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LeBron welcomed back on special night in Cleveland

Main Event: Cleveland welcomes back LeBron James as he begins quest for NBA title with Cavs
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation building for years, LeBron James is back where he began.

He's home.

Introduced to a deafening roar from Cleveland fans, James was welcomed back Thursday night by a city desperate to end a championship drought that's about to turn 50 years old. James came back to try and end it, and his journey is underway.

At 8:08 p.m. all was right in Cleveland again.

Hornets' Taylor pleads guilty to domestic violence

Hornets' Jeffery Taylor pleads guilty to domestic violence of girlfriend in Michigan hotel
The Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a domestic violence charge and admitted he pushed his girlfriend at a hotel in Michigan.

The news came just hours before the Hornets were set to open the regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks.

LeBron James and wife welcome baby girl

Cavaliers star LeBron James and wife, Savannah, are proud parents of new baby girl
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - King James has a little princess.

LeBron James confirmed Wednesday that he and his wife, Savannah, welcomed a new baby girl last week. Cavaliers officials say the girl's name is Zhuri Nova.

James already has two sons, LeBron Jr., and Bryce Maximus. James says his family is thrilled with new addition and that "it's a lot different" having a girl around the house.

NBA commissioner, ex-stars in NYC Marathon relay

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, former basketball stars to run NYC Marathon relay
Rachel Cohen, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will run the first three miles of the New York City Marathon on Sunday as part of a 24-person relay of basketball luminaries.

Dikembe Mutombo will cross the finish line for the group, which is trying to encourage kids to exercise.

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle after earlier injuring left wrist
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - New York forward Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks' game against Memphis on Thursday night after spraining his right ankle early in the second half.

Knicks officials said Anthony wouldn't return and that X-rays were negative.

Anthony, the Knicks' leading scorer at 26.6 points a game, injured the ankle on New York's end of the floor and immediately limped to the bench. He was taken to the locker room moments later.

He had 14 points and three rebounds when he left the game.

Dalembert remembers horror of quake

Two years later, Canadian Samuel Dalembert aids in rebuilding effort in Haiti
Chris Duncan, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Samuel Dalembert stepped off the plane and barely recognized the land where he grew up.

Two frantic days after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rumbled across his native Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the veteran NBA centre from Montreal returned to the Caribbean nation and could hardly absorb the chaos and horror.

Victims missing limbs lying helplessly in the littered streets. Children covered in blood, screaming for their parents. Buildings pulverized and homes crushed into twisted piles of rubble.

NBA Roundup: Bryant leads Lakers over Suns

NBA Roundup: Kobe Bryant scores 48 points, Lakers beat Suns 99-83
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Kobe Bryant scored 48 points — his fifth straight game with 25 or more — and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-83 Tuesday night to win their seventh straight at home and third in a row overall.

Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, topped the 40-point mark for the first time this season, the first in the league to do so. He was 18 of 31 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws. Pau Gasol added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Wizards beat Raptors 93-78 for first victory

Lewis, Young each score 15 as Wizards beat Raptors 93-78 to end 0-8 start
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards won a game for the first time in nearly nine months, and did it with a reshaping of their front line.

Coach Flip Saunders decided to bench forwards Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis. He started rookie Chris Singleton and second-year player Trevor Booker in their place, and the revamped team beat the Toronto Raptors 93-78 on Tuesday night for its first victory after eight losses this season.

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