A capacity crowd welcomed LeBron James at the Cavs' scrimmage Wednesday.

CLEVELAND -- "The King" has officially returned.

For the first time in more than four years, LeBron James stepped onto the court at Quicken Loans Arena as a member of the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

The Cavs held their annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage in front of a raucous crowd, taking a break from conventional practice on the team's fifth day of training camp.

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Wilt Chamberlain set to appear on postage stamp (October 02, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

PHILADELPHIA -- Wilt Chamberlain has been cut down to size. Wilt The Stilt is now Wilt The Stamp.

The Hall of Famer and the only NBA player to score 100 points in a game is set to appear on a commemorative U.S postage stamp. Chamberlain died in 1999 at age 63.

The U.S. Postal Service and the Philadelphia 76ers, with cooperation from the NBA, will formally dedicate the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps in a halftime ceremony at a Dec. 5 game against Oklahoma City.

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he the most underrated superstar in the NBA. Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony believes he's the "most underrated" star player in the NBA.

"I think I'm the most underrated superstar that's out there (laughs) but that doesn't matter to me," Anthony told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Anthony was responding to a question about the possibility that he's underrated because he hasn't yet won an NBA title.

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Police called to Donald Sterling's home by Shelly Sterling (October 02, 2014)
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LOS ANGELES -- Beverly Hills police were called to the home of Donald Sterling after his estranged wife, Shelly, reported a burglary, but found no crime.

Instead, officers found Sterling hosting V. Stiviano -- the woman whose recordings of him making racist remarks led to his removal as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and a lifetime ban from the NBA.

Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said officers were called to the home by Shelly Sterling at 1:40 p.m. PT Wednesday and were there for roughly 15 minutes.

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is planning to bring in players from other Asian countries to add flavor and interest in the league.

The league is looking to implement the “Asian integration” in the season-ending Governors’ Cup wherein the PBA clubs are allowed to field one player each with a 6-foot-4 height ceiling.

“The board agreed to try it for one conference specifically and exclusively for marketing outside the country and within the Asian region,” said PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio in the league’s official website.

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Following the epic turnaround of the National University sports program in recent years, it’s no surprise that businessman and chief NU backer Hans Sy is being wooed to test the waters on a bigger stage – the PBA.

A highly-placed source revealed that a meeting has been arranged between Sy and PBA commissioner Chito Salud, although the businessman himself declined to comment about it for now.

“Wala pa, I couldn’t comment yet. It’s very attractive but I cannot comment yet,” Sy told a small group of sportswriters after the Bulldogs booked a seat in the UAAP finals for the first time in 44 years.

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South Korea's Jong-Hyun Lee tries to squeeze past the double team of Japanese Takeuchi twins Joji (left) and Kosuke. FIBA Asia

INCHEON, Korea (2014 Asian Games): The men's and women's teams of Korea, the hosts of the 2014 Asian Games lined themselves up for a double by entering the Finals of both the sections in the basketball competition on Tuesday. In the men's section, Korea will take on reigning FIBA Asia Championship winners Iran while their women will battle it out with defending gold medallists China.

The women's medal games is slated for Thursday and men's medal games for Friday.

Korea defeated Japan in both the Semi-Finals – 71-63 among men's and 58-53 among women – for their second successive Finals appearance in both sections.

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Egypt and Uganda qualify for AfroBasket 2015 (October 02, 2014)
[ Source: FIBA ]

International Basketball

KAMPALA (AfroBasket 2015) - Two weeks after a disappointing 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Egypt returned to action on the African continent to win a qualifier tournament, punching their ticket for AfroBasket 2015.

The Pharaohs went unbeaten in four games and will compete in FIBA Africa's flagship tournament for the fifth straight time dating back to 2007.

Egypt head coach Amr Aboul Kheir selected all but three of the players who competed in Spain 2014.

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Gilas' Japeth Paul Aguilar dunks the ball against Mongolia during the 2014 Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium in Incheon. Photo by Roslan Rahman, Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas defeated Mongolia, 84-68, to finish seventh in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Wednesday.

The Mongolians were up 21-18 in the first quarter, but the nationals managed to overcome the deficit and put up a six-point lead by the end of the third frame.

Gilas started pulling away midway in the payoff period when Gary David connected a boomer that had the Filipinos leading 72-57.

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Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo. InterAksyon.com/Ver MarquezAfter suffering a painful exit, UAAP Most Valuable Player Kiefer Ravena vowed to come back next year still donning the Ateneo jersey.

Ravena announced his decision on Twitter shortly after the Blue Eagles’ 65-63 loss to National University on Wednesday which put them out of the title picture.

Ravena is about to enter his fifth and final year with Ateneo after guiding the Blue Eagles to two straight titles which are part of their five-peat run.

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