LeBron James, right, finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Cavaliers.
ATLANTA -- J.R. Smith knocked down a tough three-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot.
Nick Foligno said being named captain is “something you dream about as a kid.”
Shortly after Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno arrived at Nationwide Arena yesterday, he was handed one of the club’s jerseys — the home version, in dark blue — to wear for the upcoming news conference. Just above the Blue Jackets’ crest was a single letter — a block “C” — that carries so much weight in the world of hockey.
The line of succession of Blue Jackets captains is not as awful as, say, Caligula to Nero to Commodus, but it is not sterling, either. Managerial mistakes and miscast personalities combined with abject mediocrity to make for a cast of misfit captains.
The Indians’ Jose Ramirez steals second before the ball reaches the White Sox’s Carlos Sanchez in the first inning.
CHICAGO — It took Shaun Marcum almost two years to get back to the big leagues. The long, hard pull was worth it. Marcum gave the Indians 6 2/3 quality innings Wednesday night in a 4-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie pitched six shutout innings, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 last night. The Royals tied a club record with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, which was set June 9-12, 1976.
The Clippers’ Michael Martinez throws to first to complete a double play after forcing out Chris Dickerson.
The climb up rehab mountain brought Yan Gomes and T.J. House to a stop at Huntington Park on a chilly Wednesday night, as each donned a triple-A Clippers’ uniform for a game against the Buffalo Bisons.
Federico Higuain (10) fights for the ball against the Sounders on May 9, when he scored the winning goal.
Federico Higuain has scored in two games this season. Both have been Crew SC wins, and both have given coach Gregg Berhalter a chance afterward to say what he really thinks are the merits of the highest-paid player in team history.