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Celtics crush Cavs; now on brink

BOSTON — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this ...

Plutko carries no-no into 7th, Tribe wins, 1-0

CHICAGO — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate. Once that was over, everything fell into place. Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping the ...

James, Cavaliers look for road win tonight

BOSTON — The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he’s been to seven straight NBA finals. Boston will ...

Rout at Wrigley

CHICAGO — Jose Ramirez turned on a knee-high pitch and launched the Indians toward a lopsided victory. Ramirez hit his 14th homer and Cleveland routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series. The AL Central leaders moved ...

Reds’ Harvey stops Pirates

CINCINNATI — So far, Matt Harvey is making good on his second chance. The former Mets ace allowed only one run over six innings for his first win with the Cincinnati Reds, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam in the last two seasons on Tuesday night for a 7-2 victory over the ...

Roethlisberger OK with QB chosen in draft

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph. That his comments during a radio appearance shortly after the Steelers took the former Oklahoma State star in the third round of the draft — when Roethlisberger openly wondered ...

Series deadlocked

CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today’s game. And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he could get there again. James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland ...

Pitchers’ duel

HOUSTON — Lance McCullers finally found his curveball — and the results were devastating for the Cleveland Indians. McCullers allowed one hit over seven innings and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win Sunday night. McCullers (6-2) took a perfect game ...

It’s Celtics’ turn to recover from blowout loss

CLEVELAND — The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren’t straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them. All was quiet as Boston worked out Sunday. Practice isn’t an issue on the road in the postseason. Playing games is the ...

Padres squeeze Pirates, 8-5

PITTSBURGH — Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 Sunday for their third win of the four-game series. Pittsburgh took a 5-4 lead into the ...

Moving forward

Sometime in the early 1970s, a Youngstown teenager had read that baseball great Jimmy Piersall, after he hit his 100th home run, turned and ran backwards around the bases. He thought it was fantastic, and always kept it in mind. A couple of years later, after a stellar high school season at ...

Phantoms’ year ends in despair

YOUNGSTOWN — In heartbreaking fashion, the Youngstown Phantoms dropped both games at home and fell to the Fargo Force in the Clark Cup Finals, losing 4-2 in Game 4. The Force, who lost Game 2, were impressive on the road and took the series, 3-1. “There’s never quit in the guys,” ...

Cavs back in business

CLEVELAND — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland’s locker room and pounded his chest with both hands. The Celtics got thumped next. James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a ...

Consistent Kluber tops Astros

HOUSTON — Corey Kluber is starting to put together quite a streak. The AL Cy Young Award winner struck out 10, dominating in the early innings and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Houston Astros 5-4 Saturday. The Indians ace made his 22nd straight start of allowing no more than three ...

Y-town on brink after loss

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms lost, 3-2, in a hard-fought battle in Game 3 of the Clark Cup Finals against the Fargo Force. The loss puts the series at a 2-1 advantage for the Force, cutting the number of wins they need to win their first Clark Cup to one. “I thought it was a great ...

Calm Cavaliers not daunted by 2-0 hole

INDEPENDENCE — They’ve survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA’s most compelling reality show — or, as some have called it, spectacle. The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama around them. So it’s not a surprise ...

Morton, Astros baffle Indians

HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton doesn’t think he’s pitched that well this season. After another strong outing Friday night, that’s hard to believe. Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians ...

Phantoms can capture title at home

With the Youngstown Phantoms home from their two-game road trip in North Dakota, they have the chance to close out their best-of-five series against the Fargo Force and clinch their first ever Clark Cup championship. A victory tonight (7:05 p.m., Covelli Centre) sends Saturday’s game into ...

Weather permitting, locals tracks revving up

On Saturday night, Sharon Speedway is having “Fan Appreciation night.” What that means is free admission for all. That’s right, take the entire family for a night of entertainment at no cost. Race fans this is your lucky night. If you have never been to a race or to Sharon Speedway come ...

Polanco, Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five teams are at least four games over ...