Kid from Akron returns home a King
For LeBron James the reasoning was as simple as it was sublime, just a kid from Akron coming home. "I always believed that I'd return to Cleveland and finish my career there," said James in a first-person essay published in Sports Illustrated on Friday. "I looked at other teams, but I wasn't going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. "I'm coming home." Heat fans are unlikely to take James's departure as personally as Cleveland did in 2010 when the four-time NBA most valuable player made a grating primetime announcement that he was taking his talents to South Beach...
Three-way lead in Scotland as McIlroy struggles
(Reuters) - Ricardo Gonzalez, Kristoffer Broberg and Marc Warren were in a three-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage of the Scottish Open on Friday, while Rory McIlroy suffered a second round meltdown a day after shooting a course record at Royal Aberdeen. Northern Ireland's McIlroy went seven-under on Thursday, but there was no repeat second time around as he hit a seven-over par 78 to drop from first place to a share of 34th...
Part-timer Stricker in contention at John Deere Classic
(Reuters) - American Steve Stricker is skipping the British Open, but he has the John Deere Classic in his sights after a strong second round in Silvis, Illinois on Friday. Stricker, helped by a tip from his caddie, stormed home with five birdies on his inward half for a six-under-par 65 at TPC John Deere Run. He recorded a nine-under 133 halfway total, three strokes behind American leader William McGirt (66) with half the field back in the clubhouse...
Cheers explode across Cleveland for LeBron James' return home
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Taxis honked their horns and fans cheered across Cleveland on Friday, when news of the return of hometown hero and NBA superstar LeBron James gave the city its second, much-needed boost in a week. Three days after the Ohio city once know as "the mistake on the lake" was picked as the likely host of the 2016 U.S. Republican Party national convention, James announced he was coming home to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years with the Miami Heat...
Martin in control at British Open as Wie misses cut
While many of the bigger names struggled in the tough conditions, American Mo Martin, the world number 99, shot a second straight three under 69 to take a three shot lead at the British Open on Friday. Beatriz Recari, the Spanish Solheim Cup player, shared second place at Royal Birkdale on three under with South KoreaĂ˘ s Ryu So Yeon. SheĂ˘ s suffered with a bad hip and poor form and she arrived at Royal Birkdale with a wrist injury...
McIlroy suffers another Friday fright
Rory McIlroy's Friday curse struck again as the double Major winner slumped from an overnight one-stroke lead to be trailing by six shots on day two of the Scottish Open. After setting a new course record of a seven under par 64 in the first round, McIlroy returned to the stunning Aberdeen links where he stumbled his way to a seven over par 78, dropping back to a share of 34th place at level par. Three players -â€“ Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg (71), Scotland's Marc Warren (69) and Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez (71) â€“- share the lead on six under par...
Golf-Part-timer Stricker in contention at John Deere Classic
American Steve Stricker is skipping the British Open, but he has the John Deere Classic in his sights after a strong second round in Silvis, Illinois on Friday. Stricker, helped by a tip from his caddie, stormed home with five birdies on his inward half for a six-under-par 65 at TPC John Deere Run. He recorded a nine-under 133 halfway total, three strokes behind American leader William McGirt (66) with half the field back in the clubhouse...
The best basketball player on the planet is taking his ball and going home
On Friday, LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, spurning the Miami Heat and sending shockwaves through the NBA. For Cleveland, a sports town routinely snakebitten, it's hard to overstate the importance of this moment. None of that vitriol went away as James won two titles with Miami and became the undisputed best player in the game. You work for what you have.â€ť The politician in James understands the need to coax the community back to embracing him, but from the looks of the spontaneous public celebrations throughout Cleveland, he needn't have bothered...
Yankees add pitcher in wake of Tanaka injury
The New York Yankees, desperate for pitching help after an injury to Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka, traded for Oakland left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis on Friday in exchange for cash. The Yankees have lost four of their five starting pitchers from the Major League Baseball club's season-opening roster, the latest of them being Tanaka to a torn ligament in his right elbow. Tanaka, whose 12 wins lead the American League, could return in six weeks with successful rehabilitation but if that fails could need "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery that would sideline him for a year to 18 months...
Factbox: LeBron James returning to Cleveland
(Reuters) - Brief profile of LeBron James, who on Friday announced he was returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers:Born December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio (age 29) Height: six feet eight inches, 250 lbs (113 kilograms) Drafted first overall by Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 Named NBA rookie of the year in 2004 Ten-time NBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). ...
LeBron James to rejoin Cleveland Cavaliers
New York (AFP) - LeBron James announced Friday that he will rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, leaving Miami after sparking the Heat to two NBA titles for the hometown club he spurned in 2010.
First ball Babe Ruth hit out of Yankee Stadium up for auction
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The first baseball whacked over the fence at Yankee Stadium by legendary home run king Babe Ruth goes on auction on Saturday in his home town of Baltimore, part of a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of his storied major league career. The unofficial home run ball, which bears Ruth's autograph, was slugged during a batting practice session before empty bleachers and a snow-covered outfield two months before the stadium officially opened in the spring of 1923...
World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records
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.
A look at some of the best goals at the World Cup
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 outside the area.
McIlroy slumps, 3 share lead at Scottish Open
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy surrendered the lead at the Scottish Open with his latest second-round meltdown on Friday, leaving three players tied for first place on a day when brutal winds played havoc with the field.