June 24, 2016

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Rick Noland

About Rick Noland

Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for The Gazette and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

LeBron says ‘This is the happiest time of my life’ as team, fans celebrate Cavs’ title

The way Cavaliers general manager David Griffin sees it, “The Drive,” “The Shot” and “The Fumble” — all infamous plays in Cleveland’s pro sports history — now have been replaced by “The Block, “The Three” and “The ‘D’.” None of the million-plus people — some crowd estimates were as high as 1.3 million — at Read More…

NBA champion Cavs, fans to pack Cleveland

Fans of Cleveland’s major pro sports teams waited 52 years for a championship and the ensuing victory parade. Now that both finally have arrived, surely they have enough patience to handle a few traffic jams and some possible parking hassles, right? With at least 800,000 — some estimates say as many as 1 million — Read More…

Cavaliers, Cleveland fans enjoying the reign

An incoming 757 jet got a standing ovation from more than 10,000 people early Monday afternoon. Of course, all members of the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers were inside, fresh from a return trip from San Francisco that included a pit stop in Las Vegas for a little celebrating. When the plane touched down at Read More…

Noland: Cavs winning championship doesn’t feel real — but it is

“When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two (in Miami). But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for Read More…

Medina County Sports Hall of Fame: Lumpkin won nine state titles for Bees

Emilie (Rymer) Lumpkin competed in high school gymnastics for three seasons at Medina, meaning she could have medaled a maximum 15 times at the state meet. Lumpkin ended her illustrious, unparalleled career with the Bees with nine gold medals, four silvers and a fourth-place finish, then went on to an outstanding four-year career at the Read More…

Cavs are downright dominant

Rick Noland The Gazette The Cavaliers will play in another country tonight, but so far they’ve been out of this world in the 2016 playoffs. Now 10-0 in the postseason, the Cavs own a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals as they head to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to take on the Raptors in Game Read More…

Belding worked hard to become a Big Ten starting lineman

Rick Noland The Gazette The person who would most enjoy Joel Belding’s induction into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame won’t physically be at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth on June 16. But Jack Belding, who died the year his 6-foot-3, 300-pound son was starting at guard for the Northwestern University football team as Read More…

James would love to play Wade, Heat in conference finals

  INDEPENDENCE —  LeBron James is great at staying in the moment, but the Cavaliers small forward can’t help but think about what might be on the horizon. With the Cavs preparing to host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the four-time league Read More…

Cavs won’t be overconfident

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are focused on defending guys like Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Kyle Korver. What they won’t be concerned about when they open the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena is guarding against overconfidence. Top-seeded Cleveland has defeated the fourth-seeded Hawks seven straight Read More…

Cavs go up 3-0 in series

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Justin Bieber concert is still on, and his teenage fans can thank Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers. In what might have been his most complete game of the season, Irving hit a dagger 3-pointer from the right corner as the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 101-91 Friday Read More…