Throughout the NBA Finals, we asked you several different questions as the games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors progressed.

We started by wanting your prediction, where the majority of you said the Cavs would take the series in six games. But then as the series continued we changed the tone of what we wanted to know from you. How can the Cavs turn things around? Who needed to be a breakout player for the Cavs? Could they keep their momentum going after winning Game 3?

Thanks to our friends at the polling website Apester, here’s how you voted in each of our NBA Finals polls:

If you want even more Cavs coverage, head over to ohio.com/sports/cavs to find stories, stats and more from the Finals. Sports writer Marla Ridenour has an idea where it all went wrong for the Cavs against the Warriors. Read that column here


What do you do after your team loses a pivotal close out game for the NBA championship? If you’re Golden State forward Draymond Green, you insult the fans of your opponent.  

After the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 137-116 in Game 4, Green said this of Cleveland fans:

For a player who nearly was thrown out of Game 4, Green seems to have a lot to say. Perhaps he should just be grateful for the scorer’s table shenanigans that allowed to remain on the floor and keep it moving. 

LeBron pre-game

Photographer Leah Klafczynski shares a behind-the-scenes look at Quicken Loans Arena before Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Be sure to follow @photos_abj on Instagram for more photos and video from the Q. 



hind the scenes

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a 3-0 hole against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, guard J.R. Smith remains confident.

After losing 118-113 on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, Smith took to Twitter to guarantee the Cavs would win the series in seven games. He quickly deleted the tweet shortly after publishing it.

Here’s the tweet:


In Game 3, Smith had 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Other than LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Smith is the only Cavs player to score in double digits for the game.

Can Smith’s deleted tweet prove to be true? We’ll find out Friday night when the Cavs play the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Take our poll here and let us know what you think will happen.

Update: After the game, Smith told Cleveland.com that his Twitter account was hacked.


Did LeBron James get into a post-game fight?

Not exactly. But J.R. Smith did push James out of the way of a fan brawl as the Cavaliers were making their way to the locker room after the Game 2 at the Oracle Center.

MORE: Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113: Cavs clean up their act, but Warriors have too much firepower, take 2-0 series lead

“Yeah, I can’t let nobody get close to the King,” Smith told the Beacon Journal on Tuesday when asked about pushing James out of the way. “I’m one of his knights. That’s what I’m here for.


Why were the fans fighting? The team hasn’t released an official statement, but the theory has to do with an seating spat. Read more at USAToday


The NBA Finals, which finally start tonight, won’t be the only showcase for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.

The All-Star point man on Thursday was announced as the cover athlete for 2K Sports’ NBA 2K18 video game.

“It is well known that I’m an avid player of this series and I am honored to be the cover athlete of NBA 2K18,” Irving said in a release. “It’s surreal to be featured on the cover and I can’t wait to dominate on the virtual court with all of my fans this fall.”

MORE – Marla Ridenour: Lessons learned in regular-season thud, blown leads can help the Cavaliers again pull off the impossible in NBA Finals

Irving will be featured on the cover of the standard edition of the game. Former Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic star Shaquille O’Neal will be on the cover of separate editions of the game.

NBA 2K18 will be released on Sept. 19 on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. You can pre-order the game to have early play access starting on Sept. 15.

Also for pre-ordering the standard edition, players will receive 5,000 points of virtual currency in the game, 10 weekly MyTEAM packs and a Kyrie Irving pack outfit. The standard edition of the game will launch at retail for $59.99.

This isn’t Irving’s first video game cover, however. He was the cover star for EA Sports’ NBA Live in 2013.


If all goes well, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have some new jewelry next season. But at the very least they’ll be rocking a new logo.  

Wednesday, the Cavs unveiled it’s updated collection of logos, that “simplifies and modernizes the look of the Cavaliers brand,” according to the website.  Later this summer, the Cavs will also release updates to the team’s jerseys which will compliment the new logos.

Take a look at the new designs below posted via the team’s Instagram: 


Next season, the Cavaliers brand will be simplified and modernized to reflect our team evolution and franchise growth. Swipe through to take a peek and find full details now at cavs.com! #AllForOne

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What do you think of the new logos?


Johnny Depp returns this week in one of his greatest roles: Captain Jack Sparrow. The crafty, off-kilter pirate fronts the fifth film in the fantasy-adventure franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Review: Johnny Depp delivers a satisfying sequel in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

From the Mad Hatter to Ichabod Crane to Gilbert Grape, Depp is one of our most versatile film actors. He has been nominated for three Oscars for best actor – for the first Pirates film, for the horror musical Sweeney Todd, and for the drama Finding Neverland – but has yet to win.

Here are five of Depp’s greatest screen roles. What was his best performance? Vote in our poll.  


Stipe Miocic, the UFC heavyweight champion from Cleveland, will defend his title for the second time on Saturday night. Check below to see where you can watch it in the area.

Miocic (16-2) will take on Junior dos Santos (18-4) in the main event of UFC 211, which takes place at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The five-fight main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.

The champion last fought in September when he knocked Allistair Overeem out in the first round.

Miocic has now won four-consecutive fights, all by KO or TKO. The last time he lost was to dos Santos in December of 2014 in a five-round unanimous decision. Dos Santos hasn’t fought since April of 2016 when he won a unanimous decision against Ben Rothwell.

That’s not the only championship fight taking place on Saturday. In the co-main event women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejcyk (13-0) defenders her title against Jessica Andrade (16-5).

Here’s the entire main card:

Weight class      
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Junior dos Santos
Women’s Strawweight Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) vs. Jéssica Andrade
Welterweight Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
Featherweight Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodríguez
Flyweight Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis

The show also features a four-fight preliminary card that begins at 8 p.m. ET on FX. The main event of the preliminary fight is Eddie Alvarez (28-5) taking on Dustin Poirier (21-5) in a lightweight challenge.

Here’s where you can see UFC 211 in the Akron area:

Location Address City Zip
Barley House @ Akron 222 South Main St. Akron 44260
Johnny J s Pub 1282 Weathervane Lane Akron 44313
Johnny Js Pub & Grille @ Springfield 2891 East Waterloo Rd. Akron 44312
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Aurora (Bainbridge) 188 65 Giles Rd. Aurora 44202
Grindstone Taphouse 826 Front St Berea 44017
Fox & Hound @ Canton 4770 Everhart Rd NW Canton 44718
Jerzees Sports Grille 5260 Dressler Road Canton 44718
Tilted Kilt @ Canton OH 5075 Dressler Rd. NW Canton 44718
Barley House @ Cleveland 1265 W.6th Street Cleveland 44113
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Cleveland 724 Prospect Ave Cleveland 44415
Harry Buffalo @ Cleveland Downtown 2120 East 4th Street Cleveland 44115
Victory Alley 721 Bolivar Road Cleveland 44115
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Cleveland Heights 12459 Cedar Rd. Cleveland Heights 44106
Beef OBradys @ Kent 3975 Cascades Blvd; Unit 1 Kent 44240
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Kent 176 East Main St. Kent 44240
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Lyndhurst 5433 Mayfield Rd. Lyndhurst 44124
Fox & Hound @ Mayfield Heights 1479 S.O.M. Center Rd. Mayfield Heights 44124
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Medina 5050 Eastpoint Dr. Medina 44256
Johnny Js Pub & Grille 925 North Court St. Medina 44256
Harry Buffalo @ North Olmstead 4824 Great Northern Blvd. North Olmstead 44070
Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill 8611 Ridge Rd North Royalton 44133
Nikos Bar & Gyros 12766 Royalton Rd North Royalton 44133
Basement 480 West Aurora Rd Northfield 44067
Brew House Bar & Grill 6395 Pearl Rd Parma Heights 44130
Harry Buffalo @ Parma Heights 6425 Pearl Rd Parma Heights 44130
Terrys Pourhouse 7535 Broadview Seven Hills 44131
Beef OBradys @ Stow 3732 Darrow Rd Stow 44224
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Streetsboro 9062 State Route 14 Streetsboro 44241
Buffalo Wild Wings @ Strongsville 8465 Pearl Rd Strongsville 44136
Johnny Js Pub 15323 Pearl Rd. Strongsville 44136
Beef OBradys @ Wadsworth 1090 Williams Reserve Blvd Wadsworth 44281



For the first time since signing a three-year, $60 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, Edwin Encarnacion returned to Toronto on Monday night. The Blue Jays fans gave the slugger a standing ovation.

Encarnacion played eight seasons for the Blue Jays. For Toronto he hit 289 home runs and 679 RBI. He batted in the middle of potent lineup that made the ALCS each of the past two seasons. A three-time All-Star with the Blue Jays, Encarnacion finished 14th in MVP voting after he batted .263 with 42 home runs, 127 RBI and 99 runs.

Of course, last year the Blue Jays lost the ALCS to the Indians, whom Encarncion signed with in January.

This season, Encarnacion is batting .229 for the Indians with five home runs and 11 RBI.

Toronto got back at the Indians on Monday, beating the Tribe 4-2. In the game, Encarnacion had two hits and a walk. The two teams play again tonight at 7:07 p.m .ET with Carlos Carrasco making the start for the Tribe while Mike Bolsinger starts for Toronto.

Bracket update: We started with 32 of the greatest summer blockbusters of all time. You voted, and many of the presumed favorites — Jaws, Batman, Harry Potter, Animal House — have fallen.

Now our Summer Movie Madness Tournament has come down to the championship: Star Wars vs. Indiana Jones.

In the round of four, No. 1 seed Star Wars (58 percent) ousted No. 3 seed Forrest Gump (42 percent), while No. 6 seed Indiana Jones (81 percent) defeated No. 1 seed Shrek (19 percent).

Perhaps the key question for the title is: Which Harrison Ford do you prefer? Cynical, smart-alecky, Millennium Falcon-flying Han Solo, or cynical, ever-resourceful, whip-wielding Dr. Jones?

In addition to Ford’s dual presence, Star Wars creator George Lucas was instrumental in launching the Indy series as a producer and writer, and composer extraordinaire John Williams has created the scores for every film in both franchises (beginning with the original Star Wars in 1977, and Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981).

It’s time for you to pick a champion. Cast your vote at http://www.ohio.com/entertainment and enter the drawing for movie passes. Voting in the championship round closes at noon Tuesday. The winning film will be announced Thursday in Enjoy!

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Bracket update:  Who knew that a professor of archaeology could defeat the Dark Knight?

Our Summer Movie Madness Tournament has found its Final Four. And in the Heroes bracket, the No. 6 seed Indiana Jones beat No. 1 seed Batman with 86 percent of the vote.

In another ousting of a No. 1 seed, from the Comedies and Dramas bracket, shrimp aficionado Forrest Gump (a 3 seed) trampled on those partying Delta dudes from Animal House, 68 percent to 32 percent.

Only two No. 1 seeds remain: Shrek, from our Animated bracket defeated Toy Story 3, 56 percent to 44 percent, while Sci-Fi/Adventure leader Star Wars beat E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 76 percent to 24 percent.

The Final Four: 1. Shrek vs. 6. Indiana Jones; 1. Star Wars vs. 3. Forrest Gump.

Cast your vote for the greatest summer blockbuster at http://www.ohio.com/entertainment and enter the drawing for movie passes. Voting in the round of 4 closes at noon Sunday.



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Bracket update: “Run, Forrest. Run!”

Forrest Gump is proving to be a powerful No. 3 seed in our Summer Movie Madness Tournament. The 1994 Tom Hanks drama is running away with votes, this time trouncing Tom Cruise’s Risky Business 84 percent to 16 percent.

The biggest upset in the Sweet 16 came in the Heroes bracket: No. 6 seed Indiana Jones squashed No. 2 Spider-Man 89 percent to 11 percent. Forrest and Indy appear to be formidable foes as the tournament heads into the Elite 8.

Three of the four No. 1 seeds remained firm. In a DC vs. Marvel showdown, Batman bested The Avengers, while Shrek took down Up, and Star Wars blasted Pirates of the Caribbean.

But the remaining No. 1 seed, Animal House, just barely (barely!) squeaked by No. 4 Ghostbusters. The margin of victory: one vote.

Here are the matchups for the next round: 1. Batman vs. 6. Indiana Jones. 1. Shrek vs. 2. Toy Story 3. 1. Star Wars vs. 3. E.T. 1. Animal House vs. 3. Forrest Gump. Cast your vote for the greatest summer blockbuster at http://www.ohio.com/entertainment and enter the drawing for movie passes. Voting in the round of 8 closes at noon Thursday.




Comedies and Dramas

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Bracket update: Our Summer Movie Madness Tournament is hurtling into the Sweet 16.

In a big upset in the Heroes bracket, a fedora and a whip ousted a high-tech helmet and a flying suit as No. 6 seed Indiana Jones toppled No. 3 seed Iron Man.

Meanwhile in the Comedies/Dramas bracket, a real stunner: A No. 7 seed beating a No. 2. Risky Business, the Tom Cruise star-making comedy-drama from 1983 did a tighty-whitie dance all over Bridesmaids, the summer smash from 2011.

Cruise was not as lucky, however, when his aeronautic blockbuster Top Gun was grounded by the stream-crossers of Ghostbusters. The Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump pulverized Beverly Hills Cop 2, 85 percent to 15 percent.

Bridesmaids was the only No. 2 seed to fall, as Jaws, Spider-Man and Toy Story 3 all advanced. The No. 1 seeds remain intact: Star Wars, Batman, Shrek and Animal House.

Cast your vote below in the next round to help choose the greatest summer blockbuster of all time. Voting in the round of 16 closes at noon Tuesday. Don’t forget to click here and enter the drawing for movie passes after you vote.







Comedies and Dramas


What is the greatest summer movie blockbuster of all time?

Star Wars? Spider-Man? Shrek?

As Hollywood’s summer movie season approaches with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 on May 5, the Beacon Journal is pitting 32 summer smashes against each other for the next two weeks.

You get to decide who should reign supreme.

Can the shark in Jaws chomp Darth Vader down to size? Will Harry Potter’s wand trump Indiana Jones’ whip? And who is the ultimate bracket-busting superhero: Batman or Iron Man?

The full bracket is now online, and will also be published this Sunday in Sunday Life.

First round voting starts today and runs through Monday.

The winning film will be announced in Enjoy! on May 4, as part of our Summer Movie Preview.

Click here to enter to win two Cinemark movie passes to go see a blockbuster of your choice. 








Ohio.com staff

Which sandwich reigns supreme for a St. Patrick’s Day meal? You tell us.

If you’re making a corned beef at home for St. Patrick’s Day this year, why not add a twist to the classic? Check out a recipe here for glazed corned beef with carmelized cabbage. We may disagree about the sandwich, but we can all probably agree that sounds delicious.

Ohio.com staff

NFL free agency has officially started and the Cleveland Browns are making some interesting moves, including:

Browns take on QB Brock Osweiler’s contract, pick up 2018 second-round pick in trade with Texans

Browns expected to sign Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler to five-year, $60 million contract

Browns to sign Green Bay Packers center J.C. Tretter, according to report

Browns lock up starting left guard Joel Bitonio with contract extension

Browns expected to sign WR Kenny Britt to four-year, $32.5 million deal, according to report

How would you grade the team’s first day of free agency?

Beacon Journal staff

You want a revelation? Playhouse Square will announce its 2017-18 Broadway season tonight at a launch party in the State Theatre. The biggest news is finding out when the megahit Hamilton will arrive in Cleveland. Waitress is also on the bill, and there are five more shows still to be unveiled.

Beacon Journal arts writer Kerry Clawson and features editor Lynne Sherwin will be in The Room Where It Happens. Follow the news live here as it unfolds, and you won’t have to Wait For It


Hey, movie mavens. Join in as I tweet about everything Oscar. Follow along here or on Twitter @ClintOMovies. Share your snark, sneers and celebratory thoughts.

MORE: Oscars 2017: Who will win? Share your predictions (poll)

We can dissect Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting deftness, the gowns, the glitz, the groan-inducing speeches, the surprises, the emotions, and whether or not La La Land deserves to be the mega-winner. The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. on ABC (WEWS Channel 5). Red Carpet coverage starts … much earlier.

Ohio.com staff

Beacon Journal pop culture writer Clint O’Connor has been sharing his Oscar predictions all week. Now we want to hear yours.

Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Best Supporting Actor


Clint’s Pick: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight 

Why Mahershala? Read more out here. 

Who do you choose?


Best Supporting Actress



Clint’s Pick: Viola Davis, Fences 

Why Viola? Read more here. 

Who do you choose?


Best Actor:



Clint’s Pick: Denzel Washington, Fences

Why Denzel? Read more here. 

Who do you choose?


Best Actress:


Clint’s Pick:  Emma Stone, La La Land

Why will Emma win and why Natalie Portman should? Read more here.

Who do you choose?


Best Director



Clint’s Pick: Damien Chazelle,  La La Land

Why  Damien Chazelle? Read more here.

Who you choose?


Best Picture



Clint’s Pick: La La Land

Why La La Land? Read more here

What film do you choose?


In thrilling fashion, the New England Patriots came back to win Super LI on Sunday night, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. Down by 25 points, the Patriots overcame the biggest deficit in Super Bowl history. It was the first Super Bowl to go to overtime. Tom Brady became the first starting quarterback and Bill Belichick the first head coach to win.

But was it the greatest Super Bowl ever? Take our poll and let us know what you think. 


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Super Bowl LI ad winners: Tide, T-Mobile

Brady suspects game jersey was stolen after Super Bowl win

Patriots fans take to streets of Boston to celebrate victory


Consumer columnist Betty Lin-Fisher is, among other things, our go-to person when it comes to scams. Rarely does a day go by that a reader doesn’t ask her whether he or she is on the brink of falling for a scam — or already has. Contrary to popular belief, the most frequent victims are not the elderly, she says.

Find a full archive of Bob Dyer’s podcasts at ohio.com/dyer.


As Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president, and as a protest march develops in Washington, what will your delegates to Congress do and say?

The Twitter feed on this page will display the tweets of representatives from the Akron-Canton area and Ohio’s two U.S. Senators.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat representing Cleveland and Akron, will not attend the inauguration. She said earlier this week: “I will be at home in Cleveland. #IStandWithJohnLewis” Republican Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, who represents all of Wayne and parts of Summit, Medina, Stark and Portage counties, has posted about his speaking engagements, presidential trivia and his position on the Affordable Care Act: ” Rising premiums. Unaffordable deductibles. Fewer choices. Obamacare is failing. It’s time we provide #RescueAndRelief.”

On the opposing side, Democrat Tim Ryan says of national health care: “This CBO report is an example of why I oppose an #ACARepeal. The law is working, repeal would hurt millions. The @GOP must preserve it.” Ryan represents the area north and east of Akron to the Mahoning Valley.

Others in the feed: U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, a Republican who represents southern Stark and western Medina counties; U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, a Republican representing northeast Summit County into the northeast corner of the state; and Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, Republican and Democrat respectively.