MESA, Ariz. >> Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Indians. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series.Just another day at work.Salazar pitched two crisp innings, and Cleveland and Chicago played to a 1-1 tie in spring training on Feb.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. >> Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a rotator cuff strain and will stop throwing for a couple days.Kipnis got a cortisone shot on Feb. 25, and Manager Terry Francona didn't sound very worried about the situation."If it was during the season we wouldn't do anything," Francona said before a Feb.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 117-99 victory Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena over the Cavaliers, who played without LeBron James.James missed the game with an illness, and Cleveland struggled as it often does when the four-time MVP doesn't play.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. >> Having made one major league start, Ryan Merritt was summoned from the instructional league in Arizona last October and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against Toronto to help Cleveland close out the AL Championship Series.Four days after his 25th birthday, the left-hander was back on the mound and started the Indians' spring training opener, an 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
By Jeff SchudelThe Browns will have 11 picks in the seven-round draft beginning April 27 after netting two compensatory picks from the NFL on Feb. 24.Compensatory picks are awarded to teams based on a net loss in free agency the prior year. The Browns were actually awarded four compensatory picks, the most possible, but two are already spent from previous trades.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. >> CleveIand Indians outfielder Michael Brantley participated regular batting practice for the first time in training camp this year, a significant step in his latest comeback from a shoulder injury.Brantley took 120 swings in an outdoor batting cage Friday as several Cleveland coaches and medical director Lonnie Soloff watched intently.
CLEVELAND >> Charles Oakley, still at odds with the New York Knicks, watched his former team in his hometown Thursday night.The Cleveland native sat next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as the Knicks played the defending NBA champions.
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MIAMI >> Ricky Rubio was trying desperately to take his own advice. Minnesota's point guard told anyone who would listen to him not to worry about the trade deadline, or fret about what moves might be coming.Practicing what he preached was a little difficult."Until it doesn't go down," Rubio said, "you don't believe it.
COLUMBUS >> C.J. Jackson scored 18 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range and Ohio State upset No. 16 Wisconsin 83-73 on Thursday night.JaQuan Lyle had 17 points and Jae'Sean Tate added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly a year.
LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory at Quicken Loans Arena over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline.James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.
Sometimes the best thing a general manager can do at the trading deadline is sit with his hands in his pockets and idly watch the final seconds tick off the clock.The NBA trading deadline of 3 p.m. Feb. 23 passed quietly for the Cavaliers, just as Coach Tyronn Lue a day earlier said it would.
LeBron James, Steph Curry and the rest of the NBA have had a chance to catch their collective breath, kick their feet up for a few days and rest up after a frenetic first three-and-a-half months of the season.The big stars had their fun in New Orleans. Those who weren't chosen for the All-Star game got away for some beach time.
The best team in the NBA East has to get better with less than two months to go before the playoffs begin, says Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.The Cavaliers, 39-16, returned to practice Feb. 22 for the first time since beating the Indiana Pacers a week earlier. They are 7-1 this month after stumbling through January at 7-8.
In the now-famous letter of July 2014 announcing his return to the Cavaliers, LeBron James wrote: "In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have."Those words weren't meant for Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin, but they fit the man and his story.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. >> Carmelo Anthony hasn't heard anything from the New York Knicks that makes him believe he's being traded.A day before the NBA's trade deadline, Anthony said Wednesday that he expects to remain with the Knicks, since they've given him no indication they're looking to deal their All-Star forward.