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Knicks ruin LeBron James' homecoming with 95-90 win over Cavaliers

LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

James, who returned to the Cavaliers and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on five-for-15 shooting. He also committed eight turnovers and never looked comfortable on a night when the entire city — and a star-studded crowd — celebrated his comeback.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and buried a jumper with James in his face with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks a 92-87 lead.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Kevin Love added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have some work to do before they can start thinking about any titles.

Iman Shumpert and Jason Smith had 12 points apiece for the Knicks, who were embarrassed at home Wednesday by Chicago.

James was greeted with a thunderous ovation before the game by...

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New Orleans earns first road win of season, 28-10 over Carolina

Drew Brees and the Saints proved they know how to win big games on the road.

Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers, 28-10, Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South.

The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to end a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated to last November.

Brees finished 24 for 34 for 297 yards and Mark Ingram turned in another solid performance with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Brees was intercepted and fumbled in the first quarter before settling down late in the second and leading touchdown drives on four of five possessions.

The Saints' defense sacked Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers.

Newton, who spent much of the night under heavy duress playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters, was limited to 151 yards passing.

New Orleans pushed inside the Carolina 15-yard line on the game-opening drive before Brees' pass...

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College football: No. 2 Florida State survives a scare

Jameis Winston threw three touchdowns to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night at Louisville, Ky.

Florida State overcame a 21-0 deficit for its 24th consecutive victory, with Cook giving the Seminoles the lead with a 38-yard run with 3:46 remaining.

Out of sorts and on the verge of having its College Football Playoff prospects damaged, the Seminoles (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) recovered behind their Heisman Trophy quarterback and Cook, who had a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarterback.

All of Winston's touchdown passes were big. He hit Travis Rudolph for 68 yards, Ermon Lane for 47, and Freddie Stevenson for the 35-yard clincher with 26 seconds left.

Winston completed 25 of 48 for 401 yards to beat No. 25 Louisville (6-3, 4-3).

Gurley appeal denied

The NCAA has upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley.

In a...

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Game updates: Clippers hold off Thunder, 93-90

In their season opener, the Clippers beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season,. Well, a severely hobbled version of the Oklahoma City Thunder. By a hair, 93-90.

The Thunder, who entered Thursday's game without superstar forward Kevin Durant (foot), among others, also lost All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook in the second quarter after he injured his right hand.

The Thunder cut the Clippers' once eight-point lead to one, 89-88, with just under two minutes remaining after Sebastian Telfair made a three-pointer.

J.J. Redick then missed consecutive jumpers, giving the Thunder multiple chances to take the lead. Luckily for the Clippers, DeAndre Jordan stole the ball from Steven Adams, dished it to Chris Paul, and the Thunder fouled Paul with 13.8 seconds left, sending him to the free-throw line. 

Unluckily for the Clippers, Paul, who is still beating himself up from the team's Game 5 loss to the Thunder last year, missed both of his free throws.

Telfair proceeded...

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Rikard Karlberg closes strong for a two-shot lead at CIMB Classic

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg birdied his last two holes Thursday for a seven-under-par 65 and a two-stroke lead in the CIMB Classic.

Karlberg also had five birdies on the front nine in a bogey-free round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia. After a round interrupted by a two-hour delay for thunderstorms, a trio of players were two shots back — Americans Billy Hurley III and Brian Stuard and Angelo Que of the Philippines.

Karlberg is among the top 10 Asian Tour players who qualified for event jointly sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

The Swede, who splits his time between the Asian and European Tours, is making only his third PGA Tour appearance after missing the cut twice in the U.S. Open.

Eight players were tied a stroke further back at 68, including defending champion Ryan Moore, who finished his round with four straight birdies.

FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel opened with a 72.

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Tom Pernice Jr. shot a five-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and three...

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UCLA's Jim Mora uses technology to keep players focused

Jim Mora, UCLA's football coach, has been pushing his players to reach "the next level," clean up the penalties and focus on assignments.

Keeping that message fresh takes work.

Mora says he sends text messages and videos to players at times instead of talking with them.

Call it new-age coaching for a new age.

"This generation is so easily distracted because all the access to the Internet, Facebook and Twitter," Mora said. "When we were kids, you had to, like, think about stuff. Nowadays, I don't know if kids think about things for as long as we did."

His goal is to get players to focus on the task at hand.

"Don't go immediately to a distraction," Mora said. "Think about what just happened in the practice instead of just picking up your phone and looking at the latest Instagram photos."

Going old school would require confiscating the cellphones, but "I can't do that," Mora said. "I wish I could."

So he incorporates the phones into his plan.

"I text them constantly during the day," Mora...

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