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Cards offer interests Arizona star
University of Louisville offensive line coach Chris Klenakis spent time in Arizona this week, offering a handful of players including Scottsdale (Az.) Saguaro 2017 offensive lineman Kayden Lyles. He said the offer is something he will take a look at because of Klenakis.
Kevin Love believes Olynyk's act was intentional, J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' he could be punished

BOSTON: Kevin Love called Celtics center Kelly Olynyk’s play “bush league” but believes he’ll be able to return at some point during this postseason.

Exactly when that will be remains to be seen.

Love dislocated his shoulder with 5:22 left in the first quarter of Sunday’s Game 4, which the Cavs won 101-93 to sweep the first-round series. He left TD Garden with his left arm in a sling and will have imaging on the shoulder either Sunday night or more likely Monday morning.

“I have no doubt in my mind that he did that on purpose,” Love said.

Love isn’t the Cavs’ only concern. J.R. Smith could be facing a suspension after he was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul for making contact with Jae Crowder’s jaw early in the third quarter.

Love, meanwhile, was fighting for a rebound with Olynyk when his left arm was pinned under Olynyk’s right arm. Olynyk pulled hard on Love’s arm and he immediately sprinted off the court toward the locker room holding his left shoulder. He was quickly followed to the locker room by the training staff, General Manager David Griffin and members of the Cavs ownership group. 

“I thought it was a bush league play,” Love said. “Olynyk was in a compromising position, had no chance to get the ball and it’s just too bad that he would go to those lengths to take somebody out of the game and do that to someone.”

The Cavs won’t have an idea on Love’s future until the imaging and anything until then is speculation. Iman Shumpert missed six weeks with a dislocated shoulder earlier this season, while Andre Miller was back on the court two days after separating his shoulder a couple of years ago.

“I do intend on playing in these playoffs again,” Love said, “but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

None of the Cavs players polled said they had a good look at the play during the game, but Love said a number of his teammates saw the replay at halftime. He expects the league to review the play, although any punishment metered out against Olynyk won’t compare to the Cavs’ impact if Love is lost for any period of time. The Celtics’ season is over.

“The league will take a look at it and (punishment) better be swift and just,” Love said.

Olynyk left the arena without speaking to reporters, although Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas took offense to the idea Olynyk intentionally injured Love.

“We could say the same thing. We’re all men here, we don’t need to cry and tell you guys,” Thomas said. “It is what it is. It’s playoff basketball. We don’t want to hurt anybody, things happen and we’ve got to move forward.”

As for Smith, he insists his backwards chop/punch on Crowder wasn’t intentional, but he has enough of a history with the league he knows how this usually goes. While a member of the New York Knicks, Smith was suspended for one playoff game two years ago after he elbowed the Celtics’ Jason Terry in the chin.

“I’ve been in this situation before in the playoffs and it’s not a good feeling,” he said. “New team, new situation, feeling like things are coming on the up and up. To be ‘back in this situation again’ is nothing I want to happen and unfortunately my team is going to pay for it.

“I’m nervous as hell to see what could come out of this.”

NASCAR: Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory

RICHMOND, Va.: Kurt Busch dominated once he took the lead and won the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday.

Busch led 291 of the 400 laps on the 0.75-mile oval, and outran Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick over the final dozen laps to end a 35-race winless streak.

The race looked much like the Xfinity Series event Friday night in which Denny Hamlin led 248 of 250 laps and only lost the lead during green flag pits stops. This time, there were actual green flag lead changes, but only two — when Busch passed Joey Logano after 94 laps to take the lead, and when Jamie McMurray passed Busch after 262 laps. Busch regained the lead under caution and never relinquished it.

The driver, who missed the first three races of the season while serving a suspension for conduct off the track, won for the 26th time in his career, likely putting him into the Chase for the championship.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling when you pull deep from within and you go through troubles and you know, when you’re accused of something and things go sideways, your personal life doesn’t need to affect your business life,” said Busch, who was suspended after being charged with domestic violence. He was reinstated after a district attorney in Delaware declined to press charges.

Harvick finished second and Jimmie Johnson rallied from a No. 36 starting spot to grab third. McMurray was fourth and pole-sitter Logano, who led the first 94 laps, was fifth.

Rookie Chase Elliott, making his second start in NASCAR’s premier series, finished 16th.

McMurray’s pass came during a series of green flag stops, and when a caution came out on lap 270, only three cars were on the lead lap, including Busch, who had just pitted. He stayed out, regained the lead and slowly pulled away from Justin Allgaier, who got up front because of the green flag stops.

The day was especially disappointing for Hamlin, who grew up about 20 miles. Hamlin began fading immediately, went a lap down after 236 laps and finished 22nd.

Kevin Love injured, J.R. Smith ejected as Cavs sweep Celtics with 101-93 Game 4 victory

BOSTON: The Cavaliers are moving on. Now the question remains, who all is coming with them?

LeBron James scored 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and the Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round with a 101-93 Game 4 victory, but the larger concern now is Kevin Love’s injured left shoulder.

Love left the game with 5:22 left in the first quarter and did not return with what appeared to be a serious left shoulder injury, setting off a myriad of physical plays, injuries and ejections in what became the capstone of a physical first-round series.

Love was fighting for a rebound with the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk when his left arm was pinned under Olynyk’s right arm with 5:22 left in the quarter. Olynyk pulled hard on Love’s arm and he immediately sprinted off the court toward the locker room holding his left shoulder. He was quickly followed to the locker room by the training staff, General Manager David Griffin and members of the Cavs ownership group.

Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins countered by flattening Jae Crowder with a hard screen around his chest and neck in the second quarter, then pointed at Crowder and touched his right jaw as the two had to be separated.

J.R. Smith was ejected early in the third quarter for catching Crowder on the jaw with a backhanded closed fist while fighting for position on a rebound. Crowder, who was the most outspoken this week in explaining the Celtics’ need to play physical, went down immediately and fell awkwardly on his left knee. He was helped off the court and was shouting at the Cavs bench as he left. He was diagnosed with a sprained left knee and did not return.

The rough play continued after Smith’s ejection; Tristan Thompson was shoved into the first row chasing a loose ball and scattered a handful of chairs upon landing, although no foul was called.

Throughout it all, the Cavs built a 21-point lead at the half – their largest of the series, then held on while the Celtics roared back within 72-64 on a 3-pointer from Jared Sullinger with 10:13 to play. The 3-pointer was just the second for the Celtics, who missed 15 of their first 16 to start the game.

The Celtics couldn’t pull within eight until the game’s final minute when the Celtics forced turnovers on a pair of inbounds passes. Gigi Datome had a chance to pull the Celtics within three with 30 seconds left, but missed the 3-pointer. Kyrie Irving grabbed the rebound and sank both free throws to seal the victory.

Irving had 24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists and Timofey Mozgov had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Iman Shumpert was terrific at both ends, particularly after Smith’s ejection. Shumpert finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals. He could be called on to start Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The full fallout of Sunday is yet to be determined. There was no official diagnosis or timeline available on Love, who sat in the locker room icing the shoulder immediately after the injury.

Smith, meanwhile, is facing a possible suspension for his foul on Crowder. Perkins might be suspended, too. Stu Jackson, the NBA’s former executive vice president in charge of doling out punishments, tweeted Sunday that Perkins should have been ejected for his foul and could still face a suspension.

None of which bodes well for the Cavs, who will have a week off before opening a second-round series at home next weekend, likely against the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls lead the Milwaukee Bucks 3-1 in their first-round series. Game 5 is Monday at Chicago.

Jason Lloyd can be reached at jlloyd@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs. Follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/JasonLloydABJ. Follow ABJ sports on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abj.sports.

Cleveland Indians can't match Detroit Tigers' offense, fall 8-6

The Cleveland Indians' bats couldn't keep up with the Detroit Tigers' offense in an 8-6 loss Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Tigers (12-7) jumped on Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (2-2) for five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings pitched. Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera continued his destruction of Indians pitching and went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

The Indians (6-11) scored four runs in the final three innings but fell short in the ninth. Tigers closer Joakim Soria, with two outs and Jason Kipnis on second base, got Michael Brantley to ground out to end the game.

The Indians lost for the second time against Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein and are now 1-6 against left-handed starters this season.

Big Ten Spring Review: Illinois
Ohio State's will face Illinois in Big Ten crossover action in 2015. The Fighting Illini is coming off a return to postseason play but still has work to do to be a league factor.
NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 70-61 after three quarters as physical play reigns

Physical play continued in the third quarter as both teams got away from basketball at times and resorted to tactics used in boxing and wrestling. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected and Celtics forward Jae Crowder left the game with a left knee sprain as bodies hit the floor on several possessions. The scoreboard read 70-61 in favor of the Cavaliers going into the fourth quarter as the extracurricular activities made an impact on the game. Smith was ejected with 10:24 on the clock and Cleveland ahead 57-36. Smith was boxing out for a rebound when Crowder issued a shove towards Smith’s back, and Smith retaliated by throwing his arm and hand back and popping Crowder in the face. Crowder fell to the ground and suffered his injury. Referees reviewed video of the play and ejected Smith via a Flagrant 2 foul call. The quarter included Cavs guard Iman Shumpert bumping his head on center Timofey Mozgov, Celtics teammates Jared Sullinger and Isaiah Thomas delivering a couple of hard fouls and Cavs forward Tristan Thompson knocking over a row of spectators as he attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds. The Celtics closed the quarter with some inspired play to trim its deficit to single digits. LeBron James has 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Kyrie Irving has 14 points and nine rebounds and Mozgov has 12 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas and Sullinger both have 13 points for the Celtics, and Avery Bradley has 10 points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 17.

Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers) 10.

Assists: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 7.

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 70-61 after three quarters as physical play reigns

Physical play continued in the third quarter as both teams got away from basketball at times and resorted to tactics used in boxing and wrestling. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected and Celtics forward Jae Crowder left the game with a left knee sprain as bodies hit the floor on several possessions. The scoreboard read 70-61 in favor of the Cavaliers going into the fourth quarter as the extracurricular activities made an impact on the game. Smith was ejected with 10:24 on the clock and Cleveland ahead 57-36. Smith was boxing out for a rebound when Crowder issued a shove towards Smith’s back, and Smith retaliated by throwing his arm and hand back and popping Crowder in the face. Crowder fell to the ground and suffered his injury. Referees reviewed video of the play and ejected Smith via a Flagrant 2 foul call. The quarter included Cavs guard Iman Shumpert bumping his head on center Timofey Mozgov, Celtics teammates Jared Sullinger and Isaiah Thomas delivering a couple of hard fouls and Cavs forward Tristan Thompson knocking over a row of spectators as he attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds. The Celtics closed the quarter with some inspired play to trim its deficit to single digits. LeBron James has 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Kyrie Irving has 14 points and nine rebounds and Mozgov has 12 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas and Sullinger both have 13 points for the Celtics, and Avery Bradley has 10 points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 17.

Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers) 10.

Assists: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 7.

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 57-36 at halftime

The Cavaliers concluded the second quarter with a LeBron James layup with 1.3 seconds on the clock, and took a 57-36 lead into halftime. The advantage is the largest in the series as Cleveland is 24 minutes away from sweeping Boston four games to none in the first round series. Matthew Dellavedova swished a 3-pointer with 2:30 to go to give the Cavs a 51-32 edge. The quarter also featured some hard fouls as Kendrick Perkins, a former Celtics player, received a Flagrant 1 foul at 1:44 after referees ruled a pick of his on Jae Crowder was excessive. Perkins remained in the game after the foul in which he used his hands to shove Crowder in the face and neck. James leads the Cavs with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds. Timofey Mozgov and Kyrie Irving both have 10 points and J.R. Smith has eight points. The Celtics scoring leaders at halftime are Jared Sullinger (10 points) and Tyler Zeller (eight points). Crowder has seven points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 13.

Rebounds: Iman Shumpert (Cavaliers) 7.

Assists: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 6.

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