Sports World: Less social media, more NBA for James

Less social media, more NBA for James

LOS ANGELES • LeBron James said on Tuesday he planned to scale back his social media activity slightly earlier than usual as he prepares for the Cleveland Cavaliers' post-season National Basketball Association campaign.

James set tongues wagging earlier this week when he unfollowed the Cavs' official Twitter feed, with speculation the move was fuelled by unhappiness in Cleveland or frustration with the management.

However, he insisted that the move was motivated by a desire to start paying less attention to social media as the post-season looms.


Khedira gets 2-game ban for scolding referee

ROME • Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has been banned for two matches after being sent off in the derby against Torino on Sunday for verbally abusing the referee.

The 28-year-old German international will miss Serie A games against Empoli and AC Milan.

Juventus, who lead the standings, will also be without the suspended Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro against Empoli.


Wiggins aims for 5th Olympic gold in Rio

LONDON • Bradley Wiggins has admitted that if cycling was a computer game he would have completed it by now, but he insisted he was as hungry as ever to win a fifth Olympic gold this summer.

Wiggins is attempting to win a British-record eighth Olympic medal in Rio.


Bolt to run in London warm-up ahead of Rio

BANGALORE • Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will run in the London Anniversary Games ahead of his multiple title defence at the Rio Olympics in August.

The 29-year-old has also said that he expects the stadium to be packed as he always gets a warm reception and great support in Britain.


New York legalises mixed martial arts

LONDON • Lawmakers in the New York state assembly approved legislation on Tuesday that will allow mixed martial arts events to take place in New York, making it the 50th and final state to legalise the sport.

The bill clears the path for the sport's promoters to hold events at venues in the state.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2016, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe