February 26, 2015


Boys basketball: Elyria’s defense steps up against Medina


ELYRIA — Brett Larrick knew Medina was a much better team than its near-.500 record might have indicated prior to Tuesday’s non-conference game at the Pioneers gym. Elyria beat the Bees 63-58 to win its seventh straight and improve to 15-4 behind another super defensive effort and the scoring of 6-foot-4 junior Blake “Bo” Furcron. Read More…

Boys Basketball: Cloverleaf’s triangle of terror leads Colts past Wellington


WESTFIELD TWP. — The Triangle of Terror was an equation the Wellington boys basketball team failed to solve. Behind a multilook press and the post-attacking trio of Troy Kapeluck, Connor Ploucha and Dillon Mullins, Cloverleaf shaped the game the way it wanted, rallied and knocked off the Dukes 56-53 Monday night in non-league play. The Read More…

NBA: Second-half chase has LeBron James fired up


NEW YORK — LeBron James isn’t used to looking up at so many teams at the All-Star break. The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks occupy his former perch atop the standings, and Stephen Curry and Paul Millsap think that’s where their teams belong. The Western Conference is loaded as usual — so good that Read More…

Indians: Slugger Jason Giambi retiring after 20 seasons


CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is calling it a career. In a move that was expected, Giambi, the 44-year-old slugger who played 20 seasons in the majors — the last two with the Indians — announced his retirement Monday. “I’ve done everything I possibly can in my career,” Giambi said in an exclusive interview with the Read More…

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski’s trying to win races, not popularity contests


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brad Keselowski might as well sign up as the next celebrity target at a comedy roast. His fellow NASCAR drivers already have plenty of practice hurling cutting barbs his way — just minus the rim shot. Denny Hamlin on Keselowski’s rep: “Nobody wants to be Brad.” Kyle Busch on who young Read More…

NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James scores 30 but Russell Westbrook, West steal spotlight


NEW YORK — Mixing Broadway and basketball, this NBA All-Star Game was a West Side Story. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the All-Star record, and the Western Conference beat the East 163-158 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring All-Star Game ever. The Oklahoma City speedster had a record 27 points by halftime Read More…

NBA All-Star Game notes: Legends reminisce about honing their skills on the playgrounds of New York


NEW YORK — Bernard King remembers the rugged battles under the basket, trading elbows and shoves for a precious rebound. Every possession was important because losing meant leaving the court. King learned to play on blacktops in Brooklyn, where reputations are earned and nothing’s given. “Sometimes,” the former Knicks star forward said, “playing the game Read More…

History says $100 million pitchers need to produce fast


Max Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when spring training opens this week. Their careers were redefined this offseason when they joined baseball’s elite echelon of $100 million arms, a sweet 16 whose salaries total an even sweeter $2.42 billion. Every game they start Read More…

Dayton 500 pole winner Jeff Gordon happy with new qualifying format


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The qualifying session for NASCAR’s biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as “a complete embarrassment” and called a “cute show” by Clint Bowyer. The frenetic knockout format ended with Jeff Gordon on the pole for the final Daytona 500 of his career. And as NASCAR executive vice Read More…

NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James reflects on life, legacy

LeBron James

NEW YORK — LeBron James sat at a small desk inside a preschool classroom in Harlem surrounded by books like “The Little Engine That Could,” scribbled crayon artwork on the walls and an alphabet chart. He didn’t look the least bit out of place. In fact, the setting suited him perfectly. “If I could be Read More…