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Bobcats down Cavaliers (3-8-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 01:56
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Michael Jordan speaks, people still listen.
The Charlotte Bobcats owner praised his team during a pregame locker room speech Friday night, but warned his players it’s only going to get tougher from here on out.
Jordan spoke directly about the Bobcats potentially making the playoffs — something that seemed inconceivable five months ago for a team that was 7-59 and 21-61 the previous two seasons.
“He talked to them about the progress that he had seen and praised them for their attitude and togetherness as a team,” coach Steve Clifford said. “And he let them know, which I thought was perfect, the toughest part is ahead. We made our first step and it now gets tougher. It was a great message.”
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Indians being protective of young RHP Salazar PDF Print E-mail
Written by STEVE DIMATTEO Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 08:03
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Cleveland Indians are extremely excited about having Danny Salazar for a full season, and that is why they are taking their time with the young pitcher this spring.
“His stuff is electric. The more he pitches for us, the better we are,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We all know that. Saying that, there’s a way to get there and by just turning him loose in February, I don’t think we felt like that was the best way to get there.”
Last season, the 24-year-old right-hander pitched a career-high 145 innings between Double-A, Triple-A and Cleveland, making his big league debut in July. In 10 starts with Cleveland he went 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA and was chosen to the start the AL wild-card game against Tampa Bay, where he gave up three runs in four innings of a 4-0 loss.
Salazar, who had elbow-reconstruction surgery in 2010, has yet to pitch in a Cactus League game this spring; he’ll throw one inning in an intrasquad game Friday. Still, he doesn’t mind the schedule.
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Off late collapse by defense, Meyer demands change PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:32
COLUMBUS — Angry with the way his defense played in its last three games, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is urging his players to attack more and think less.
“It’s a fast-paced game (with coaches dealing with getting players) lined up as opposed to it used to be a game based on effort,” Meyer said. “And I want to get back to that.”
The Buckeyes held their second practice of the spring Thursday, and as will be the case throughout the 15 workouts the emphasis is on relying on instinct and playing without restraint instead of following the diagrammed play and reacting.
Ohio State surrendered an average of more than 38 points and 539 yards a game while closing out 1-2 in the most important games of 2013. With seven starters back from that unit, Meyer is demanding that, first and foremost, everyone play hard and fast.
The defense had a collapse of epic proportions near the end of a program-record 24-game winning streak, all under Meyer in his first two years on the job. The Buckeyes were in the hunt for a spot in the national championship game until, suddenly, they couldn’t stop anybody.
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Tigers laughing it up during spring training PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:33
LAKELAND, Fla. — Torii Hunter puckered up next to the mouth of a wide-eyed alligator — and it was hard to tell if the fun-loving Detroit outfielder was more amused or terrified.
“He was calm,” Hunter said of the unexpected visitor to spring training. “I guess he’s used to being around people.”
Hunter and the Tigers are laughing their way toward opening day, approaching spring camp with a mix of relaxed lightheartedness and serious focus under new manager Brad Ausmus.
Whether it’s a player posing with a reptile or a backup catcher donning a women’s swimsuit next to Kate Upton, the three-time AL Central champions certainly look like they’re the class of the majors when it comes to viral photos.
The Tigers also had fun under Perrysburg native Jim Leyland, whose old-school sense of humor was always a hit. But Ausmus seems to be going out of his way to foster a sense of clubhouse camaraderie.
“At the end of the day, we’re playing a game,” Cy Young winner Max Scherzer said. “We’re playing a game for a living, and you’ve got to have fun in this game, because there’s so much failure, inherently, within baseball.”
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OSU’s Bell tears MCL, will miss spring practice PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 07:31
COLUMBUS — Ohio State safety Vonn Bell, figured to be a potential starter for the Buckeyes, will miss the rest of spring practice after knee surgery.
Bell tore the medial collateral in his knee and is expected to be unable to return to full-speed workouts until May.
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