Friday, April 24
BOSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers moved one win away from a sweep in their first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory over the Boston Celtics last night. LeBron James scored 31 points for the Cavs. The scrappy Celtics kept it close, just as they did in the previous two games. Cleveland can complete the sweep of the best-of-seven, first-round series on Sunday in Boston. No NBA team has won a series after trailing 3-0.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 yesterday to snap an eight-game losing streak. Marlon Byrd homered for the Reds, a two-run shot that tied it at 2 in the fifth. Otherwise, right-hander Kyle Lohse was in control for the Brewers.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer has heard the rumblings about his affinity for Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean he will mortgage Cleveland's future for the Oregon quarterback. Mariota is expected to be one of the first picks in next week's NFL draft, and because the Browns have two first-round selections, there's speculation that Farmer may move up to take him.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will play some role during this summer's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Manfred says he has not determined a timetable to decide on Rose's application to end his lifetime ban from baseball. The ban started in 1989 following an investigation Rose bet on the Reds to win while he was managing the team.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Defending national champion Ohio State will play at least three Big Ten night games this season. The Buckeyes' schedule includes the October 17th game at Ohio Stadium against Penn State, the October 24th game at Rutgers and the November 7th game at Ohio Stadium against Minnesota.