November 1, 2014

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NBA preseason: LeBron James takes charge in win over Pacers

LeBron James, George Hill

CINCINNATI — LeBron James has spent the early part of this preseason helping his teammates find a rhythm. He spent Wednesday night finding his own. James shook off a sluggish start to the preseason to score 26 points in 24 minutes in the Cavs’ 98-93 preseason victory against the Indiana Pacers on the campus of Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving sprains ankle, but tweets that it’s not serious

Kyrie Irving

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The Cavaliers’ lone free day in Brazil was spent with canceled sightseeing plans and Kyrie Irving in a walking boot. Irving was injured during practice before the Cavs’ flight departed Tuesday. X-rays and an MRI taken Tuesday were negative, a league source said, and the boot was considered precautionary. It’s Read More…

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer fail to impress in 24-23 preseason loss

Manziel Hoyer Slider

LANDOVER, Md. — Talk about not living up to the hype. The duel between Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel against Washington on Monday night at FedExField disappointed in almost unimaginable fashion because neither player made strides nor a strong case he should become the starter heading into the upcoming season. The veteran and Read More…

Waiting period may complicate Cavs’ deal for Love

Kevin Love

When the Cleveland Cavaliers receive the paperwork on Andrew Wiggins’ signed contract, which is expected Thursday, the clock on a tedious 30-day waiting period that could drastically alter the future of the franchise will officially begin ticking. Forget about fantasies here. If the Cavs are going to consummate a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Read More…

Commentary: Cook has perfect recipe for Spartans upset

Connor Cook wasn’t expected to be Michigan State’s starting quarterback this year. Even when he was given the job early, he wasn’t comfortable to hold it. Yet once he found his rhythm, the Spartans marched to that beat. This was a defensive team. That was the identity. At some point, though, that wasn’t going to Read More…

Polls: GOP losing ground with public

The standoff over the government shutdown continues to damage the public’s opinion of congressional Republicans, two new surveys indicate, a finding likely to deepen concern among GOP leaders about the impact the stalemate is having on their party. A third newly released survey shows that overall approval of Congress has fallen to nearly a record Read More…

Obama to House, on government shutdown: Just vote

After a taking the weekend off, President Barack Obama resumed his public pounding of House Republicans on Monday even as a top aide laid out a possible avenue for defusing the fiscal fight that has frozen parts of the government and threatens a federal default. Speaking during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Read More…

Pope: Church should not obsess about gays, abortion

The Catholic Church must not obsess about gay marriage, abortion and contraception and should not restrict its message to reprimanding people for their sins, Pope Francis said in an unprecedented interview Thursday. Since his election six months ago, the Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio has made constant references to God’s mercy, while shying away from stern Read More…

NASCAR: All is smooth for Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch is having a rebound year after a disastrous 2012. (AP PHOTO)

HAMPTON, Ga. — The lasting image of Kyle Busch from a year ago is a solitary man in his motor home, trying to put out the fire inside. A bad call from his crew chief Dave Rogers crushed Busch’s shot at making the 2012 Chase for the Championship in the last qualifying race at Richmond. Read More…

Tribe: Stolen bases have helped out offense

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the Indians added Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn to the roster last winter, fans figured the season would feature a festival of base stealing. That’s because two of the more prolific base stealers in baseball were joining a team that already included talented runners Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and even Asdrubal Read More…