The Sports Xchange

PRESS BOX: Marion expects to sign with Cavs

Forward Shawn Marion informed the Cleveland Cavaliers that he intends to sign a free-agent deal with them this month, even though the team can only pay him the league's minimum salary, reported Sunday.

Marion, 36, reportedly wants to play alongside star forward LeBron James and have a chance to compete for an NBA title. The Indiana Pacers are also pursuing Marion after losing forward Paul George to a broken leg that will keep him out for about a year.

The Cavaliers can only offer Marion $1.4 million this season.

The Pacers could pay Marion up to $5.3 million after being granted a disabled player exception by the NBA stemming from George's injury. However, they would enter into luxury tax territory if they spent more than $1.7 million of the exception.

Last season, Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks. In 15 NBA seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Mavericks, he has averaged 15.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.


Jeff Gordon got out in front of Joey Logano on a restart just inside 20 laps to go in the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday and remained up front the rest of the way to claim his third win of the season.

The win was Gordon's first at Michigan International Speedway since 2001.

Logano got back beside Gordon right after the restart in an attempt to retake the lead, but Gordon got a push from Kevin Harvick to maintain the position, and Harvick got by Logano to take second. Logano also lost third to Paul Menard for a time, but recovered to take back the spot for a top-three finish.

---Will Power apparently is now an oval specialist in IndyCar. Less than a year after winning his first full-length race on such a track, Team Penske's driver won another.

Power led 228 of the 250 laps at the historic Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., giving himself a big lead heading to the season's final two races.

Power raced to his third victory this season. Juan Pablo Montoya finished second, while Tony Kanaan was third.

The margin of victory was 2.79 seconds, with Power scoring his 24th career win in the series.


Inbee Park won her second straight LPGA Championship at Pittsford, N.Y., defeating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Park, the world's third-ranked player, and Lincicome both finished at 11-under 277.