More tickets offered for LeBron's Akron show

Associated Press Published:

AKRON -- LeBron James' Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday, and fans claimed them within hours. The city says more tickets will be made available Wednesday evening in response to the overwhelming demand.

Organizers aren't divulging how many tickets are being offered Wednesday or in total. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people. It's unclear how much space will be used for the event, which is described as a show rather than a rally or party.

James is returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.

Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive

MIAMI -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley is speaking out at length for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise, saying that he wants the team "to be as good as it's ever been" going forward.

Riley spoke with reporters Wednesday after the team completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract. Riley expressed disappointment that James returned to Cleveland, and revealed that he was working under the premise during free agency that the four-time MVP would be staying in Miami.

But even with James leaving, Riley insists that the Heat will continue being competitive. Riley says he told James before free agency that he would be telling other players that the Heat expected him back, and that James never told him to think otherwise.

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