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Cavaliers have Heat collapse

MIAMI — The Miami Heat were a worthy warmup act for Dwyane Wade’s jersey retirement Saturday night, breaking a 23-year-old franchise record for points in the first half en route to a 124-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami shot 77 percent in the first half and then turned the ...

Pens fall flat against Sabres

PITTSBURGH — Jack Eichel scored twice and the Buffalo Sabres jumped on the Pittsburgh Penguins early in a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart all beat Tristan Jarry during an early three-goal outburst and Connor Hutton turned away 41 shots as the Sabres earned ...

JACKETS FALL IN SHOOTOUT:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rocco Grimaldi scored in the eighth round of the shootout, and the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. Colton Sissons, Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund each scored, and Filip Forsberg had two assists for Nashville. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Forsberg ...

Tubes have endured as effective fishing lures

A generation or more ago, a new style of soft plastic bait swept the bass world, quickly gaining converts who were as tempted to try the lures as fish were to bite them. Around the time surfers started peppering their conversations with the phrase “totally tubular,” anglers went off the ...

Cavaliers, Bickerstaff get win under new regime

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first game in charge of the Cleveland Cavaliers, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff wanted to see “grit and fight” from his team. Those traits showed up in the fourth quarter. Collin Sexton scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied ...

Jackets’ injury woes extended

COLUMBUS — Injuries to key players keep coming for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who now have lost top goal-scorer Oliver Bjorkstrand for the rest of the season. The 24-year-old forward fractured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Bjorkstrand slid hard into the ...

Indians’ Carrasco has leg discomfort

GOODYEAR, Arizona — The Cleveland Indians could have another significant pitching problem. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout Wednesday and is undergoing imaging tests to find out the severity of the injury and how long he’ll be ...

Landry has hip surgery

CLEVELAND — Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry elected to have hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns. He visited a ...

Buckeyes fall to Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Luka Garza scored 24 points and No. 20 Iowa beat No. 25 Ohio State 85-76 on Thursday night. Garza has scored 20 points or more in 12th consecutive games in Big Ten play, the longest streak for an Iowa player in 49 seasons and the most by any conference player in the last ...

Cleveland turns to NBA vet as coach

INDEPENDENCE — John Beilein didn’t make it through one NBA season. Another college coaching dropout. Wildly successful at Michigan and other stops in his coaching career, Beilein resigned Wednesday after just 54 games with the rebuilding Cavaliers, who can’t seem to find the right ...

Former Browns lineman held in jail

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson, who played with the Cleveland Browns last season, remained in a West Texas jail without bond Wednesday after federal agents said they found 157 pounds (71.21 kilograms) of marijuana in a rented vehicle in which he and two other people ...

Pirates’ Reyes suspended

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games on Wednesday under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the ...

First-year coach Beilein to step down

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers first-year coach John Beilein will end a rough season by stepping down after 54 games, according to multiple reports Tuesday night. The former Michigan coach, who was a surprising hire by the Cavs last year because of his age (67) and lack of any pro experience, is ...

Bell still pushing for goals

BRADENTON, Fla. — Josh Bell insists he has not arrived. Not yet, though the metric the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star uses to judge his own progress is highly specific. Several times a year Bell will order the jersey of a high-profile opposing player and stash it in his locker. At some point ...

Phillips at Curbstone event

The Curbstone Coaches will present a “Meet and Greet” with new Youngstown State football head coach Doug Phillips on March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Avion Banquet Center on Western Reserve Road. The cost of the event will be $13 and will include a buffet dinner. Reservations can be made by ...

Tressel optimistic about YSU athletics

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — If he isn’t the busiest college president in the state of Ohio, then YSU President Jim Tressel is arguably one of the top two or three as he continues to boast the accomplishments of his school on both the national and international fronts. Speaking to the Curbstone ...

So, there’s a chance?

GOODYEAR, Arizona — For now, Francisco Lindor isn’t going anywhere. And, if he had his way, he’d never leave Cleveland. “My approach this year is winning here,’’ the four-time All-Star shortstop said Monday following the Indians’ first full-squad workout of training camp. “I ...

Cavs may part with Beilein

CLEVELAND — John Beilein has admitted that losing NBA games has hit him hard. Maybe too hard. The 67-year-old former Michigan coach struggled to get through the season’s unofficial first half with the young Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. It’s not clear ...

Browns release veterans

CLEVELAND — New Browns general manager Andrew Berry cleared $13 million in salary-cap space Monday by releasing veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie and three others players signed by former GM John Dorsey. Along with Carrie, Cleveland terminated the contracts of tight end Demetrius Harris, guard ...

Rudolph’s agent: Garrett legally liable after ESPN interview

The agent for Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett opened himself up for potential legal action after reiterating his claim that Rudolph used a racial slur shortly before their infamous brawl in November. During an interview with ESPN, his first since ...