BREAKING: Paul George to Oklahoma City Thunder, means what for Cleveland?

CLEVELAND, OH– The hopes of PG to CLE are done.

Its official. Paul George to the Thunder . A trade breaking late on Friday evening has ended the hopes of one super team and began a shocking new one.

This tweet from ESPN broke the internet:

With Oklahoma City, George now joins the reigning MVP in Russel Westbrook.

The cavs… now possibly will look toward a Carmelo Anthony trade. Mello is ready to head out of New York.

Some speculation was a Knicks buy out of Melo which would allow the Cavs to sign him for next to nothing, I don’t see that happening.

New York gave up the house for a chance at signing Melo originally, he won’t be able to leave without giving some value.

Expect a trade that will still bring Mello to the Cavs at a steal, should the Cavs finally make a move during this free agency. Remember, they are working without a GM at this point.

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ROYALS: Cleveland Face FC Buffalo and Rochester in Critical Stretch

Royals looking for bounce back weekend.

The Royals will look to build separation between themselves and FC Buffalo, who sit at the bottom of the Midwest East table with two points in three matches. AFC Cleveland host the Wolves Friday, and will attempt to win their first league home match of the season after drawing Dayton Dynamo and falling to Erie Commodores earlier in the season. Regaining dominant home form will be important for the Royals, whose undefeated record at Stan Skoczen Stadium propelled them to a national championship last season.

FC Buffalo will travel to Cleveland having completed a come-from-behind draw against Rochester Lancers Saturday, where they out-shot their opponents 20-5. Despite the lopsided shot chart, FC Buffalo settled for the draw behind goalscorer Cameron Emerson. The visiting Wolves will be missing Chris Walter against AFC Cleveland, who was sent off against the Lancers after a battle with former Royal, Antonio Manfut, who also received red on the play.

After Friday’s match, the Royals travel to Bob Boozer Field Sunday for their first league tie with the Rochester Lancers. The Lancers enter the weekend on a three-game unbeaten run capped by a convincing 3-0 victory against Fort Pitt Regiment. Rochester will also be in action Friday with a home match against Syracuse FC.

AFC Cleveland will be playing catch-up in the standings to the newly rebranded Lancers, who are currently three points ahead of the Royals after five games played. Fans can also expect Antonio Manfut to return Sunday to face his former teammates, with whom he won a national championship in 2016.

To the see the Royals in action Friday, tickets can be purchased at afccleveland.com/tickets. Also be sure to tune into afccleveland.com for live updates during Sunday’s match against the Rochester Lancers.

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(photo by Ken Jackson)

GCFCA East Ready For Gameday

East ready for GCFCA all star game

CLEVELAND, OH (TM216) — It is East v West, and the East looks primed to ride a dominant defense into Friday night’s Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association All Star Game.

Coach Joe Beavers and company are ready. On the day our reporters visited Notre Dame College for the East practice, no defender shined quite as much as John Hay defensive back and Wooster commit, Camryn Pollard. Targeted several times by the offense, Pollard was dominant in the secondary. concluding an impressive afternoon with a perfectly timed interception.

 

With that said, you can not sleep on the offense. Cam Searight is fresh off of a tremendous season on a star studded Cleveland Heights team.

 

 

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CRUSHERS: Quintana Strong In 5-1 Victory

Lake Erie knocks off Miners Wednesday Night

AVON, OH (TM216) — Strong pitching from Adam Quintana (3-2) leads Lake Erie to a 5-1 victory of the Southern Illinois Miners.

For six innings Lake Erie had the Miners offense exactly where they wanted it, zeroes in the scoreboard. For Adam Quintana, who had dropped his previous two outings seems to have found his stride.

Help offensively cames in the bottom of the fifth when Brandon Murray scored on a bases loaded Parker Norris Walk. Next batter, next run. Tanner Lubach scores on a Connor Olliver walk and Lake Erie grabbed the lead 2-0.

The Miners close Lake Erie’s lead to 2-1 on a Willi Martin sixth inning RBI, but that lead would quickly increase yet again. Lake Erie’s final three runs all come in the bottom of the eighth on a Tanner Lubach three run homer which also scored Cody Lenahan and Sean Hurley.

Quinana’s strong day would come to an end  giving up only two hits and one earned run while ranking five strike outs.

At this point in the season Lake Erie is six games back in Frontier League’s East Division standings. Pitching performances like this will help their cause as we push toward the middle of June.

Next up for the Crushers, another matchup with Southern Illinois on Thursday.

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JR Smith Twitter “hacked” In Post Game 3 Tweet

“Cavs In 7” tweet may not have been JR

CLEVELAND, OH (TM216)– Another day, another story of hacked celebrity twitter.

Immediately following the Cavaliers loss to Golden State in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the twitter world was ablaze with the appearant optimism of Cavs guard, JR Smith.

With 16 points, JR was the Cavs third leading scorer of game 3. Quickly after the tweet was posted, and received thousands of retweets in moments, it was also deleted. Later in the evening reports came out that JR’s twitter had been hacked and was not infact tweeted by the Cavs guard.

Tweeted by JR or not, if the cavaliers are to make history for the second straight year, it will indeed need to take place in game 7. It would be first time in history a team had come back from 0-3 deficit in the NBA Finals…. but the Cavs did indeed break that 1-3 deficit one year ago.

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Ohioan… NFL athlete… B2K Dancer?

He’s a former Jackson Polar Bear… and he is busting a move.

MASSILLON, OH (TM216) — He is one of North East Ohio’s greats in track and football since the new millenium (state champion, All American, Detroit Lions)… and his gym session includes busting a move:

Carlin Isles is a former Massillon Jackson Polar Bears that demolished the competition in athletics. After high school Carlin became an All-American for Ashland, and continues his athletic career today on the rugby fields ( currently with the Glasgow Warriors)

He is Carlin Isles, and you don’t want to challenge him on the track, grid iron, or dance floor.

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Royals Victorious In Tournament Opener

Royals knock off Christos FC 2-1

INDEPENDENCE, OH (TM216) — The AFC Cleveland Royals grab a 2-1 win in the first round of the Hank Steinbrecher via a last-gasp combination between 90’ substitutes Reymar Klotchko and Ian Larson. The win sets up a cup final between the Royals and PDL club Michigan Bucks at Stan Skoczen Stadium June 3 at 7:30 pm.

AFC Cleveland got out to a quick start thanks to a 3’ Tom Beck goal after receiving a brilliant deep pass from Mike Derezic. Playing from ahead, the Royals kept pressure on their opponents and searched for a second against their Maryland-based opponents. Christos FC, who thrive in cup competitions, kept the Royals honest and nearly broke through with an equalizer on multiple occasions in the first half.

Christos FC would find their equalizer in the 61’ from forward Pete Caringi as the Royals were temporarily down a man with centerback Coletun Long receiving treatment for an apparent leg injury. The rest of the match involved end-to-end opportunities for both clubs, but it appeared the match would be decided in extra time as the score remained tied late in the 90’.

On the last few touches of the game, Larson was given the ball near the left endline before sending a hopeful cross into the box. Klotchko used his fresh legs to elevate above the Christos defense and head home the winning goal.

First Half Summary

Tom Beck put the Royals ahead in the 3’ with a clean shot past Christos goalkeeper Brad Benzing. Derezic saw his right winger making a blistering run down the right side and lobbed a leading ball which landed near the 18-yard line. Beck positioned himself between the ball and outside defender and used his first touch to put himself in a scoring area. Beck calmly drove his shot past Benzing.

Brian Potocnik started an opportunity by gaining possession deep in the Christos attacking end via a turnover and advanced possession for a counter attack opportunity in the 6’. The midfielder tried to play Ben Truax into space in front of goal, but the pass rolled beyond the reach of Truax and out of play.

Christos FC attacking mid Danny Baxter nearly tied the match in the 12’ after shooting from the right corner of the goal area. The shot was driven low across the face of goal, but drifted inches away from the left goalpost.

A Ryan Ware cross connected with Traux at the near post in the 17’. The forward managed a touch toward goal with the outside of his foot, but the attempt was easily corralled by Benzing.

Josh Taylor looked to score in the 22’ after the Royals conceded a free kick in a dangerous area. A short pass was played along the left wing and crossed into the box. The scuffle in the box resulted in an opportunity for Taylor, who kicked the ball into the net before realizing the assistant referee waved for offsides.

Baxter played a searching ball with the outside of the foot in the 23’ to a streaking Elton Joe, who zipped past the Royals defense and headed a shot wide left of the post.

Ware put an outstanding curled attempt from the top of the box in the 33’. The shot seemed destined for the top right corner before Benzing stretched to push the ball just over the crossbar.

The Royals had another opportunity to score in the 45’ when Admir Suljevic played Beck through into the box. Beck used a spin move to beat an initial defender, then launched a shot that was blocked by another Christos defender. Ware moved in for a secondary shot, but also saw his shot blocked by the swarming Christos defense.

Second Half Summary

Jordan Becker put the Royals under pressure immediately in the second half with a cross that nearly connected with forward Pete Caringi. Royals goalkeeper Alex Ivanov dove forward to punch the ball away from trouble.

AFC Cleveland countered with a chance of their own minutes later as Truax found Beck alone on the right wing. Beck took a couple dribbles along the endline before squaring a pass across the face of goal. Despite the traffic in front of goal, the ball was not met by an attacker for a shot.  

Royals defender Coletun Long left the pitch in the 57’ with an apparent leg injury, but returned to the game in the 62’ to bring the home side back to full strength.

In the meantime, Christos FC used the man advantage to find an equalizer in the 61’. Pete Caringi finished a pass from Levi Houapeu that was lofted over the shorthanded AFC Cleveland defense.

Tom Beck once again generated an opportunity along the right side, dribbling towards goal and locating Suljevic alone less than 10 yards from goal. The captain’s shot went well over the bar and out of play.

The home crowd erupted in the 77’ with appeals for a penalty kick when right back Chris Cvecko was knocked down in the box, but no foul was given by the head referee.

As the Royals continued to roam freely along the right flank, Cvecko once again found Suljevic near the penalty mark in the 79’. Suljevic attempted a headed shot towards goal, but saw the shot sail just above the crossbar.

AFC Cleveland was sure they had gotten the late go-ahead goal from a counter attack in the 82’. Substitute Dan Koniarczyk advanced possession deep into the attacking third before laying the ball to Truax, who took a dribble past Saunders and looked to finish in front of an open net. The shot was incredibly blocked by a Christos defender at the goalline, denying the clear chance.

Reymar Klotchko had barely been on the pitch for a minute before burying the game-winning goal off a cross from left-back Ian Larson, another 90’ substitute, which effectively ended Christos’ hopes for a cup final appearance.

With the late winner, AFC Cleveland earned a spot in the June 3 Hank Steinbrecher Cup Final against the winner of the first game of the night, Michigan Bucks. The game will be played at after the third-place matchup between Christos FC and Chicago FC, with an estimated kickoff time of 7:30 pm.