- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

PRO BASKETBALL

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 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.

UNDATED (AP) - Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami. Not even LeBron James’ departure changed his mind.

And shortly after the Heat took a King-sized hit, their future started coming together.

Bosh is staying in Miami, agreeing Friday to a five-year contract that will be worth about $118 million, said two people familiar with the deal. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side had confirmed it publicly.

SOCCER

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over.

Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a five-year contract.

The Uruguay international is prevented from any involvement in football until the end of October after being handed a four-month suspension by FIFA for biting an Italian opponent at the World Cup in Brazil.

BASEBALL

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort says he’s sorry for his testy reactions to disgruntled fans, including telling one of them that maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a Major League Baseball team anymore.

In a statement released by the club, Monfort said he has no intention of moving the team and formally apologized for his prickly email replies. In a series of responses to fans unhappy with the bad baseball they’ve been witnessing, Monfort suggested they not come out to Coors Field if they’re that mad and suggested that Denver might not deserve a team.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The New York Yankees obtained left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named and cash.

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