LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James padded his trophy collection, receiving three at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship.
James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories, completing a sweep of the three awards he won last year. He shared in the best team award.
James beat out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for male athlete honors.
Serena Williams won two awards, including female athlete of the year. She defeated a pair of Olympians, gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Missy Franklin, and former Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner. Williams didn’t attend because she’s playing a tournament in Sweden.
Peterson and Phelps also won two awards each.
NCAA won’t renew deal with EA Sports
NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA said it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year. The move ends a lucrative business deal with the gaming industry giant and comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.
The NCAA said it won’t seek a new contract with EA Sports, which manufactures the popular game, beyond the current one that expires in June 2014. EA Sports first began making the game in 1998.
The company reported $3.8 billion in net revenue during its last fiscal year and, aside from its NCAA Football franchise, is well known for Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer and other games.
Williams jersey highlights auction
NEW YORK (AP) — A jersey worn by Ted Williams in 1946 sold for $184,000, and a Babe Ruth model bat from 1925-27 went for more than $166,000 in live bidding this week by Hunt Auctions.
Items from Warren Spahn’s personal memorabilia collection amassed over $900,000. Spahn’s 1957 Cy Young Award sold for $126,000, and his personal Hall of Fame ring went for $55,200.
The auctions were held Monday and Tuesday in Manhattan.
Other items were Chris Chambliss’ 1976 ALCS winning home run ball, which sold for $82,655, a Brooklyn jersey worn by Roy Campanella that went for $55,200, a Mets uniform worn by manager Casey Stengel for $46,000 and a ball from Jackie Robinson’s first game in the majors for $34,500.
Boehner rejects boycott idea
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner soundly rejected suggestions that the U.S. boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi if Russia grants asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
The Ohio Republican was asked about Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s idea that if Russia provides a safe haven for Snowden, the United States should consider keeping its athletes home during the 2014 Winter Olympics next February. Boehner said Graham was “dead wrong.”
Snowden, who disclosed details about U.S. intelligence surveillance of Internet activity, has applied for temporary asylum in Russia three weeks after arriving at a Moscow airport from Hong Kong. The United States wants Snowden sent home to face prosecution for espionage.
Blatter: Brazil wrong choice for World Cup
GOING, Austria (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Brazil might have been the wrong choice as host of the 2014 World Cup if the tournament is affected by more social protests similar to those at the Confederations Cup.
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets during the warm-up tournament in June, demanding better public services and expressing their anger about the cost to stage the World Cup. Many Brazilians are upset over the billions of dollars being spent on the tournaments while they endure underfunded schools and hospitals. The 2016 Olympics in Rio are also at issue.
Austin to play host to X Games
UNDATED (AP) — The X Games are going from the glitz of Los Angeles to deep in the heart of Texas.
Athletes with skateboards and motorcycles will be competing in the Texas capital after ESPN announced that Austin will be the next North American host city for the X Games.
The home to the University of Texas also has the new Circuit of the Americas sports and entertainment complex, which will be the primary site for X Games Austin. The 1,500-acre complex opened in November by hosting the F1 U.S. Grand Prix and held a MotoGP motorcycle race in April.