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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:50 am


Who says you can't go home again?

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James decision to return to the Cavaliers has touched off a big celebration in Cleveland.

Cheers broke out, car horns tooted and the whoops of joyous fans filled the city's streets as word quickly spread that basketball's prodigal son is coming back home.

The four time-NBA MVP announced in an essay published in Sports Illustrated his decision to leave the Miami Heat and move back to Cleveland.

James played his first seven seasons in Cleveland. Then he took his talents to South Beach, winning two NBA titles in his four seasons in Miami.

But as James put it in his SI piece, "''I looked at other teams, but I wasn't going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right."

James departure ends the "Big 3" era in Miami as he, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all exercised options in their contracts to become free agents.

In Las Vegas, sports books immediately adjusted the Cavaliers' odds. Most Vegas sports books now have Cleveland as 4-1 favorites to win the NBA championship. That's the same as the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. And the Heat went to as high as 100-to-1 to win the title.


Bosh staying in Miami

UNDATED (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say that Chris Bosh has agreed to a maximum deal to stay with the Miami Heat.

The people said that Bosh will be getting a five-year deal worth about $118 million. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bosh had publicly announced the deal.

Bosh's deal comes not long after LeBron James announced earlier Friday he was leaving the Heat for a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat are continuing to negotiate with Dwyane Wade, the other member of what was the Miami "Big 3" that went to the NBA Finals in each of the last four seasons.


Suns get Thomas from Kings in sign-and-trade

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for point guard Isaiah Thomas, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.

The people, who sought anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced, say Thomas is signing a four-year, $27 million contract. In exchange, the Kings get the draft rights to center Alex Oriakhi, a second-round draft pick of the Suns in 2013, plus a $7 million trade exception.


Vince Carter signs multiyear contract with Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to a multiyear contract.

Carter averaged 11.9 points in 81 games, all off the bench, last season for the Dallas Mavericks. The 37-year-old guard has scored 20.2 points per game over his 16-year career.

Terms of the deal announced early Saturday morning were not disclosed.

Carter moved into 25th place on the NBA's career scoring list last season, and the player once known best as a dunker also is now seventh all-time in 3-pointers made. He led the league last season with 146 off the bench.


Nats lose game and All-Star hurler...Cards continue Brewers misery

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies' fifth straight victory was a double loss for the Washington Nationals.

First, the Nationals lost the game 6-2 as all-time Phillies hit leader Jimmy Rollins homered twice. He drove in three runs. A.J. Burnett held the Nats to one run on five hits in his seven and two-thirds innings.

Maybe more disturbing for Nationals fans was the loss of All-Star pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. He left abruptly in the middle of the fourth inning, suffering an apparent injury. Zimmermann called the Nationals training staff out after throwing a pitch to Cameron Rupp with one out in the fourth. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Zimmermann complained of a cramp in his bicep. He's scheduled for an MRI today.

Williams said Zimmermann, who was picked to participate in his second straight All-Star game on Tuesday, probably will not make the trip to Minneapolis.

In other baseball finals:

— San Francisco blanked Arizona 5-0. Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Lincecum drove in a run with a safety squeeze. The fireballer is 9-5 overall, but 4-0 in his last four decisions. Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs.

— The San Diego Padres built a 6-1 lead after six innings and doubled up the L.A. Dodgers 6-3. Alexi Amarista hit his third homer.

— The defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals continued Milwaukee's misery while moving within one game of the NL Central-leading Brewers. The Cards rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Brewers 7-6 on Matt Holiday's line-drive homer off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth. The Brewers have lost six straight, and 10 of 11.

— Cincinnati rallied from a 5-1 deficit to edge Pittsburgh 6-5. Brayan Pena's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed the rally.

— Seattle edged AL West-leading Oakland 3-2. Felix Hernandez and Fernando Rodney combined on a six-hitter. Robinson Cano (kah-NOH') broke a sixth-inning tie with a run-scoring double. Hernandez is 11-2 with Rodney getting his 27th save.

— The Baltimore Orioles shaded the New York Yankees 3-2 for their ninth win in 11 games. Manny Machado led off the 10th inning with a double and scored on a one-out single by Nick Hundley. Baltimore has gone to extra innings in three of its last five games and won in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings.

— Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4. Nick Swisher and Dave Murphy homered for the Tribe.

— The L.A. Angels handed the slumping Texas Rangers their sixth straight loss, 3-0. Garrett Richards allowed five hits over seven innings to extend his personal winning streak to seven decisions. He's 11-2 overall.

— Anibal Sanchez tossed seven stingy innings, Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera drove in runs and the Detroit Tigers squeaked out a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

— Boston erupted with five runs in the sixth inning and beat Houston 8-3. Rookie Christian Vasquez got his first three major league hits and drove in three runs.

— Colorado topped Minnesota 6-2. Troy Tulowitzki and Drew Stubbs each hit two-run homers to help Jorge De La Rosa win his 10th game.

— Steve Tolleson's two-run single snapped a ninth-inning tie and helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5.

— David Wright went 4 for 4 with a mammoth homer, Lucas Duda also hit a long two-run shot and the New York Mets routed Miami 7-1.

— Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in a day game at Wrigley Field.


Lucroy gets NL All-Star start... Tanaka vows comeback soon

UNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-croy) will replace injured St. Louis catcher Yadier (YAH-dee-ur) Molina as the National League's starter for Tuesday night's All-Star game. Molina suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

Molina's spot on the All-Star roster will be filled by Arizona's Miguel Montero.

In other baseball news:

— Yankees star pitcher Mashiro Tanaka vows to return soon from his elbow injury and has apologized for not being able to help the team, while he recovers. The 12-4 Tanaka was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He hopes to avoid surgery.

— Ubaldo Jimenez's miserable season has gotten worse after the Baltimore right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Jimenez twisted his ankle in a parking lot at his apartment complex on Wednesday. The 30-year old is 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA since signing a $50 million, four-year deal during the offseason.

— San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh) has been activated from the disabled list and will make his first start of the season today. The 38-year-old infielder has been out with a back strain.


Kyle Busch wins pole

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Car race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It's the second pole of the season for Busch, who will be joined on the front row by Jimmie Johnson.

Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray completed the top five. Points leader Jeff Gordon starts 11th.


Dixon on pole

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Target Chip Ganassi Racing enjoyed great qualifying runs for Sunday's IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway, with pole winner Scott Dixon and teammate Tony Kanaan earning spots on the front row.


Wie out of the British Open

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — U.S. Open champ Michelle Wie (WEE) has missed the cut in the Women's British Open after shooting a second round 78.

Spain's Beatriz Recari finished with three straight birdies for a 5-under 67, to tie So Yeon Ryu for the lead heading into the third round.


McIlroy has the second round blues

ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy falls, once again, to the second-round jinx that has afflicted him this season. After a course record 64, he ballooned to a 7-over 78 that left him just above the cut mark in the Scottish Open.

Ricardo Gonzales is one of three players leading the tournament at 6-under par. Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion is in fourth, a stroke behind the leaders.

Phil Mickelson and Jimmy Walker are the highest ranking U.S. players in a group of 15 at one-under, five shots off the lead.


Monty still on top

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Scotland's Colin Montgomerie is the 36-hole leader at the U.S. Senior Open. The portly Scot shot even-par 71 on Friday and is 6 under for the tournament, good for a one-stroke lead over Scott Dunlap.

Dunlap had a 68 in the second round. He birdied Nos. 2, 5 and 7 on his way to a 3-under 32 on the front nine.

Bernhard Langer took sole possession of the lead with a birdie on 14, but faded. He netted bogeys on 15, 16 and 18 to finish tied for third at 4 under. He is tied with Gene Sauers.


McGirt and Johnson tied

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — William McGirt and Zach Johnson are tied for the halfway lead at the John Deere Classic. They're a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman.

Three-time Deere winner Steve Stricker shot a 65 for a 133 total to vault into contention. Stricker is tied for sixth with Rory Sabbatini, Ryan Moore and Todd Hamilton.


Comeback on schedule

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Michael Phelps likes his comeback so far.

Phelps turned in perhaps the most impressive performance so far in his comeback, posting the third-fastest time in the world this year while easily beating rival Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) in the 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam last night.

Phelps touched in 51.67 seconds, considerably faster than the 52.11 he posted at the Santa Clara Grand Prix three weeks ago.

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