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3-and-uh-0

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant drained the shot of his professional life — a 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left — and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of postseason perfection and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to ...

Cavs plan no changes for Game 3

CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t changing his game, Tyronn Lue isn’t changing his lineup. The Cavaliers aren’t slowing down. Defiant — and some might argue delusional — in the face of a 2-0 deficit to the postseason-perfect Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the defending ...

Penguins return home tied

PITTSBURGH — The goals that came so easily to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final — the ones that arrived in bunches and seemed to signal an emphatic end to Pekka Rinne’s spectacular playoff run — have disappeared. Across six periods in ...

Indians, Pirates both lose

DENVER — Rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela hit a three-run double and Mark Reynolds homered twice to drive in five runs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cleveland Indians 11-3 Tuesday night. Carlos Gonzalez also hit a home run for the Rockies. After Mike Clevinger (2-3) intentionally ...

Fan Appreciation at Sharon Speedway

HARTFORD — A celebration of dirt-track racing and fun for the whole family will be the focus when Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing sponsors the annual Steel Valley Thunder Fan Appreciation Night at Sharon Speedway on Saturday. Racing fans and families are invited to enjoy free admission to the ...

Crosby scores early, but Penguins lose 4-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Pittsburgh Penguins needed more from their stars. They got more, just not nearly enough against Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators. Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in the Stanley Cup Final in eight years, but the Predators beat Pittsburgh 4-1 on Monday night ...

Brown makes return to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Mike Brown happily slid into his normal seat to coach Steve Kerr’s left for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. For the first time in weeks the Warriors were whole again. Brown has moved before — not always so willingly — and over the next few days he’ll return to a familiar ...

Cavs in familiar position in series

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals. Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change ...

Out at OSU

COLUMBUS — Thad Matta is out as Ohio State’s basketball coach, with the Buckeyes having missed the last two NCAA Tournaments amid an exodus of players. Matta, who has coached the team for 13 seasons, also cited his health at a news conference Monday. He has been troubled for years by ...

More of the same

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and beat LeBron James to the rim in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic, and the Golden State Warriors grabbed a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 Sunday night in coach Steve Kerr’s return to ...

Indians work around storm to rout Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Indians had just been beaten by the Royals in two wildly different games, the first a shutout and the second a shootout, and manager Terry Francona wanted to see a little spark from his club. It came Sunday along with some lightning. Roberto Perez and Daniel ...

Series is starting to get interesting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — P.K. Subban says ask the Pittsburgh Penguins if he’s getting under their skin. The All-Star defenseman only knows he apparently needs to work on his breath on the ice and loves the challenge of helping shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And he loves ...

Cleveland stars need help from others

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James has been brilliant in the first two games of the NBA Finals, which still have been lopsided losses for his Cleveland Cavaliers. While James has delivered — he had a triple-double Sunday night in Game 2 — it hasn’t been nearly enough against the ...

Freese drives in 3 as Bucs roll Mets, 11-1

NEW YORK — David Freese and the Pittsburgh Pirates picked a fine time to pad their lead — in-between a bizarre pair of seventh-inning stretches. Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single after things went a little haywire, and the Pirates drubbed the New York Mets 11-1 ...

Penguins beaten 5-1 in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are very hard to beat on their own ice this postseason, and now they have added their biggest piece of franchise history yet. A victory in the Stanley Cup Final. The embattled Rinne not only started, he made 27 saves. Roman Josi ...

Cavs prepare Game 2 adjustments

OAKLAND, Calif. — Tyronn Lue has a new No. 1 priority for LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals: Stop the ball. First and foremost, then make sure Golden State’s sharpshooters have a hand in their face. Translation: Do anything and everything possible to ...

Indians beaten

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Hammel had been having trouble attacking the strike zone this season, the constant nibbling at the corners leading to an abundance of walks and nearly as many runs. The Royals’ right-hander certainly attacked the zone on Saturday. Got after the Cleveland ...

Pirates beaten

NEW YORK — Neil Walker hit a two-run homer against his former team and the New York Mets also got long balls from Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night to stop a three-game slide. Robert Gsellman (4-3) won his second consecutive start — likely ...

Local tracks set for their own big weekends

What some call the biggest weekend in racing on the national level is now history, however local racing’s biggest weeks of racing have only just begun. This weekend, in particular, should be a great one. Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions roars into the area tonight at ...

Cavs unable to stop Durant

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense. Oh, he hit from long range, too. What a dominant NBA Finals opener with the Warriors. Durant finished with 38 points, ...