Every little helps

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Sherwood handed big Spurs chance

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first_imgTottenham have appointed Tim Sherwood as their new head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season. Sherwood was in charge as Tottenham crashed out of the Capital One Cup following a second home defeat to West Ham this season. But he bolstered his standing by leading the club to a 3-2 victory at Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. The 44-year-old had been the head of football development during Villas-Boas’ tenure, and although he has no previous managerial experience it is clearly not an issue for the Tottenham board, who have entrusted Sherwood to lead the club until the end of next season. Chairman Daniel Levy told the club’s official website: “We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the club’s best interests. “We have a great squad and we owe them a head coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season. “We are in the fortunate position of having within our club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood. “We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward.” Sherwood, who made nearly 100 appearances for Tottenham as a midfielder from 1999 until 2003, will be assisted by Chris Ramsey and former Tottenham team-mates Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund. Sherwood was among the frontrunners for the job after being named interim manager of the north London club following the sacking of Andre-Villas Boas last week. A statement on Spurs’ official website on Monday evening said: “Following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, the club can announce that Tim Sherwood has been appointed head coach with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season.” Press Association Villas-Boas was dismissed a day after Tottenham’s 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool. Despite an earlier heavy defeat at Manchester City last month, the Portuguese had a good record overall as Tottenham manager, averaging 1.83 points per league match, the highest of all Spurs bosses in the Premier League era, while he had a 100 per cent record in the Europa League. Yet he oversaw a heavy outlay over the summer, in which the club spent over £100million with seven new players arriving at White Hart Lane as Tottenham re-invested the huge transfer fee they received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale. Sherwood was among the favourites to take charge as he had the benefit of knowing the players, despite his novice status as manager, while former player and manager Glenn Hoddle expressed his interest. Ajax boss Frank de Boer and former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink were also linked with the post, but the Spurs board opted to give their backing to Sherwood, who will be expected to lead the charge for a top-four finish. last_img read more

Canary sets out on new chapter

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first_img Press Association Testing conditions are expected to bring out the best in Canary Row in the www.thetote.com Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh on Sunday. Twice runner-up behind champion juvenile Dawn Approach a couple of years ago, Patrick Prendergast’s colt struggled to make a significant impact as a three-year-old as he competed in handicaps off marks in the high 90s. Now preparing to make his four-year-old debut, the son of Holy Roman Emperor has been given some relief by the assessor and Prendergast hopes his charge can kick-start a profitable campaign with a bold showing in the 100,000 euro contest. center_img “I would imagine the ground is going to be quite hard work, but I think that will suit Canary Row,” said the trainer. “He’s a horse who was second to Dawn Approach twice as a two-year-old and for that reason he was quite highly rated last year and just hit the crossbar a few times. He’s come down the weights a bit and we’re claiming 10lb off him with Ben (Dawson) taking the ride. Ben rides him out every day and they seem to get on well with each other. “The horse has had a trouble-free preparation and we’re quite hopeful he’ll have a good four-year-old career.” Canary Row is one of two runners in the fiercely competitive handicap for County Kildare-based Prendergast, with Smoker making his first appearance since pulling up injured at Gowran Park last May. The trainer added: “Smoker gets in with a very low weight (8st 4lb), but the last time he was on the track he got injured quite badly and he will definitely come on for the run a good bit.” Ken Condon’s stable stalwart Bold Thady Quill makes his seasonal reappearance having finished third in the race 12 months ago. However, the trainer feels his charge has plenty on his plate this time around. Condon said: “He is ready to run and ready to run well, but he is a horse who normally takes a run to get back up to full speed. “He was third in the race last year off 91 and he’s rated 100 now. I think his last win in a handicap was off 81, so it looks a difficult task for him. The ground will suit him, though. We know he handles extreme conditions. “Hopefully he’ll give a good account of himself and then we can kick on for the rest of the season. After finishing third here last year he went and won the Cork Stakes, which is a Listed sprint, so we might go down the same route again.” last_img read more

Ellsworth and MDI girls’ basketball teams remain undefeated

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first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island girls’ basketball teams are both off to 5-0 starts this season.Ellsworth notched its fifth win Tuesday when Madison Card’s game-high 15 points led the Eagles past Hermon 51-43.Hannah Sargent added 11 points, and Kate Whitney chipped in 10 for Ellsworth.Hermon dropped to 2-4.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI’s latest win came Saturday, handing 5-1 Houlton its only loss this season. Sierra Tapley scored 15 points and Keely McConomy contributed 12 for MDI en route to the squad’s 47-41 win.GSA 80, Lee 23George Stevens Academy senior Margaret Brooks looks for an open teammate on Friday against Sumner.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMorgan Dauk led all scorers with 25 points to power George Stevens Academy (4-2) past Lee (0-5) on Monday.“Morgan is one of the most dedicated practice players I’ve ever seen,” GSA coach Bill Case said of the 6-foot junior guard. “She has a great knack for the game.”GSA’s two losses this season were within 12 points and on the road at Piscataquis and Calais — both requiring more than five hours of driving.“Those were long trips,” Case said. “And they were close games right to the end.”However, the two-hour bus ride to Lee didn’t affect the Eagles on Monday when GSA senior forward Megan Tobey netted 21 points, including five 3-pointers.The win is GSA’s third straight after the Eagles topped Sumner 55-31 on Friday.Dauk and Hanna Gutow combined for 20 first-half points against Sumner (3-5), giving GSA a 28-10 halftime lead en route to the win.“Hanna is running the team really well,” Case said of the senior guard.Case also noted the team’s youth, with several key players still sophomores and juniors. Mazie Smallidge, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, is among them.“Our inside game with Mazie and Morgan is our biggest strength,” Case said. “We’re a pretty young team.”Fortunately, the second half of GSA’s schedule offers far more games at home, where Case said his team performs its best.“The challenge is keeping everyone together so we have a shot at beating those same teams at our place,” Case said. “We shoot really well here.”George Stevens Academy freshman Julianna Allen tosses the ball up to a teammate in Friday’s game against Sumner.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSGSA was scheduled to play next at Penquis on Wednesday.Dexter 46, Bucksport 31Bucksport (1-5) lost to Dexter (6-1) on Monday. Cassie Coombs and Breanna Coombs tallied nine and eight points for Bucksport.Calais 52, Sumner 39Calais (3-1) beat Sumner on Monday. Taya Moore tallied 11 points to lead Sumner.DI-S 61, Greenville 31Allyson Eaton scored 24 points to lead Deer Isle-Stonington (1-5) to its first victory of the season Saturday over Greenville (0-3).Ellsworth 69, Mattanawcook 42Ellsworth shot 53 percent from the field, including 6-for-9 from behind the 3-point arc, in the first half en route to its win over Mattanawcook (2-3) on Friday. Madison Card led Ellsworth with 22 points, and Kate Whitney added 16.Bucksport 56, DI-S 37Bucksport outscored DI-S 30-15 en route to the win Thursday. Cassie Coombs poured in 25 points to lead Bucksport.Ally Eaton paced DI-S with 15 points.MDI 67, John Bapst 25MDI outscored 3-3 John Bapst 35-2 in the final 13 minutes en route to the win Thursday. Kelsey Shaw led MDI with 22 points and eight rebounds. Sierra Tapley added 17 points and four assists.Narraguagus 70, Sumner 36Sumner lost to Narraguagus (6-0) on Thursday. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Postslast_img read more

Rutgers seeks revenge on Michigan

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first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Michigan’s Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske and Eli Brooks have collectively accounted for 47 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 40 percent of all Wolverines points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Simpson has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Michigan field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 17 field goals and 39 assists in those games.BLOCK PARTY: Rutgers is 10-0 when it blocks at least six opposing shots and 8-8 when it falls shy of that mark. Michigan is 12-0 when blocking six or more shots and 4-9 this year, otherwise.STREAK SCORING: Rutgers has won its last 17 home games, scoring an average of 73.1 points while giving up 57.5.STOUT WOLVERINES: Rutgers has held opposing teams to 37.9 percent shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams. Associated Press Rutgers seeks revenge on Michigan Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMichigan (16-9, 7-7) vs. Rutgers (18-8, 9-6)Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Rutgers seeks revenge on Michigan after dropping the first matchup in New York. The teams last played on Feb. 1, when the Wolverines outshot Rutgers from the field 46.8 percent to 32.5 percent and made 13 more foul shots en route to the 69-63 victory.center_img February 18, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Korger: Wisconsin’s experience will break undisciplined Ole Miss

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first_imgMarch Madness.It’s a time for filling out brackets, decreased productivity in offices across the United States and enough college basketball to rot your brain into a gooey pulp.This year, unfortunately, the unofficial national holiday of the NCAA tournament’s opening round of games (because, let’s be honest, play-in games don’t count) fall during class time for most college students.So we will sneak watching the games on our laptops, smart phones and other gadgets while pretending to pay attention in class. Some of us may construct “fan caves” in our rooms with multiple televisions. Maybe others will sit in their rooms with the lights turned off and fast food delivery on speed dial, shunning significant others, roommates and family members for days in a blurry haze of buzzer-beaters and upsets. Well, maybe that’s just me.This year, like so many, there is once again an air of hope surrounding the Wisconsin team’s tournament prospects. Battle-hardened by a rigorous Big Ten schedule and the adversity of losing their starting point guard before the season even started, Bo Ryan’s Badgers have somehow found themselves primed to make a run into March. But the question remains: How far will they go?Well, that depends on the matchups. Who will Wisconsin lose to? Will it be the neurotic Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss in the team’s first game? Will it be a potential game with Kansas State and once-Illinois coach Bruce Weber? Or is there a chance that Ryan and the boys fall to the No. 1 seed Gonzaga?As one of the Herald’s senior writers Ian McCue examines today, it all comes down to defense. But, more specifically, how well the Badgers can play man-to-man defense against more athletic teams.The experienced Wisconsin spectator knows what I’m talking about. Last year, when the team lost to Syracuse in the Sweet 16, Wisconsin allowed its opponent to shoot layup after layup, as the Orange constantly blew past the Badgers’ defenders for easy layups and high percentage shots.How high? Try 55 percent from the field for the entire game. Yes, Syracuse was one of the most athletic, if not the most athletic, teams in the country, but the Badgers and Ryan took a shot and gambled they could somehow match up one-on-one with their talented adversary. And, truthfully, if it weren’t for the Badgers shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, they would have been blown out. Get this: Syracuse shot just nine three-pointers the entire game. Wisconsin? Well, they shot 27 of them- and made 14 of those attempts, making for one of the most thrilling games of the entire tournament.Then there was the loss in 2010 to Cornell, where Wisconsin once again saw its season end due to poor defense. Sure, the Big Red were feeling it, but plenty had to do with the fact the Badgers’ defense was non-existent, allowing their opponent to shoot 61 percent from the floor.The list goes on and on, but you get the point. With the Badgers’ offense in 2013 about as consistent as a politician’s promise, defense is what will carry this team forward. And not just defense, but matchups. Are there any offensive juggernauts that could maul Wisconsin like Florida did earlier this year? Yes, there certainly are, but not for at least a few rounds. With that, let’s look at the first round matchup.Ole Miss is definitely a classic 12-seed when it comes to the tournament. They have the capability to burn you offensively, and Marshall Henderson is a big reason why. He’s like watching a little Energizer Bunny – he just never gets tired. But he’s wild and has a gunner mentality; something the Badgers should be licking their chops at. If they stay disciplined in their defense and junior guard Ben Brust has the same success chasing him like he has other opponents this year, Wisconsin should be able to force Henderson into a very miserable shooting performance.After being forced to play defense for the entire shot clock, Henderson will be antsy to put up shots early in the shot clock. If he makes them and gets into a rhythm early, it’s going to be a close game. If he misses a couple early, this could be a Wisconsin blowout. Don’t worry about Henderson scoring – there’s no doubt he’s going to get his points. But, those points do come at a cost in the games Ole Miss has lost this year. Henderson has averaged 18 points a game in the team’s eight losses but he shoots a paltry 33 percent on average from the floor – a combined 45-for-136 from the field in games the team has fallen.But Ole Miss has an inside-outside game that helps to even out the gung-ho play of Henderson. Wisconsin must remain leery of Ole Miss senior forwards Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner, two players who hound the glass for Henderson’s misses. Remember, Henderson focuses his shot by aiming at the back of the rim. That way, if he misses, the rebound is long, giving his teammates an opportunity for an offensive rebound. Maybe that’s the reason why both forwards finished in the SEC’s top 5 for offensive rebounds.However, the Rebels have a few glaring weaknesses the Badgers should be able to exploit. This team struggles to get back in transition defense worse than any team from a major conference the Badgers have played all year. Wisconsin outscored Indiana in transition points when the two teams played in the Big Ten Tournament. Why can’t they do the same to the Rebels?As far as the first round goes, there’s a reason Ryan is 10-1 in the team’s opening games of the NCAA tournament. The biggest reason is opponents from other conferences have rarely played a team as disciplined, precise, patient and methodical as Wisconsin.It’s not going to be any different this time, folks. Wisconsin will break down Henderson and Ole Miss in a laughable manner Friday afternoon in Kansas City.Nick is the sports editor of The Badger Herald and the Wisconsin men’s basketball beat writer. Do you think he’s wrong with his game predictions? Let him know at nkorger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Semi-finalists Emerge in Equatorial Conference

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first_imgNESTLE MILO SCHOOLS B’BALLKunle AdewaleThe quarter-final matches of the Equatorial Conference of the Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball competition were decided yesterday at the Sports Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Enugu State with eight states booking their semifinal tickets. In the boys’ category, Rivers State defeated their Anambra counterparts 26-17, Ebonyi out-dunked host, Enugu, 40-6, while Cross River defeated Imo 18-15.In the last boys’ game, Bayelsa defeated Akwa Ibom 28-16.In the girls category, ruthless Bayelsa State girls outclassed their counterparts from Ebonyi 42-4, while in the battle of neighbours, Akwa Ibom defeated Cross River 31-10, while Imo defeated Abia 16-9.One of the outstanding schools in the competition was Community Secondary School, PABOD, Port Harcourt, which paraded the smallest boy in terms of stature and age yet showed great cohesion against bigger opponents.In a chat with THISDAY, Coach of the school, Fubara Onyenabo, said he felt elated that the boys booked a semifinal ticket considering that it was the first time the school would be participating in the competition.“The ultimate aim is to expose them to the biggest stage as far as basketball is concern. Most of them came from the volatile part of the state where cultism was the order of the day but I have been able to shield them away from trouble through the Da-F Basketball Academy, which sponsors most of them to school,” Onyenabo said.The semifinal matches are scheduled to take place today at the same venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ravens hope Jackson and upgraded D lead to Super Bowl run

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first_imgLast Updated: 27th August, 2020 07:21 IST Ravens Hope Jackson And Upgraded D Lead To Super Bowl Run Offense put up record numbers last year behind versatile QB Lamar Jackson, who worked hard during offseason to be even better in 2020 Associated Press Television News BALTIMORE RAVENS (14-3)New faces: : DE Calais Campbell, DE Derek Wolfe, G D.J. Fluker, LB Patrick Queen, RB J.K. Dobbins, WR Devin Duvernay, LB Malik Harrison.Key losses: G Marshal Yanda, DT Michael Pierce, TE Hayden Hurst, RT James Hurst, LB Patrick Onawuasor, LB Josh Bynes, DE Chris Wormley, WR Seth Roberts, S Tony Jefferson, CB Brandon Carr, S Earl Thomas.Strengths: Offense put up record numbers last year behind versatile QB Lamar Jackson, who worked hard during offseason to be even better in 2020. He’s got four solid running backs, with Dobbins joining an already impressive trio of Mark Ingram, Gus Williams and Justice Hill. Receivers Marquise Brown and Willie Snead, along with tight end Mark Andrews, will be joined by Chris Moore and Duvernay to help make passing game worthy supplement to ground attack that last year racked up record 3,296 yards.Weaknesses: Ravens hope Campbell and Wolfe fortify defensive front pierced for 217 yards rushing in playoff loss to Tennessee, but they’ll need strong production from Queen at middle linebacker. In addition, offensive line must make up for loss of Yanda, a potential Hall of Famer, and is counting on C Matt Skura to return to form after knee injury kept him sidelined for final four games and postseason.Pandemic Development: Ravens had two players opt out, KR De’Anthony Thomas and reserve Andre Smith. Team appears to have solid handle on enforcing necessary protocols to keep players healthy, as no positive tests were announced after training camp moved into high gear in middle of August. With essentially same coaching staff as last year, there weren’t too many additions to playbook that couldn’t be taught during Zoom sessions that replaced minicamp workouts.Fantasy Player to Watch: Jackson provides big points with arm and legs, qualities that should make him high pick in any fantasy draft. He ran for 1,206 yards and seven TDs in 2019 and threw for 3,127 yards and 36 scores.Vegas Says: Win Super Bowl: 13-2. Over/under wins: 11 1/2.Expectations: Ravens went 14-2 during 2019 regular season and entered playoffs looking to go distance, quest that went awry with loss at home to Tennessee in their first postseason game. GM Eric DeCosta worked to fortify defense and appears to have filled holes. Ravens have drive and manpower to finish what they started last year. Nothing less than reaching Super Bowl will do for team with reigning NFL MVP guiding offense, and defense good enough to cut loose seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, deemed derisive influence in very positive locker room.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 27th August, 2020 07:21 IST Written Bycenter_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

AUDIO: Igali Reiterates Call For Sponsorship Of Wrestling In Nigeria

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first_img“Maybe, don’t even go for the already established ones, look for one 12, 13, 14-year old athlete and stay with him for another 4,5,6,7, 8 years. The satisfaction you’ll get is that you had planned something.“Now at the federal level, there is no way I see our Federal Government being able to sponsor sports effectively. And that is why you have in some other climes, like England, the Lottery Fund,” the Bayelsa State Lawmaker declared.Igali himself is also a sponsor of wrestling in Nigeria as he usually makes provision for the camping and feeding of athletes prior to competitions within and outside the country.RelatedWRESTLING: NWF Plans Pro League Appearances For More Athletes – Igali (AUDIO)February 28, 2019In “Wrestling”WRESTLING: NWF Hopeful of African Championships After Sports Ministry InterventionMarch 7, 2019In “Wrestling”AUDIO: DANIEL IGALI CONFIDENT PORT HARCOURT WILL STAGE SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPSNovember 8, 2017In “Nigeria” President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Daniel Igali has reiterated his call on the Private and Public sector to sponsor wrestling in the country, stating that government can no longer single-handedly fund sports effectively.Nigeria have often time missed out of participation in international sporting events as a result of lack or paucity of funds, a situation that has negatively affected the growth and development of sports, including wrestling.With government struggling to adequately fund sports due to the prevailing economic situation in Nigeria, the Olympic and World Champion believes the Private sector can partner with the Wrestling Federation, no matter how little.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Igali-Sponsor-October-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The sponsorship does not have to be too much,” Igali noted. “For instance, in Rivers State now, If you identify an athlete and say ‘listen, I’m going to support you with N10,000 every month’, that’s your sponsorship for the athlete.last_img read more

LeBron tells Heat he will become free agent

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first_imgIn this June 17, 2014 file photo, Miami Heat’s LeBron James gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James is heading back to free agency.James has told the Miami Heat that he is opting out of the final two years of his contract, his agent, Rich Paul, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. And with that, James will become a free agent on July 1.“I have informed the Heat,” Paul said.That does not mean James is leaving Miami – but there’s no guarantee that he’ll be in a Heat uniform next season, either. A person briefed on the matter and familiar with James’ thinking told AP that he has not decided where he will play next season.“There’s no other decision yet,” that person said.James addressed the lure of having flexibility last week in his exit interview after the Heat lost to San Antonio in the NBA Finals. And he will have plenty of it now.Among his options: He could leave Miami entirely, join another team if he feels that better positions himself to win more championships, or sign a longer-term deal in Miami and afford the Heat some financial flexibility of their own in relation to the salary cap and luxury tax.“Being able to have flexibility as a professional, anyone, that’s what we all would like,” James said last week. “That’s in any sport, for a football player, a baseball player, a basketball player, to have flexibility and be able to control your future or your present. I have a position to be able to do that. … There’s a lot of times that you’re not in control of your future as a professional.”The other two Miami stars with early termination options — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — have not yet told the Heat or publicly revealed whether they will join James as free agents this summer. Bosh and James both said last week that the three would meet before deciding anything about their respective futures, and it’s been widely speculated that they might have to rework their deals to keep the “Big 3” together in Miami.The Heat were not caught offguard or surprised by James’ move.“Players have a right to free agency and when they have these opportunities, the right to explore their options,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “The last four seasons have been historic and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Erik Spoelstra have led the Miami Heat to one of the most unprecedented runs in the history of the NBA. We look forward to sitting down with LeBron and his representatives and talking about our future together.”James, Wade and Bosh each signed six-year deals when they famously teamed up in Miami in 2010, and all of those deals came with options to become free agents either this summer or in the summer of 2015. Together, they’ve won four Eastern Conference titles and two NBA championships, winning more games than any other team in the league over that span.“There’s a conversation that will be had between the three of us,” James said last week. “I think it’s only right. I think we’ve earned that for each other, to have a conversation and see what could possibly happen.”James had about $42.7 million remaining on his deal with the Heat. He came to Miami in 2010 after spending his first seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the free agent dealings that summer, James said, was the “craziest summer I’ve ever been a part of.”This one might have a similar feel. James’ wife posted a photo depicting Akron, Ohio – their hometown – to her Instagram account Sunday night, and that set off a social-media frenzy, even though it was only related to her annual trip home for the summer.___AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this story.last_img read more