In brief: Cavs lose record 24th in a row

NBA: The Cavaliers have the NBA’s record for futility all to themselves.

Cleveland’s losing streak reached 24 games Saturday night as Wesley Matthews scored 31 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 to lead the visiting Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-105 win over the pitiful Cavs, who remain winless in 2011 and have lost a mind-boggling 34 of 35.

The Cavs, who have won just once since Nov. 27, now own both the single-season mark for consecutive losses and matched the record for overall losses in a row they previously set over two seasons (1981-82 and 1982-83). Cleveland nearly overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but the Cavs again failed to make plays down the stretch.

Associated Press

Streak over for Super fan

NFL: The streak is over: One of the four men featured in a national commercial for never missing a Super Bowl game will not be at today’s showdown between Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Family members said Saturday that 79-year-old Robert Cook of Brown Deer, Wis., is hospitalized and had sent his two daughters to Arlington, Texas, instead.

Cook’s wife, Sarah, told The Associated Press her husband became very weak on Thursday.

Cook said her husband is very depressed; the streak is over, but he also won’t be able to watch his beloved Packers in the big game.

Cook, New England Patriots fan Donald Crisman, San Francisco 49ers fan Larry Jacobson and Pitts- burgh Steelers fan Thomas Henschel have been to every Super Bowl since 1967 and created the “Never Missed a Super Bowl Club.” The four gained recognition in a recent Visa Inc. credit card commercial.


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