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History of Sharon Speedway is featured

Ron Novak will present a program on the rich history of Sharon Speedway Monday evening at 7 at the fire station located in Hartford Center. Novak’s father, Jim, took control of the speedway in 1950 and promoted the speedway until 1980. It has always been my thought that if there was a hall ...

Indians adjust roster as season opener nears

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Rajai Davis made it all the way back with the Cleveland Indians. Mike Napoli remains on the outside. Davis, who hit perhaps the most memorable home run in club history during the 2016 World Series, was told Thursday by manager Terry Francona that he will be on ...

Retooling or not, Pirates depend on youngsters

PITTSBURGH — Depending on the person asked in the clubhouse, the Pittsburgh Pirates are rebuilding. Or they’re not. They’re retooling. Or they’re not. They’re pointing toward 2019 and beyond. Or they’re focused on the here and now. The next six months will offer a chance at ...

Cavs rally to beat Raptors

CLEVELAND — The standings show the Eastern Conference’s top team plays in Canada. The best player remains in Cleveland. LeBron James reminded Toronto he’s king. Playing without five teammates and his coach, James scored 35 points and added 17 assists, his last setting up a late a ...

Pirates happy to again have versatile Rodriguez

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has a fondness for Sean Rodriguez, who has played every position except pitcher and catcher during his 10-year big league career. “He’s played all those positions well,” Hurdle said. “You don’t find too many guys that you ...

Brantley homers on first pitch of spring debut

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Michael Brantley had no problem getting back in the swing of things Wednesday night. Brantley homered on his first swing of spring training, making a promising return to the Cleveland Indians’ lineup following surgery in October on his right ankle. The 30-year-old ...

End of an era

BEREA — Joe Thomas joked about his former coaches, thanked many of his ex-teammates and playfully referred to himself as a mushroom. The 10-time Pro Bowl selection commanded the room — and kept his emotions in check — until the final moments of his retirement news conference ...

Love returns in Cavaliers victory

CLEVELAND — LeBron James made certain another news-filled day ended with his own headline. James scored 40 points as part of his third triple-double in four games and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-117 on Monday night as coach Tyronn Lue began his leave of absence to ...

Leaving a lasting mark

Aaron Iler remembers those days, watching a long, lanky high school player run drills and practice shooting. The current LaBrae High School senior was enamored with this legendary figure, trying to emulate his every move — even though he’s a couple of inches shorter. Iler said he ...

Ohio State’s surprising season ends

BOISE, Idaho — Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the trees to snare rebounds. A spectator during Gonzaga’s Final Four run a year ago, the confident, extroverted freshman could be the ticket for a return trip. Norvell had 28 ...

James’ triple-double lifts Cavs over Bulls

CHICAGO — As he exited the court, LeBron James brought a young fan to tears. The Cavaliers’ superstar made the boy’s night by tossing him his sweat-soaked arm sleeve on the way to the locker room. As for the Bulls? All he gave them was more misery. James scored 33 points as part of a ...

Catcher hopes to stay healthy

BRADENTON, Fla. — Francisco Cervelli has one primary personal goal this season — stay healthy. The Pittsburgh Pirates catcher was limited to 81 games last year. A concussion landed him on the disabled list twice in June and he was also sidelined by left wrist inflammation before his ...

Buckeyes get a second chance against Gonzaga

WICHITA, Kan. — Ohio State’s focus when the 68-team bracket came out was on its opening game against South Dakota State, as it should have been. But the Buckeyes couldn’t help but notice what could be in store for their second game, should they win: Gonzaga. “The whole team is excited ...

Browns introduce newest players

CLEVELAND — Call him mobile, dynamic, proven or Buffalo’s former quarterback. Don’t dare label Tyrod Taylor anything else. In his first official appearance since coming to Cleveland, Taylor, who ended the Bills’ long playoff drought last season, was asked if he could be a one-year ...

Buckeyes do enough to stop South Dakota State

BOISE, Idaho — Ohio State is not a 3-point shooting team. The Buckeyes don’t take a lot, don’t make a lot. Back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years, the Buckeyes went all-in on the 3, casting it up 40 times. The last couple they tried, both by Kam Williams, helped ...

Portland staves off Cavs’ run

PORTLAND, Ore. — CJ McCollum scored 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers won their NBA-best 11th straight game with a 113-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Damian Lillard added 24 points for the Blazers, on their longest run since also winning 11 in a row in ...

Youngster Musgrove sees first action with Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. — Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove allowed two runs, one hit, three walks and five strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings in a 9-5 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday. “I was super-excited to get out there,” Musgrove said. “It’s my first taste of a live-action game and it feels ...

Two of a kind

Keith Gunther remembers the first time he saw Mark Hughes on the floor at Ursuline High School. Hughes’ influence was infectious, showing his leadership and translating that into a winning tradition in his first year with the Fighting Irish boys basketball team. Gunther, the Ursuline ...

Say it ain’t so, Joe! Browns’ Thomas retiring

CLEVELAND — Nothing could keep Joe Thomas off the field. The Browns’ sturdy left tackle never missed a game and never missed a single snap before a freak injury ended his 2017 season. And, sadly, his career. The face of Cleveland’s franchise for more than a decade, and one of the best ...

Browns keep up free agency frenzy, sign 3

CLEVELAND — Following four trades and a flurry of free-agent deals, the Cleveland Browns are looking better. Maybe even good enough to win a game next season. On the day one-of-a-kind left tackle Joe Thomas said goodbye after 11 stellar seasons, the Browns took the first steps without ...