OUT OF BOUNDS
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert certainly wasn't happy after LeBron James chose to ditch Cleveland for Miami. Now the Rev. Jesse Jackson has offered his take, saying Gilbert sees James as a "runaway slave" and that his comments put the superstar in danger. After James announced his decision Thursday, Gilbert sent a letter to Cavs fans that ripped the 25-year-old and called the decision "cowardly." Jackson said the comments "personify a slave master mentality" and Gilbert should face a "challenge" from the league. Messages were left seeking comment from Gilbert, the Cavs and James. The NBA declined to comment.
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Tales of parents going over edge
Two surefire signs that the end might be near:
- In Wilson, N.C., a father who showed up late to a Little League all-star game - and missed seeing his son play - was charged with assaulting the coach because he refused to put the kid in the game again.
- Two parents are suing the Greater Toronto Hockey League for $25,000 because their son suffered "irreparable psychological damage" when he was cut from a team.
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CHECK IT OUT
Need baseball fix? Try home run derby
No games to follow? No scorecards to fill out? No problem. Watch eight guys test their skills in tonight's All-Star Game home run derby at Angel Stadium in Anaheim (8, ESPN).
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QUOTES OF THE DAY
"It's tough to leave a guy out there when he's struggling with some things. But we needed him to at least get through five innings without having to go to multiple innings from anyone down there (in the bullpen)."
Mike Scioscia, Angels manager denying he was trying to make a point with former Ray Scott Kazmir by leaving him in to give up 13 runs against the A's late Saturday