Sports Headlines - June 25

Lebron opts out of final two years of contract with Heat

There were very few things that could overshadow Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract with the Knicks for free agency… one of those being if Lebron did the same… which yesterday, became a reality.

James’ agent informed the Miami Heat organization that he will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

But, opting out does not mean he has decided to leave the Heat.

James had until June 30th to decide, and was scheduled to make $20 million next season and had two years about $42.7 million remaining on his deal.

Heat president Pat Riley said he talked with James and his agent about free agency and is looking forward to sitting down with James to negotiate a possible new deal with the organization.

James said he welcomed the opportunity to become a free agent and have the same level of flexibility he was afforded in 2010, when he signed with Miami after spending his first seven years in Cleveland.

Should James leave, he would be leaving the opportunity to be part of a historic team that would join only one other team, the Boston Celtics, in potentially reaching five straight NBA Finals.

The other two pieces of Miami’s big 2, Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh, have not yet said whether they will become free agents or not.

Uruguay player allegedly bites Italian player in World Cup match

The FIFA World Cup took a strange turn yesterday when Uruguay’s Luis Suarez allegedly bit an Italian player during their match yesterday in Brazil.

Uruguay won the match with a clean sheet, 1-nil and officially knocked Italy out of the next round, but it was Suarez’s bite that took hold of the headlines.

FIFA announced that it will investigate the incident and the striker could face a lengthy ban if found guilty.

FIFA asked the team to present evidence, which can include video recordings, by 5 p.m. today. A decision must be published before Saturday, when Uruguay play Colombia in a round-of-16 match at Maracana stadium.

FIFA’s disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, but the longest ban in World Cup history was eight games for Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking Spain’s Luis Enrique’s nose in 1994 with an elbow.


Scott O'Brien