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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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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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Death of Michigan referee raises medical questions PDF Print E-mail
Written by By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press   
Friday, 11 July 2014 07:18
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A well-respected veteran soccer referee’s life was cut short by a punch delivered during a Detroit-area men’s league game.
John Bieniewicz, 44, died on July 1, two days after a player struck him at a community park in Livonia.
Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad is charged with second-degree murder, a charge that carries a penalty of up to life in prison.
Saad, a 36-year-old auto mechanic and father of two daughters, had no prior criminal history. Bieniewicz, married with two young sons, was a soccer enthusiast who had refereed games for years.
The circumstances seem unusual, but someone dying from a single blow — dubbed a “one-punch homicide” by a documentary filmmaker — is not without precedent.
Here are some questions and answers about the phenomenon.
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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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Twins brew up self-serve beer for All Star Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by By KYLE POTTER Associated Press   
Friday, 11 July 2014 07:15
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It’s BYOB at the home of the Minnesota Twins for this week’s All Star Game.
As in, Be Your Own Bartender.
Just in time for the Home Run Derby, Target Field in Minneapolis put in two self-serve beer machines in the stands behind first and third base, letting thirsty fans pick a brew, pour and pay by the ounce. The pour-your-own stations are unique among the 100-plus stadiums and arenas in the four major professional sports in the United States — though not the first of their kind, a concessions consultant said.
They’re not about boosting sales, cutting labor costs or shortening lines, said Delaware North Companies general manager Pete Spike, who provides concessions at Target Field.
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