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JR Smith tosses soup at assistant

INDEPENDENCE — Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn’t serve up any explanation. Cleveland’s mercurial shooting guard declined an interview request Friday, a day after the Cavaliers suspended him one game for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. The soup toss ...

Cavaliers may find Love sooner than expected

INDEPENDENCE (AP) — As the Cavaliers experience growing pains with four new players, relief might be ahead: Kevin Love. The All-Star forward, sidelined since Jan. 29 with a broken left hand, said Friday he could return sooner than expected. The initial timetable was for him to be out two ...

Pens have nothing for Bruins in loss

BOSTON — David Krejci and his new linemate have taken no time at all to find a rhythm. The Bruins center capitalized on his pairing with trade deadline acquisition Rick Nash to record his first hat trick in four years, and Boston tallied its biggest offensive output since 2012 with an 8-4 ...

Wrestlers head to districts

It’s put up or shut up time for wrestlers in Ohio as district tournament action unfolds across the Buckeye State. Individuals need to place in the top four of their respective weight classes in order to qualify for the 81st- annual state tournament. Locally, more than 100 Ohio Valley ...

Toughman features a few changes

WHEELING — It’s been said that if something isn’t broke, don’t fix it. However, it’s also been said that change can be for the better. Both apply to this weekend’s 38th-annual Original Toughman contest inside WesBanco Arena, which is promoted by Jerry Thomas’ West Virginia ...

LeBron scores 30, but it’s not enough as Cavs fall to 76ers

CLEVELAND — J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Joel Embiid had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers delivered an in-person sales pitch to LeBron James by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 on Thursday night to end an 11-game losing streak against the Eastern Conference ...

Browns GM willing to take calls about No. 1 pick

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Dorsey might make a deal for the top pick in this year’s NFL draft — if the price is the right. At the league’s scouting combine on Thursday, the Cleveland Browns general manager took his sales pitch public. “There are a lot of things we can do at No. 1 ...

Napoli’s stint may be short-lived

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Napoli felt back home on Wednesday, walking around a clubhouse he knew and catching up with teammates he enjoys. Everyone involved knows this reunion between Napoli and the Cleveland Indians most likely is just temporary and will end up with Napoli playing ...

BRIEFS

Steak Fry and Auction upcoming RICHMOND — The Edison athletic boosters will hold their annual Steak Fry and Auction beginning at 5 p.m. on March 10. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door. Previous years of Edison football jerseys will be a part of the event. For information, ...

Brooke boys have no answer for hot John Marshall squad

MOUNDSVILLE — John Marshall head coach Chad Clutter will be the first person to tell anybody that his Monarchs are not a 3-point shooting team. On Wednesday night, it was not only his team’s five triples that helped paved the way to a West Virginia Class AAA Region 1, Section 1 victory, ...

Raymond bulldozes to Washington & Jefferson

Weirton Madonna’s Mac Raymond, front, second from right, signed his letter of intent Sunday to continue his academic and football careers at Washington & Jefferson College. Also on hand for the signing were, from left, front, Paden Raymond, his sister; Tom Raymond, his father; and Brooke ...

Creek, Edison wrestlers battling together

WINTERSVILLE — Throughout the wrestling season, as is the case in just about any high school sport, Edison and Indian Creek are rivals. This week, however, the teams are working together to help prepare for this weekend’s OHSAA Division II and Division III district tournaments. ...

Mercer left as Pirates’ elder statesman after winter trades

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jordy Mercer shakes his head at the notion. The 31-year-old shortstop is now the Pittsburgh Pirates’ elder statesman in terms of continuous service in the organization. Mercer was the Pirates’ third-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft from Oklahoma State and reached ...

Thome fights back tears during Hall of Fame visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — To know what the moment meant to Jim Thome, all one had to do was look into his tear-filled eyes. “It’s hard to explain the emotions that go through you,” Thome said Tuesday as he gazed around the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Plaque Gallery, the most hallowed corner ...

Buckeyes’ Bates-Diop, Holtmann are AP’s Big Ten top honorees

Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes’ Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced Wednesday, the first day of ...

Big Red tames Lions

MINERVA — For the second time this season, the Steubenville boys basketball team defeated Minerva. This time, however, there was a lot more on the line and Big Red rose to the occasion, wearing down the Lions with balanced scoring and contributions from a variety of players for a 65-54 ...

Dragons burn Madonna boys

MOUNDSVILLE — The thrill of postseason basketball always brings out the best in every athlete who steps on the court. Tuesday was no exception as Madonna gritted its teeth and hung with Cameron for three quarters. But, in crunch time, it was the Dragons’ leadership and defensive pressure ...

Toronto holds off Shenandoah

TORONTO — The Toronto boys basketball team built an early lead against Shenanadoah, and the fifth-seeded Red Knights had to withhold a charge from the sixth-seeded Zeps before they could secure the victory. After leading by one in the third, Toronto regrouped and built a 10-point advantage ...

Tuscarawas CC upsets, eliminates Crusaders

STEUBENVILLE — A tenacious defensive effort coupled with a fourth quarter free throw clinic propelled Tuscarawas Central Catholic to a 48-36 Division IV sectional semifinal victory over Steubenville Catholic Central Tuesday inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium. The ninth-seeded Saints, now ...

Cuervo, two other Crusaders will wrestle again this weekend

STEUBENVILLE — Three Steubenville Catholic Central wrestlers qualified for this week’s Division III district tournament thanks to their performances in the sectional meet at Sandy Valley High School. Senior Kevin Cuervo captured the 220-pound sectional crown by defeating Fort Frye senior ...