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Published:Tuesday | October 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) fights for a loose ball with Maccabi Tel Aviv's Jeremy Pargo in the second quarter of an exhibition basketball game on Sunday in Cleveland. AP

James sits out second half, Cavs win

CLEVELAND (AP): LeBron James scored 12 points before resting in the second half as the Cleveland Cavaliers gave new coach David Blatt a preseason win over his former team, beating Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 on Sunday. James has been monitoring a sore back in training camp. He was kept out of a practice Friday and Blatt is being cautious with the four-time MVP. James emerged from the locker room at half-time with ice wraps on both knees and one on his back. He spent the rest of the night watching his teammates wear down one of Europe's best squads. It was an emotional night for Blatt, who led Maccabi to several titles, including the Euroleague championship last year.

Kyrie Irving added 16 points and Kevin Love 11 rebounds for the Cavs. Sylvan Landesberg scored 23 for Maccabi.

Former official charged over Olympic venues

ATHENS, Greece (AP): Greek prosecutors have brought criminal mismanagement charges against a former official responsible for the post-Olympic use of costly venues that languished for years after the 2004 Athens Games. Constantinos Matalas, who headed the now-defunct state-run Olympic Properties SA in 2008, faces a jail term of five to 10 years, if convicted. Prosecutors Sotiris Boygioukos and Eleni Siskou also asked parliament to lift the immunity of Matalas' successor, Dionysis Stamenitis, who is now a lawmaker with the governing conservative New Democracy party, to allow his prosecution on the same charges.

Greece hosted the 2004 Games after a mad, last-minute rush to complete the venues in time. But for years thereafter most of the purpose-built installations languished unused and poorly maintained. The charges were brought yesterday.