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Update on the latest in sports:




LeBron is leaving again


CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team.


The four-time NBA MVP says he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, joining one of the league’s most storied franchises and switching conferences to try to dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy.


For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003.


The 14-time All-Star is ranked seventh on the NBA’s all-time list with 31,038 points, and is also fourth in scoring average at 27.2 points.


In other NBA news:


– A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Mavericks have reached an agreement to bring back center Salah Mejri on a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of $1.6 million. The 32-year-old from Tunisia is set to be one of the backups to DeAndre Jordan, who has agreed with Dallas on a one-year deal. Jordan’s contract will be for roughly the $24.1 million he was set to make before opting out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.





Tavares goes to the Maple Leafs


TORONTO (AP) – Superstar center John Tavares is going home, agreeing to terms on a $77 million, seven-year contract with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Tavares announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday, posting a picture of himself as a child in Maple Leafs bedding. The team says the deal is worth $11 million a season for seven years.


The 27-year-old point-a-game playmaker met with the Leafs, New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars over the past several days in Los Angeles to hear their pitches for his services.




Seahawks’ Chancellor says time for the next chapter


RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor says scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and he says it’s “time for the next chapter.”


Chancellor had been awaiting further clarity on his neck, which he injured in a game against the Arizona Cardinals in November. In a posting on his Twitter account Sunday night, Chancellor said his latest scans “showed no healing.” He says, “I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one, I just can’t ignore.”


Chancellor never used the word “retirement” in his statement, which may have been deliberate. He signed an extension through the 2020 season last August which contained guaranteed money in case of injury. An official retirement could open up the possibility of forfeiting some of that money.




Russia beats Spain


MOSCOW – The Kremlin is comparing celebrations of Russia’s World Cup win over Spain to those for its victory over Nazi Germany.


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says, “what I’ve personally seen was in many ways probably comparable to the events of May 9, 1945,” when the Soviet Union marked the wartime victory.


Putin did not attend the game, but Peskov says he was supporting Russia from afar. The only game Putin has seen in person is Russia’s opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, which he watched alongside the Saudi crown prince and FIFA president Gianni Infantino.




Federer dominant in Wimbledon opener


LONDON (AP) – New look, same old dominance for Roger Federer at Wimbledon.


The eight-time champion began his title defense in style at the All England Club, brushing aside Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes on Centre Court.


Lajovic held serve in the opening game but that was as good as it got for the 58th-ranked Serb. Federer reeled off the next nine games to take charge and was in cruise control after that.


The only things unfamiliar about Federer were his clothes. He wore a Uniqlo outfit for the first time after ending his career-long apparel partnership with Nike.




Murray absent


LONDON (AP) – All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis calls two-time champion Andy Murray’s absence from Wimbledon “a shame” and “disappointing,” but also says, “The show must go on.”


Lewis met with reporters on the opening day of the Grand Slam tournament, less than 24 hours after Murray withdrew because his surgically repaired hip is not up to best-of-five-set matches.


Lewis says, “I feel for him, but I think he’d be the first to say that The Championships are about more than one player.”


Murray’s 2013 title at Wimbledon was the first for a British male in 77 years. He won the tournament in 2016.




Froome cleared of doping by UCI ahead of Tour de France


AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) – Chris Froome has been cleared of doping by the International Cycling Union, a decision that should allow him to pursue a record-tying fifth Tour de France title later this week.


Froome had been racing under the cloud of a potential ban after a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.


A UCI statement says “Froome’s sample results do not constitute an AAF (Adverse Analytical Finding),” adding that it has decided “to close the proceedings against Mr Froome.”


The Tour begins Saturday and – before the UCI statement was provided – race 


Froome says, “I have never doubted that this case would be dismissed for the simple reason that I have known throughout I did nothing wrong.”