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  • How difficult will it be for LeBron James to win a title in Cleveland?

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    Matt Stroup and Kurt Helin break down LeBron James' decision to return to Cleveland. The guys discuss LeBron's article published by Sports Illustrated in which "The King" speaks about how difficult it was for him to leave his hometown in 2010. Stroup wonders how courageous of a move this is for LeBron to return to a place where he failed to deliver a championship.

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  • LeBron James to return home, sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Thomas Wolfe was wrong, at least about LeBron James. You can go home again.

    LeBron James is heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he announced the decision on his own terms.

    LeBron, via Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated:

    I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

    For a long time, many didn’t believe the Cavs had a serious chance to lure LeBron back, but they did it.

    In Cleveland he will be welcomed home like the prodigal son. 

    [ RELATED: Why LeBron is going home, in his own words ]

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  • Photo finish: Trentin edges Sagan in Stage 7 of Tour de France

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    NANCY, France -- Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after a group crash and a hilly final section split the pack.

    Fellow Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead. U.S. rider Tejay van Van Garderen, who crashed within the last 17 kilometers, was the big loser on the day -- with his fall costing him more than a minute in the title chase.

    The sun finally broke through clouds that had dumped rain over riders in recent days for the 234.5 kilometer (146 mile) ride from Epernay, the capital of Champagne country, to the eastern city of Nancy.

    Trentin, a 24-year-old rider who won a stage in the Tour of Switzerland earlier this year, beat Slovakia's Peter Sagan by what looked like no more than a centimeter or two on the finish-line photo of the final sprint.

    Trentin patted the Cannondale rider on the back after crossing the line. Sagan, who has come close several times, has yet to win a stage this year.

    France's Tony Gallopin was third.

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  • Grady Sizemore back in bigs after Phillies call-up

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    Grady Sizemore is set to join the Phillies.

    Following Thursday's 9-1 win over the Brewers, the Phils optioned right-handed pitcher David Buchanan to Triple A Lehigh Valley and selected Sizemore's contract from the IronPigs. To make room for Sizemore on the 40-man roster, Cliff Lee was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

    Sizemore, 31, went 13 for 45 (.289) with a double and a homer in 10 games for Lehigh Valley and can play all three outfield positions. He'll join the Phils on Friday, when they open a three-game set with the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

    Sizemore previously hit .216 with 14 extra-base hits in 52 games for the Red Sox this season. Boston released the former three-time All-Star on June 18, and he signed with the Phils on June 24.

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  • Chicago Fire, MLS seeing post-World Cup rise in popularity

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports14 hrs ago

    If this year's World Cup has taught us anything, it's that soccer is pretty darn popular in America these days.

    And though the best leagues in the world might play their games on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S.'s league is gaining in popularity, as well.

    The MLS and the Chicago Fire are seeing spikes in their popularity thanks not only to the World Cup but also to the overall adoption as soccer as a mainstream sport in the U.S.

    "The league has grown leaps and bounds, whether it's new teams that are coming in, the players that are coming into the league," Fire chief operating officer Atul Khosla said in an interview with CSN. "And that has helped grow the popularity of the league and the sport in general.

    "We're seeing the biggest growth with the young fans. It's 25, 35-year-olds that are growing up with the sport or have grown up with the sport for the first time. And that is a generation shift from where things were seven, eight years ago."

    The MLS recently inked a national TV deal that will last eight years and net the league about $100 million.

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  • WATCH: Horses ride alongside peloton at Tour de France

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports14 hrs ago

    As if the Tour de France isn't picturesque enough, the countryside added an extra element of beauty-in-motion to Stage 7. As the riders cruised through a flat straightaway between Epernay and Nancy in northern France, three eager onlookers stayed neck and neck with the peloton ... on horses. 

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  • Watch: Horses race the Tour de France peloton

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    Fans of the Tour de France ride horses alongside the cyclists during Stage 7. Will Vincenzo Nibali keep his lead during Stage 7 or is Andre Greipel's Stage 6 win be a sign of things to come?

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  • As LeBron James makes a decision, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavs wait

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    When it comes to LeBron James, all that's certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy.

    Miami or Cleveland?

    The same choice he faced four years ago is the one facing the four-time NBA MVP now. He became a champion in Miami. He still calls Ohio home. It's obviously not an easy decision, and the ramifications of what he's about to say - it's still unclear when any announcement will be coming, but it's more than likely sooner than later - will have a massive impact on the Heat and the Cavaliers.

    For the Heat, keeping James is likely the only way they can stay a championship-contending team for a fifth straight season next year. If he stays, it would seem likely that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would re-sign with Miami as well, keeping the ''Big 3'' that has played in each of the last four NBA Finals intact for at least another season.

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  • Report: LeBron James still upset by Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter

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    LeBron James has never been arrested. He’s never gotten into a public feud with teammates or coaches. He’s never become embroiled in any controversy away from basketball.

    However, he once changed teams as a free agent.

    For that, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote, “This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown ‘chosen one’ sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And ‘who’ we would want them to grow-up to become.”

    The sting of those harsh words doesn’t fade easily.

    Chris Broussard of ESPN: "One reason, if not the major reason, that LeBron James has taken so long to decide whether to play in Miami or Cleveland next season is the infamous letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert penned about James after the superstar left Cleveland in 2010, sources said. If it wasn’t for that letter, this would’ve been done awhile ago,” one source said."

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  • PGA: Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini, Brian Harman co-lead John Deere Classic

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports15 hrs ago

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    SILVIS, Ill. - Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase ''defending champion.''

    A par followed. Then another, and another after that. And then a bogey.

    The playoff winner from 2013 was suddenly reeling.

    ''It was a struggle,'' Spieth said of the round, an even-par 71 he salvaged with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. ''I need to go find something on the range because I just wasn't comfortable over the ball today.''

    Spieth was eight strokes behind Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman, whose 8-under-par 63s shared the lead after the opening round.

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