Daily News - July 17, 2014

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The Cavaliers' LeBron James, the Browns' Johnny Manziel and the power of perceptions
Author: Bill Livingston
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio –- Thinking outside the box is a coveted ability in sports today. It certainly applies to the rise of the Cavaliers' LeBron James in civic esteem and the potential of the Browns' Johnny Manziel either to rise or fall.

In tactical terms, there is a "box" in both basketball and fooball, both designed to constrict the space in which a great player can do great things.

The box in football is the area five yards behind the line of scrimmage, which can be packed with seven or eight players in certain situations. It teems with peril for a quarterback like Manziel. The defensive ends form the sides of what amounts to a pass-rushing box, each tasked with not letting a mobile quarterback like Johnny Football slip outside the box. LSU and Missuori executed the gameplan brilliantly last season in victories over Texas A&M and Manziel.

More often, Manziel burst his boundaries, made thrilling plays with his feet or his arm, and broke the box into kindling."

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Cleveland Cavaliers agree to a deal with three-point specialist James Jones
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

"LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Another one of LeBron James' former teammates has agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Veteran swingman James Jones will get a one-year contract worth the league minimum. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal was first to report the news on Wednesday.

Jones, 33, turned down offers from Golden State, Washington, New Orleans and Miami to reunite with James, according to TNT NBA Insider David Aldridge. The news comes one day after another one of James' former teammates, Mike Miller, agreed to a two-year deal with the Cavs.

Jones is an 11-year veteran known for his lethal outside shooting. He averaged 4.9 points with Miami last year while making 52 percent of his three-point attempts in the regular season. For his career Jones, 6-foot-8, has averaged 40 percent from three-point range."

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The expectations are high for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and that's just the way head coach David Blatt likes it
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

"LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will open tournament play at the Las Vegas Summer League as the No. 3 seed.

The Cavs, who went 3-0 during the preliminary rounds, will play Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Their opponent will be the winner of Wednesday night's game between the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors - both went 1-2 during the preliminary rounds.

On Wednesday, Cavs head coach David Blatt met with reporters to talk about the team's play in Vegas.

"I think we've gotten steadily better," Blatt said."

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