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LeBron the next titeless mega-talent?

LeBron James may have the world at his feet, but a championship won't magically appear in New York. Contrary to the Big Apple belief that The King plus a superstar sidekick equals the first NBA title in these parts since '73, your signing doesn't guarantee a ring. Yes, you're a force who will single-handedly put the Knicks back in the playoffs and fill the Garden with more oohs and ahhs than the Westminster Dog Show. But free agency's a tricky business that delivers only two things with regularity - wasted dollars and disappointment. Land here, and your career arc could easily mirror Dominique Wilkins' instead of Michael's or Magic's or Bird's. (New York Daily News) Comment

England's coach moves to crush player revolt

Fabio Capello moved to reassert complete control over the England setup after successfully shooting down a proposed challenge to his authority by disgruntled players at a scheduled team meeting. Former captain John Terry suggested the time had come for the players to speak their mind, but ended up in danger of being left isolated within the England camp after senior teammates were furious with him going public with their desire for a clear-the-air meeting with the manager. However, Capello did make some nominal concessions to appease his squad. There were suggestions last night those could include abandoning his controversial policy of informing the players of his lineup only two hours before kickoff. (The Guardian) Comment

Craig: Niners will annihilate NFC West

Ticking off the coulda, shoulda wins in 2009 -- Minnesota (Week 3), Houston (Week 7), Indianapolis (Week 8) and Seattle (Week 13) -- Roger Craig took his prediction that the 49ers would mercifully return to the playoffs to a new level. "You think about the division -- Kurt Warner isn't with Arizona anymore, so they're going to rebuilding, and Anquan Boldin is gone," Craig explained. "And [coach] Pete Carroll is going to have a tough time [in Seattle] the first year. He's not going to come out of the gate really dominating the West. So the 49ers are the perfect team to annihilate the NFC West. And they've got the right ingredients right now." (FanHouse) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Tiger Woods tosses grass in the air to check the wind on the 8th hole fairway during the final round of the US Open at Pebble Beach, California on June 20, 2010. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Pardon the French: As France crumbles in the World Cup tournament, a journalist drops an F-bomb.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Bo Jackson
  • 1932 -- Heavyweight Max Schmeling's trainer exclaims "We was robbed!" after title fight decision is awarded to Jack Sharkey
  • 1939 -- Yankees announce that Lou Gehrig is undergoing treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • 1942 -- Ben Hogan records the lowest score (to that time) in a major golf tournament: a 271 for 72 holes in Chicago, IL
  • 1986 -- Heisman Trophy-winner Bo Jackson signs with the Kansas City Royals
  • 1991 -- Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 1994 -- Steffi Graf is first defending tennis champion to lose in the first round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to Lorrie McNeal)

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