Sharks win; Benny Moss remains on recruiting trail & LeBron returns to Cleveland Cavaliers

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – David Blatt will never forget July 11, 2014.

Not because it was his first time coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers, if only in a summer league game. Instead, it was when he learned he’ll be coaching LeBron James.

The summer league debuts of Blatt and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins came Friday night, when the Cavaliers met the Milwaukee Bucks in Las Vegas. Ordinarily, that would have been enough to create some buzz.

But James’ announcement earlier in the day that he was returning to the Cavaliers and leaving the Miami Heat overshadowed everything, and rightly so. Blatt says he found out during the team’s morning practice and that “to say that I’m excited and happy would probably qualify as one of the great understatements of the millennium.”

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CLEVELAND (AP) – The streets of Cleveland have been filled with the sound of cheering basketball fans and tooting car horns.

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James has announced that he’ll be leaving the Miami Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he began his career.

One fan says she and others can now forgive him for his decision to leave four years ago for Miami, where he helped the Heat win two championships. Jessica Spachner says, “People forgive pretty quickly.”

Law student Larry Boothe says, “I never thought it would happen.” He had picked up a six-pack of beer and was headed back to the law office where he’s working this summer to celebrate with his co-workers.

The announcement by James is the latest in a run of good news for Cleveland, which is mired in a 50-year sports championship drought.

Earlier in the week, Republican officials made a preliminary choice of Cleveland for the party’s convention in 2016.

And the woeful Browns of the NFL, the last Cleveland team to win a title in 1964, grabbed headlines when they drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel in May, a move that raised expectations for the team’s return to its former glory.

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) — With the bases loaded and two outs, and a tie ballgame in the bottom of the twelfth inning, Nate Moorhouse walked into a situation that millions of children emulate in their backyard. What they don’t imitate, however, is taking a 2-2 fastball off the elbow to win the game – but that’s exactly how Fayetteville’s three game winning streak was brought to an end.

The starting pitching between these two teams was phenomenal in the early goings. Faytteville’s Teddy Turner and Wilmington’s Beau Dees traded goose eggs though the first three innings, but it was the Sharks who would strike first.

Steven Linkous was struck by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and would move up to second after Moorhouse singled. Linkous would steal his 25th base of the season to put him on third base and extend his lead for the most stolen bases in CPL play. Cam McRae would rip a 1-2 fastball right back where it came from, easily scoring Linkous.

Fayetteville was held off the scoreboard by Sharks southpaw Beau Dees through the first seven innings. Dees allowed just four hits, and struck out four, only walking one. After seven innings, Dees’ pitch count was up in the mid nineties, so he was replaced by another left handed hurler in Will Shepley. Shepley, too, would hold Fayetteville scoreless in an inning, striking out two before allowing a single to the leadoff man. Shepley would pick him off to end the eighth.

The Sharks took the 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth, where Kyler Stout would allow his first earned run of the season, after 19 innings of work. Stout allowed a leadoff single to Jason Blum, who scored from second on a pinch hit single by Sam Hall. Stout would collect two K’s in the inning, but the damage had been done.

Ryan Manore would come out of the bullpen to pitch in the first inning of free baseball, and would throw three complete innings, allowing just two hits, walking one, and fanning three. Manore was on the mound when the winning run crossed the plate in the bottom of the twelfth, so despite Dees’ spectacular night, Manore would be credited with the win.

The Sharks are at home once again Saturday, to face the Morehead City Marlins in the final game before the All-Star Game fun in Morehead City on Sunday and Monday.


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WPDE) — The BigShots Basketball Classic is winding down in Myrlte Beach. On Friday former UNCW head basketball coach Benny Moss, and current Coastal Carolina assistant coach, shared his strategy on recruiting at such a massive event.

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