July 29, 2014

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Welcome Home rally set for LeBron James

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AKRON — Turns out there will be a LeBron James party after all. The city of Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation will hold a Welcome Home LeBron Community Rally on Aug. 8 at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. In a July 11 essay co-written with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins that announced the Read More…

Medina graduate Chad Toocheck overcomes drugs, alcohol to excel

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Chad Toocheck doesn’t remember everything that happened on those nights in late January 2008, but the 2006 Medina High graduate knows this with absolute certainty: They were among the worst of his life. And they also may have saved it. An All-Gulf South Conference wide receiver for the University of West Alabama, Toocheck’s story is Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavs need to take next step, get Kevin Love

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If I were Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, I’d do everything in my power to acquire Minnesota power forward Kevin Love — without trading 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins. But if I absolutely had to trade Wiggins, I would — at a later date. How’s that for straddling the fence? It may Read More…

Mike Miller is joining Cavaliers

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Things continue to “Heat” up for the Cavaliers. Having already landed former Miami small forward and four-time league MVP LeBron James in free agency, Cleveland agreed to contract terms with former Heat swingman Mike Miller on Tuesday. The Cavs had made no official announcement of the deal at press time, but the 6-foot-8, 218-pound Miller Read More…

LeBron’s buddies Ray Allen, Mike Miller weigh retiring, Denver, Dallas

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Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement and the Cavaliers now have some competition for sharpshooting swingman Mike Miller. Allen, who turns 39 Sunday, hasn’t ruled out joining former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland, but it now appears the shooting guard will retire, Yahoo Sports reported Monday. Miller, who won two titles with James Read More…

LeBron James returning home with class

LeBron James is coming home. In a carefully crafted, nearly perfectly composed essay as told to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, James righted a lot of wrongs early Friday afternoon and set off a wild celebration among most Northeast Ohio sports fans by announcing he was returning to play for the Cavaliers. I say “most” because Read More…

Brothers, parents helped mold Wiggins

INDEPENDENCE — Andrew Wiggins was considered the best high school basketball player on the planet when he concluded his career at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep in 2013, but for a long time he wasn’t the most talented athlete in his own driveway. Wiggins’ father, Mitchell, spent six seasons in the NBA. His mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, Read More…

Cavaliers notes: Harris knows challenge

INDEPENDENCE — Joe Harris won’t have to worry about a nickname change, but he knows the level of competition is about to increase. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound shooting guard went from the Virginia Cavaliers to the Cleveland Cavaliers after being taken with the 33rd pick in the NBA Draft. “I have a lot of confidence in Read More…

UPDATED: Cavaliers make Andrew Wiggins No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

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INDEPENDENCE — If Andrew Wiggins’ game is as eye-catching as his sports coat, the Cavaliers landed one heck of a player. Clad in a white dress shirt, black bow tie and wild, black jacket filled with multiple white line drawings of leaves, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound Kansas swingman was taken by Cleveland with the No. 1 Read More…

New Cavs coach David Blatt predicts many wins under his guidance

New Cavaliers coach David Blatt, left, and general manager David Griffin speak during a press conference. (AP PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — David Blatt cracked quite a few jokes Wednesday, but the new coach of the Cavaliers made one thing perfectly clear: He plans to win — a lot. “Make no mistake, I have won everywhere I’ve been, from Maccabi through Benetton through the Russian national team and back to Maccabi, and I plan on Read More…