Sports briefs: Lebron to play for USA

After a bustout postseason in which he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals appearance, LeBron James will play this summer for the U.S. men’s basketball team in next month’s FIBA America’s Tournament. James, who played for Team USA last year in the world championships, had said he was “50-50” on playing this summer.

Gordon, Johnson docked

NASCAR made it clear before the season started: Mess with the Car of Tomorrow and we will mess with you. That is why NASCAR took away 100 points each from Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, while their crew chiefs — Steve Letarte and Chad Knaus — were fined $100,000 and suspended six races after their cars failed initial inspection Friday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

“Right now, all of our options are being evaluated, including our personnel situation and a possible appeal to the National Stock Car Racing Commission,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a released statement. “We’ll take some time to decide on a direction and make an announcement regarding our plans for New Hampshire later in the week.”

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