12:09 PM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
9 hours ago

Warriors 126, Cavs 91; Jason Lloyd's 28 thoughts on blood, beatdowns and rivalries

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Twenty-eight thoughts for 28 defensive rebounds in Monday’s 126-91 loss to the Golden State Warriors… 1.     The stream of blood randomly trickled out of Tristan Thompson’s shirtless chest in the locker room well after the storm. LeBron James noticed it and pointed it out to Thompson, who took a Kleenex and dabbed it away. And so here is where it will lie until June. Each team has been cut, each team has bled this season at the hands of the other. It’s how it should be. 2.     Now we wait. 3.     The Cavs were blitzed off the floor in the opening...
13 hours ago
Warriors 126, Cavaliers 91: No comeback this time as Warriors punish mistake-prone Cavs

Warriors 126, Cavaliers 91: No comeback this time as Warriors punish mistake-prone Cavs

OAKLAND, CALIF.: There was no dramatic comeback this time, no taunts of 3-1 comebacks and no jabs over blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. This time the Golden State Warriors punished the Cavaliers from start to finish with a convincing 126-91 beatdown on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that included another memorable confrontation between LeBron James and Draymond Green. The Warriors blitzed the Cavs in transition, outscoring them 37-13 in fast-break points. They built a double-digit lead just eight minutes into the game and piled on the rest of the night, expanding the lead to 39 in...
13 hours ago

Warriors extract revenge, blitz Cavs 126-91 to end four-game skid in this series

OAKLAND, CALIF.: There was no dramatic comeback this time, no taunts of 3-1 comebacks and no jabs over blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. This time the Golden State Warriors punished the Cavaliers from start to finish with a convincing 126-91 beatdown on Martin Luther King day that included another memorable confrontation between LeBron James and Draymond Green. The Warriors blitzed the Cavs in transition, outscoring them 37-13 in fast-break points. They built a double-digit lead just eight minutes into the game and piled on the rest of the night, expanding the lead to 39 in the...
14 hours ago

Cavaliers notebook: Warriors, not Cavs, still working on continuity

OAKLAND, CALIF.: It wasn’t too long ago when the Cavaliers were preaching patience, when LeBron James kept reiterating that they didn’t have much time together as a unit and that they were still developing continuity. One Finals victory and one huge Warriors addition later, now those roles have changed. Yes, Kyle Korver is a new addition still getting worked into the system, but he is a complementary piece to the Cavs’ machine. The Warriors are still figuring out how Kevin Durant fits alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.Of course, they’re hardly struggling through...
20 hours ago

Browns now have a second father-son tandem on their coaching staff

The Browns have another father-son duo on their coaching staff.New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams hired son Blake to coach linebackers and family friend Jerod Kruse to serve as an assistant defensive backs coach, a person familiar with the moves confirmed Monday. The Browns have yet to announce the hires.Senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach Al Saunders and offensive quality control/assistant wide receivers coach Bob Saunders form the other father-son tandem on the staff.The Browns are the fifth NFL team to hire Blake with his dad on board and in charge of the defense.He was...
Jan 15, 2017

Despite addition of Kevin Durant, MVP Steph Curry remains focus of Cavaliers defense against Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO: Throughout the last two thrilling NBA Finals, the Cavaliers’ scouting report on the Golden State Warriors started and ended with Steph Curry. For all of the talent gushing out of the Warriors locker room, the Cavs devoted the most time to blanketing Curry and making life as miserable as possible for the two-time Most Valuable Player. As the two best teams in the league prepare to meet again Monday night at Oracle Arena, that hasn’t really changed. The Warriors have taken the ball out of Curry’s hands at times this season to better acclimate Kevin Durant to their system,...
Jan 15, 2017

Ohio State men’s basketball: Buckeyes beat Spartans 72-67 for first Big Ten win

COLUMBUS: JaQuan Lyle made 5-of-7 shots from the 3-point line and scored 22 points as Ohio State pulled away down the stretch and beat Michigan State 72-67 on Sunday for the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten win this season.Marc Loving and Jae’Sean Tate each added 12 points for the Buckeyes (11-7, 1-4 Big Ten), whose season was on the verge of collapsing after a disastrous start in the conference, inconsistent play and the loss of a key player to season-ending injury.Ohio State grabbed a 59-58 lead on a Lyle 3-pointer with 7:15 left and led by as many as seven. Michigan State (12-7, 4-2) surged...
Jan 14, 2017
Jason Lloyd: Kyle Korver allows Cavs to take positive steps but finish line a long way away

Jason Lloyd: Kyle Korver allows Cavs to take positive steps but finish line a long way away

SAN FRANCISCO: The wheels of progress are turning, slowly but surely for the Cavaliers. It will be months still before they are whole, before they have all of their pieces in place, but the first two important moves have been completed. Kyle Korver’s addition has given the Cavs’ bench some much-needed pop. That was No. 1. It has also allowed coach Tyronn Lue the flexibility to move Iman Shumpert into the starting lineup. Move No. 2. Shumpert was always an upgrade over DeAndre Liggins, but Lue was hesitant to make the switch because of how thin it left the Cavs in the backcourt and on the...
Jan 14, 2017

Cavaliers 120, Kings 108: Kyle Korver scores 18 points, helps Cavs hold off Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: One shootaround was all it took for Kyle Korver to find his shooting groove with his new team.Korver scored 18 points and delivered a needed spark to the second unit in his most productive game since joining the Cavaliers, and they tuned up for a NBA Finals rematch by beating the Sacramento Kings 120-108 on Friday night.“Personally it was good to have a game when you got some good looks just to feel good about going forward,” said Korver, who was just 2-for-10 in his first two games since being acquired from the Atlanta Hawks. “Not that I didn’t before. You just...
Jan 14, 2017

Browns will likely turn to veteran coach Bob Wylie in hopes of finding magic on their O-line

The Browns could use some of Bob Wylie's magic on their offensive line. Not only is Wylie a veteran coach, but he's also an amateur magician known for entertaining his players with tricks and illusions. Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported late Friday night that Wylie is the new Browns O-line coach. On Saturday morning, a person familiar with the situation said Wylie is in the mix for the job and will likely be added to the staff. Wylie worked under Browns coach Hue Jackson as the offensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and helped them tie for fourth in the NFL in fewest...
Jan 14, 2017

Cavs 120, Kings 108; Jason Lloyd's 17 thoughts on Shumpert, Korver and good looks

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: Seventeen thoughts for 17 free throws in Friday’s 120-108 win over the Sacramento Kings… 1.     The day the Cavs made the trade to acquire Kyle Korver, coach Tyronn Lue texted his new shooter to tell him how excited he was. Lue had volumes of plays he has been sitting on, plays he watched Doc Rivers run in Boston and Los Angeles for shooters like Ray Allen and J.J. Redick, because the Cavs didn’t have the personnel to fit them. Now they do. 2.     Korver made six straight shots and scored 18 points off the bench Friday. He played the entire second quarter...
Jan 14, 2017

Kyle Korver breaks out in Cavs' 120-108 win over Kings

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: Kyle Korver only needed one shootaround session to get a little more acclimated to the Cavaliers’ system. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has more in store for him, too. Korver scored 18 points off the bench, including shooting 4-of-6 on 3-pointers in Friday’s 120-108 win over the Sacramento Kings to end a brief two-game losing streak. Korver missed his first two shots Friday, then made seven of his next eight after struggling in his first two games in part because he didn’t have any instructional time during back-to-back losses against Utah and Portland. Lue used...
Jan 13, 2017
Cavaliers notebook: With Kyle Korver on board, Iman Shumpert moving back into starting lineup

Cavaliers notebook: With Kyle Korver on board, Iman Shumpert moving back into starting lineup

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: Now that the Cavaliers have a capable bench scorer in Kyle Korver, coach Tyronn Lue is using it as an opportunity to try to restart Iman Shumpert. Shumpert replaced DeAndre Liggins in the starting lineup for Friday’s game at the Sacramento Kings. Lue has resisted moving Shumpert into the starting lineup for weeks following J.R. Smith’s injury because he insisted he wanted Shumpert’s production off the bench, but the recent addition of Korver has given Lue more punch in his bench scoring. “Just playing with the starters, I think Shump played a lot better,” Lue...
Jan 13, 2017

Cavaliers still trying to add another point guard to roster

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: LeBron James will have to be patient. Despite James’ calls for the Cavaliers to add a point guard, General Manager David Griffin said Friday the market is thin because so many teams still believe they’re playoff contenders. “It’s very difficult right now to make trades,” Griffin said Friday in his first public comments since the Cavs obtained Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks. “There’s so many teams that are still in it in both conferences in terms of those final playoff spots, that they’re really aren’t teams that identify themselves as sellers right...
Jan 13, 2017

Browns hire defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker

The Browns secured a highly respected defensive backs coach by hiring DeWayne Walker. Former Browns safety Tashaun Gipson let the cat out the bag Friday when he wrote on Twitter, Cleveland got a legit one! Congrats coach Walk!! Major!! A person familiar with the situation confirmed Walker is the team's new defensive backs coach. Walker, 56, spent the past four years as the defensive backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed Gipson as an unrestricted free agent last year. New Jaguars coach Doug Marrone recently fired Walker and several other defensive assistants who were...