National Sports Archives for 2016-11

Cavs Hosting Raptors Tonight

 

UNDATED (AP) — Two of the top teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference, who have a history of meeting in the playoffs, are squaring off tonight in Cleveland, as the NBA champion Cavaliers play host to the Raptors. This will be their second meeting of the young season as on Oct. 28 the Cavs beat the Raptors in Toronto 94-91. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan is enjoying a great start to the season as he leads the league in scoring at 34 points a game. He was named the conference player of the week on Monday after averaging 34.7 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor.

Cleveland's LeBron James had won the two previous awards.

 

The Hawks are right in the Eastern mix with the Cavs and Raptors as they are 7-2, just like Toronto. Cleveland starts play tonight 8-1. This evening the Hawks are in Miami facing the 2-7 Heat. Atlanta is playing some stingy defense as the Hawks lead the league in fewest points allowed in the fourth quarter, just 20.1. Newcomer Dwight Howard is off to a good start with 15.2 points and 12.4 rebounds a game.

 

Charlotte has won six of nine games this year and tonight is at Minnesota. The Timberwolves feature third-year swingman Andrew Wiggins who is coming off a career-best 47-point game Sunday against the Lakers. After starting the season 6-1 the Hornets have dropped two straight.

The remaining games tonight have the Bulls playing in Portland and the Lakers home to the Nets.

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Manager of The Year Tonight

 

UNDATED (AP)— The American and National League Manager of the Year awards are being handed out this evening.

 

The three finalists in the American League are Cleveland's Terry Francona, Baltimore's Buck Showalter and Jeff Banister of the Rangers.

 

MLB

 

From the National league the finalists are Dusty Baker of the Nationals, Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers.

 

Both Maddon and Banister were winners last year.

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MLB to destroy, not donate, Indians championship gear


CLEVELAND (AP) - Clothing and other items celebrating a 2016 Cleveland Indians World Series championship that never happened will be destroyed instead of donated to those in need.

Championship merchandise is produced for both teams when a major title is on the line so items can be immediately sold to the winning team's fans. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Indians in the Series last week.

ESPN and The Huffington Post report Major League Baseball is asking retailers to give back Indians championship gear so it can be destroyed. MLB had donated clothing to needy countries through the charity World Vision since 2005.

MLB says it has opted to destroy the items this year in order to "protect the team from inaccurate merchandise being available in the general marketplace."

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Cubs win 1st Series title since 1908, beat Indians in Game 7

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series championship since 1908 when Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a thrilling Game 7 delayed by rain early Thursday.

 

Cubs Win

 

Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying homer.

 

But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th and scored twice. Davis hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery got the final out.

 

Manager Joe Maddon's team halted the longest title drought in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

 

Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but lost the last two games at home.

 

World Series favorites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season. The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their loyal fans.

 

 

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Jake Arrieta's kids have hotel Halloween in Cleveland

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jake Arrieta wouldn't let a road trip and one of the biggest starts of his life stop him from going trick-or-treating with his family this Halloween.

 

The Chicago Cubs pitcher's wife, Brittany, shared Instagram photos of their two small children dressed up in their costumes a day before Tuesday's Game 6 of the World Series in Cleveland. She captioned the pictures, "Hotel trick or treating = my kind of Halloween."

 

Cooper Arrieta went as Spider-man, while his sister, Palmer, was a princess. The hotel Halloween experience seems to have been a successful one. Both kids hold lollipops in one of the photos.

 

 

Arrieta is the Cubs' scheduled starter in Game 6. The Cubs need to beat the Indians to force a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday.

 

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