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NBA: James makes All-Star team

on May 24, 2013 10:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.

James received all 119 votes for the first team from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Joining the league's MVP and Bryant on the first team were Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, San Antonio center Tim Duncan and Clippers guard Chris Paul.

Bryant tied Utah Hall of Famer Karl Malone with his 11th first-team nod.

 

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski just couldn't pass on “the ultimate honor” of representing his country again as the U.S. men's national team coach.

Krzyzewski is returning as coach through 2016, extending a run that included leading the Americans to two straight Olympic golds while helping reshape a program that needed a jolt to keep up with the growth of international basketball.

Krzyzewski, 66, took over as coach as USA Basketball began its national-team program in 2005. Since then, Krzyzewski has led the U.S. men's team filled with NBA stars to Olympic gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. He also led the Americans to the gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and the team has a 50-game winning streak dating back to 2006.

 

DENVER (AP) — Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy is returning to the Colorado Avalanche as their head coach.

The team reached an agreement in principle with Roy to lead the Avs and also gave him the title of vice president of hockey operations.

Roy will join forces with former teammate Joe Sakic, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations. The Avalanche won two Stanley Cup titles with the duo on the ice and the organization is hoping they can help turn around a downtrodden team.

The Avs are coming off a season in which they finished last in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. The dismal season led to the dismissal of coach Joe Sacco late last month.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Fire acquired defender Bakary Soumare from the Philadelphia Union on for a second round-pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.

This will be the second stint with the Fire for Soumare, who is expected to be available Saturday at Real Salt Lake.

He was chosen with the second overall pick in the 2007 SuperDraft and spent three seasons with the Fire before transferring to French First Division team Boulogne in August 2009.

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