Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ LeBron James signs two-year contract with Cavaliers ]]> Lead story image

CLEVELAND — First, the Cavaliers got LeBron James’ word. Then they got his signature. James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs on Saturday, a day after he announced he was returning to play in Cleveland and try to end the city’s 50-year championship drought. The deal provides flexibility for the NBA’s biggest star with the league’s maximum salary expected to rise in the future. A person familiar with the negotiations said James’ contract includes an option for the four-time league MVP to become a free agent next summer. However, it is strictly “a business deal,” according to … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:11:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Lakers’ Steve Nash out for season with back injury ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has been ruled out for the season with a back injury, putting the two-time NBA MVP’s career in doubt. The Lakers and Nash announced their decision Thursday, less than a week before the start of the 40-year-old Nash’s 19th NBA season. Nash played in just 15 games last season with nerve root irritation, but had high hopes for a comeback season after several months of rehabilitation. Instead, the Canadian point guard strained his back while carrying bags several days ago. Nash and the Lakers apparently determined he couldn’t return this season. … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:50:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ NBA extends TV contracts with ESPN, TNT through 2025 ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — The NBA and its television partners couldn’t wait to extend their contracts. The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox looming, both networks were willing to pay generously to secure the rights long term. The NBA’s annual revenue from the agreements will increase from $930 million to more than $2.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the terms. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the league did not announce financial figures. “We ultimately made a … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:38:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ U.S. routs Spain for second straight gold at women’s world championship ]]> Lead story image

ISTANBUL — Sue Bird added another gold medal to her already incredible U.S. basketball resume. Bird became the most-decorated player in world championship history when the Americans won a second straight gold with a 77-64 victory over Spain on Sunday night. Bird has won three gold medals and a bronze. “It was a great win for us,” Bird said. “We had one goal the entire time this team’s been together and that’s win a gold medal. A lot of people see a lot of talent and think it’s going to be easy and it’s not. Whenever you can win a … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:49:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Paul George makes insensitive Tweets about Ray Rice case, then apologizes ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — NBA star Paul George got the message quickly Thursday. After tweeting that Ray Rice should be allowed to continue his NFL career and suggesting he was merely responding to being attacked, George backtracked Thursday, replacing his deleted comments with an apology to women and victims of domestic violence. Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after an elevator video showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee with a punch to the face. The two are now married. George tweeted that although he didn’t condone hitting women, he believed Rice should to … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:52:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Marvin Barnes, 62, Providence, ABA basketball great had off-court problems ]]> Lead story image

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Marvin Barnes, who led Providence College to the Final Four in 1973 and starred in the old American Basketball Association, has died. He was 62. Kevin Stacom, a college teammate and a friend of Mr. Barnes, told the Providence Journal on Monday that Mr. Barnes died at a home in Providence. The cause of death was not known, but Mr. Barnes had battled drug addiction for years. “Marvin will always be remembered as one of the greatest Friars of all-time,” Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll said in a statement released by the school. “He will forever … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:33:13 -0600 <![CDATA[ Danny Ferry disciplined over racist remark about Luol Deng ]]> Lead story image

The fallout from racially charged comments by Atlanta Hawks’ leadership continued on Tuesday as general manager Danny Ferry was disciplined for making inflammatory comments about Luol Deng. ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:16:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Atlanta Hawks’ racial email draws attention from civil rights leaders ]]> Lead story image

ATLANTA — Civil rights leaders in Atlanta say they will ask for a meeting with Hawks officials after the disclosure of a racially charged email written by the basketball team’s co-owner. The Rev. Markel Hutchins said Monday that he would ask for a meeting to discuss what he believes is a racist attitude permeating the organization. The criticism came after Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson announced Sunday that he would sell his controlling interest in the team, in part because of an email he wrote two years ago, offering a theory that black fans were keeping away white fans. At a … ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose plays better as USA defeats Ukraine ]]> Lead story image

James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:12:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Steve Ballmer officially owns the Clippers ]]> Lead story image

Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:08:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ 2007 top NBA pick Oden arrested in Indianapolis ]]> Lead story image

Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden has been arrested in Indianapolis on battery charges alleging that he punched a woman in the face. ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:38:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Will LeBron wear No. 6 or No. 23? ]]> Lead story image

LeBron James has to make another big decision. The NBA superstar turned to social media Friday to help him choose which number he’ll 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. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:56:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Lance Stephenson headed to Hornets ]]> Lead story image

Lance Stephenson has found a new home. The controversial free-agent shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:24:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mega money in sports has a dwindling interest rate ]]> Lead story image

It’s scary to think that a head-shot photo in a newspaper could imply knowledge or wisdom. A guy in my building recognized me from the aforementioned picture the other day and, after recoiling at how homely I am in person, sought my take on the Carmelo Anthony situation. I had the Bulls in third place and fading, which is not what he wanted to hear. He wasn’t as interested in my reasoning as he was in my finishing so he could tell me how wrong I was and how the Bulls were the only destination that made sense. ‘‘This guy … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:27:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cleveland revels in LeBron James’ return to Cavaliers ]]> Lead story image

CLEVELAND — 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 Friday with a powerful essay written … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:19:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ LeBron James going back to Cleveland Cavaliers ]]> Lead story image

LeBron James is going home. No big television spectacle called “The Decision,’’ and no dancing around on a stage promising “Not one, not two, not three . . . ’’ Just a heart-felt first-person essay told to Sports Illustrated on on why he was returning to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio,’’ James told the website. “It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen … ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:28:40 -0600