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NBA Roundup
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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More tickets offered for LeBron's homecoming show

AKRON — LeBron James' Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday and fans claimed them within hours. The city says more tickets will be made available this evening in response to the overwhelming demand.

Organizers aren't divulging how many tickets are being offered today or in total. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people. It's unclear how much space will be used for the event, which is described as a show rather than a rally or party.

James is returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.

 
Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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CHICAGO — As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder:

What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize?

No need to wonder anymore. The old BCS system is out. A 4-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences.

 
Jones’ HOF induction adds to Seattle’s big year
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

By TIM BOOTH

Associated Press

 

RENTON, Wash. — As Walter Jones started going through names to give his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he constantly came back to his son Walterius.

The youngster was with him in New York during Super Bowl week when Jones found out he’d be honored in his first year of eligibility and just the third player having spent their entire career with Seattle Seahawks to be inducted. It felt only right to have the 14-year-old give the speech.

Talk about a unique summer vacation project.

“When I asked him if he wanted to present me he was like, ‘Well, there’s nobody else that’s going to do it’,” Jones recalled. “He’s been with me throughout this whole process, so he was an easy answer to present me.”

Regarded as one of the game’s best offensive tackles ever, Jones will get his gold jacket Saturday night and add to a year that has seen the Seahawks reach the pinnacle of the NFL. The party in New York in February didn’t stop with Jones being voted into the Hall of Fame on his first try. That was just the beginning. A day later, he was at MetLife Stadium to watch Seattle’s 43-8 rout of Denver to claim its first championship.

 
Ahmed sends Dbacks over Reds 2-1 in 15 innings
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Monday, July 28, 2014 8:10 PM

By JOE KAY

Associated Press

 

CINCINNATI — Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.

Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings.

Ahmed's single off J.J. Hoover (1-8) gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring only 17 runs in those 10 games, by far the fewest in the majors.

 
Delany noncommittal on Penn State sanction cuts
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Monday, July 28, 2014 8:04 PM

By ANDREW SELIGMAN

Associated Press

 

CHICAGO — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany took a non-committal stance on an effort by five Pennsylvania Congressmen to rescind sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Several outlets reported that U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent, Mike Doyle, Glenn Thompson, Jim Gerlach and Mike Kelly wrote a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert, reading that penalties handed out by the governing body based on former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's recommendation deprive innocent players of opportunities.

The punishments include a $60 million fine and reduced football scholarships. The team remains on probation that includes no bowl-game participation through the 2015 season.

 
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