Stories by Tom Withers

Friday, June 26, 2015

Winston ready to embrace the spotlight

BEREA, Ohio - Jameis Winston knows there are always eyes on him - watching, dissecting and waiting for him to make a mistake. The spotlight doesn't leave, and Winston wants to shine in it.
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Warriors win NBA title

CLEVELAND - Revived by a fresh-faced shooting superstar and a first-year coach who made them believe, the Golden State Warriors again reign supreme.
By Tom Withers

Monday, June 15, 2015

James says Cavs have "enough to win it"

LeBron James didn't blink after Game 5 when he declared he was not only the top player on seven continents, but prepared to raise his game.
By Tom Withers

Friday, June 12, 2015

Warriors get mad, even with Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - Facing the prospect of falling behind 3-1, the Warriors came out to play on Thursday night.
By Tom Withers

Warriors romp, even NBA Finals

CLEVELAND - Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala scored 22 points apiece and the Warriors, showing why they were the league's best team all season, squared the finals at 2-2 on Thursday night with a ...
By Tom Withers

Monday, June 8, 2015

James trying to will his Cavaliers to title

CLEVELAND - Once LeBron James tied up the NBA Finals with another virtuoso postseason performance, his legs were in knots. He needed ice, treatment and rest. 
By Tom Withers

Monday, June 1, 2015

Dellavedova making fans, enemies with style of play

Point guard Matthew Dellavedova has become a cult hero in Cleveland for his fearless style of play. It's the exact opposite in Chicago and Atlanta, where he's a villain who crashes into players' ...
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
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