Stories by Tom Withers

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cavaliers sweep past Hawks in rout

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory.
By Tom Withers

Monday, May 25, 2015

James, Cavaliers limping their way toward the NBA Finals

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - LeBron James hurts everywhere, the King of Pain. One win from taking the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, and one step closer to a title he covets more than any other.
By Tom Withers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

James, Cavs need overtime to beat Hawks

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of the NBA Finals by beating the Hawks 114-111 in overtime on Sunday night to take a 3-0 series lead.
By Tom Withers

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cavaliers' Blatt owns up to his mistakes in Game 4

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - David Blatt stepped over some cables and weaved through a throng of reporters eager to hear his explanation of two head-scratching decisions Sunday in Chicago.
By Tom Withers

Monday, March 30, 2015

Browns GM suspended

CLEVELAND - The NFL sent a tough message to Browns general manager Ray Farmer for texting. However, the league didn't delete any of Cleveland's precious draft picks.
By Tom Withers

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kentucky holds off Notre Dame

CLEVELAND — Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre ...
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Players, umpires adjust to new pace-of-play rules

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down, counting off seconds and ushering in change.
By Tom Withers

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Players' union head: future spring games in Cuba possible

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Cuba could be a spring training destination once more.
By Tom Withers

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Embattled Browns quarterback Manziel enters treatment

CLEVELAND - Johnny Manziel has sought help to change his off-field lifestyle. After a rough rookie season in the NFL, Manziel, 22, has entered a treatment program for unspecified reasons.
By Tom Withers

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Baltimore Ravens handle Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH - Joe Flacco threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 in their AFC wild-card game Saturday night.
By Tom Withers

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Cleveland reaches 50 years without a pro championship

Today will mark the 50th anniversary of Cleveland's last pro sports championship when the Browns beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win the NFL title.
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Ex-Gamecock might start in Browns' finale

Connor Shaw knew when he was 5 years old that all he ever wanted to do was be an NFL quarterback. The undrafted rookie might get his shot Sunday.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Manziel says he did some 'growing up' as a rookie

BEREA, Ohio - Humbled by his rough rookie season, Johnny Manziel promised to be a more committed quarterback.
By Tom Withers

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Brown's Manziel humbled in debut

The Browns rookie quarterback said that his first NFL start, a 30-0 loss that eliminated Cleveland from the playoffs, was the toughest day he’s ever had on a football field.
By Tom Withers

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Cincinnati spoils Manziel's NFL debut

CLEVELAND - Johnny Manziel spent his first start being tormented and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 drubbing on Sunday.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Manziel will get first start for Browns

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his first NFL start against Cincinnati, replacing the slumping Brian Hoyer as Cleveland tries to pump life into its sagging playoff hopes.
By Tom Withers

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Browns' Hoyer wants to keep starting job

Cleveland's Brian Hoyer said that his confidence has not been shaken despite three poor performances and believes he should keep his starting quarterback job.
By Tom Withers

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Cundiff's field goal lifts Browns

CLEVELAND - Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left, giving the Cleveland Browns a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Tigers Verlander wants to focus on pitching after photos leak

CLEVELAND - Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander commented for the first time after nude photos of him and girlfriend Kate Upton were posted online.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Love committed to Cavs for the long haul

After being acquired by the Cavaliers, Kevin Love said he's committed to winning an NBA title with the Cavaliers - however long it takes.
By Tom Withers
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