Sports Headlines – LeBron Heads West, Joins Lakers
Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul all made quick decisions to stay put and remain in the NBA Western Conference. And now LeBron James is joining them.
Three-time NBA champion LeBron James bid farewell to Cleveland on Sunday after agreeing to a four-year $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 33-year-old forward leaves the Cavaliers to join an iconic franchise that has won 16 NBA titles but is rebuilding after posting a losing record for five consecutive seasons.
For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation in 2003 and will have to settle for winning just one title in the 11 years they had him.
Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after NBA free agency opened.
Others decided to stay where they were – Kevin Durant re-signing with Golden State, Paul George returning to the OKC Thunder and Chris Paul staying with the Houston Rockets.
- The Tampa Bay Rays won three of four games from the Houston Astros over the weekend, including a 3-2 win yesterday.
- The Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 10-5. Cole Hamels gave up seven runs on nine hits in five innings to take the loss.
Rougned Odor went 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Rangers. Shin Soo Choo extended his on-base streak to 42 games by drawing a walk in the eighth. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Texas, which has won 11 of 14.
Next up, the Rangers host the Astros on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Seattle 1, Kansas City 0
Yankees 11, Red Sox 1
Indians 15, A's 3
Tigers 9, Blue Jays 1
Orioles 8, Angels 2
Mets 5, Marlins 2
Phillies 4, Nationals 3 (13 innings)
Reds 8, Brewers 2
Braves 6, Cardinals 5
Dodgers 6, Rockies 4
Pirates 7, Padres 5
Giants 9, Diamondbacks 6
Cubs 11, Twins 10
- The two World Cup Soccer matches in the round of 16 on Sunday were both decided on penalty kicks, just the second time in the history of the event that has happened.
Russia advanced by shocking Spain and Croatia edged Denmark.
Two more matches in the knockout stage are scheduled for today. Brazil faces Mexico and Belgium takes on Japan.
- Like two boxers in the final round of a closely contested slugfest, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson traded hard shots on the last lap of Sunday's Overton's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Moments later, it was Kyle Busch who was still standing -- with his car parked on the finish line and his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season in his pocket.
- Francesco Molinari won his first PGA Tour title in style by taking control on the back nine as he stormed to an emphatic eight-shot victory at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland on Sunday.
Molinari matched the course record with an eight-under-par 62 in the final round at TPC Potomac to become the first Italian winner on the United States-based circuit since Toney Penna in 1947.
Tiger Woods tied for 4th at 11-under par. Amarillo native Ryan Palmer tied for 8th at 9-under.
- Wimbledon tennis is underway at the All-England Club. Roger Federer and Simona Halep are the top seeds.