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Jul 18, 2014

Race is on as teams head for second half

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – With the All-Star Game done and dusted, Major League Baseball zeroes in on the race for the postseason, with five of the six divisions looming as fights to the finish.

The Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels, who own the two best records in the major leagues, are battling for division honors in the American League West, while all three National League division races remain up for grabs.

Jul 8, 2014

LeBron’s pending decision has NBA world holding its breath

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – On the four-year anniversary of a nationally televised special called “The Decision” where LeBron James announced he would sign with the Miami Heat, the NBA world was in a holding pattern for the free agent’s next decision.

James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley about re-signing with Miami, while widespread reports say the league’s four-time most valuable player feels a tantalizing tug to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jul 4, 2014

LeBron’s agent meets with select teams

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The prospects of NBA fireworks loomed on the Independence Day holiday weekend as speculation grew on Friday about the future of four-time league most valuable player LeBron James.

James, who four years ago left the Cleveland Cavaliers in a messy divorce to join the Miami Heat, is a free agent and his representative has been quietly meeting with select clubs about the future of a player widely regarded as the world’s best.

Jul 3, 2014

‘Melo Tour,’ Miami suspense spice up free agency period

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The ‘Melo Tour’ heads into Day Three on Thursday, the LeBron James and Miami Heat mystery muddles on and a pair of big-name veterans are sparking interest in the NBA free agency market.

Carmelo Anthony, after initial stops in Chicago, Houston and Dallas, has Los Angeles next on his itinerary and a meeting with the Lakers as the high-scoring forward weighs the options of signing with a new team or returning to the New York Knicks.

Jun 27, 2014

Exum keen to grow game in Utah with Jazz

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australia’s Dante Exum, the NBA Draft’s Mystery Man, will have a chance to reveal his talents with the Utah Jazz after being taken fifth overall on Thursday.

Exum chose not to enroll in U.S. college, the more common path to the NBA, after leading Canberra’s Lake Ginninderra College to the national schools championship while he was also in attendance at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Jun 27, 2014

‘Great thing for Canada’ says top pick Wiggins

NEW YORK (Reuters) – High-springing swingman Andrew Wiggins was over the moon after being taken with the first pick of the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday and proclaimed it “a great thing for Canada.”

The ultra-athletic Wiggins, son of former American NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and two-time Olympic sprinter Marita-Payne Wiggins from Canada, wore a huge smile and a splashy dinner jacket and could hardly harness his emotions.

Jun 27, 2014

Canada’s Wiggins is top pick of NBA Draft by Cavs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Canada’s Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas was taken with the number one pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Wiggins, an athletic, 6-foot-8 (2.03m) guard with great leaping ability who averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds last season as a freshman, joins a Cavs team that was 33-49 last season in the National Basketball Association.

Jun 25, 2014

Canadian crew expected to feature in NBA Draft

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The 2014 NBA Draft could set off a Canadian celebration with three prospects from the country expected to go in the first round of the annual selection process to be held on Thursday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The Canadian crew are led by ultra-athletic Andrew Wiggins, the University of Kansas freshman projected as a possible number one overall pick along with Duke University’s offensively-minded forward Jabari Parker of Chicago.

Jun 15, 2014

Bondarenko, Barshim wage epic NY high jump duel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World champion Bodan Bondarenko of Ukraine beat world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in an epic high jump duel at New York’s Diamond League meet on Saturday.

Bondarenko and Barshim both cleared 2.42 meters – the first time two athletes jumped that high in the same competition – and both took shots at 2.46.

Jun 14, 2014

Bondarenko, Barshim wage historic NY high jump duel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World champion Bodan Bondarenko of Ukraine beat world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in an epic high jump duel at New York’s Diamond League meet on Saturday.

Bondarenko and Barshim both cleared 2.42 meters – the first time two athletes jumped that high in the same competition – and both took shots at 2.46.