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'Decision II' not so 'ugly' as first
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM


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What to think about LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their owner, Dan Gilbert, who didn’t exactly endear himself to the King when he left the City by the Lake for sunshine in Miami?

How about this — take him for his word?

I remember I wasn’t exactly happy with LeBron leaving in the first place — even though I am not endeared by the Cavaliers, I don’t hate them — because I thought/hoped he might end up with my beloved Los Angeles Lakers — despite the selfishness of one Kobe Bryant.

My thoughts evolved on the matter over the years as I’ve gotten into my golden years — OK; not so golden years! I don’t think I hated LeBron as much as I hated what is happening throughout major pro sports with the money and such.

I am like a man trying to hold back the flood with a sponge!

I didn’t understand the hatred for the man for making an honest mistake in how his First Decision was presented; we are all human and he profusely apologized for how he did it.

I took him for his words — eventually.

McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:35 PM )

Associated Press


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looks as if he has just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open and it was only Saturday.

When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist.

He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour.

And suddenly, the biggest challenge facing the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland was reminding himself that he had one more round left.


Majka earns Pole position on Tour's 14th stage
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


RISOUL, France — Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory on Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps on Saturday.

The two stages were expected to shake up the standings but Vincenzo Nibali was not only still wearing the yellow jersey, he was farther out front.

In a flip of their finishes a day earlier in the race's entree to the Alps when Nibali won, the Pole and the Italian crossed 1-2 after the 177-kilometer (110-mile) ride over the 2,360-meter (7,742-foot) Izoard pass — the race's highest point — and a final ascent up to Risoul ski station.

Rory McIlroy builds a 4-shot lead at British Open
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

Once he made a birdie, then another, nothing could stop McIlroy.

Not another collapse in the second round. Not anyone in the field. And certainly not Tiger Woods.

LeBron James undecided on jersey No. 6 or 23
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


CLEVELAND — 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.

James wore No. 6 during his four seasons with Miami and also on the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.