Clevelanders celebrate LeBron James' return

CLEVELAND (AP) — The streets of Cleveland have been filled with the sound of cheering basketball fans and tooting car horns.

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James has announced that he'll be leaving the Miami Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he began his career.

One fan says she and others can now forgive him for his decision to leave four years ago for Miami, where he helped the Heat win two championships. Jessica Spachner says, "People forgive pretty quickly."

Law student Larry Boothe says, "I never thought it would happen." He had picked up a six-pack of beer and was headed back to the law office where he's working this summer to celebrate with his co-workers.

The announcement by James is the latest in a run of good news for Cleveland, which is mired in a 50-year sports championship drought.

Earlier in the week, Republican officials made a preliminary choice of Cleveland for the party's convention in 2016.

And the woeful Browns of the NFL, the last Cleveland team to win a title in 1964, grabbed headlines when they drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') in May, a move that raised expectations for the team's return to its former glory.

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APPHOTO OHAKR101: Revere High School football players, from left, Clay Erdie, Brendon Patene Joe Magoline and Chase Costanzo ran from practice to celebrate with fans outside the home of NBA basketball star LeBron James, in Bath, Ohio, after learning of James' decision to sign as a free-agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Karen Schiely) MANDATORY CREDIT (11 Jul 2014)

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