Daily News - September 3, 2014

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Meet Chris Haynes, Joe Vardon and Chris Fedor, the new Cavaliers reporting team for the Northeast Ohio Media Group
Author: Staff Writer
Publication: Cleveland.com

"You know about LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and the rest of a talented Cavaliers team that will try to bring Cleveland its first sports championship in a half century.

Now meet the Northeast Ohio Media Group team that will bring you the stories of that hunt for a championship, discuss your take and offer perspectives you will find only on cleveland.com and in The Plain Dealer." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Working for the Weekend
Author: Joe Gabriele
Publication: cavs.com

"With Team USA’s convincing 98-71 win over New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon in Bilbao, the first weekend of the FIBA World Cup – at least as far as the Cavaliers’ contingent is concerned – is in the books.

This weekend’s action did nothing to dispel the assumption that the U.S. and Spain – alpha dogs of their respective brackets – are on a collision course as bracket play wraps up on Thursday.

So how did the Wine and Gold’s trifecta fare over the first three games of the tourney? Here’s a quick breakdown …" - CLICK HERE to read full story.

USA Depth Featured In 98-71 Victory Over New Zealand
Author: USA Team Release
Publication: cavs.com

"BILBAO, Spain (Sept. 2, 2014) -- Leading by seven points after the game's first 10 minutes, the USA (3-0) quickly pulled away from New Zealand (0-3) with a 12-0 run in the second period and continued on to an impressive 98-71 win that saw six U.S. players reach double-figures and all 12 players score in the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Tuesday evening at Bizkaia Arena.

While the USA will play Dominican Republic (1-1) at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Sept. 3 (ESPN2) and conclude its preliminary round on Sept. 4 against Ukraine (2-1) at 11:30 a.m. EDT (ESPN2), tonight's win assured the USA of at least a top-four finish in its group and a berth into the round of 16." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Irving scores in double digits as US routs New Zealand
Author: Associated Press
Publication: FOX Sports Ohio

"BILBAO, Spain (AP) -- American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge.

The U.S. response wasn't nearly as interesting. Just pound the ball inside and outmuscle an overmatched opponent.

Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried added 15 and 11 boards and the U.S. remained unbeaten at the Basketball World Cup by beating winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

U.S. Cruises Past New Zealand
Author: Sekou Smith
Publication: NBA.com

"BILBAO, SPAIN — This was more like it, what the U.S. National Team was after. Complete control over a clearly overmatched opponent.

Not that the Americans needed much of a confidence booster in pool play. But it never hurts to remind everyone in the FIBA World Cup field that the reigning champs aren’t ready to relinquish their title just yet.

A slow start in Sunday’s win over Turkey coupled with Monday’s off day left plenty of time for people to question this team’s potential and resolve. Their 98-71 smashing of New Zealand on Tuesday should serve as an appropriate response." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Baynes, Australia Get Big Win in Group D
Author: John Schuhmann
Publication: NBA.com

"GRANADA, SPAIN – Groups C and D got back into action at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, with Australia edging Lithuania 82-75 in the headline game of the day in Gran Canaria.

The Boomers played a near perfect first half. Joe Ingles hit some ridiculous shots, Aron Baynes was incredibly active, destroying Jonas Valanciunas in the first few minutes, and their sagging defense kept Valanciunas from finding any space on post-ups or rolls to the basket. With Ingles hitting a 3 at the buzzer, Australia took a 19-point lead into the break." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Team USA gets power surge from Faried
Author: Marc Stein
Publication: ESPN.com

"BILBAO, Spain -- Starting power forward. No. 2 scorer on the squad. Emotional compass and team spokesman, too.

Kenneth Faried was supposed to be none of those things on his summer loan from the Denver Nuggets to USA Basketball.

Yet, suddenly, he's all of the above." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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