Germany and Argentina were plotting for the World Cup final Friday as Brazil prepared for an unwanted third place play-off with the Netherlands. With just over 48 hours to go before Sunday's showpiece at the Maracana Stadium, both finalists were at their respective base camps wrapping up preparing to head to Rio de Janeiro. The final is the latest in a series of World Cup encounters between Germany and Argentina which includes the 1986 and 1990 finals. Memories of the two sides' stormy 2006 meeting -- which ended in a brawl after Germany's victory on penalties -- were revived Friday.
After leading the Miami Heat to two NBA titles, LeBron James is heading home to Ohio. The 29-year-old superstar playmaker announced Friday that he will rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, the hometown club he spurned just four years ago. The dramatic move from the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player ended days of speculation about his free agency choice, which had Cleveland fans in a frenzy of anticipation. You work for what you have," James, who grew up just south of Cleveland in Akron, told Sports Illustrated in a first-person essay.