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Cavaliers’ Tyronn Lue: ‘I don’t even think about’ Warriors

BOSTON — The Cleveland Cavaliers might be one win away from facing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third straight season, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said his team’s current opponent in the Celtics is enough of a handful. “I don’t even think about them,” Lue said of the Warriors to a small group of traveling Cleveland beat writers following the Cavs’ Game 4 win Tuesday. “We’re just focused on Boston. The stuff they’re running, it’s harder to defend than Golden State’s [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it’s a totally different thing.” Wait, the Isaiah Thomas-less 53-win Celtics are harder to defend than the Kevin Durant-supercharged 67-win Warriors? Come again, Coach? “Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s—,” Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens’ schemes….

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Cubs to don ‘Anchorman,’ 1970s fashions on road trip to California

CHICAGO — If you see a Cubs player wearing bell-bottoms or a large collar while walking down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles this weekend or in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego next week, don’t be alarmed. Manager Joe Maddon has finally pulled the trigger on one of his patented themed road trips. The 1970s will be featured when the team heads to the West Coast on Thursday night. “It’s the Ron Burgundy/Brick Tamland — and I also wanted to include Tommy La Stella — tribute road trip where 60 percent of the time it works every time sponsored by Sex Panther cologne,” Maddon joked on Wednesday. Burgundy and Tamland refer to characters in the 1970s-based movie “Anchorman” played by Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell, while La Stella is a Cubs infielder who Maddon thinks resembles Tamland. “They’re like two interchangeable guys,” Maddon said. “I see Brick, I see Tommy. I see Tommy, I see Brick. Put some glasses on Tommy, some sideburns, I got Brick.” La…

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Pirates icon Willie Stargell’s widow raises ire with memorabilia auction

PITTSBURGH — The family of Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell said it is hurt and angry that his widow is auctioning his memorabilia, including his World Series ring and his National League MVP award. The auction, being conducted by SCP Auctions Inc., began Wednesday, the Post-Gazette reported. The items were selected by his second wife, Margaret Weller-Stargell. Dolores Stargell, who was married to the late? Pittsburgh Pirates?first baseman from 1962 to 1983, said she, her children and grandchildren weren’t told about the auction. She said they were “completely blindsided” by the auction and that her anger was “released” upon hearing of it. Her daughter is handicapped and her son, a Gulf War veteran, suffers from post-traumatic, said Stargell. The family is living in poverty, she added. In a letter on Facebook she helped them write, the children said, “Dad would want the accomplishments of his lifetime achievements…

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Jim Harbaugh takes blame for 2011 incident with Jim Schwartz

Jim Harbaugh said this week that enthusiasm might have gotten the better of him in one of the more memorable postgame handshakes in recent NFL history. Harbaugh, who is known for his enthusiasm, said during an interview on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast that he was in the wrong in 2011 when, after a San Francisco 49ers victory, he and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz had to be separated on the field. “I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake,” he said in the interview, six years after the incident. “We’ve talked, and we’re good. We’re back to friends. … There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I’ve been there as the winner. I’ve been there as loser. You just, ‘Nice game,’ then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong.” Schwartz, at the time, took exception to Harbaugh’s celebrating on his way across the field and some of that excitement spilling into their meeting at midfield….

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Steelers’ Antonio Brown wants to incorporate linemen into TD celebrations

PITTSBURGH –? Steelers?receiver? Antonio Brown gives a three-pump approval of the NFL’s touchdown-celebration rule changes. The league voted this week to permit celebrating with teammates in the end zone or using the football as a prop. Brown, who was flagged three times last year for his post-touchdown moves, is imagining the possibilities. “It’s amazing,” Brown said. “I’m sure the guys are looking forward to it, the O-line, some of the guys who don’t get to celebrate with the guys who are getting in the end zone. I think it will be fun.” Brown plans to incorporate several of his offensive linemen in his celebrations, pointing out he’s never danced with his Pro Bowl center, Maurkice Pouncey. Linemen typically walk off the field after a long scoring drive, but “we’ll give them another reason to be on the field,” Brown said. The league still prohibits sexually suggestive celebrations. Brown earned two of his flags for…

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