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J.R. returning to Cavaliers

J.R. Smith has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press last night. The former Knick declined his $6.8 million player option shortly after the season. Smith announced his return on his Instagram account. "It's been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait," he said.


Novak, Serena advance

Novak Djokovic smacked his racket on the court after losing serve, seemingly headed for another unexplainable loss at a tournament that has eluded him. In the end, the top-ranked Serb rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set to a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over David Goffin, reaching the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open. Serena Williams also advanced. Djokovic will face fifth-seeded Stan Wawrinka, who beat him for the French Open title. Williams needed only 54 minutes to beat Karin Knapp 6-0, 6-2. Her quarterfinals opponent is Ana Ivanovic.

GOLFEls to receive Stewart award

Ernie Els has been chosen to receive the Payne Stewart Award. The announcement Wednesday came two days after Els had the grand opening for one of two buildings at The Els Center of Excellence in Florida. His youngest son, Ben, has autism. The four-time major champion, has devoted a majority of his work off the course to the Els for Autism Foundation. The award began in 2000 to honor Stewart, who died in a plane crash four months after winning the 1999 U.S. Open.


Howard back on U.S. team

Goalkeeper Tim Howard is back with the U.S. national team. The U.S. Soccer Federation announced that coach Jurgen Klinsmann had called up Howard and veteran defender DaMarcus Beasley for exhibitions next month against Peru and Brazil. Klinsmann said that for now Howard is the No. 2 goalie behind Brad Guzan. Howard took a year off from the national team for family reasons after his stellar performance at the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA, concerned sponsors meet

FIFA met with some World Cup sponsors in a meeting they demanded after a corruption crisis rocked football's governing body. Little was revealed after a session shrouded in secrecy at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. In a statement, FIFA says it "reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, reform, and collaboration with its valued partners." FIFA adds: "No further comment will be made on the internal discussions between the parties." Officials from World Cup sponsors Adidas, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Visa attended, FIFA says. -- APHORSE RACINGPharoah to work out Sunday

Trainer Bob Baffert said Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's next timed workout will be Sunday morning at Del Mar. Baffert is expected to announce a decision early next week on whether the colt will run in the Travers Stakes the following Saturday, Aug. 29, at Saratoga.

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