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Last Update on October 30, 2014 05:33 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he never worried his relationship with superstar LeBron James was beyond repair.

When James signed with Miami four years ago, Gilbert publicly attacked James in a scathing letter. The two had a frosty relationship until meeting this summer to talk through their differences in the days leading up to James announcing he was re-signing with Cleveland.

On the eve of Cleveland's season opener, Gilbert said Wednesday his relationship with James "is very good, very solid."

James, too, says he and Gilbert have patched things up. James says they had one bad moment that overshadowed the great times they had together.

Gilbert says when he and James met they agreed there was "too much opportunity together that we could work on."


CLEVELAND (AP) -- 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.

The NBA superstar said "you give rough love to your boys and you give soft love to your daughter." He said he's looking forward to the journey of all three children growing up.

James returned to Ohio this summer, re-signing with the Cavaliers after playing four seasons with Miami.

The 29-year-old said it's been great being back "home and be with my family and be with my friends."

The Cavs open their season Thursday night against the New York Knicks.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals' defense finally got its act together after three rough weeks, holding down Baltimore just enough to pull out a pivotal win. The challenge is to keep it going without Cincinnati's best defensive player.

Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict had surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and will miss at least the next two games. The Bengals (4-2-1) host Jacksonville (1-7) on Sunday, then play the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night.

Burfict also has missed two games with concussions. Coordinator Paul Guenther says the defense is much better when he's on the field.

The defense also is missing linebacker Rey Maualuga, who is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars could have left tackle Luke Joeckel back Sunday at Cincinnati.

Joeckel left last week's loss to Miami with a concussion in the first quarter, but he has since passed part of the NFL's concussion protocol. He has been cleared to participate in non-contact drills Thursday.

Coach Gus Bradley says Joeckel "still has another couple things he has to go through, but at least at this late in the week for him to have a chance to play on Sunday is great."

The Jaguars also could have cornerback Aaron Colvin on the field. The fourth-round draft pick has been on the physically unable to perform list all season while he recovers from a knee injury suffered during Senior Bowl practice in January. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting cornerback Alan Ball on injured reserve with a bicep injury.

The Jaguars signed fourth-year cornerback Tommie Campbell to replace Ball on the 53-man roster.

Ball started 22 games for the Jaguars over the past two seasons, including seven this year.

Without him, Dwayne Gratz will move back into the starting lineup opposite fellow second-year player Demetrius McCray against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Losing Ball for the season is the latest setback for Jacksonville's improving defense. The Jaguars (1-7) already lost starting linebacker Paul Posluszny for the season with a torn chest muscle and defensive end Andre Branch for at last five more weeks with a groin injury.

Cornerback Will Blackmon also is out indefinitely with a broken finger.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 30, 2014 13:15 GMT


KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) -- Very few players have dominated a World Series in the manner Madison Bumgarner just displayed in leading the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years.

Bumgarner capped his MVP performance by giving up just two hits over five shutout innings to close out the Giants' 3-2 win over the Royals in Game 7 of the Fall Classic in Kansas City. He gave up a single to Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) leading off the bottom of the fifth, then retired his next 14 batters to get within one out of the title.

Bumgarner's streak ended when center fielder Gregor (GREG'-ohr) Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon's single to put the potential tying run on third base with Salvador Perez coming up. Perez was hitting a team-high .348 in the series until Bumgarner got him to pop up in foul territory, where Pablo Sandoval grabbed it before falling backward onto the turf in celebration.

Sandoval was no slouch at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Michael Morse had two RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the fourth inning. Hunter Pence had two hits to finish the series with a .444 average, slightly better than Sandoval's .429.

But there was no denying who earned the MVP trophy. Bumgarner's five shutout innings of relief came just three days after he tossed a four-hit shutout in the Giants' 5-0 victory in Game 5. He went 2-0 with a save and a 0.43 ERA, allowing just nine hits in 21 innings against the Royals. The lefty is now 5-0 with a microscopic 0.25 ERA in five career appearances in World Series play, allowing a mere one run in 36 innings.

Winning pitcher Jeremy Affeldt tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Together, Affeldt and Bumgarner combined to limit the Royals to three hits in 7 1/3 innings. The win initially was credited to Bumgarner, but official scorers reversed that decision after the game and gave the win to Affeldt, who was still in the game when the Giants took the lead and had pitched effectively. .

Both starting pitchers were lifted early. Giants starter Tim Hudson was yanked in the second, charged with two runs and three hits. The 39-year-old Hudson became the oldest pitcher to start a Game 7 of a World Series. Losing pitcher Jeremy Guthrie came out in the fourth, surrendering three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

It marks the first time the road team has won Game 7 of a World Series since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants had been 0-4 in deciding seventh games of Fall Classics, losing in 2002, 1962, 1924 and 1912.


UNDATED (AP) -- Russell Westbrook was the NBA's top scorer last night, finishing with 38 points. It wasn't enough to prevent the Oklahoma Thunder from dropping their NBA season opener.

LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in 27 points and Wesley Matthews added 22 on 8 of 12 shooting as the Trail Blazers whipped the Thunder 106-89 in Portland. Matthews hit five of his nine 3-point attempts, while the Thunder combined to shoot 2-for-16 from beyond the arc.

Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds for Portland.

Westbrook was the lone Oklahoma City player to score more than 14 as the team tries to overcome the absence of Kevin Durant. Westbrook went 15 of 16 from the line and had a team-high six assists.

Also in the NBA:

-- Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Miami Heat opened the post-LeBron James era with a 107-95 triumph over the visiting Wizards on Wednesday. Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in the victory. Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 down the stretch after he briefly departed with a leg injury. Miami newcomer Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) added 12 points.

-- Steve Kerr won his NBA coaching debut as Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds to Golden State's 95-77 victory at Sacramento. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and Marreese Speights added 16 points to help the Warriors win without the injured David Lee and Brandon Rush.

-- Houston is 2-0 after Dwight Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 104-93 victory at Utah, spoiling Quin Snyder's NBA coaching debut. James Harden added 18 points and 10 assists, and Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) had 20 points for the Rockets.

-- Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut and Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers to lead the Suns' 119-99 dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns led by as many as 29, one night after the Lakers trailed by 27 midway through the fourth quarter of their season-opening loss to Houston.

-- Pau Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, and Taj Gibson delivered 22 points in the Bulls' 104-80 laugher against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Derrick Rose scored 13 points and had five assists in 21 minutes after missing most of the last two seasons.

-- Roy Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks as Indiana downed Philadelphia 103-91. Hibbert scored the first four points in a 16-6 third-quarter run that gave Indiana a 78-67 lead.

-- The Toronto Raptors opened their Atlanta Division title defense with a 109-102 victory over Atlanta as DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry added 11 points and 10 assists to the victory.

-- Memphis had dropped 13 straight season openers before Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') poured in a career-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Grizzlies' 105-101 triumph against Minnesota. Zach Randolph added 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley chipped in 16 points for the winners.

-- Kenneth Faried (fah-REED') scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds as Denver downed Detroit 89-79 in the season opener for both teams. Aaron Afflalo (af-LAH'-loh) chipped in 15 points to help the Nuggets ruin Stan Van Gundy's first game as the Pistons' coach.

-- Charlotte beat Milwaukee 108-106 on Kemba Walker's 21-footer from the top of the key with five seconds left in overtime. Walker finished with 26 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation as the Hornets erased a 24-point third-quarter deficit.

-- Boston was a 121-105 winner against Brooklyn behind Rajon Rondo's (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-dohz) 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. Kelly Olynyk (OH'-lih-nihk) had 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for the Celtics, who carried a 29-point lead into the final period.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg. He was injured in Tuesday night's season-opening loss to Houston after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly.

The 19-year-old power forward was the SEC's top freshman while helping Kentucky to reach the NCAA championship game last season.


IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Dallas owner Jerry Jones says quarterback Tony Romo's status could be a game-time decision against Arizona on Sunday as he is coming off his third back injury in 18 months. Jones said on his radio show that Romo's injury would not end his season.

The Cowboys have put linebacker Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve with a torn arm muscle suffered in Monday's loss to Washington.


-- The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting cornerback Alan Ball on season-ending injured reserve with a bicep injury. He started 22 games for the Jaguars over the past two seasons, including seven this year.

-- Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (VON'-tez BUR'-fihct) will miss at least two games after undergoing surgery to clean out his left knee. The Pro Bowl linebacker hurt the knee during Sunday's win over Baltimore.

-- San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown has been cleared to return to practice after missing three games with a concussion. Brown practiced Wednesday for the first time since being injured in a victory against the New York Jets on Oct. 5.

-- Jets backup quarterback Geno Smith has a shoulder injury that makes his availability uncertain for the team's game at Kansas City on Sunday. He was limited in practice Wednesday and didn't throw any passes. Smith was injured in the loss to Buffalo Sunday. He also lost his starting job to Michael Vick.

-- Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson has cleared concussion protocols and will likely play against Dallas on Sunday. He was injured in the win over Philadelphia last Sunday when he collided with teammate Deone Bucannon and Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin.


LONDON (AP) -- According to a study commissioned by the NFL and a London marketing agency, an NFL franchise in London could generate more than $250 million a year for Britain. The prospect of a team being permanently based in London has been growing since the NFL first brought regular-season games to the city in 2007. With three games at Wembley Stadium this season, the British government recently offered its backing to persuade a franchise to base itself overseas.


UNDATED (AP) -- Justin Abdelkader (AB'-dul-kay-dur) sparked the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Capitals in Washington.

The Capitals led 2-1 in the third period until Abdelkader scored twice in a 6 1/2-minute span to put the Red Wings ahead to stay. He also assisted on Gustav Nyquist's goal midway through the second period.

Rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET'-sahf) scored his first NHL goal for the Capitals, but Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) was held without a point for the fifth straight game.

Also in the NHL:

-- Edmonton's four-game winning streak is over after Craig Smith scored the first and last goals in Nashville's 5-1 win over the Oilers. Pekka Rinne (PEK'-uh REE'-nay) stopped 26 shots to help the Predators improve to 6-1-2.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has suspended Rangers defenseman John Moore for five games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Minnesota forward Erik Haula in a game last night. Moore was assessed a match penalty when he delivered a shoulder to Haula's head. Moore is considered a repeat offender.


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