>>LeBron James Signing With Lakers
(Los Angeles, CA) — LeBron James is taking his talents to Los Angeles. James and the Lakers have agreed to a four-year, 154-million-dollar contract. James had reportedly had also been considering joining the Philadelphia 76ers or staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers also reach agreements with Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee on Sunday.
>>World Cup Continues In Russia
(Undated) — The knockout stage of the World Cup continues in Russia today. The host country eliminated Spain on Sunday, while Croatia got past Denmark. On today’s schedule, Brazil clashes with Mexico and Belgium faces Japan.
>>Federer Eyes Another Title, Serena Makes Wimbledon Return
(London, England) — The third major of the tennis season begins Monday with first-round play at Wimbledon. Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer will play the first match on Centre Court as he begins his quest for a ninth title at the All England Club. After missing last year’s Wimbledon due to her pregnancy, American Serena Williams is seeded 25th as she tries for her eighth title on the famed grass courts.
>>Cardinals’ Comeback Comes Up Short Against Braves
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals scored five times in the seventh inning to get close, but came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Braves at Busch Stadium. Tommy Pham’s three-run homer closed the gap to one for St. Louis, which gave up five in the sixth to fall behind 6-0. John Gant took the loss.
>>Cubs Build Big Lead, Hold Off Twins
(Chicago, IL) — Jon Lester hit a three-run homer to ignite an eight-run second inning and the Cubs held on to top the Twins 11-10 in Chicago. Ian Happ also homered for the Cubs, who led 9-1 after four innings. On the mound, Lester went five innings for his 11th win. They host the Tigers tomorrow.
>>White Sox Outslug Rangers To Avoid Sweep
(Arlington, TX) — Tim Anderson’s RBI double snapped a 2-all tie and ignited a five-run fifth inning as the White Sox beat the Rangers 10-5 in Arlington. Avisail [[ ah-vee-cy-EEL ]] Garcia went 4-for-5 with an RBI, and Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu drove in three runs each as Chicago avoided a three-game sweep.
>>Blues Acquire O’Reilly From Sabres
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues are adding Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly in a trade. St. Louis is sending Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka, prospect Tage Thompson, and first and second-round draft picks to Buffalo for the 27-year-old. O’Reilly recorded 24 goals and 37 assists in 81 games last season.
>>Tavares Signs With Maple Leafs
(Toronto, Ontario) — John Tavares is heading home. The free-agent center has agreed to a seven-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team he grew up rooting for. Tavares had spent his entire nine-year career with the New York Islanders. The 27-year-old tallied 84 points with 37 goals and 47 assists for the Isles last season.
>>Busch Wins At Chicagoland
(Joilet, IL) — Kyle Busch pulled out a victory in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland. He was able to hold off Kyle Larson for the win, his fifth of the season. Larson finished in second followed by Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex and Clint Bowyer.