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Odds against Cavs versus Warriors

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CLEVELAND — The odds are longer than a Stephen Curry 3-pointer, Kevin Durant’s wingspan or Draymond Green’s catalog of technical fouls. LeBron James and the Cavaliers are being given little — or no — chance of winning their fourth straight NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State ...

Seniors follow one another to state meet

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MASSILLON — Liberty’s Justin Clark crossed the finish line first. Badger’s Devin Moore followed. It seems like the two area senior hurdlers have been doing that all season. This time, the pair is heading to Columbus for the state track and field meet starting Friday at Jesse Owens ...

Brantley, Ramirez, Kipnis homer in Indians win

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CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley, Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis each hit a solo home run, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night. Brantley was 3 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He homered in the third ...

Mathews freshman keeps her focus

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MASSILLON — Claire Miller knew she wanted more when she was in junior high. Her shot put throws weren’t where they needed to be. The Mathews freshman desired to do better. Those efforts this season were good enough to get her into the Division III girls shot put competition at the ...

MLB: Rizzo’s slide not dirty, it was illegal

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PITTSBURGH — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes Anthony Rizzo’s slide that upended Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz at home plate on Monday is still perfectly legal. So does Maddon’s superstar first baseman. Major League Baseball? Not so much. MLB chief baseball officer Joe ...

Falls throwers making their own path en route to Columbus

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MASSILLON — Libby Barreca’s view has always been as a spectator, sitting outside the discus and throwing areas at the state track and field meet in Columbus. Her sister, Kayla, throws for the University of Akron, finishing up her freshman year. Now, it’s Libby’s turn to star in the ...

Cubs rally to top Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo shook off the boos and sparked a late rally with his ninth home run of the season as the Chicago Cubs held off the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 on Tuesday night. A day after his aggressive slide at home plate that took out Pittsburgh catcher Elias Diaz drew a ...

Embracing the moment

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MASSILLON — Dom D’Amico wandered into the grassy infield still a bit dazed. The Lordstown senior just needed a hug from his teammates. All he wanted to do is celebrate and embrace the moment. Sophomores Marcel Jenkins and Jermaine Jones, along with senior Jordan Beyah, set up D’Amico ...

Here we go again

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BOSTON — LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State to face a team far better than his. His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most difficult, flanked by a largely unheralded set of teammates who force him to do ...

Tribe topples White Sox

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians took advantage of their extra chances Monday. Edwin Encarnacion homered and had four RBIs, and the Indians capitalized on three errors to score five times in the fifth inning for a 9-6 win over the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland trailed 5-2 going into the ...

To the Finals again

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BOSTON — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine ...

Track & field state meet

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At Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus FRIDAY NOTE: In all running semifinals, the top two from each heat and the next fastest five times qualify for finals Division III Track events ¯ 9:30 a.m., 4x800 finals and semifinals Field events ¯ 1 p.m., girls discus, boys high jump, ...

Indian hitters pick up bullpen this time

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CLEVELAND — Greg Allen had one thought as he saw his teammates waiting for him at home plate. “Just don’t get too roughed up in there,” he said. “It’s something I’ll remember forever. It’s all still sinking in. It’s pretty special.” Allen homered on Brad Peacock’s ...

Pirates’ bullpen falters in loss

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PITTSBURGH — Harrison Bader stepped to the plate with a chance to pull the St. Louis Cardinals even knowing the heat Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez was going to send his way. So Bader dug in and swung as Vazquez’s 99 mph fastball ran in on his hands. When it dropped for a single in the ...

Flashing their bats

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MASSILLON — For the seventh time in Cheryl Weaver’s time as varsity softball coach, Champion High School will be playing in the state final four. Champion (28-0) defeated Independence, 13-3, in five innings on Saturday to win the Division III Massillon Regional title game. The Golden ...

No Love for Cavs in 7th game

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BOSTON — LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won’t get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Already laboring to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals with a supporting crew made mostly of cast-offs and ...

Get the points

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BOARDMAN — Micah Beckwith felt the rush on his exposed face, where his aerodynamic helmet and visor would allow. The Boardman High School freshman knew his racing apparatus was different than the normal wheelchair he’s seen for almost five years after a surgery went wrong, leaving him ...

Bullpen backs 4-homer attack

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians’ beleaguered bullpen suffered another jolt when Andrew Miller went on the disabled list Saturday. A few hours later, the relievers played a major role in an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros. Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero and Cody Allen combined ...

Hubbard’s Southern, Girard’s Belcik headed to state

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AUSTINTOWN — Jared Southern’s expression hasn’t changed over the past couple of weeks. Stoic. He didn’t dare show his hand. As soon as he found out he cleared 6-feet 4-inches and was one of the last four standing in the Division II high jump competition, he could show ...