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LeBron signs Fenway deal, gets share of Liverpool FC

BOSTON | LeBron James is going into business with the Boston Red Sox.

The baseball team’s sister company, Fenway Sports Marketing, says it has signed James to a long-term deal to handle his marketing. As part of the deal, James has obtained a small piece of the soccer team Liverpool in the English Premier League.

FSM is owned by Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Red Sox and Liverpool FC and a co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing. FSM handles the marketing for all of them, and now it will handle James, too.

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Irving leaving Duke for NBA after 11 games

DURHAM, N.C. | Point guard Kyrie Irving is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement issued Wednesday by the school that Irving plans to hire an agent, ending his college career. Krzyzewski says he is “totally supportive” of Irving and his decision, and said the entire Duke program “is overjoyed with having Kyrie here” for one season.

Irving played only 11 games and missed roughly two-thirds of the season with an injured big toe on his right foot. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists.