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As the Cavs turn: Drama subsided, NBA champs hitting stride

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Back from Boston, Kevin Love spent part of his day off talking to kids about fitness. The topic was appropriate. The Cavaliers look in much better shape. With four straight wins, including a 114-91 walkover against the Celtics to wrestle ...

Trouba scores twice as Jets beat slumping Blue Jackets 5-4

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Momentum is critical heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are struggling to find some as the regular season winds down. The Blue Jackets, who will face Pittsburgh in the opening round of the postseason ...

Groce takes over at Akron following 5 seasons at Illinois

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer AKRON, Ohio (AP) — John Groce has built from the middle and bottom. At Akron, he's starting near the top. "I like the challenges," he said. After previous stops at Illinois and Ohio, Groce was introduced Thursday as the new coach at Akron, where he'll ...

Lindor slam gives AL champ Indians opening sweep of Rangers

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Francisco Lindor's go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning off suddenly shaky Texas closer Sam Dyson triggered a litany of firsts for Cleveland's budding star shortstop. And that list of milestones was a lot more fun to talk about ...

James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics 114-91 in East showdown

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Cavaliers sent a message to the Celtics in their final matchup during the regular season: They won't relinquish the Eastern Conference's top seed that easily. James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the ...

Finnegan retires 19 in a row, Reds beat Phillies 2-0

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Waiting for the rain left Brandon Finnegan feeling out of sorts. After one inning to work out his nerves, he was nearly untouchable. Finnegan allowed only one single in seven innings and Joey Votto homered for his first hit of the season ...

Reds claim OF Tyler Goeddel off waivers from Phillies

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds claimed utility player Tyler Goeddel off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. Goeddel, 24, batted .192 in 92 games for the Phillies last season with four homers and 16 RBIs. The ...

AL champion Indians rally in 9th, win opener 8-5 at Texas

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion already is impressing the Cleveland Indians. The Texas Rangers have already seen too much of the slugger. Encarnacion hit a tying homer in the eighth inning of his first game with the Indians, and they scored ...

Hernandez leads off opener with HR, Phillies beat Reds 4-3

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson couldn't believe it when he rounded second base and saw the coach waving him on. Hellickson drove in the decisive run in the sixth inning with his first career triple — one that left him out of breath for a long time — and ...

Cavs showing cracks, weakness as NBA playoffs approach

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The on-court issues have been obvious for weeks. The Cavaliers' problems now extend to their locker room. The champions are showing cracks — and weakness. Instead of celebrating a 135-130 double-overtime win over an Indiana team fighting ...

Big game in Boston: Celtics-Cavs for East No. 1 Wednesday

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Big games in Boston have been part of so many NBA spring times, and the Celtics are about to host the next one. Beat Cleveland on Wednesday and the Celtics will take the Eastern Conference lead into the final week of the regular season. ...

Holtby helps Capitals hold off Blue Jackets, 3-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Braden Holtby turned away a furious third-period rally by the Columbus Blue Jackets and helped the Washington Capitals hold on for a big win as they try to put some distance ahead of their Metropolitan Division rivals in the last week of ...

Reds send their newest starter vs Phillies in opener

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson was still getting accustomed to the name on his jersey when he started the season opener for the Phillies in Cincinnati last year. The right-hander did very well in the high-profile start, and he'll get to make another one on ...

Darvish gets his 1st Rangers opener against AL champ Indians

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish is getting the start he's never had with the Texas Rangers. Darvish will be on the mound on opening day for the Rangers for the first time Monday. The two-time defending AL West champions take on the American League ...

LeBron’s 41 helps quarreling Cavs hold off Pacers in 2 OTs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The playoffs are nearing. The Cavaliers are already feeling the pressure. LeBron James made a big 3-pointer in the final minute of the second overtime and scored 41 points to offset 43 by Indiana's Paul George, and Cleveland opened its April ...

Bronson Arroyo assigned to minors, could join Reds soon

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have reassigned pitcher Bronson Arroyo to Triple-A Louisville, but he could be back in the majors next weekend if he has no setbacks during his workouts. Arroyo is trying to come back from Tommy John surgery more than two years ago. He ...

Roberto Perez, Indians agree to $9 million, 4-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Catcher Roberto Perez and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $9 million, four-year contract that includes club options for 2021 and 2022. After spending nearly three months on the disabled list following thumb surgery, Perez became a key contributor last season during ...

Panarin, Crawford lead Blackhawks past Blue Jackets 3-1

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford and Artemi Panarin helped the battle-tested Chicago Blackhawks win a matchup against another of the NHL's top teams. Crawford made 32 saves, Panarin had two goals and Chicago beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night ...

LeBron, Cavs end rough March with 122-105 win over 76ers

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Less than two minutes into the game, Kyrie Irving intentionally shoved Sixers forward Justin Anderson into Philadelphia's bench. After being pushed around lately, the Cavaliers ended March showing some fight. LeBron James scored 34 points, ...

Michael Brantley likely to make Indians’ opening-day roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Brantley's long climb back could be over. The Cleveland Indians left fielder will likely make the team's opening-day roster — and could start the opener — following a spring in which he slowly worked himself back into shape after playing in only 11 games ...