IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING

Austin American-Statesman - - YEAR IN SPORT - ALSO ...

There’s no cel­e­brat­ing in Cleve­land, but King James fi­nally has his ring.

LeBron James, who took his tal­ents to South Beach, goes all the way in year two with the Mi­ami Heat, who make quick work of Kevin Du­rant and Ok­la­homa City in the cham­pi­onship se­ries. “It means ev­ery­thing,” says the NBA MVP who also is named the Fi­nals MVP. “I made a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to leave Cleve­land, but I un­der­stood what my fu­ture was about. This is when it starts paying off.”

■ The BCS is dead. The BCS is dead. Well, not for a few more years, but col­lege foot­ball power bro­kers de­cide — at long last — to im­ple­ment a four-team play­off for the 2014 sea­son.

■ The Spurs lose four straight to the Thun­der and are elim­i­nated from the West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals af­ter hav­ing a 2-0 lead.

■ Roger Cle­mens is ac­quit­ted on all charges that he lied to Congress dur­ing steroid hear­ings.

■ I’ll Have An­other’s Triple Crown bid is thwarted by a ten­don in­jury.

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