LeBron James of the Cavaliers fends off Celtics defender Tyler Zeller on a drive to the basket. James finished with 20 points.
CLEVELAND — More than an hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big Three. We have really great players on this team, but we set the tone.”
Ezekiel Elliott had an unprecedented postseason as a running back on the national champion Ohio State football team, and yesterday he reaped a little more glory, being named the winner of the 85th Sullivan Award.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer didn’t mask his disappointment in what he saw Saturday, offering gratitude to the 99,391 people who came “to watch a scrimmage, at times not a very pleasant scrimmage.”
When a friend asked me how Ohio State’s spring football game went, he probably expected one of my rants about how it is simply one of 15 spring practice sessions, one of the most overhyped and over-scrutinized days of the year.
Gray quarterback Cardale Jones (12) scrambles in the first half.
The loudest ovation might have come when they came out of the tunnel before the spring game. “Please welcome,” the voice on the public-address system announced, “the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes.” After the roars that greeted that introduction, the spring game itself was almost destined to be anticlimactic, especially with so many key players sitting out or making only cameos.
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Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer had Cardale Jones and Stephen Collier cap off OSU warmups by squaring off in the famous circle drill.
Also, in a race at halftime of the Ohio State spring game, Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott bested a field that included Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall and a group of OSU students.
Aaron Gretz drove in the go-ahead run with a single as the Ohio State baseball team scored three runs in the 10th inning to defeat host Nebraska 5-2 in the Big Ten series finale at Hawks Field.
ST. LOUIS — Going up against St. Louis Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright last night, Cincinnati Reds starter Mike Leake knew he would have to be good.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier tags the Indians’ Jason Kipnis before completing a double play.
MINNEAPOLIS — TJ House took a small step toward rectifying his early-season struggles. It just wasn’t enough to hold off the Minnesota Twins. After giving up six runs in 1 1/3 innings in his season debut against Detroit, House allowed five runs in 52/3 innings yesterday in a 7-2 defeat to the Twins.
Rain with the apparent threat of an Ark sighting yesterday afternoon washed out the chance for Clippers catcher Alex Lavisky to play a first professional game in Huntington Park. Another opportunity will come for the triple-A newbie during the current homestand, but he already is familiar with the ballpark, Columbus and the Clippers.
It’s hard to picture a better opening to the first consistent stretch of the schedule for Crew SC. The first home game in 21 days — and first of eight straight weeks during which the Crew plays on Friday or Saturday — was a dominating 3-0 win over expansion team Orlando City on Saturday.
The Edmonton Oilers’ uncanny run of luck at the NHL draft lottery continued tonight in Toronto. So did the Blue Jackets’, but in the other direction. The Oilers leapfrogged Buffalo and Arizona and earned the No. 1 overall pick for the fourth time in the past six seasons.