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James, Leonard back to work as Cavs, Spurs go for 2-0 leads

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard will take center stage in the NBA playoffs Monday after all the series openers are in the books. The best two-way players in the league are looking to give their respective teams 2-0 series leads, though each took different ...

Boyd, Avila lead Tigers past Indians 4-1 for series win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez thought the Detroit Tigers proved a point to their biggest rival. Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Detroit defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday to take two of three ...

Boyd, Avila lead Tigers past Indians 4-1 for series win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez thought the Detroit Tigers proved a point to their biggest rival. Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Detroit defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday to take two of three ...

Escape act: LeBron, Cavs edge Pacers 109-108 in Game 1

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn't win their postseason opener as much as survive it. The champions remain puzzling. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after ...

Meram, Kamara lead Crew to 2-1 win over Toronto FC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Meram and Ola Kamara scored, and Zack Steffen made four saves to help the Columbus Crew beat Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday night. Meram put Columbus (4-2-1) in front for good in the 44th minute, poking Alex Crognale's header — off a corner kick by Federico Higuain ...

Ramirez has 6 RBIs as Indians rout Verlander, Tigers 13-6

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez had the best day of his career. Justin Verlander had one of his worst. Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in the Indians' 13-6 ...

Reds lose a starter, but Winker’s double beats Brewers 7-5

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jesse Winker whiffed in his first major league moment. His second time at the plate produced a game-winning hit. Winker doubled home the go-ahead runs with his first major league hit, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame two more homers by Eric ...

Spring game shows Buckeyes’ emphasis on throwing the ball

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made it clear this spring that he wants to throw the ball deep again. Meyer needs quarterback J.T. Barrett to hook up with receivers for more momentum-changing plays downfield, the kind that bring 100,000 ...

Blue Jackets’ Calvert suspended 1 game for hit on Kuhnhackl

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was suspended one game for his cross-check to Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of a Game 2 loss to the Penguins. Calvert will miss Game 3 Sunday. The NHL announced the suspension Saturday night. Calvert received a ...

Braun, Thames homer, Brews stop Reds’ 4-game win string 5-1

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Jimmy Nelson is making opponents work for their runs. So far, it's paying off. Nelson turned in his second straight strong start, Ryan Braun and Eric Thames homered and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped Cincinnati's four-game winning streak, ...

White Sox score 5 in first, roll past Indians 10-4

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin's first pitch of the game landed on the home run porch. The night ended with infielder Michael Martinez on the mound. The defending AL champion Cleveland Indians are in tough stretch. Tim Anderson homered to start the game, ...

Indians 2B Kipnis bruises hand after being hit by pitch

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Already on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a bruised and swollen left hand after being hit by pitch. Kipnis was struck on Wednesday night at Double-A Akron while on a minor ...

Veteran goalies take center stage for Rangers, Penguins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for Henrik Lundqvist not being able to beat the Montreal Canadiens. Ditto with Marc-Andre Fleury's most important games with the Pittsburgh Penguins being in his rearview mirror. Welcome to the 2017 playoffs, same as it ever was for ...

Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things — and just as importantly, doing all the right things — while watching Matt Murray take his job. It wasn't easy. Yet the goalie with more wins than any other in the ...

Holland takes no-hit bid into 6th, Chisox beat Indians 2-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Derek Holland has turned Progressive Field into his own personal playground. Holland held Cleveland hitless until the sixth inning and late fill-in Matt Davidson had a two-run single that helped the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 2-1 ...

Rookie lefty Garrett stays perfect as Reds sweep Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Amir Garrett was far from a phenom in spring training. In fact, the Reds rookie got hit rather hard. Now that the season has started for real, the Cincinnati left-hander has been nearly untouchable. Garrett threw another gem, taking a ...

Cavs rest LeBron, finish collapse with 98-83 loss to Raptors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — They staggered to the finish line, falling flat and looking nothing like champions. It's time for the Cavaliers to get up. It's playoff time. LeBron James watched in street clothes as Jonas Valanciunas dropped his first career 3-pointer and ...

Comeback: Brantley’s double lifts Indians past White Sox 2-1

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley pumped his fist, danced around second base and waited for the traditional soaking. The water was as sweet as any champagne. Brantley, forced to the outside during Cleveland's magical ride in 2016 because of injuries, ...

LeBron James to open public school for at-risk kids

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James understands what it's like being a kid on the outside looking for hope. He's giving them some. James, who has been committed to helping kids in his hometown through a variety of educational programs, is teaming up with Akron ...

Gennett’s 3 hits, 3-run HR power Reds over Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scooter Gennett is living out his childhood dream during the early days of the season. Gennett homered for the second straight night and finished with three hits, helping the Cincinnati Reds overcome the early departure of injured starter ...