The Cavaliers' LeBron James, below, didn't get any sympathy from teammates after spending two days sick in bed. They ran the other way. "You come back around and everyone is like, 'Ugh, you got the cooties,'" James, 24, said Thursday. "They don't want to be around you." The reigning NBA MVP and two teammates tested positive for Influenza A, and the Cavs are treating them as if they have the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. Although Cleveland doesn't yet have H1N1 test results on James, Darnell Jackson or Coby Karl, the team is giving all its players and those traveling to preseason games in San Antonio, Texas, and Dallas medication to fight the virus. As for James? He was congested but feeling better: "I think I'm over it now."
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Angry Limbaugh fires back at critics
Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh lashed out at NFL union leader DeMaurice Smith, the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and the media a day after being dropped from a group trying to buy the Rams. During a 15-minute counterattack on his show, Limbaugh blamed Smith, executive director of the NFLPA and an "Obama-ite," along with Sharpton and Jackson - whom he referred to as "race hustlers" - for Blues chairman Dave Checketts' decision to drop him. The sacking was an example of the political clout wielded by President Barack Obama's administration, said Limbaugh, adding that he was victimized in the media by "misreporting, lying, repeating the lies while also saying 'Limbaugh denies,' repeating the made-up quotes, the blind hatred."
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She's the most powerful woman
International Speedway Corp. CEO Lesa France Kennedy, right, is the most powerful woman in sports, Forbes said. Kennedy, a member of NASCAR's France family, has played a vital role in almost all ISC acquisitions and improvement projects in the past decade, the magazine said. Kennedy called the honor a "testament to the continued strength of NASCAR." Others on the list: Bears principal owner Virginia McCaskey, World Wrestling Entertainment COO Donna Goldsmith and Heidi Ueberroth, president of international business operations for the NBA and daughter of former U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth.
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Quote of the day
"I got a job. I just got fired from a job; I'm trying to hang on to the one I've got, man. I'm gonna stick to my guns here and do my job, and don't believe everything that's out there."
Jon Gruden, Monday Night Football analyst and former Bucs coach trying to distance himself from reports linking him to coaching positions with the Redskins and the University of Louisville