May 5, 2015

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Shumpert did all he could to fill voids

Shaun Bennett The Gazette CLEVELAND — Iman Shumpert knew the Cavaliers needed two things in their Eastern Conference semifinal series opener against the Chicago Bulls: A shooter to replace suspended guard J.R. Smith and a third scoring option to replace injured forward Kevin Love. Shumpert did all he could to fill both roles. Making his Read More…

Cavs hurting without Smith

LeBron James left every ounce of energy he had on the court, playing undersized power forward. So did point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Iman Shumpert and center Tristan Thompson. Shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova also gave everything he had, joining the aforementioned quartet on the court during crunch time. But it wasn’t enough — and Read More…

Cavs don’t have enough weapons

Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — The shorthanded Cavaliers didn’t have as many weapons as the Chicago Bulls, but they seemed intent on proving it early and often. With Kevin Love out with a dislocated shoulder and J.R. Smith suspended, Cleveland never led in dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 99-92 Monday night Read More…

Brunswick girls win Berea Relays

Jonathan Huff The Gazette BEREA — The Brunswick girls track and field team won the Berea Relays on Friday with 98 points. Medina (62) was third. A force on the night, the Blue Devils’ distance runners claimed wins in the 4×1,600-meter relay, 4×800 and distance medley. The 4×1,600 of Katie Pavlick, Rebecca Craddock, Katherine Camper Read More…

Tribe’s offense shows some life

Chris Assenheimer The Gazette CLEVELAND — Left-handed starting pitchers have been poison for the Indians this season. Friday night at Progressive Field, one provided the perfect tonic. Taking aim at veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle, Cleveland produced some rare offensive fireworks to beat the Blue Jays 9-4 and even the four-game series at a game apiece. Read More…

Farmer sticks to strategy

Based on his first season at the helm, one can question the professionalism — and professional judgment — of Browns general manager Ray Farmer. No one, however, should have any doubts about his resolve. Farmer has continuously preached the importance of building a team through the trenches, not at the so-called skill positions. Cleveland stayed Read More…

Browns pick Orchard to beef up pass rush

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Fixing the pass rush came next on the Browns’ to-do list for draft weekend. They selected Utah’s Nate Orchard (6-foot-3¼, 250 pounds) in the second round Friday with the No. 51 pick. He was second in big-time college football in the fall with 18.5 sacks. He will convert from Read More…

Griffin second in voting for NBA Executive of the Year

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers general manger David Griffin finished a close second in voting for NBA Executive of the Year. Griffin received eight first-place votes and a total of 69 points from a panel of fellow basketball executives. GoldenState’s Bob Myers won with 13 first-place votes and 82 points. Griffin signed LeBron Read More…

Cavaliers know they have to step up and fill void

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers took Friday off, but they’ll know who they’re playing in the Eastern Conference semifinals when they return to the practice floor today at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Outspoken Chicago center Joakim Noah, who said in the regular season that he’d love to play the Cavs in the playoffs Read More…

Shelton already makes a sack

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — The Browns drafted Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton to stop the run. He showed Thursday night he can also sack the commissioner. Shelton, who added a Browns hat to the traditional Samoan lava-lava he was wearing at the NFL Draft in Chicago, gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a giant bear Read More…