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Cavaliers don’t plan to fire Lue

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has a long list of immediate concerns.

Keeping his job isn’t currently one of them.

Despite Cleveland’s recent slide and his team’s lack of cohesion, the Cavaliers have no immediate plans to replace Lue, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The status of Lue, who led the team to an NBA title in 2016 and three straight Finals appearances, came into question following Saturday night’s 32-point home loss to Houston, the latest blowout suffered by a team in disarray. However, Lue’s job isn’t in danger because of the need for “keeping continuity” at this challenging time, given Cleveland’s roster overhaul and injuries, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

ESPN first reported that Lue’s job wasn’t in jeopardy.

Cleveland has lost 12 of 18 and LeBron James and his teammates have been beaten by at least 24 points in four games during the span. They were booed by fans in Quicken Loans Arena almost from the start of the performance against Houston, and following the game, Lue and several of his players challenged the team’s level of effort and trust.

“We didn’t have no fight,” Lue said.

James said: “I’m at a loss for words.”

Isaiah Thomas said the struggled is internal.

“We’re not together on both ends,” he said. “There’s a lot of one-on-one on the offense end, maybe because we don’t trust each other. And then on the defensive end, it’s the same thing. Guys are put on islands and there’s no trust.”

Woodland wins in playoff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gary Woodland was surprised to see infant son Jaxson with wife Gabby late Sunday afternoon at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“My wife kind of surprised me with him,” Woodland said. “I didn’t think he was going to be there. I thought it would just be her. For her to bring him out, that was special and something I’ll never forget.”

Jaxson was born prematurely in June after a twin girl was lost in a miscarriage. On Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, he was in his father’s arms at the trophy celebration after a playoff victory.

“For him to be here, it’s obviously a miracle,” Woodland said. “I’m just so excited to share this with him and my family. Hopefully, it’s the start of something special.”

Woodland beat Chez Reavie with a par on the first extra hole.

Playing three groups ahead of Reavie, Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a 7-under 64 — the best round of the day — to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 67, 68 and 67 after getting some advice from instructor Butch Harmon.

“Butch sent me a text Thursday morning before I played and said, ‘Forget about everything else, let’s just put four rounds together. Don’t worry about what you shoot, don’t worry about winning, just put four good rounds together,'” Woodland said. “I don’t know if that put me at ease or what, but I definitely put four good rounds together this week.”

Lisbon frosh fall

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Springfield defeated Lisbon, 55-33, in freshmen boys basketball action Saturday.

Lukas Yemma led the Tigers with 18 points.

Blayne Brownfield topped the Blue Devils with 21 points.

Junior high girls basketball

United at Southern

8th Grade: United won 28-14 Thursday. United, Brielle Rose 9 points; South

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