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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 4:34 pm


Heading back to Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James decision to return to the Cleveland 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.

One fan saying he "never thought it would be a reality" as 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 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. With James leaving, it's likely that Bosh may also find another team after the Heat won two NBA titles and reached the finals in each of the past four years.


UNDATED (AP) — There's only one afternoon game on the schedule as the Atlanta Braves travel to Chicago to face the Cubs in the first game of a three-game series before the Major League Baseball All-Star break. Alex Wood will be on the mound for the Braves, while the Cubs counter with Jake Arrieta.

In other games in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Cardinals are coming off a 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh while the Brewers lost by the same score to the Phillies. The Washington Nationals are in Philadelphia to play the Phillies, who have won four straight. The Miami Marlins are in New York to play the Mets, while the Cincinnati Reds open a series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The L.A. Dodgers host San Diego and Arizona visits San Francisco.

In the American League, the Chicago white Sox are on the road against the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees, after losing 9-3 to the Indians, travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles, who hold a three-game lead in the AL East.

The Blue Jays visit the Tampa Bay Rays, the L.A. Angels continue their series in Texas against the Rangers, Houston hosts the Boston Red Sox, the Royals face Detroit in Kansas City and Oakland is at Seattle.

In inner-league play, the Minnesota Twins are in Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Spencer Nealy has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for violating rules against performance-enhancing drugs.

Nealy, a member of the Vikings practice squad last season, will not be paid during his suspension, but is eligible to take part in all practices, offseason programs and preseason games.

He says he took a supplement that contained a banned stimulant.


Blue Jackets star extends contract

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $35.1 million through the 2020-21 season.

The 28-year-old Dubinsky has scored 18 goals with 52 assists with a +7 plus/minus rating in 105 games the past two seasons. He was at his best in last season's six-game playoff series with Pittsburgh, scoring a goal with five assists while frequently matched up against Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby.

The Columbus Dispatch reported details of the contract, worth $5.85 million per season.


Wie misses the cut

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Michelle Wie has missed the cut in the Women's British Open, a double bogey and bogey in two of the last three holes doing in her chances of playing on the weekend as she shoots a second round 78 to go along with her opening 75.

Beatriz Recari of Spain 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.


Serena withdraws from Swedish Open

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Serena Williams will not be playing in the Swedish Open next week.

Tournament organizers say the defending champion had decided to use one of her two allowed annual withdrawals, with Williams saying in a statement that she was "still not at 100 percent."

At Wimbledon, Williams couldn't get the ball over the net in a doubles match with her sister Venus, stopping after three games because of what was called a viral illness.


Man arrested after allegedly threatening Wimbledon champ

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police have arrested a man who allegedly made threats against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh).

A police spokeswoman says that a 23-year-old Czech made the threats against "a publicly known person" in a phone call to another person. Police will not confirm Czech media reports that the targeted person was Kvitova.

A spokeswoman for the tennis star says nobody threatened the tennis player directly, but added: "Police did a great job."

The incident follows criticism of Kvitova, including from a member of parliament, for moving from the Czech Republic to Monaco to avoid higher taxes.

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