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LeBron James returns to Cavaliers: ‘I’m coming home’
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM


AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — 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 his image and crushed a long-suffering city’s championship hopes, James is coming back to play for the Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland’s half-century title drought. He’s returning to his basketball roots, to the people who know him best to make good on a promise.

James made the announcement Friday with a powerful essay written for Sports Illustrated. His decision ended two weeks of speculation with the entire league waiting on his move.

When he finally made it, Cleveland was his choice over re-signing with the Heat.

“I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland,” he said to SI. “The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.”

Reds rally late for 6-5 win over Pirates
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM


AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Brayan Pena’s pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed another late rally by the Reds, who overcame more injuries on Friday and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 to keep their momentum going toward the All-Star break.

Down 5-1 after six innings, the Reds scored twice with the help of third baseman Pedro Alvarez’s throwing error in the seventh and added three more in the eighth. Cincinnati is 7-2 on its 11-game homestand leading into the break.

Devin Mesoraco homered with two outs off left-hander Tony Watson (5-1) in the eighth, and the Reds put together four more singles, with RBI hits by Ramon Santiago and Pena completing Cincinnati’s second big comeback of the week.

Curtis Partch (1-0), called up earlier in the day, escaped a bases-loaded threat in the eighth.

Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances. He has at least one strikeout in his last 40 appearances, passing Bruce Sutter for the record by a major league reliever since 1900.

Fish Ohio
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM


Division of Wildlife


Bressler Reservior (582 acres; Allen County) – Bluegill: can be caught along the entire shoreline; however, anglers usually have the best success at the east end of the north shore. Walleye: can be caught along the drop-off all along the shoreline, or near the underwater island; try drifting or trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits in the morning and evenings. In addition, the underwater island adjacent to the conservation pool along the southern shoreline has shallower depths to 10 feet which provide better food production than the deeper waters of the reservoir and can serve as a fish concentration device.

Lake La Su An (82 acres; Williams County) – Bluegill: Good numbers of Fish Ohio bluegill are being caught with some more than 10 inches; anglers are having the best success using jigs tipped with wax worms or redworms. This fishery is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegill; all area lakes are open to public fishing Friday-Monday from sunrise to sunset until Sept. 29. There is a limit of 25 per day (area-wide) with only 5 8-plus inches or larger allowed. For additional rules and information, visit wildohio.gov.

Swisher leads Tribe past ChiSox
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber allowed four runs in six innings, and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the fifth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Kluber (9-6), left off the AL All-Star team despite a strong first half, wasn’t his usual dominant self but pitched well enough to win. The right-hander has won three of his last four decisions. Cody Allen struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save.

Swisher’s homer off Hector Noesi (3-7) to center field broke a 4-4 tie. David Murphy also homered for Cleveland, his first since May 21.

Before Swisher’s home run, the biggest cheer from the crowd of 24,652 came when the Indians put a message on the scoreboard welcoming home NBA superstar LeBron James, who announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chants of “LBJ” were heard later in the game.

Adam Dunn hit a leadoff homer in the fifth for Chicago, which has lost three straight.

The Indians were helped by an overturned call on a replay in the fifth. Asdrubal Cabrera was originally called out trying to steal second, but manager Terry Francona challenged the call, and Cabrera was ruled safe after a review.

Lonnie Chisenhall’s single tied it before Swisher homered to center.

LBJ out to prove you can go home again
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM


AP Sports Columnist

This isn’t Brett Favre or Joe Montana, or any other over-the-hill star — insert your own favorite here — shopping teams and/or rosters in search of one last hurrah.

In the NBA, one supremely talented individual can make a world of difference. LeBron James proved as much by carrying his team into five of the last seven NBA Finals. What’s going to make this quest for a championship in Cleveland the best sports story out there for some time is that he’s committed to try and tip the balance of power by himself, if need be, to pay back all those folks who nurtured him from the start.

“My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio,” James said in a Sports Illustrated first-person story published Friday announcing his decision to return to the Cavaliers.

“I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when,” he said.

Had James delayed the announcement much longer, the army of in-studio analysts and on-scene reporters deployed by every media outlet on the planet would need catheters to stay on the job. If nothing else, that part of our long national nightmare is over. So what’s worth saying after everything that’s already been said?