THE NBA’S OLD PAL ACT WORKS JUST FINE

Best of enemies: LeBron James (right) marked his return to Miami by sharing a show of comradeship with former team-mate Dwyane Wade (left).

FROM STEVE BRENNER

It was an image that could have been plucked from the most heartwarming of Christmas tales.

LeBron James, affectionately and deservedly called ‘The King’, returned to his Miami kingdom on Thursday for the first time since departing for Cleveland last summer. James was, and is, still loved in South Beach. Florida sports fans, especially in the state’s cultural hub, adore a hero and after winning two NBA titles, he will forever be one.

The four-time MVP received a warm welcome and clearly loved being reunited with old friends – no more so than Heat star Dwyane Wade, his partner in points during the recent glory years.

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Amir Khan and Devon Alexander have to deliver in career-defining fight

FROM STEVE BRENNER IN LAS VEGAS

There are cowboys everywhere you look in Las Vegas right now.

The national rodeo finals have rolled into town bringing with them the widest array of Stetsons one is ever likely to see.

For Amir Khan , though, it really is time to saddle up and make sure a bucking bronco in the name of Devon Alexander doesn’t throw him off course once and for all.

At the age of 28 and with three defeats already blotting his record and stunting his progress, the Briton knows one more here tonight will be terminal.

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