LeBron James has returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA superstar announces decision to return to former team

LeBron left Cleveland in 2010 for the Miami Heat where he won two championships

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat goes to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals
French resistance: controversy at the boules world cup in Marseilles

Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by "death threats" and intimidation

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate, asks John Lichfield
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor competed at the London Olympics but is now in her medal-winning prime

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Bath 18-year-old, second fastest this year in the 200m Individual Medley, tells Robin Scott-Elliot that this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away

Second round: George Groves bows to the crowd after his defeat to Carl Froch in November. This time many believe the younger man will gain his revenge

Boxing: George Groves announces return to the ring after Carl Froch defeat with Wembley fight against Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse

Groves was knocked out by Froch in their record-breaking bout at Wembley Stadium, and he will face Rebrasse at Wembley Arena in a WBC world super middleweight

Fingered for the crime: O J Simpson tries on a glove presented as evidence in his trial

Sport on TV: Twenty years ago our sporting stars started to fall from grace

The public gatherings in the United States to watch the soccer team play their World Cup knockout match against Belgium on Tuesday were like nothing seen in the country for 20 years – not the 1994 World Cup which they hosted, but the verdict in the O J Simpson murder trial.

Scot free: Jamie and Andy Murray will not feature in Glasgow’s Games

Inside Lines: Andy Murray misses out again as Glasgow serves double fault

Glasgow 2014 has missed a trick by lobbing tennis out of the Commonwealth Games as its inclusion would have given Andy Murray an opportunity for gentle tournament rehab after his shock Wimbledon exit.

Brittany Elmslie, Melanie Schlanger, Bronte Barratt and Cameron McEvoy pose during the Australian Commonwealth Games Swim Team Speedo Uniform Launch

Commonwealth Games 2014: Australia launch Glasgow swimwear - but are criticised for drawing attention to the 'crotch' area

The new range by Speedo have drawn criticism Down Under for drawing the eyes to 'the wrong place'

Late wingsuit pilot Brian Drake's final flight through the Alps

Video: Incredible footage of late wingsuit pilot Brian Drake's final flight as he shoots through the French Alps just a month before suffering his tragic death

Drake was killed along with two other wingsuit pilots in an accident in April, but this video pays tribute to his life as a final reminder of what he loved doing

Free agent Luol Deng has offers from plenty of NBA teams

Luol Deng latest: Team GB star 'patient' as free agent waits for a new NBA team

29-year-old has already been sounded out by multiple teams about a new deal

Shaun Livingston has signed a three-year $16m deal with the Golden State Warriors

NBA Free Agency: Shaun Livingston signs three-year $16m to join Golden State Warriors

28-year-old joins from the Brooklyn Nets

Quidditch as seen in the Harry Potter movies

How Quidditch has become a real sport: Magical realism

It started as a figment of J K Rowling's imagination. But now the people playing Quidditch for real want to leave Harry Potter behind and be taken seriously, reports Jessica Contrera

Kyrie Irving has signed a five-year $90m deal

NBA: Kyrie Irving agrees five-year $90m contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Point guard, 22, was drafted No 1 by the Cavs in 2011

Dejan Zlaticanin (right) and Ricky Burns square off in Glasgow on Friday night

Boxing: Ricky Burns' hopes of another world title tilt shattered after split decision defeat by Dejan Zlaticanin

The Scot battled back after being floored inside the first 20 seconds

Andy Wiggins has been drafted to the Cleveland Cavaliers
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The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
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England’s team pursuit squad, including Bradley Wiggins, train in the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow in preparation for the Commonwealth Games
Organisers promise ‘best ever’ Games while Brits ponder prospect of racing team-mates
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James Anderson’s scowling manner in which he plays may have led to India proceeding with their complaint
CricketThe tourists are confident they have enough evidence to make their charges of misbehaviour stick
Sport
Jos Buttler, one of only two changes to the squad for the third Test, has impressed behind the stumps and with the bat
Senior players, Ian Bell, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Board, will all continue in the Third Test
Sport
Frank Lampard will captain England against Ecuador
FOOTBALLNew York newspaper re-runs 13-year old story
Sport
Dunga was relieved of his duties after arriving back in Brazil
Former coach and World Cup winner replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari and begins rebuilding process
Sport
Michael Rogers takes a bow as he claims victory on stage 16 of the Tour
CYCLINGTour de France 2014: Australian Mick Rogers wins the longest stage, while Vincenzo Nibali remains in yellow as race enters the Pyrenees
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Rory McIlroy and the Claret Jug
GOLFManchester United to extend invitation to the Northern Irishman
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REACTIONThe Open: But he will soon turn his attention to The Masters, writes Kevin Garside
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Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler stand with their awards for joint second place
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David Rudisha has become a big hero in Galway
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boxingThe show at Manchester’s Phones 4U Arena will still go ahead, with Billy Joe Saunders now in the main event
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Team Sky’s Sir Dave Brailsford said his remaining riders are ‘doing really well. I can’t fault them’
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Simon Yates has pulled out of the Tour de France after an impressive debut ride
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Lewis Hamilton pictured after the German GP
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Felipe Massa flipped on the first corner of the German Grand Prix
German GP: Safety car out after the first corner at Hockenheim
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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew signs a Newcastle fans' shirt on the pre-season tour in New Zealand
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