Last updated: August 17. 2014 3:35PM - 1523 Views
By The Associated Press



Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Marion, left, drives to the basket over San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9) during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on in San Antonio. A person familiar with the negotiations says veteran free agent forward Shawn Marion has agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. AP Photo
Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Marion, left, drives to the basket over San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9) during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on in San Antonio. A person familiar with the negotiations says veteran free agent forward Shawn Marion has agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. AP Photo
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CLEVELAND — Shawn Marion wanted another shot at an NBA title. He’ll get it playing with LeBron James.


The free agent forward has agreed to a contract with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday.


The 36-year-old Marion informed the Cavs this weekend that he will take a minimum deal and play for them next season, said the person who spoke condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized.


Marion also had interest in signing with the Indiana Pacers, who is looking for help after losing Paul George for the season with a broken leg.


ESPN.com first reported Marion’s agreement with the Cavs.


The Cavs can only offer Marion a deal worth $1.4 million because they’re out of room under the salary cap.


A four-time All-Star, Marion gives Cleveland another veteran with postseason experi


ence to compliment James, who is returning to the Cavs intent on winning the city’s first pro championship since 1964. The team has previously signed shooters Mike Miller and James Jones, who won two NBA titles with James in Miami.


Cleveland is also on the brink of adding All-Star forward Kevin Love, who is expected to come over from Minnesota in a trade on or after Aug. 23. While Love gives the Cavs size, another shooter and an excellent passer, he has never played in a postseason game as a pro.


Marion, on the other hand, has played in 103 NBA playoff games. He won a title as a role player with Dallas in 2011 and spent the past five seasons with the Mavericks.


Considered a strong defensive player, he’s averaged 15.8 points and 9.0 rebounds during his career, which began with Phoenix in 1999. Marion was with the Suns for nine-plus seasons and worked with Cavs general manager David Griffin.


AP poll: Florida St is No. 1


Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.


The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.


Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.


Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner last season as a redshirt freshman, led Florida State to a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS national championship game.


This season the Bowl Championship Series is being replaced by the College Football Playoff. A selection committee will pick the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.


The rest of the top 10 is UCLA at No. 7, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.


Serena Williams wins Cincinnati


MASON — Serena Williams won her elusive Cincinnati title on her sixth try, beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday in the Western & Southern Open.


Williams had never reached the finals in Cincinnati until last year, when she fell apart late in the match and lost to Victoria Azarenka in a third-set tiebreaker.


No wobbles Sunday. After getting broken in the first game, she recovered and closed it out in 62 minutes.


Williams has been playing well on hard courts. She won at Stanford in her first tournament since Wimbledon. A stiff back limited her in the semifinals in Cincinnati, but it didn’t slow her Sunday.


Ivanovic was coming off a nearly 3-hour win over Maria Sharapova on Saturday night.


Cardinals recall Martinez, demote Siegrist


ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis and demoted struggling lefty Kevin Siegrist to the minors.


Manager Mike Matheny said the 22-year-old Martinez will be used in relief. Before Sunday’s game against the Padres, Matheny said Martinez was en route from El Paso, Texas.


Martinez, one of the team’s top pitching prospects, was 2-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 38 games earlier this season, seven of the last eight appearances as the starter.


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