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May 4, 2013

AP Sports briefs


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---- — AP Source: LeBron wins 4th MVP award

LeBron James is getting his fourth Most Valuable Player award — and the only mystery left is whether the vote was unanimous.

The Miami Heat star will be introduced Sunday as the award winner, according to a person familiar with the results and who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly announced this year's recipient. James will become the fifth player with at least four MVP awards, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

No one has ever swept every first-place vote in the NBA's MVP balloting. After the season he had, James could be the first.

"I don't know who else you'd vote for," Heat forward Chris Bosh said Friday. "No offense to everybody else, but that's just how good he has played this year."

Price looking to put dispute with umpire in past

DENVER (AP) — David Price is now focusing on his fastball, not a feud with umpire Tom Hallion.

The Tampa Bay Rays lefty doesn't believe the crew working the series will hold a grudge against him when he makes his first start Saturday night against Colorado since his run-in with Hallion.

"Not at all," Price said. "I don't think umpires hold grudges. If something happened directly to that umpire, maybe. I don't know. I don't think so."

The AL Cy Young Award winner accused Hallion of directing a profanity toward him during the Rays' win over the Chicago White Sox last Sunday. Price thought Hallion missed a pitch and exchanged words with the plate umpire while heading to the dugout after the seventh inning.

After the game, Hallion called Price a "liar."

That assertion still rankles Price, who would like an apology.