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Everything changes with James out of equation

No asterisk goes next to this result, and no excuses will come from the Miami Heat. Only one player pulled up lame and limped off with cramps, but it just happened to be LeBron James, the best player in the game.

California Chrome’s quest gives Coburns taste of celebrity life

Steve Coburn has already had his 15 minutes of fame. On Saturday, the 61-year-old from Topaz Lake with the bushy mustache and cowboy hat could stretch his celebrity into immortality if his 3-year-old star colt, California Chrome, wins the Belmont Stakes and completes the Triple Crown, a feat no horse has accomplished in thoroughbred racing since 1978.

Bryant a major star in minors, but Cubs in no rush

A year after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant is ripping up Double-A. The former Bonanza High slugger is leading the Southern League in nine offensive categories.

Snydergaard’s fast track to majors derailed

Entering this season, the plan was for 51s right-hander Noah Syndergaard to follow the same path to the majors as hard-throwing Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. However, two injuries have suddenly knocked Syndergaard — New York’s No. 1 prospect — off the fast track to the big leagues.

Belmont’s big oval presents challenge for California Chrome

There will be no free lunch for the Chrome in the Belmont Stakes. His foes will be set on preventing him from winning the Triple Crown. And the 1½-mile race on an enormous oval is an unknown factor.

Cotto, Roach build chemistry set in ring

It’s not often that Miguel Cotto is seen relaxed, smiling, even joking. He’s so serious about everything, particularly his boxing career, that to see him in a jovial manner makes one wonder if something’s wrong.

How local NASCAR drivers fared

How NASCAR drivers with Las Vegas ties performed in the various series.

UNLV’s Erick Fedde goes to Nationals

The Washington Nationals drafted UNLV right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde with the 18th pick of the first round, the same organization that took fellow Las Vegan Bryce Harper first overall four years ago. Fedde was projected to be a potential top-10 selection before being forced to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.