SPORTSBRIEFING

Stepien nails hole-in-one

EAST LIVERPOOL–Tom Stepien of East Liverpool recorded a hole-in-one at Turkana Golf Course on Monday, April 3. Stepien used a 6-iron to ace the 164-yard par-3 17th hole. The shot was witnessed by his brother John Stepien, also of East Liverpool.

Zombie Run upcoming

COLUMBIANA — Leadership Columbiana County has announced its 2017 event, a 5K “Zombie Run” and Resource Fair, beginning at 8:45 a.m. April 29 at Firestone Park.

Proceeds benefit the development of the future Junior Leadership Columbiana County and The Brightside Project, both nonprofit organizations. To participate, contact Josh Martin at joshmartin40@yahoo.com.

Warriors need a soccer coach

BELOIT — West Branch High School is looking for a varsity girls soccer coach. Applicants should send their letter of interest and resume to Timothy Saxton, superintendent, at 14277 S. Main Street, Beloit, OH 44609 by April 18.

Betting on NFL draft available

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Football fans who look forward every year to what players their favorite team selects at the NFL draft can now bet on the outcome in Nevada. But some sports books in Las Vegas expect the new wagering to draw little more attention than Mr. Irrelevant, the last player picked every year.

Nevada gambling regulators have approved for the first time a series of proposition bets — unique wagers offered on specific outcomes — on the draft, which will take place at the end of the month. At least one sports book began taking bets over the weekend, but others have decided to skip the option or take time to ponder it.

The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook may post a handful of the 17 approved bets, but only after conducting more research, including into teams and players. Its oddsmaker, Jay Kornegay, said nothing is more frustrating for a sports book than to spend several hours of work to only get “grocery dollars” on some bets.

“It’s virtually impossible to know everything that might be going on in the world of the NFL draft,” he said. “If a trade happens, it can happen at any time, which could change the entire draft. It could have a rippling effect. All the moves that could possibly happen are not restricted to: ‘It starts at noon Pacific time’ (like a game.)”

Heat stay alive, rally to top Cavs

MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game’s final four from the foul line, and the Miami Heat remained alive in the postseason chase by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 on Monday night.

Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami, which would have been eliminated with a loss. Josh Richardson scored 19 points, James Johnson had 16 and Goran Dragic added 15.

Deron Williams had a season-high 35 points, along with nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who fell to 0-7 this season when LeBron James doesn’t play.

The Cavs were also without Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, and fell a game behind Boston in the race for No. 1 in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love scored 25 points, Channing Frye had 21 and Kyle Korver had 18.

Miami survived despite Cleveland getting two four-point plays in overtime, including one by Williams with 34 seconds left that put the Heat on the brink. But Johnson scored the last four points, and Miami stayed in the No. 9 spot in the East.

No. 7 Indiana and No. 8 Chicago both won earlier Monday, and would have clinched playoff trips with a Heat loss.

Instead, it’s on to Game No. 82 on Wednesday night to decide it all.

Cleveland’s lead was as many as 15, and was still 14 late in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Frye. Williams connected on another 3 with 2.1 seconds left in the period, and the Cavaliers took an 81-70 lead into the fourth.

In just over three minutes, the lead was gone.

The Cavs wasted a 26-point lead going into the fourth at Atlanta on Sunday, and an 11-pointer in the final 12 minutes of regulation of this one.

James Johnson had seven quick points to start Miami’s rally, Tyler Johnson’s 3-pointer tied the game at 95, and Wayne Ellington connected on a pair of 3s to push Miami’s lead out to 106-99.

Cleveland scored the next nine points, going back on top when Love put back his own miss for a 108-106 lead with 1:40 remaining. Dragic tied it for the Heat with a long jumper, Miami got a stop on the final Cleveland possession and to overtime they went.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: If history holds, James won’t play Wednesday. He hasn’t appeared in a regular-season finale since 2007. … Thompson and Irving were on the floor working out pregame. Thompson missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right thumb. … G Kay Felder (left lower leg) was injured in the third quarter and did not return. … Williams’ high with the Cavs was 19, until Monday. He had 20 by the midpoint of the third quarter.

Heat: Dion Waiters (ankle) was listed as questionable, but missed his 12th consecutive game. The Heat are 27-19 with him and now 12-23 without him. … Ellington connected from midcourt just after the third-quarter buzzer. It would have gotten Miami within eight going into the fourth.

BIRDMAN VISITS

Chris “Birdman” Andersen, who played for both Cleveland and Miami in his career, was in a baseline seat opposite the Heat bench. Andersen won a title in Miami in 2013. He appeared in 12 games with the Cavs this season before being sidelined by a knee injury.

L2M FALLOUT

The league’s Last Two Minute Report of Sunday’s Cleveland-Atlanta game showed three calls late in regulation and overtime that negatively impacted the Cavs’ chances in what became a 126-125 loss. “It’s too late now. It’s over,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Can they give us the game back? Well, we don’t need to talk about it then. If they can’t give us the game back, it doesn’t matter.”

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host Toronto on Wednesday, the last tune-up before the playoffs start.

Heat: Host Washington on Wednesday, looking to go 4-0 against the Wizards this season.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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