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LeBron James signs two-year contract with Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — First, the Cavaliers got LeBron James’ word. Then they got his signature. James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs on Saturday, a day after he announced he was returning to play in Cleveland and try to end the city’s 50-year …


NBA extends TV contracts with ESPN, TNT through 2025


NEW YORK — The NBA and its television partners couldn’t wait to extend their contracts.

The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox looming, both networks were willing to pay …

U.S. routs Spain for second straight gold at women’s world championship


ISTANBUL — Sue Bird added another gold medal to her already incredible U.S. basketball resume. Bird became the most-decorated player in world championship history when the Americans won a second straight gold with a 77-64 victory over Spain on Sunday night. Bird has won three …

Paul George makes insensitive Tweets about Ray Rice case, then apologizes


INDIANAPOLIS — NBA star Paul George got the message quickly Thursday. After tweeting that Ray Rice should be allowed to continue his NFL career and suggesting he was merely responding to being attacked, George backtracked Thursday, replacing his deleted comments with an apology to women …

Marvin Barnes, 62, Providence, ABA basketball great had off-court problems


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Marvin Barnes, who led Providence College to the Final Four in 1973 and starred in the old American Basketball Association, has died. He was 62. Kevin Stacom, a college teammate and a friend of Mr. Barnes, told the Providence Journal on Monday …

Danny Ferry disciplined over racist remark about Luol Deng


The fallout from racially charged comments by Atlanta Hawks’ leadership continued on Tuesday as general manager Danny Ferry was disciplined for making inflammatory comments about Luol Deng.

Atlanta Hawks’ racial email draws attention from civil rights leaders


ATLANTA — Civil rights leaders in Atlanta say they will ask for a meeting with Hawks officials after the disclosure of a racially charged email written by the basketball team’s co-owner. The Rev. Markel Hutchins said Monday that he would ask for a meeting to …

Derrick Rose plays better as USA defeats Ukraine


James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.

Steve Ballmer officially owns the Clippers


Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

2007 top NBA pick Oden arrested in Indianapolis


Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden has been arrested in Indianapolis on battery charges alleging that he punched a woman in the face.

Will LeBron wear No. 6 or No. 23?


LeBron James has to make another big decision. The NBA superstar turned to social media Friday to help him choose which number he’ll wear next season with the Cavaliers. James wrote “6 or 23....” on his Twitter account and posted photos on Instagram of him wearing No. 6 and No. 23 wine and gold Cavs jerseys.

Lance Stephenson headed to Hornets


Lance Stephenson has found a new home. The controversial free-agent shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.

Mega money in sports has a dwindling interest rate


It’s scary to think that a head-shot photo in a newspaper could imply knowledge or wisdom. A guy in my building recognized me from the aforementioned picture the other day and, after recoiling at how homely I am in person, sought my take on the …

Cleveland revels in LeBron James’ return to Cavaliers


CLEVELAND — 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 …

LeBron James going back to Cleveland Cavaliers


LeBron James is going home.

No big television spectacle called “The Decision,’’ and no dancing around on a stage promising “Not one, not two, not three . . . ’’ Just a heart-felt first-person essay told to Sports Illustrated on on why he was …

LeBron, Pat Riley meet, no decision yet


LAS VEGAS — Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think. The Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition …