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Jun 5, 2013

Spurs up against a ‘smarter’ LeBron in Finals rematch

MIAMI (Reuters) – A more confident LeBron James heads into his fourth NBA Finals on Thursday against a familiar San Antonio Spurs team that eased by his former Cleveland squad in his first title series in 2007.

The core of the San Antonio team that swept that best-of-seven championship, and celebrated on James’s former home court, remains intact but it will be a much-improved James who is now a much more complete player with the Miami Heat.

Jun 5, 2013

For LeBron, Duncan deserves place among game’s greats

MIAMI (Reuters) – When San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan takes the court for Game One of the NBA Finals on Thursday, he will be aiming to become only the second player to win championships in three different decades.

That is just one of many reasons why LeBron James of the defending champion Miami Heat believes the soft-spoken 37-year-old Duncan deserves to be counted among the game’s greats.

Jun 5, 2013

De Nigris heads Mexico top with win in Kingston

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Aldo de Nigris’s thundering header gave Mexico a 1-0 victory over Jamaica in Kingston on Tuesday, lifting his team top of the CONCACAF region’s final qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup.

It was Mexico’s first win in the final stage after three straight draws and put them top of the six-team group on six points, while Jamaica, who host the United States on Friday, are bottom with two points from four games.

Jun 5, 2013

Soccer-De Nigris heads Mexico top with win in Kingston

June 4 (Reuters) – Aldo de Nigris’s thundering header gave Mexico a 1-0 victory over Jamaica in Kingston on Tuesday, lifting his team top of the CONCACAF region’s final qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup.

It was Mexico’s first win in the final stage after three straight draws and put them top of the six-team group on six points, while Jamaica, who host the United States on Friday, are bottom with two points from four games.

Jun 4, 2013

LeBron era Heat have big promise to live up to

MIAMI (Reuters) – When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the Miami Heat in 2010, teaming up with Dwyane Wade to form the ‘Big Three’, James famously promised “not one, not two, not three” NBA championships.

It was a boast that was mocked and criticised in equal measure as traditionalists winced at the sight of the two free agents celebrating their own arrivals in a pop concert style rally.

Jun 4, 2013

For Heat and Spurs it is all about now

MIAMI (Reuters) – Two teams that were built to win will meet in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals when Miami Heat defend their title against San Antonio Spurs in a classic match-up between some of the league’s most experienced talent.

The Heat’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and their quality supporting cast, will start as odds-on favorites but the Spurs are the perfect example of the benefits of continuity.

Jun 2, 2013

Beckham says prospect of owning Miami MLS team ‘exciting’

MIAMI (Reuters) – David Beckham said the prospect of owning an Major League Soccer team in Miami was “exciting” after he was urged to help bring a new franchise to Miami at a meeting with key political leaders on Saturday.

Beckham, accompanied by Bolivian born billionaire Marcelo Claure, who wants to team-up with him in owning a new franchise, visited two potential stadiums and met with the mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez, who handed him the keys to the county.

Jun 1, 2013

Soccer-Beckham says prospect of owning Miami MLS team “exciting”

MIAMI, June 1 (Reuters) – David Beckham said the prospect of owning an Major League Soccer team in Miami was “exciting” after he was urged to help bring a new franchise to Miami at a meeting with key political leaders on Saturday.

Beckham, accompanied by Bolivian born billionaire Marcelo Claure, who wants to team-up with him in owning a new franchise, visited two potential stadiums and met with the mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez, who handed him the keys to the county.

Jun 1, 2013

Miami leaders urge Beckham to create MLS team

MIAMI (Reuters) – David Beckham was urged to help bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami at a meeting with key political leaders and sports business representatives on Saturday.

Beckham, accompanied by Bolivian born billionaire Marcelo Claure, who wants to team-up with him in owning a new franchise, visited two potential stadiums and met with the mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez, who handed him the keys to the city.

Jun 1, 2013

Soccer-Miami leaders urge Beckham to create MLS team

MIAMI, June 1 (Reuters) – David Beckham was urged to help bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami at a meeting with key political leaders and sports business representatives on Saturday.

Beckham, accompanied by Bolivian born billionaire Marcelo Claure, who wants to team-up with him in owning a new franchise, visited two potential stadiums and met with the mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez, who handed him the keys to the city.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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