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Sports log: I’m one of best 4 players ever, LeBron says

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LeBron James said the NBA will need to make room for him on its Mount Rushmore when he’s done playing. “I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure,” James said Tuesday in an interview that will air on NBA TV on Monday. “And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they’d better find another spot on that mountain. Somebody’s gotta get bumped, but that’s not for me to decide. That’s for the architects.” James was responding to a question during the interview when asked to name his personal Mount Rushmore, the four greatest players of all time. James’s first three selections which he called the “easy three,” were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson. He deliberated before taking Oscar Robertson as his fourth choice . . . The Warriors will be without centers Andrew Bogut (shoulder) and Jermaine O’Neal (wrist) when they host the Heat on Wednesday night . . . Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has missed another day with the team for personal reasons but is expected to return for Wednesday’s game against Denver.

COLLEGES

BC-Ga. Tech game is on despite storm

Boston College’s men’s basketball game at Georgia Tech will be played as scheduled on Wednesday night even though the school is advising fans to attend only if they can walk to the game. Georgia Tech says it ‘‘strongly discourages’’ fans to come if they are not within safe walking distance of McCamish Pavilion. A winter storm is expected to bring snow and ice to Atlanta on Wednesday. The BC team arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon . . . Kansas freshman Joel Embiid could miss time with back and knee injuries, and just how much might determine whether the seventh-ranked Jayhawks still have a shot at landing a No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament. The 7-footer has been dealing with a sprained knee and back trouble over the last few weeks, and he only played 18 minutes in an 85-82 overtime loss at rival Kansas State on Monday night. Embiid is averaging nearly 11 points and eight rebounds while positioning himself as a potential No. 1 draft pick if he leaves school early . . . Five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn is headed to UNLV next season. Vaughn, who announced on the CBS Sports Network that he is verbally committed to the Rebels, will join Baltimore forward Dwayne Morgan and Wilbraham, Mass., center Goodluck Okonoboh in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. The 6-foot-5-inch Vaughn is ranked seventh nationally by recruiting publication Rivals.com.

GOLF

Stricker expected to miss Match Play

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Steve Stricker is likely to miss the Match Play Championship next week because his older brother is awaiting a liver transplant at home in Wisconsin. Stricker said his 50-year-old brother, Scott Stricker, has been in the hospital since Jan. 6 and was transferred to the intensive care unit three weeks ago. If he were to miss the Match Play Championship that would mean four of the top 12 players in the world ranking are not in the 64-man field at Dove Mountain. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson already have said they would not play . . . Raymond Floyd is returning to the Ryder Cup as an assistant captain for the second time in the past three matches. The Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles and Scotland. The Americans have not won the Cup since 2008 and have not won on European soil since 1993.

MISCELLANY

Avalanche’s Johnson gets suspended

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson was suspended by the NHL for two games without pay for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen during the game Saturday . . . Sky, a wire fox terrier, became America’s top dog. Sky won best in show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club in New York, beating out a standard poodle, a Portuguese water dog, bloodhound, an Irish water spaniel, a Cardigan Welsh corgi, and a miniature pinscher. The standard poodle named Ally was chosen as the runner-up. It was a record 14th time a wire fox terrier has won at the nation’s top dog show . . . Ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open in Doha after Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova retired from their match with a right knee injury, trailing 7-5, 1-0 . . . American Jack Sock and Marcos Baghdatis moved into the second round of the US National Indoor Championships in Memphis. Sock advanced with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Adrian Mannarino while Baghdatis won his first match of the year in three tries by defeating qualifier Rajeev Ram . . . Victoria Azarenka will play for the Philadelphia Freedoms in World Team Tennis this season. The No. 2 player in the world was selected in the marquee player draft. Azarenka will be playing in WTT for the first time in four years.

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