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Report: T.J. Ford to turn pro

HOUSTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Point guard T.J. Ford of Texas, who was named the best player in college basketball this past season, apparently will enter the NBA Draft.

LeBron James makes it official

AKRON, Ohio, April 25 (UPI) -- LeBron James surprised no one Friday when he announced he would skip college and enter the NBA draft.

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Carmelo Anthony to enter NBA draft

SYRACUSE, N.Y., April 24 (UPI) -- Freshman sensation Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse, who helped the school win the NCAA Tournament this year, Thursday announced his intention to go pro.

Houston 91, Denver 84

DENVER, April 16 (UPI) -- Yao Ming had 13 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in the finale of a fine rookie season Wednesday night as the Houston Rockets defeated the Denver Nuggets, 89

Cleveland 96, Toronto 86

CLEVELAND, April 16 (UPI) -- In what the Cleveland Cavaliers hoped was the final game in their pre-LeBron James era, they defeated the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, 96-86.

Cleveland 104; New York 99 (OT)

CLEVELAND, April 12 (UPI) -- The New York Knicks went cold from the field Saturday night, allowing the NBA-worst Cleveland Cavaliers to pull out a 104-99 overtime victory.

Toronto 89, Cleveland 83

TORONTO, March 26 (UPI) -- Shooting 38 percent from the field and committing 23 turnovers, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost on the road for the 16th straight time Wednesday night, falling to

Atlanta 111; Cleveland 105

CLEVELAND, March 5 (UPI) -- Jason Terry scored 24 points Wednesday night to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 111-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

LeBron James reinstated

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- LeBron James, considered the best high school basketball player in the nation, will not have to sit out the balance of his senior campaign after all.

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LeBron James ruled ineligible

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- High school basketball star LeBron James, expected to be the top pick in the NBA draft, has been ruled ineligible for the rest of the season for accepting cloth
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LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23), seen playing against the Los Angeles Lakers in L.A. on January 19, 2009, is the NBA's Most Valuable Player according to reports on May 4, 2009. (UPI Photo/Phil McCarten/FILE)

LeBron Raymone James (pronounced /ləˈbrɒn/; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "King James", he was a three-time "Mr. Basketball" of Ohio in high school, and was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar while a sophomore at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School. He was selected with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a shoe contract with Nike before his professional debut. Listed as a small forward, James has set numerous youngest player records since joining the league. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003–04, was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008–09 and 2009–10, and has been both an All-NBA selection and an All-Star every season since 2005. In 2010, a much-publicized free agency process ended with James signing with the Miami Heat. He became the third reigning NBA MVP to change teams and the first since Moses Malone in 1982.

The focal point of the Cleveland offense, James led the team to consecutive playoff appearances from 2006 through 2010. In 2007, the Cavaliers advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1992 and to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, ultimately losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2011, James and the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in 6 games, 4–2. James has been a member of the USA national team, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold at the 2008 Olympics.

James attended St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, where he became a starter during his freshman year for the Fighting Irish. He averaged 21 points and 6.2 rebounds, and led the team to a 23–1 record, en route to the Division III state title. Coach Keith Dambrot started working with James doing $1 clinics at a local recreation center. In his sophomore year, James averaged 25.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals. He led the team to a 26–1 record and a Division III state title for the second straight season. He was the first sophomore to be named Ohio's "Mr. Basketball" and became the first sophomore ever selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team.

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