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MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Texas Tech vs. Florida, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, TCU vs. Coastal Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Lynx at Sparks, 3:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Mercury at Wings, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Copa America semifinals, United States vs. Argentina, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship, Northern Ireland vs. Germany, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Ukraine vs. Poland, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: European Championship, Croatia vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Czech Republic vs. Turkey, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


LeBron James

LeBron James

— LeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland with his Cavaliers teammates Monday after they ended the city’s 52-year championship drought with an NBA title. After arriving home, James took a shot at critics who said he would not be able to seal the deal.

James, the NBA Finals MVP after his triple double in Sunday’s Game 7, posted an image on Instagram of him holding the Larry O’Brien trophy with the note:

They said u lost a step, wasn’t explosive as once was, the best days was in the [rear] view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don’t have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won’t work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won’t work, love your teammates to much, there’s no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc…. But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir

James, who limits his social media presence during the postseason, also told ESPN that he had an issue with some people close to him who questioned his desire to leave the Heat two years ago in an effort to bring Cleveland a title.

“When I decided to leave Miami — I’m not going to name any names, I can’t do that — but there were some people that I trusted and built relationships with in those four years [who] told me I was making the biggest mistake of my career,” James said.

“And that [expletive] hurt me. And I know it was an emotional time that they told me that because I was leaving. They just told me it was the biggest mistake I was making in my career. And that right there was my motivation.”

A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 was on hand to greet the Cavaliers when their plane landed at Hopkins International Airport around 12:40 p.m. James exited the plane with the trophy, wearing a shirt that read “Ultimate Warrior.”

Hundreds of fans camped outside James’ home in Akron as well, and he greeted them and made a few remarks.

— The prosecutor’s office in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, declined to pursue charges against two Alabama football players, claiming there was insufficient evidence. But it’s what the prosecutor said in a television interview that raised some eyebrows.

All-SEC left tackle Cam Robinson and safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance after they were arrested in mid-May in their hometown of Monroe, Louisiana. A policemen who approached the players’ vehicle at a park after smelling marijuana also found a stolen handgun under the passenger seat.

In an interview with KNOE-TV, district attorney Jerry Jones appeared to imply he was giving the two a break because they were athletes.

“I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning,” Jones said.

Alabama coach Nick Saban has said repeatedly that he wanted to gather more information before deciding on possible punishment for the players.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 21, 1916, which Red Sox hurler pitched the first no-hitter in Fenway Park history, a 2-0 victory over the Yankees that included three walks? Hint: The player shares a name with an outfielder from Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970s.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We created a golden opportunity for ourselves. Bases loaded via the three walks. You think where we are with the guys coming up, particularly, we get some matchups that are in our favor.” — Manager John Farrell, after the Red Sox failed to score in the ninth inning despite loading the bases with no outs and went on to lose to the White Sox 3-1 in 10 innings

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 — Solo home runs hit in Monday’s Rockies-Marlins game, accounting for all the runs in the contest (an MLB record for such a game)

‘NET RESULTS: Justin Upton lines a home run to left field in the 12th inning (his second of the game) to give the Tigers a walk-off win over the Mariners.

TRIVIA ANSWER: George Foster

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ray Davies, former lead singer of The Kinks, was born on this day in 1944.

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Michael and Jerry discuss all things that is, are and were the Cleveland Cavs and Lebron pulling out the series after being down 3-1.
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Michael and Jerry discuss the possible departure of Lebron from Cleveland now that he achieved what he set out to do in Cleveland.
Michael and Jerry discuss the possible departure of Lebron from Cleveland now that he achieved what he set out to do in Cleveland.