Stories by Tom Withers

Monday, Aug 8, 2016

Americans romp past Venezuela in hoops

RIO DE JANEIRO - Shaking off a sluggish, sloppy start and maybe some Brazilian boredom, the Americans regrouped in the second quarter and romped over Venezuela 113-69 on Monday, taking another ...
By Tom Withers

Friday, Aug 5, 2016

Anthony embraces role as alpha on US mens' basketball team

Carmelo Anthony has become the unlikely face of USA Basketball, a rise that couldn't have been imagined 12 years ago.
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cleveland finally gets its parade

CLEVELAND - Cheered by a sea of fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers paraded and rallied as NBA champs in a once in a generation party for Cleveland.
By Tom Withers

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cavaliers greeted by delirious fans on return home

CLEVELAND — LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.
By Tom Withers

Friday, June 17, 2016

Cavaliers force Game 7 with Warriors

CLEVELAND - LeBron James had 41 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers forced a Game 7 in the NBA Finals with a 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on ...
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cavs step up their games to help send series back to Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Kyrie Irving's now-you-see-it-now-you-don't, ankle-breaking crossover dribble happened at almost the exact spot where his first NBA Finals ended brutally last year with his left leg ...
By Tom Withers

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cavaliers rout Warriors, get back in series

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 32 points, Kyrie Irving added 30 and the Cleveland Cavaliers, pushed for 48 minutes by a delirious, championship-starved crowd, hammered the Golden State Warriors ...
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Love has played key role in Cavaliers' run

One year after Love's first playoff appearance ended with a dislocated left shoulder, an injury that wrecked Cleveland's chances of winning an NBA title, the versatile big man is playing at an ...
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cavaliers set NBA record in rout of Hawks

CLEVELAND - J.R. Smith made seven 3-pointers and the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA-record 25 3s in a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their ...
By Tom Withers

Monday, May 2, 2016

Cavs hold off Hawks in Game 1

LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cavaliers withstood Atlanta's comeback for a 104-93 win in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second-round series. 
By Tom Withers

Sunday, May 1, 2016

James has more help as Cavs meet Hawks again in playoffs

CLEVELAND - LeBron James plucked the Atlanta Hawks clean and stuffed them for mounting by himself in last year's playoffs. He's got more help now.
By Tom Withers

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cavaliers secure top spot in Eastern Division

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35 and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Confer­ence playoffs with a 109-94 win over ...
By Tom Withers

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Manziel's father fears for quarterback's safety

With Johnny Manziel's professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for his safety.
By Tom Withers

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Browns suspend their offensive line coach

BEREA, Ohio - Just as the Browns began preparing for their season opener, offensive line coach Andy Moeller was suspended by the team for an unspecified incident over the weekend.
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
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