John Wall scored 37 points, Bradley Beal added 27 and the Washington Wizards began a challenging road trip by beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers, 127-115, on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena.Wall scored 18 in the first quarter, when the Wizards shot 82 percent, and Washington held on down the stretch to avenge an overtime loss to the NBA champions last month.
LeBron James, as dominant as can be most nights, cannot save the Cavaliers when they play statue defense like they did March 25 in a 127-115 loss to the Washington Wizards.The Cavaliers did not play like defending NBA champions. They played like a team that has no interest in the final three weeks of the regular season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> LeBron James had 32 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Cavaliers bounced back from their worst defensive outing of the season with a 112-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Kevin Love had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers snapped Charlotte's three-game winning streak and remained atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Mar 24, 2017
LEXINGTON, Ky. >> Notre Dame delivered on one promise by coach Muffet McGraw to look different without injured Brianna Turner, shifting from lobbing the ball inside to their star forward to throwing up perimeter shots with success.The strategy certainly suited sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale, who thrived from all over the court to help the top-seeded Irish maintain their dominance against Ohio State.
Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall suffered a right shoulder injury March 24 in a spring training game with the Cubs and had to leave the game.The Indians are calling the injury a "slight to mild strain.
Carlos Carrasco pitched three scoreless innings and the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-2, on March 24 in Mesa, Ariz. The game marks Carrasco's first appearance since experiencing swelling in his right elbow 10 days ago.Both Lonnie Chisenhall (right shoulder) and Erik Gonzalez (right hand) exited with injuries.
Jose Ramirez was arguably the Indians' most valuable player last season, and he is about to be rewarded for it.The Indians and Ramirez are finalizing details on a four-year, $30 million contract that will keep their clutch-hitting third baseman in a Tribe uniform through 2021, according to a tweet by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports (@JeffPassan) and confirmed by other reports.
DENVER >> Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a four-game absence with a pulled groin and provided stellar defense on LeBron James in the Nuggets' 126-113 victory over the Cavaliers on March 22.The Nuggets bounced back from consecutive heartbreaking last-second losses to Houston with a signature win that increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. >> For a defending AL champion, the Indians are dealing with a lot of uncertainty less than two weeks before their April 3 opener at Texas.All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is sidelined at least through April with an ailing right shoulder. Outfielder Michael Brantley, recovering from shoulder surgery that caused him to miss most of 2016, didn't play in an exhibition game until March 20.
CLEVELAND >> There will be no more returns for Josh Cribbs.The former Browns Pro Bowl return specialist and wide receiver officially announced his retirement Wednesday from the NFL, ending a storybook career he began as an undrafted free agent quarterback out of Kent State.
Mel Kiper, the best-known draft analyst in the country if not the best at the job, has the Browns taking quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the 12th pick in his third mock draft released March 22.Kiper's mock drafts are anticipated like the revelation of Academy Award nominees every January.
Mar 22, 2017
Like Mitchell Trubisky, Bob Myles is not from the state of North Carolina.He moved to Chapel Hill with his family in 2007 when his wife was relocated to the area because of her job.Six years later, Trubisky arrived from
Mar 22, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS >> As the godfather of the NBA's modern player rest movement, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has long championed the importance of limiting the wear and tear on players' bodies in order to prolong their careers and increase the chances of deep runs in the postseason.Commissioner Adam Silver has long been sympathetic to Popovich's point of view, acknowledging the science that proves what a difference rest can make.
Mar 22, 2017
MIAMI >> NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league's board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games "an extremely significant issue for our league" and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process.Silver also told the owners that the matter will be discussed at league meetings next month after nationally televised games on back-to-back Saturday nights were diluted by decisions to rest star players.
COLUMBUS>> Social media and sports talk radio dripped with vitriol toward J.T. Barrett after Ohio State was embarrassed by Clemson in the College Football Playoff. The veteran quarterback had heard it all before. He shouldered the blame, shut out the noise and quickly announced his intention to return and lead the Buckeyes offense for a fourth season.