Cavaliers looking forward to respite before conference semis

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James grabs a rebound from Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Indianapolis. Cleveland defeated Indiana 106-102 and won the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Cleveland Cavaliers finally caught a break.

College stars bolster draft stock through special teams

FILE- In this Oct. 29, 2016, file photo, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) stiff-arms Arizona linebacker Paul Magloire Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tucson, Ariz. What he lacks in size and power, McCaffrey makes up for with speed, quickness and versatility. Likely to come off the board in the second half of the first round. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

INDIANAPOLIS — More and more college coaches are putting their starters and even their stars on special teams as they seek to pile up every possible point in an era of pedal-to-the-metal shootouts and never-safe leads.

Elliott effect, deep class fuel running back resurgence

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2016, file photo, LSU's Leonard Fournette (7) rushes downfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. After running backs failed to go in the first round of the NFL draft in 2013 and ’14, Fournette, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook could be selected on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

Ezekiel Elliott’s immediate impact last season, along with one of the strongest classes in years, have made running backs popular again heading into this week’s NFL draft.

The old guys are OK

Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) defends during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 105-98. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The old guys are coming up big so far in these playoffs


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