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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016



LeBron James, wearing an “Ultimate Warrior” T-shirt, clutches The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy as he arrives back in Cleveland on Monday. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)

LeBron blasts critics on social media after winning title

CLEVELAND – LeBron James ended his social media blackout by throwing a knockout punch at his critics. One day after ending Cleveland’s 52-year pro sports championship drought, James, who refrains from Twitter and other message platforms during the postseason, posted ...

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Youth notebook: N. Idaho Xtreme triumphs in 18U

Olivia Zufelt, Shelby Starr and Ashley Kaufman played key roles as North Idaho Xtreme defeated Spokane Mudhens 8-1 for the 18U Gold championship in the Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association’s annual Summer Classic on June 12 at the Dwight Merkel Complex.

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On the air

Tuesday’s TV highlightsBaseball, College World Series 2 p.m.: Game 7, Texas Tech vs. Florida ... ESPN2 6 p.m.: Game 8, TCU vs. Coastal Carolina ... ESPN Baseball, MLB 4 p.m.: Seattle at Detroit ... Root 5 p.m.: St. Louis at ...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016




Defense lets Indians down in 8-1 loss to Vancouver

After complimenting his team for its defense in the Spokane Indians’ shutout win over the Vancouver Canadians in game two of the series Saturday night, Tim Hulett wasn’t as impressed on Sunday. The Indians committed five errors, four of which were in the first four innings, and Spokane was whacked 8-1 by Vancouver at Avista Stadium.

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Dustin Johnson, right, talks to a rules official on the fifth green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club. He was eventually penalized one stroke, but it didn’t factor in the result. (Associated Press)

Column: Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all. The whispers around golf were that the most powerful player in the game didn’t have a head for the game. The prevailing wisdom – fueled by a pair of previous 18th-hole miscues – was that if he ever did win a major championship, someone else would have to give it to him.

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