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Offensive lineman Brian Winters during a practice of the Kent State University football team at Dix Stadium in April 2012 in Kent, Ohio. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Kent State center Brian Winters snaps the ball to quarterback Evan Shimensky during a practice at Dix Stadium in April 2012 in Kent, Ohio. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Kent State University's Roosevelt Nix hits the sled during practice at Dix Stadium in Aug. 2011, in Kent, Ohio. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Kent State University football player Roosevelt Nix (left) participates in drill under the watchful eye of defensive line coach Brian George during a spring practice session at Dix Stadium in April 2012, in Kent, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
CHICAGO: After the Cavaliers’ loss Monday in San Antonio, the weight of defending a championship, the frustration of a disappointing night and the responsibility of playing point guard cut straight to Kyrie Irving’s heart.