August 29, 2014

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Big Name wasn’t in cards

Manny Acta knows what you’re thinking, Indians fans. Why him?   Why some relative unknown guy that was fired by the worst team in baseball 2½ years into his tenure, and not someone with a bigger name, say Bobby Valentine or even Don Mattingly?   Here’s Acta’s response: “Not everybody was a big shot when Read More…

It made sense to trade Edwards

  If timing is everything, the trade of Braylon Edwards to the bright lights of the big city is a touchdown.   If the deal is judged solely on getting equal value in return, it’s more like a 4-yard run up the middle. Not bad, but nothing to celebrate.   Coach Eric Mangini sent his Read More…

Cavs on the brink

Rick Noland The Gazette LeBron James was “The King.” Dwight Howard was Superman. But once again, James’ gang was nowhere to be found, while Howard’s teammates were right there with him as the Orlando Magic defeated the Cavaliers 116-114 in over-time Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Orlando now leads the Read More…

Cavs turn up the defensive heat

Rick Noland The Gazette There was cold-shooting Mo Williams, having just missed two wide-open 3-pointers, relentlessly harassing Josh Smith until the Atlanta Hawks power forward finally committed a turnover. There was 7-foot-3 Zydrunas Ilgauskas blocking a shot by Joe Johnson without leaving his feet. There was Joe Smith swatting a driving attempt by Marvin Williams. Read More…

LeBron was huge, stakes really weren’t

Rick Noland The Gazette Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace took Game 4 off. Wisely, the Cavaliers elected to wait until Monday to rest. With Cleveland now awaiting the winner of the Miami-Atlanta series, let’s clear out the notebook from the Cavaliers’ impressive first-round sweep of the Pistons. That’s LeBron There is some debate as to whether this Read More…

Cavaliers making memories

Brian Dulik The Gazette Regardless of how the playoffs turn out, this has been the most enjoyable regular season in Cavaliers history, and for that, I am very thankful. The best player in the world is part of the best basketball team ever to play on the North Coast, which is something that hoops junk-ies Read More…

Cavaliers earn some top grades

By RICK NOLAND Assistant Sports Editor The Cavaliers were an NBA-best 35-8 going into a game in Orlando on Thursday, so Professor Noland was all smiles as he handed out midseason report cards: Daniel Gibson: Boobie has been one of the few downers in this amazing season, as he’s been unable to consistently knock down Read More…

Cavaliers on verge of history

By BRIAN DULIK Random thoughts from the stands at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavaliers continue to post victories and move up the NBA’s all-time leader board. By winning their first 21 games at “The Q,” red-hot Cleveland now is tied for the seventh-longest home winning streak to start a season. It’s just the fifth Read More…

Cavaliers frustrate Paul

New Orleans coach Byron Scott constantly preaches teamwork and selfless play, but he has no problem with the spotlight shining on his best player.It helps, though, that his top talent is All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who is one of the classiest and most electric athletes in the sport. “I might be a little bit Read More…

Many moves remain for Browns

By SCOTT PETRAK Browns owner Randy Lerner got his man in coach Eric Mangini, but is only halfway done with his offseason to-do list. Lerner interviewed Baltimore pro personnel director George Kokinis on Sunday as he tries to fill the vacant general manager’s job that he determined was less important and pressing than the coach. Read More…