- Created on 16 September 2013
SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James has another ring.
The Miami Heat star married Savannah Brinson at the posh Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego on Saturday, according to two people familiar with the details of the ceremony.
About 200 guests were present for the ceremony, said one of the people, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the wedding was private and the couple had yet to release any details. The ceremony was the highlight of a three-day celebration that will conclude with a brunch on Sunday.
James and Brinson, 27, have been together since high school and have two sons. James, 28, proposed just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2012 in Miami Beach, flanked then by many of his teammates – just as he was again Saturday night for his wedding.
Intense security measures surrounded the wedding, and even some of the invited guests were unclear on some specific details in the days leading up to the long-awaited event that came less than three months after James and the Heat won their second straight NBA title.
Guests were ushered into the wedding areas under the cover of tents, and television footage taken by news helicopters showed that even umbrellas were used to protect the identity of those arriving. Heat owner Micky Arison, coach Erik Spoelstra and many of James’ teammates including Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were on the guest list.
And while some with ties to James, such as Wade and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union, tweeted that they were in the San Diego area for a wedding, none released any details Saturday night – since one of the many rules of the wedding was believed to be that no phones would be allowed.
Brinson spoke briefly with AP about the wedding last spring, saying she was both excited and nervous. James has only discussed the wedding in general terms, once describing his role as only to ensure “that Savannah gets whatever she wants on her day, the wedding day she always dreamed of.”
James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and the Heat will open training camp next month. In June, they outlasted the San Antonio Spurs in seven games to capture the championship.
- Created on 13 September 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Basketball star Lamar Odom has been charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, nearly two weeks after his Mercedes-Benz was pulled over on a Southern California freeway.
The Los Angeles city attorney's office said Friday that the charges stem from Odom's Aug. 30 arrest in the San Fernando Valley.
The husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian was taken into custody after a sobriety test.
The California Highway Patrol said Odom's car was observed traveling in a "serpentine manner."
The 33-year-old Odom could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.
A call to Odom's agent for comment was not immediately returned.
After spending the 2012 season with the Dallas Mavericks, Odom returned to the Clippers last year. He is now a free agent.
- Created on 13 September 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bond's obstruction of justice conviction.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Bonds' response to a question about whether his trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever given him any self-injectable substances was evasive and misleading.
Bonds gave the answer during testimony before a grand jury in December 2003. The grand jury was investigating performance enhancing drug use and sales among elite athletes.
Bonds is now facing 30-days' home confinement as well as two years of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine.
Bonds' attorneys had argued that Bonds' rambling answer to the question was not a crime.
- Created on 12 September 2013
Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left,and Canelo Alvarez hold a WBC super welterweight championship belt during the final news conference for their bout.
(Photo: Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
BIG BEAR, Calif. -- As a boy, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and his seven siblings sold popsicles in their hometown of Juanacatlan in western Mexico. It was his father's business, and the whole family helped out.
With his bright red hair and bouncy character, Saul was better at boxing than sales. He dropped out of school at 15 to become a professional fighter, and thanks to the help of his older brother, Rigoberto, quickly became known in the sport.
Now, five years after the birth of his daughter and a few days before a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., the 23-year-old champion is becoming known also as a boxing promoter. Following in the footsteps of his promoter and friend, Oscar de la Hoya, Alvarez is making waves as a businessman.
Mayweather, considered the best boxer in the world today and undefeated in 44 bouts, is the favorite for Saturday's fight in Las Vegas. However, even if Alvarez loses, he could learn a lot from such a high-profile confrontation at such an early age.
Alvarez and De La Hoya have many things in common. Alvarez is a young, charismatic champion, with good looks and is fearsome in the ring. Both are favorites among the U.S. Hispanic community.
But just as this week was thought to be something of a celebration – win or lose – for Team Alvarez, De La Hoya dampened the mood a bit on Tuesday, when he admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight substance abuse.
"I will not be at the fight this Saturday to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility," De La Hoya said in his statement. "I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first."
Alvarez said De La Hoya called him on Monday to tell him he wouldn't be at the fight.
"I support him in the great battle he has in his life," Alvarez said. "I'm sure he's going to win his battle and I'm going to win my battle."
Mayweather, who beat De La Hoya in 2007 but has been at odds with him in recent years, said he wished him well.
"Hopefully he can get better," Mayweather said, "and pull through like a true champion."
Indeed, De La Hoya was a champion, and Alvarez says that always inspired him.
"He was a great boxer, a great fighter, a boxing legend and now he is a promoter, and he is one of the best promoters in the world, if not the best," said Alvarez in a recent interview with The Associated Press in Big Bear, California, where he was training for the fight. "So, he was a great inspiration."
Alvarez said De la Hoya gives more than just boxing advice. Perhaps this relationship – as strong as it seems – might make for a version of therapy for De La Hoya when he returns.
"It is a relationship in which he is my promoter, but he is also my friend," Alvarez said. "Obviously we have lived through many things together, and the good thing is that we get along well as a team. That's the most important thing, isn't it? Because if you don't get along, you don't have a team. When you get along, you get total success."
De La Hoya was 30 when he created his promotion company, Golden Boy Promotions, while Alvarez founded Canelo Promotions three years ago, when he was 20.
"I have my promotion company, which is already one of the best in Mexico," Alvarez said. "I see myself doing a lot of things."
Alvarez says he doesn't do it so much for the money or fame, but for his daughter, Emily, who he also named "Cinnamon," which in Spanish is "Canela."
"She's my biggest inspiration," he said. "She made me more responsible. She inspired me to achieve everything I've done."
Even if it means missing time with her because of the training.
"Obviously that's the hardest thing about going away, to leave my daughter for so long. That's what hurts me the most," he said. "It's difficult, but obviously there's a bigger purpose, right? To give her something better.
"So I think it's worth the sacrifice."
And now, Alvarez (42-0-1) can see Mayweather (44-0) on the horizon. It is shaping up to be the biggest bout of the year, and will probably be one of the most profitable of this decade.
Not bad for a kid from Juanacatlan.