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Defense falters for Cavaliers in loss

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James bit on a pump fake and got no help as Kevin Durant drove to the basket for one of his several uncontested dunks. Stephen Curry was left alone behind the 3-point line and made Cleveland pay time and again. The defensive woes that plagued the Cavaliers late in ...

Kluber ‘filthy’ after monthlong layoff

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s month away didn’t have any affect on his fastball, curveball or his well-known icy demeanor. Back on the mound, Cleveland’s ace was as cool and calculating as ever. “He was filthy,” Indians catcher Roberto Perez said. Kluber pitched six shutout ...

Browns make move to strengthen secondary

CLEVELAND — Demario Davis spent one long, losing season in Cleveland. The linebacker is going back where he started. Davis is returning to the New York Jets after being traded Thursday by the Browns for safety Calvin Pryor. The 28-year-old Davis spent four seasons with the Jets, who ...

Penguins rookie Guentzel making himself known

PITTSBURGH — The fresh-faced, 22-year-old rookie who leads the NHL in playoff goals — a hot streak that has him in the middle of the Conn Smythe Trophy conversation given to the postseason MVP — was once too embarrassed to shoot the puck. So Jake Guentzel didn’t. Not in any sort of ...

Cavaliers, Warriors meet again

OAKLAND, Calif. — After a summer highlighted by Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City for the star-laden Golden State Warriors, a six-month regular season and three rounds of playoffs, the NBA Finals are right back where they ended last June. Not that anyone expected any ...

A’s get past Tribe

CLEVELAND — Sean Manaea was on top of his game Wednesday night. Oakland’s left-hander allowed three hits and struck out nine in seven innings, and the Athletics defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-1. “Their guys weren’t even getting decent swings off him,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin ...

Why the Cavs will win the Finals

Why will the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in the three-match of the NBA Finals? “I feel good about our chances,” LeBron James said this week. “Very good.” Often times the simplest answer is the right one. At 32 years of age, the best player of his generation ...

James still has plenty left in his tank

CLEVELAND — LeBron James will one day take his final bow, the brightest spotlight moving on to someone else. There will come a time when his legs lose some explosiveness and those vicious dunks will be rendered ordinary. Someday, his jumper won’t fall as often, and that astonishing court ...

Predators OK with Game 1 except for result

PITTSBURGH — The winning team went nearly two full periods without a shot. The hottest goaltender in the playoffs was only tested 11 times in 58 minutes — and lost. No wonder Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan described his team’s 5-3 victory over Nashville in Game 1 of the Stanley ...

Bauer, relievers fan 19 in Cleveland win

CLEVELAND — Once Trevor Bauer got on a roll, he put on quite a show for the Cleveland Indians. Bauer struck out an AL-best 14 in seven innings, and the Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Tuesday night. “I like my strikeouts,” he said. “Half the balls they put in play were ...

Arizona’s Ray blanks Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Robbie Ray apologized for keeping reporters waiting at his locker after the game. He’s used to having a little more time to cool down. “Sorry, but I finished my work out later than normal,” the Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander said. Ray pitched a four-hitter in his ...

Cool hand Lue

CLEVELAND — Moments after the Eastern Conference championship banner was raised by the Cavaliers for the third straight time and the obligatory postgame interviews ended, Tyronn Lue slipped quietly away. Cleveland’s coach ducked into the shadows, his preferred location. “I don’t ...

Carrasco, HRs power Indians

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco has held Cleveland’s struggling rotation together through the season’s first two months. Carrasco (5-2) took a shutout into the seventh in winning his third straight decision and the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Monday. The right-hander ...

James undaunted by task of Warriors

INDEPENDENCE — There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Warriors are stomach-churning scary. James, though, can’t run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he’s ...

Kipnis, Tomlin hammer Royals

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona admitted his team was frustrated after losing the first two games of their series against the Kansas City Royals. Perhaps the defending AL champions play better that way. Jason Kipnis went 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, Josh Tomlin pitched ...

Cavaliers downplay underdog status

INDEPENDENCE — Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. Let’s be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite ...

Jaso comes through twice for Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — John Jaso singled home the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 5-4 Saturday night. Jordy Mercer doubled off the center-field wall against Addison Reed with one out in the ninth. Jaso pinch hit for ...

Indians’ early 4-0 lead not enough as KC wins

CLEVELAND — Jorge Bonifacio’s two-run double off Andrew Miller broke an eighth-inning tie and lifted the Kansas City Royals past the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Friday night. The Royals entered the game with the lowest winning percentage in the AL, but rallied from an early 4-0 ...

Walker leads Mets over Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Neil Walker homered twice in his return to his hometown and Jacob deGrom gave New York’s bullpen a needed rest as the Mets blasted the Pirates, 8-1. Walker, who grew up in Pittsburgh and played seven seasons for the Pirates before being traded to New York in December 2015, ...

Penguins win double-OT thriller

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final. Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night. Kunitz scored ...