August 28, 2015

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Cavaliers are TV darlings, will play Warriors on Christmas

Cleveland’s LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against Golden State’s Draymond Green in the NBA Finals. The Cavs and Warriors will play on Christmas. (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL / TNS)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James and the Cavaliers were the top national television attraction in the NBA last season. The league expects them to be an even bigger ratings draw in 2015-16. Eastern Conference champion Cleveland was awarded the two marquee timeslots of the regular season, opening the NBA schedule on Oct. 27 at Chicago and Read More…

College signing: Toledo’s loss is Canisius’ gain with Medina’s Liz Ash

Liz Ash

MEDINA — A hiccup in the Toledo women’s soccer program was Canisius’ gain. Already committed to the Rockets, Medina forward Liz Ash took pause when Toledo changed its entire coaching staff. That allowed the Golden Griffins a chance to sell themselves. As a result, Canisius offered a full scholarship and secured Ash’s services next season. Read More…

Highland Schools to celebrate sports complex opening Saturday

LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE
Highland High School will debut its new football stadium and athletic complex on Saturday. The Pride of Highland marching band will perform its 2015 show, along with varsity sports teams.

The new sports complex for Highland Schools will open to the public during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday at the stadium next to the high school at 4150 Ridge Road in Granger Township. The new hornet statue will be unveiled and a varsity football scrimmage will begin at 11 a.m. The boys and girls tennis Read More…

Former soccer star Stefanie Tolar overcomes alcoholism, addiction, eating disorder

Former Medina soccer player Stefanie Tolar. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

A popular and outgoing honors student, a standout soccer player and always quick to flash her infectious smile, Stefanie (Sizemore) Tolar seemed like the All-American girl while at Medina High School. But it wasn’t until recently — until she dealt head on with alcoholism, a serious drug problem, an eating disorder, promiscuity, two abortions, a Read More…

Boys basketball: Matt Saunders out, Tom Harrington in at Buckeye

Tom Harrington

YORK TWP. — The opportunities were too enticing to ignore. At 31 years old, Buckeye boys basketball coach Matt Saunders realized an offer to become assistant principal at Barberton Elementary West was a rarity for an educator his age. At 32, Brunswick assistant coach Tom Harrington saw gym teacher and head basketball coach openings at Read More…

Cavs in sticky situation as Tristan Thompson’s negotiations get more interesting

Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, left, battles Golden State’s Draymond Green during the NBA Finals. (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL / TNS)

LeBron James conducted a question-and-answer session with some of his 22.7 million Twitter followers on July 28, at which time he was asked whether power forward Tristan Thompson would be back with the Cavaliers. “Yeah of course he will,” James responded. “Means way too much to our team success!” That will almost certainly still be Read More…

Browns: Injury to Joe Thomas doesn’t appear to be serious

Cleveland’s All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas was injured in practice Monday, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — The scream pierced the sticky summer air and overwhelmed the grunts, popping pads and cheers from the crowd. All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas let out the involuntary shriek when 339-pound rookie nose tackle Danny Shelton fell into the back of his right leg Monday morning in the final session of the training camp Read More…

Boys golf: Work to do, eye-opener for area teams

HINCKLEY TWP. — With the boys high school state tournament sitting a little more than 10 weeks away, it’s hardly time to worry about the postseason. That said, coaches always want to see improvement, so any tournament on any given day can be an eye opener for a team. Brunswick, Highland and Wadsworth all went Read More…

Indians: Corey Kluber shines in 8-1 victory over Twins

CLEVELAND — In the midst of a highly disappointing season, Corey Kluber nearly gave the Indians and their fans something big to celebrate Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. Looking as dominant as he has all year, Kluber had a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning before Joe Mauer slapped a 1-2 pitch into left Read More…

County Fair bull riding: South Carolina native only rider to complete rides twice

Jay Miller of Liberty, South Carolina, hangs on for the win in the championship round. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Staying on a thousand pounds of beef for eight seconds is no easy thing, but Jay Miller made it look easy. Miller took home the $1,347 grand prize Sunday during the Buckin’ Ohio Bull Riding event at the Medina County Fair. The Liberty, South Carolina, native was the only rider to go the Read More…