Stories by Tom Withers

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Salazar might return to Indians rotation

CLEVELAND - After weeks of being broken and bloodied, the Indians' pitching staff may have reinforcements in the World Series.
By Tom Withers

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Cleveland is no long a punchline to a joke

For years, Cleveland was little more than a punchline to outsiders - a city dubbed The Mistake On The Lake. These days, the joke's on everyone else.
By Tom Withers

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Indians take command

Andrew Miller has Cleveland two wins from the World Series - and Toronto batters flailing.
By Tom Withers

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Indians shut down Blue Jays in Game 1

CLEVELAND - Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer and Corey Kluber silenced Toronto's booming bats, giving the Cleveland Indians a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series ...
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Shapiro still feels deep connection to Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Mark Shapiro's love for Cleveland and its people runs deep, personally and professionally.
By Tom Withers

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Patriots cruise in Brady's return

CLEVELAND - Tom Brady, looking razor-sharp at times and relatively rust-free after serving his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, passed for 406 yards and three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett in ...
By Tom Withers

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Indians put Red Sox in big hole

CLEVELAND - Corey Kluber didn't show a speck of rust. Well-rested and ready for the biggest start of his career, he wasn't going to let the Indians lose any momentum.
By Tom Withers

Indians top Red Sox in Game 1

CLEVELAND - Francisco Lindor's homer capped Cleveland's three-homer rampage in the third inning against 22-game winner Rick Porcello, and the Indians held on for a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox ...
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Indians manager to battle the team he led to two World Series titles

CLEVELAND - When Terry Francona looks across the diamond at Boston's dugout, the Indians manager will have emotions to suppress. It won't be easy.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Indians are used to being the underdog

CLEVELAND - For months, the Cleveland Indians have been ignored, overlooked and mostly dismissed.
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
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