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Cavaliers stunned at home by Pacers in playoff opener as Celtics survive thriller

Pacers shock Cavaliers despite triple-double by LeBron JamesLoss ends streak of 21 consecutive first-round wins for JamesCeltics survive wild finish to top Bucks in overtime in Game 1Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleve…

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NBA playoffs: first-round matchups set on dramatic final night of regular season

Timberwolves defeat Nuggets in overtime for final berth in WestSixers win franchise-record 16th straight game to clinch No3 seedThe NBA playoffs that start this weekend already have an extremely tough act to follow.The regular season ended with a flour…

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Can stars like LeBron James save college basketball from corruption?

The college game is mired in scandal and it may take pressure from superstars in the NBA to fix deep-rooted problemsNobody is stepping up to fix college sports, so if LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony truly believe the NCAA is corrupt they are…

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LeBron James unsurprised by illegal payment claims around ‘corrupt’ NCAA

Cleveland Cavaliers star chose to skip college for NBASays colleges benefit more from players from amateur systemAs college basketball finds itself mired in scandal, with allegations of illegal payments to student athletes flying around, one man who fa…

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LeBron James responds to Fox host’s controversial ‘shut up and dribble’ comment

Laura Ingraham attacked NBA star for criticism of Donald TrumpMany saw hosts comments as filled with racist undertonesLeBron James has responded to what many perceived as racist comments from Fox News host Laura Ingraham.After the NBA star had said Don…

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LeBron James dismisses reports of interest in Warriors as ‘nonsense’

ESPN had reported 14-time All Star is open to meeting with Golden StateJames says speculation about a move to rivals is an insult to CavaliersLeBron James says any thought about him being interested in playing for the Golden State Warriors is “nonsense…

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LeBron James to Warriors report highlights discontent within Cavaliers

ESPN report says 14-time All Star is open to meeting with Golden StateCleveland in slump and James said to be unhappy with way team is runThe prospect of the super-team to end all super-teams has raised its head ever so slightly following an ESPN repor…

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LeBron James is youngest ever to join NBA’s exclusive 30,000-point club

Cavaliers star is only seventh NBA player to reach markKareem Abdul-Jabbar holds record with 38,387 pointsLeBron James has joined the NBA’s 30,000-point club.James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second…

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LeBron James says Donald Trump has allowed racists to operate without fear

NBA star uses Martin Luther King Day to attack US presidentJames praises King for contribution to American societyLeBron James has spoken about the corrosive effects of racism – and aimed criticism at Donald Trump – on Martin Luther King Day.“The state…

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LeBron James ejected for first time in 1,082-game NBA career but Cavs still win

Star leaves game after arguing with referee Kane FitzgeraldCleveland beat Miami Heat thanks to Kevin Love’s 38 pointsLeBron James was ejected for the first time in his illustrious career on Tuesday night, tossed in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 108-…

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Slap to the groin adds to pain as LeBron James’s Cavaliers lose fourth in a row

Eastern Conference champions have slumped badly at start of NBA seasonIndiana Pacers beat struggling Cleveland 124-107 Four-time MVP left doubled over after blow from Lance StephensonThaddeus Young scored 26 points, Darren Collison had 25 and the India…

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LeBron James: ‘so-called president’ Trump has made hate fashionable

LeBron James, arguably the most influential athlete in America, has launched another attack on Donald Trump as the Cleveland Cavaliers star spoke about the events in Charlottesville at the weekend.

On Saturday, an anti-fascist protestor was killed after a white nationalist allegedly drove his car deliberately into a crowd in Charlottesville. On Tuesday, Trump attracted criticism for defending some of the far-right factions involved in the violence, saying: “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, not all of those people were white supremacists.”

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LeBron James: ‘so-called president’ Trump has made hate fashionable

LeBron James, arguably the most influential athlete in America, has launched another attack on Donald Trump as the Cleveland Cavaliers star spoke about the events in Charlottesville at the weekend.

On Saturday, an anti-fascist protestor was killed after a white nationalist allegedly drove his car deliberately into a crowd in Charlottesville. On Tuesday, Trump attracted criticism for defending some of the far-right factions involved in the violence, saying: “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, not all of those people were white supremacists.”

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‘Man babies with torches’: Athletes attack far-right violence in Charlottesville

  • NFL’s Chris and Kyle Long speak out on violence in their hometown
  • LeBron James takes swipe at Donald Trump in Twitter comment

NFL players Chris and Kyle Long, who hail from Charlottesville, Virginia, were among the sports stars who condemned the violence that erupted in the city over the weekend.

White supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee and were met by counter-protestors. On Saturday, a car was driven into a crowd of peaceful counter protestors, killing one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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LeBron James denies report he’d be ‘tempted to beat Kyrie’s ass’ over trade

  • Cavaliers star breaks silence on team’s offseason moves with tweets
  • James objects to report saying he’d be tempted to ‘beat [Irving’s] ass’

LeBron James turned to social media on Tuesday morning to correct an ESPN report on the frayed state of his relationship with disgruntled Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, who is said to have requested a trade from the Cavaliers earlier this month.

The comments came one day after the reigning Eastern Conference champions signed point guard Derrick Rose to a one-year contract.

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LeBron James denies report he’d be ‘tempted to beat Kyrie’s ass’ over trade

  • Cavaliers star breaks silence on team’s offseason moves with tweets
  • James objects to report saying he’d be tempted to ‘beat [Irving’s] ass’

LeBron James turned to social media on Tuesday morning to correct an ESPN report on the frayed state of his relationship with disgruntled Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, who is said to have requested a trade from the Cavaliers earlier this month.

The comments came one day after the reigning Eastern Conference champions signed point guard Derrick Rose to a one-year contract.

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Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavaliers and LeBron James’s shadow

  • All-Star point guard wants trade away from Cleveland, say reports
  • News continues troubling off-season for 2016 NBA champions
  • Possible trade with Knicks could bring Carmelo Anthony to Ohio

Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard, has asked the Cavaliers to trade him, sources told the Associated Press on Friday. Irving is understood to have made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert.

A four-time All-Star, Irving has spent six seasons with the Cavs, who selected him with the No1 overall pick in 2011. The 25-year-old has overcome injury issues and blossomed into one of the league’s elite point guards and biggest stars. But now that he’s finally established himself playing alongside LeBron James, Irving wants out.

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LeBron James created the NBA superteam – and now it will destroy him

The Cleveland star’s greatness created an arms race in basketball, and it has reached its apotheosis in the Golden State Warriors

LeBron James’ basketball career has played out like the story of a comic book superhero, so it’s only fitting that his downfall should have a fittingly dramatic twist: that which he created became that which destroyed him.

James ushered in the modern NBA “superteam” era in 2010 when he signed with the Miami Heat to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. There he won two titles in four years and then returned to Cleveland for a new superteam with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. After losing to Golden State in the 2015 finals, Cleveland bested a mostly homegrown Warriors team a year ago and reclaimed James’ dominance over the league. The Warriors then decided they had to become an even greater superteam to get back on top, so they added Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City and the rest – and the rest of the league – is history. LeBron’s excellence forced Golden State’s hand. He was too good for his own good. And now his team and the entire NBA is being laid to waste.

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LeBron James created the NBA superteam – and now it will destroy him

The Cleveland star’s greatness created an arms race in basketball, and it has reached its apotheosis in the Golden State Warriors

LeBron James’ basketball career has played out like the story of a comic book superhero, so it’s only fitting that his downfall should have a fittingly dramatic twist: that which he created became that which destroyed him.

James ushered in the modern NBA “superteam” era in 2010 when he signed with the Miami Heat to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. There he won two titles in four years and then returned to Cleveland for a new superteam with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. After losing to Golden State in the 2015 finals, Cleveland bested a mostly homegrown Warriors team a year ago and reclaimed James’ dominance over the league. The Warriors then decided they had to become an even greater superteam to get back on top, so they added Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City and the rest – and the rest of the league – is history. LeBron’s excellence forced Golden State’s hand. He was too good for his own good. And now his team and the entire NBA is being laid to waste.

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LeBron James passes Michael Jordan’s record as Cavaliers make NBA finals

  • Cleveland beat Boston Celtics to take Eastern Conference finals 4-1
  • James is now NBA playoffs’ all-time leading points scorer
  • NBA finals will be Golden State v Cleveland for third year in a row

LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA finals.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

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