- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland fans gathered around televisions yelled in anguish as LeBron James announced he will leave the Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat.

At a shopping area in suburban Westlake hundreds of people who had clamored around TVs turned their backs and headed home when James made the announcement on ESPN Thursday night.

A loud “no” was heard the moment after James said he was leaving.

Fans across the northeast Ohio region had sung, danced and cheered in a campaign to keep James. “LeBron Watch” parties featured dunk tanks, beer specials and poster giveaways.

Extra police officers were stationed downtown to handle any crowds.

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Associated Press freelance writer Chuck Murr contributed to this report.


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