Youngstown Phantoms suffered their first loss in the Clark Cup playoffs, losing a wild game, 10-6, Wednesday night to the U-17’s of the National Team Development Program. The Eastern Conference Final is now tied 1-1. ...

Encarnacion, others come alive in rout

CLEVELAND — Edwin Encarnacion’s big day included a congratulatory phone call from another Dominican slugger. Encarnacion homered three times and drove in six runs, helping Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 12-4 on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Encarnacion said ...

Bauer speaks out on pitching issue

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer believes baseball should allow pitchers to use sticky substances on the ball during games. The present rules that ban pitchers from doing so are rarely enforced, he said Wednesday. He added sticky substances increase movement on the ...

Nationals thump Pirates, 9-3

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 and the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win. Matt Adams clubbed his third homer in two games for Washington. Strasburg ...

Cavs seek 2nd win in Toronto

Injuries are having a major impact on the NBA playoffs. A tweak, turn or strain to this or that has sidelined or limited players from All-Stars to reserves — and that has influenced the early outcomes of Round 2. Fred VanVleet appeared to tweak his right shoulder in the second half of the ...

Cavs hold on, steal Game 1 in overtime

TORONTO — This time, LeBron James didn’t have to do it all by himself. James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st career playoff triple-double, J.R. Smith scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-112 in overtime on Tuesday night to win ...

Tribe rally falls short in extra innings

CLEVELAND — The Texas Rangers were on the verge of another difficult loss Tuesday night when they were saved by their offense. Joey Gallo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered on consecutive pitches off Nick Goody in the 12th inning and Texas beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6. Michael Brantley tied ...

Phantoms face top seed in USHL semi

YOUNGSTOWN — The USHL Eastern Conference Finals start tonight for the Youngstown Phantoms as they square off with the top-seeded US National Team Development Program. The two teams split the season series, each winning four games. The Phantoms were outscored 36-17 in the eight games, but ...

Revamped Raptors ready for Cavaliers

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors seem to have everything lined up in their favor heading into their postseason matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’re rested. The Raptors feel they are ready. They have home-court advantage. But they’ve been confident before ...

Tribe beat Texas in back-and-forth battle

CLEVELAND — Jeff Beliveau’s first major league save came four years ago while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays. It was a long road to No. 2. Beliveau struck out Joey Gallo with two runners on in the ninth for his second career save and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 7-5 win over the ...

J-M senior Williams earns scholarship

YOUNGSTOWN — Emily Williams’ face quickly sports a smile when she talks about her cousin Luke Neer. The two are a year apart, but remain close. You could say best friends. One of their favorite activities is the Buddy Walk of the Valley, which educates and helps those with Down syndrome ...

Seventh heaven

CLEVELAND — LeBron James wasn’t ready to go home or to Philadelphia or Los Angeles. He’s heading to Toronto, bringing a Cavaliers team that isn’t done yet. Unwilling to sit despite battling leg cramps in the second half, James scored 45 points and got some much-needed help from his ...

Seattle hitters stay hot at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND — No one would blame Seattle’s hitters for being sorry to leave Progressive Field. Ryon Healy hit two home runs and had four RBIs, Robinson Cano and Mitch Haniger also homered, and the Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians 10-4 on Sunday. Seattle hit 10 home runs in winning ...

Rookie nearly perfect in debut

PITTSBURGH — Nick Kingham waited a long, long time to make it to a major league mound. When he finally got there, the moment was nearly perfect. Kingham started out better than any pitcher in more than a half-century, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning of his big league debut and ...

Washington maintains early lead, tops Pens

WASHINGTON — Braden Holtby spun around and saw the puck on the goal line. Maybe it was in. Maybe it wasn’t. But after mounting another two-goal lead and this time building on it instead of blowing it, the Washington Capitals made sure it wasn’t close enough for one questionable call ...

Former Trumbull County softball stars thriving at Slippery Rock

As the stars of their teams in high school, three Trumbull County softball standouts — Lauren Hawley from Brookfield, McKenzie Garland from Mineral Ridge and Brooke Dawson from Maplewood — have found success at the next level. And they have found that success as teammates. Now as ...