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King James crowns Pacers with 3-pointer

CLEVELAND — The game, the series, the season and perhaps Cleveland’s future were in jeopardy. LeBron James saved everything. James dropped a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another one of his brilliant performances, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana ...

Miller hurt in Tribe victory

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians might need to get along without reliever Andrew Miller for a bit. Miller left Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs because of a tight left hamstring. He was set for an MRI on Thursday, and manager Terry Francona said the lefty had the same ...

Daniels adds to Warren legacy

The gentle giant wasn’t being so gentle on this day. It was just a regular season high school football game back in 2014 to most people, but to Warren G. Harding’s James Daniels, there was extra incentive. Daniels was a three-star prospect offensive lineman who was receiving scholarship ...

HOCKEY: Phantoms finish sweep

DUBUQUE, Iowa — A pair of power play goals and a 36-save shutout from netminder Ivan Prosvetov led the Youngstown Phantoms to a 3-0 victory Tuesday night and a 3-0 sweep in the USHL Eastern Conference semifinals over the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Youngstown faces either the Chicago Steel or ...

QB quandary for Browns’ Dorsey

CLEVELAND — As far as Cleveland fans are concerned, only one quarterback fits all the essential criteria for the Browns to draft him with the No. 1 overall pick. His last name? Darnoldallenrosenmayfield. With the NFL draft quickly approaching, the team’s die-hard supporters, and there ...

Clubbed by Cubs

CLEVELAND — The memories of winning a championship two years ago came flooding back for the Chicago Cubs when they arrived at Progressive Field on Tuesday. The positive feelings continued once the game began. Kyle Schwarber hit two of Chicago’s four solo home runs during a 10-3 victory ...

Hill questionable for Cavs in game 5

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for tonight’s crucial Game 5 against Indiana because of back spasms. Hill has been dealing with back problems since the series opener, when he was flattened by an illegal screen by Pacers forward Trevor Booker. Cavaliers ...

Pirates postponed again; play twinbill today

PITTSBURGH — The weather keeps wreaking havoc on the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. Steady rain at PNC Park on Tuesday forced the clubs to postpone a game for the third time in the first month of the season. The game was the 28th postponement in the majors this season, the most ...

Blue Jackets still seeking playoff series win

COLUMBUS — In a season of broken records and firsts for the Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the most important eluded them again: winning a playoff series. The Blue Jackets’ promising season fizzled out in Game 6 of their opening-round series against the Washington Capitals. They were ...

Steelers likely to choose defense

PITTSBURGH — Kevin Colbert isn’t a fan of the word “need.” The Pittsburgh Steelers general manager believes it points too specifically to one area of weakness. “We have to be better and I do not think we were better in 2017 than we were in 2016 because we got eliminated a round ...

Realizing the dream

WARREN — Back in January, not long after he decided to leave the University of Iowa early for the NFL, James Daniels was pondering what to do for the NFL Draft. It didn’t take him long to decide he was going to stay home with his family. Part of him was confident he would be drafted, and ...

Carrasco, Indians handle Orioles

BALTIMORE — Carlos Carrasco outpitched Kevin Gausman in a tight duel, and a two-run homer by Yonder Alonso carried the Cleveland Indians past the struggling Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Monday night. Carrasco (4-0) allowed one run and six hits over 7 1/3 innings to win his 10th straight decision ...

Browns, Cleveland wait to see if draft number is called

BEREA — The Browns get the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft this week. Next month, they hope to get the entire draft. In partnership with the cities of Cleveland, Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Browns are a finalist to host the 2019 or 2020 drafts. The league is also considering ...

Awaiting next challenge

AUSTINTOWN — Phil Annarella remembers seeing him on the court, dribbling, quickly moving his feet and posting up. The Austintown Fitch High School football coach was told about an eighth-grader named Billy Price who came to a Falcons’ basketball camp. Annarella noticed the agility Price ...

Wrestling away Game 4

INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James has been the first-round king for 12 years. On Sunday night, he needed Kyle Korver’s 3-point shooting to put him in position to extend his reign. The two combined for all of Cleveland’s points in a late 10-2 run, helping the Cavaliers to a 104-100 victory ...

Ramirez, Indians blast Orioles

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation. Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried ...

Penguins eliminate Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Jake Guentzel dropped to his right knee and slid on the ice in celebration, not only for his second career postseason hat trick, but for the goal that assured Pittsburgh was moving on in the playoffs. He has established his playoff pedigree as a sensational scorer in just two ...

Phantoms take 2-0 lead on Dubuque

YOUNGSTOWN — Two down, one to go for the Youngstown Phantoms as they look to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals after a 3-2 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Fighting Saints came out with more energy than they did in Game 1, which gave them an early advantage. Quinn ...

Blanking the Orioles

BALTIMORE — Mike Clevinger is proving to be a worthy member of the Cleveland Indians’ formidable rotation. Clevinger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on ...

Game 1 winner

YOUNGSTOWN — Starting the playoffs off on the right foot, the Youngstown Phantoms halted the surging Dubuque Fighting Saints, giving them their first loss of the playoffs, 3-1. “That’s what you want at the end of the day,” said Phantoms coach Brad Patterson after this USHL Clark Cup ...