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Blatt, Cavs overjoyed by LeBron news PDF Print E-mail
Written by By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer   
Friday, 11 July 2014 22:57
LAS VEGAS — David Blatt was running a summer league practice with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday morning, and the sound of someone shrieking suddenly filled the gym.
“I understood it wasn’t because of the weather,” Blatt said.
True, but welcome to the eye of the NBA storm, nonetheless.
Blatt will never forget July 11, 2014. It was the day he coached the Cavaliers for the first time, if only in summer league. It was the day Andrew Wiggins made his debut in Cleveland’s wine-and-gold colors. Oh, and it was the day that he learned that when his first real season running a team in the NBA begins, he’ll have LeBron James to lead his club.
He doesn’t gamble, but Blatt may have been the biggest winner in Las Vegas on Friday, after getting word that James will be returning to the Cavaliers after four seasons with the Miami Heat.
“I did not see this coming down the road,” Blatt said. “And I’ll be honest with you, it was not a condition. Good things come to those who wait.”
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Cleveland rejoices as LeBron announces return to Cavs PDF Print E-mail
Written by By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 July 2014 22:55
CLEVELAND — Cleveland hasn’t had this much good news since the first time LeBron James came to town.
First there was the arrival of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel in May’s NFL draft. Then on Tuesday, the national Republican Party all but handed Cleveland its 2016 national convention and hundreds of millions of dollars in business.
And on Friday the city landed perhaps the biggest prize of all — the return of its prodigal son. James, the four-time NBA MVP and Akron native who once spurned gritty Cleveland for glamorous Miami, is coming home.
Whatever good karma this long-suffering city built on steel mills and blue-collar labor has coming, formerly downtrodden Clevelanders would surely embrace it. When you’ve had — and still have — as many problems as Cleveland, you take what you can get.
When word got out that James was bringing his considerable talents back to Cleveland, cheers and beeping car horns could be heard echoing downtown. People stared at their cellphones with expressions of glee and, perhaps, slight disbelief that it was true, King James really was headed home.
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Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press   
Friday, 11 July 2014 07:26
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 the World Cup final, most Latin Americans will put aside their disdain for their proud neighbors as they look to Lionel Messi and his teammates to salvage what’s left of the region’s soccer pride.
A defeat for Argentina would be historic: Never has a European team been crowned champion on this side of the Atlantic.
But in the wake of Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of host Brazil even the most-devoted believers in the spontaneous and stylish Latin American brand of soccer are wondering if the region is outmatched.
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LeBron James says he's returning to Cavaliers PDF Print E-mail
Written by TIM REYNOLDS and TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writers   
Friday, 11 July 2014 12:34
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James told Sports Illustrated Friday that he's decided to go home. It's a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat.

James told SI in a first-person story: "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."

He spent his first seven NBA seasons in Cleveland. In four years with the Heat, he went to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. And now heads back to Cleveland to see if he can finally deliver on his promise of winning a crown for that title-starved city.

James is from Akron, Ohio, not far from Cleveland.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 12:46
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As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait PDF Print E-mail
Written by By TIM REYNOLDS and TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writers   
Friday, 11 July 2014 07:21
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 became a champion in Miami. He still calls Ohio home. It’s obviously not an easy decision, and the ramifications of what he’s about to say — it’s still unclear when any announcement will be coming, but it’s more than likely sooner than later — will have a massive impact on the Heat and the Cavaliers.
For the Heat, keeping James is likely the only way they can stay a championship-contending team for a fifth straight season next year. If he stays, it would seem likely that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would re-sign with Miami as well, keeping the “Big 3” that has played in each of the last four NBA Finals intact for at least another season.
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