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5 things to watch as Cavs bring in LeBron James

Jul 12, 2014

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer

LeBron James' decision to come home to Cleveland is being hailed as a story about the power of forgiveness and maturity and a victory for a blue-collar Northern city over a destination spot in glitzy Miami.

Now that the decision has, finally, been made, what ...

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The Return: James goes home to Cavaliers

Jul 12, 2014

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James returns older, more mature. He's got a little less hair, and a ton more experience.

Like anyone, he changed in four years.

The NBA's biggest star left four summers ago on poor terms, despised by fans who burned his jersey and scorned by an ...

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LeBron James returns to Cavs: 'I'm coming home'

Jul 12, 2014

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.

To Ohio. Home.

Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and ...

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LeBron move makes Cavs a betting favorite in Vegas

Jul 11, 2014

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — LeBron James says it will take time to turn the Cleveland Cavaliers into a championship team. Oddsmakers in this gambling city aren't so sure.

The decision by James to return to Cleveland immediately turned the Cavaliers from also-rans into title ...

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Johnson, McGirt on top at John Deere

Jul 11, 2014

By TIM CRONIN, Associated Press

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — For the past five years, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker have had a near-monopoly on the John Deere Classic.

Johnson won in 2012, lost to Jordan Spieth in a three-way playoff last year, and tied for second in 2009.

Stricker won three straight ...

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AP Sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat

Jul 11, 2014

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami.

Not even LeBron James' departure changed his mind.

And shortly after the Heat took a King-sized hit, their future started coming together.

Bosh is staying in Miami, agreeing ...

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ON THIS DAY: Zidane gives France 1st World Cup win

Jul 11, 2014

By PAN PYLAS and ANNE-MARIE BELGRAVE, Associated Press

On July 12 in World Cup history: Zinedine Zidane's headers help France beat subdued Brazil in 1998 home final.

France, which played such a central role in the establishment of the World Cup, strolled to its maiden title at home in 1998. Two ...

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A look at some of the best goals at the World Cup

Jul 11, 2014

By CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sports Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from ...

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World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

Jul 11, 2014

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history.

While Germany barreled down on a ...

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Martin takes 3-shot lead in Women's British Open

Jul 11, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — American Mo Martin had a plan to play Royal Birkdale. It has worked better than she imagined at the Ricoh Women's British Open.

Martin took two putts from short of the green on the par-5 18th for her 10th birdie in two days. It gave her ...

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2nd-round jinx strikes McIlroy again

Jul 11, 2014

ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — The second-round jinx that has afflicted Rory McIlroy this season struck once again at the Scottish Open on Friday when he followed up a course-record 64 with a 7-over 78 that left him just above the cut mark.

The former world No. 1 has failed to build on fast starts in a ...

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Wie misses the cut at Royal Birkdale

Jul 11, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Michelle Wie has gone from major champion to her first weekend off in nearly a year.

Beatriz Recari of Spain birdied her last three holes at Royal Birkdale for a 5-under 67. So Yeon Ryu fought off an early double bogey for another round par ...

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As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait

Jul 11, 2014

By TIM REYNOLDS and TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writers

When it comes to LeBron James, all that's certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy.

Miami or Cleveland?

The same choice he faced four years ago is the one facing the four-time NBA MVP now. He ...

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Barcelona reach agreement for Luis Suarez

Jul 11, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over.

Barcelona made the announcement in a statement on Friday. Terms of the transfer weren't given.

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Slovenia: Violinist's pre-Sochi ski results rigged

Jul 11, 2014

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia has suspended four of its ski officials for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Competing at the Olympics for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father, she ...

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Your Top Plays for Today

Jul 11, 2014

By The Associated Press

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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ARGENTINA WINGER DI MARIA IN RACE AGAINST TIME TO PLAY WORLD CUP FINAL

Argentina's star winger Angel di Maria is in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup final.

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Yankees' Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament

Jul 11, 2014

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Allowing nine runs in the last two innings wasn't the worst thing that happened to the New York Yankees on Thursday night.

New York's 9-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a ...

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Streak over, Kershaw pitches Dodgers past Pads 2-1

Jul 11, 2014

By JOE RESNICK, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles ace pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.

Kershaw won ...

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Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina

Jul 11, 2014

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America

But for at least 90 minutes on Sunday, when Argentina takes on Germany in ...

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Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari as coach

Jul 10, 2014

By LUKE NORMAN, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil football great Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance.

"We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too.

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