James wonders about numbers
Cleveland superstar LeBron James turned to social media Friday to help him choose which number he will wear next season with the Cavaliers.
James wrote “6 or 23….” on his Twitter account and posted photos on Instagram of him wearing No. 6 and No. 23 wine-and-gold Cavs jerseys.
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James wore No. 6 during his four seasons with the Miami Heat and also on the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland before leaving to play for Miami.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers continue to be mentioned in reports about a possible trade for All-Star forward Kevin Love, 25, of Minnesota.
According to ESPN, the Cavaliers are willing to send the Timberwolves the last two players to be picked first in the draft — Andrew Wiggins and second-year player Anthony Bennett. One source told ESPN the Cavaliers are also willing to include a first-round draft pick for next year in the deal.
Minnesota is also talking with the Golden State Warriors about a possible trade involving Love.
LaVine, Gray find the range
Zach LaVine, a Bothell High graduate and Minnesota first-round draft choice, scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 97-78 victory over New Orleans in the NBA Summer League Las Vegas.
Former Gonzaga standout Steven Gray, who is from Bainbridge Island, scored a team-high 17 points to help Cleveland beat Miami 95-90.
Ballmer’s lawyer makes request
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Ballmer’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, told a judge team owner Donald Sterling’s stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.
At a hearing to set parameters for the rest of a probate trial in Los Angeles, Streisand implored Judge Michael Levanas to make a swift decision when hearings end July 28. He said the deadline for closing the deal with Ballmer was extended by a month, but “the deal ends on Aug. 15.”
Report: Pelicans to add 2 players
The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with guard Jimmer Fredette and forward Darius Miller, sources familiar with the moves said on condition of anonymity.
The 25-year-old Fredette, who ended the season in Chicago after being traded by Sacramento, averaged 5.6 points last season. Miller, 24, averaged 4.4 points for New Orleans last season.
Kahne to study Chicagoland
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will try to learn something about Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.
A regular in the top-level NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Kahne is competing in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 in the second-tier Nationwide Series in Joliet, Ill. The Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland is Sept. 14.
“I don’t think it hurts at all to be here,” Kahne said. “It was either do this or go watch a sprint-car race in Pennsylvania. You can learn a little bit. You can learn what the track does at night.”
German captain Lahm retires
World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm, 30, has retired from playing for Germany. He played 113 matches for the national team.
Host Timbers edge Colorado
Maximiliano Urruti and Diego Valeri scored in the second half to give host Portland a 2-1 victory over Colorado in Major League Soccer.
Connecticut settles lawsuit
The University of Connecticut will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged the school did not take seriously their claims of sexual assaults on campus.
The bulk of the settlement, $900,000, will go to Silvana Moccia, a former UConn ice-hockey player who alleged she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been sexually assaulted by a male hockey player in August 2011.
• The biggest conferences might finally get what they want — autonomy over some issues.
After years of consternation and months of debate, the NCAA announced its board of directors will vote Aug. 7 on a formal proposal to give schools in the highest-profile conferences more influence over the college rules.
• The SEC Network, a Southeastern Conference television venture that launches Aug. 14, will be carried by Comcast Cable.
• A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Eastern Michigan University football player, Demarius Reed, 20, a receiver from Chicago.
Kristopher Pratt, 20, of Detroit agreed to a plea deal calling for an 18- to 30-year prison term.
Pratt agreed to testify against co-defendant Ed Thomas, 21, whose trial starts Monday.
• American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie posted the fastest times this year in the 200 and 100 meters, respectively, at the Herculis meet in Monaco.
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 100, took the 200 in 19.68 seconds.
In the women’s 100, Bowie won in 10.80.
• Fashion Alert ($2.40 to win) beat second-place Take Charge Brandi by 1½ lengths in the $247,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies on opening day at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Fashion Alert, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, ran 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 11.78 seconds in the Grade III event.
• Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will have a full knee replacement next week after doctors informed him damage to his right knee is more severe than first believed, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Daily Racing Form reported.
Stevens, 51, was the leading rider at Longacres in Renton in 1983 and 1984.
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