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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:19:53 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![CDATA[ LeBron, Pat Riley meet, no decision yet ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think. The Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither side publicly disclosed details of the meeting. James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, said one of the people. James has not made a decision and will not make any announcements before Thursday, a person said, adding, “He wants to meet with his … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:58:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ LeBron, Cavs reunion taking shape after 3-team deal ]]> Lead story image

The Cavaliers have created salary cap space to make sure they have enough to offer LeBron James a maximum contract. ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:10:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ P.J. Hairston faces assault charges after fight in pickup basketball game ]]>

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston has to appear in Durham County Court on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation at a pickup basketball game on Sunday. Paul Sherwin, the public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said Hairston, 21, was issued a summons on Monday but will not be arrested. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hairston’s court date is Aug. 8. “If two people get into a fight in North Carolina and there is no serious injury and is not witnessed by an officer, our hands are tied,” Sherwin said. “We don’t charge … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:22:00 -0500