May 22, 2015

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Wadsworth learns tough lesson in Softball semifinals loss

Michelle DeAngelis

BARBERTON — The Wadsworth softball team learned a valuable lesson Thursday. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, it ended their season. Up one run heading into the bottom of the third of a Barberton Division I District semifinal against Walsh Jesuit, Wadsworth relaxed for a split second and that resulted in a 9-4 defeat. “Against a team Read More…

Cavs: Fans ready for broom, but there’s still some work to do

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) during the first half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

At the moment, Kyrie Irving is just a shadow of the player who Thursday was named third-team All-NBA. LeBron James, a unanimous selection in making the All-NBA first team for the ninth time in his 12-year career, sprained his right ankle. Iman Shumpert slipped and came up limping. Kevin Love is already out for the Read More…

Cavs: Cleveland wins series opener against Hawks

Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert takes a shot in the first half. (AP PHOTO)

LeBron James and the Cavaliers both ended bad streaks Wednesday night and J.R. Smith set a franchise playoff record. Winless in eight previous Game 1 situations on the road, James had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Cavs won for the first time in 15 series-opening games away from home, defeating the Read More…

District baseball championship: Close call stops Wadsworth cold in title game

Wadsworth’s Adam Dennison and his teammates react after losing 5-4 to Walsh Jesuit in the Hudson Division I District final. Wadsworth ends the season 27-1. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — The stuff fairytales are made of ended in the nightmare of a lifetime. Wadsworth designated hitter Alex Laikos was at the plate Wednesday in the Hudson Division I District championship with his dugout on the edge of pandemonium. The Grizzlies were trailing Walsh Jesuit by one, but the winning run was on first Read More…

Cavs: Kyrie Irving plans on being in lineup

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving defends Chicago’s Derrick Rose in the first half of Game 6 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The injured Irving says he will be in the starting lineup  against the Hawks Wednesday when the Eastern Conference finals begin. (AP PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt and four-time league MVP LeBron James are playing it coy, but Kyrie Irving is not. The three-time All-Star plans on being in the starting lineup Wednesday in Atlanta when the Cavs play the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. “I’m pretty much going (to play),” Irving Read More…

Baseball districts: Wadsworth won’t look past Brecksville

Nick Bebout

The Wadsworth baseball team believes it has sacrificed too much to allow its season to end tonight in the loaded Hudson Division I District semifinals. Fourth-seeded Brecksville (21-5) will try everything to take down the top-seeded Grizzlies (26-0), with the winner to battle No. 2 Walsh Jesuit (23-3) or No. 3 Hudson (22-6) for the Read More…

Cavs: LeBron James spurns David Blatt, drills game-winner at horn

The Cavaliers’ LeBron James makes the game-winning shot over Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. (AP PHOTO)

CHICAGO — LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play — and then drew one up of his own. “Give me the ball and get out of the way,” he said. James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt’s idea for a last-second inbounds play and drained a jumper from the corner at the buzzer Read More…

Indians: Danny Salazar fans 11 in seven innings

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CLEVELAND — Sunday afternoon didn’t begin well for Danny Salazar. The end, however, was pretty much perfect. Salazar allowed a home run to the first batter of the game but found a dominant groove after that, helping the Indians to an 8-2 victory over the Twins that snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided the Read More…

Browns: More Johnny Manziel praise, new OC John DeFillippo likes what he sees

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BEREA — New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has had more than three months to pore over the game film of quarterback Johnny Manziel’s seven quarters as a rookie. He’s had three weeks in the classroom and a week on the field to get to know Manziel the student. DeFilippo’s encouraged by what he’s seen. “All Read More…

Wadsworth boys win SL track title

Jonathan Huff The Gazette MACEDONIA — As rain fell at the close of the Suburban League Meet, the Wadsworth boys track and field athletes were singing, celebrating their league championship. The Grizzlies took 192 points to lead the pack and cap a perfect SL season. Like it has all year, Wadsworth relied on depth to Read More…