Cavs snap skid, Grizzlies down Rockets

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is guarded by Matt Barnes (L) of the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, CaliforniaThe NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a two-game skid, with Kyrie Irving leading the way with 26 points in a 120-108 victory over the Kings in Sacramento. Kyle Korver, recently arrived in a trade from Atlanta, added 18 points off the bench and superstar LeBron James contributed 16 points and 15 assists in his latest outing in the city where he made his NBA debut in 2003. The Cavs responded with a 16-4 scoring run that included seven points from Korver.

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Japan’s Abe pushes Pacific trade deal in Australia

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney, on January 14, 2017Japan and Australia will work together to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal comes into force, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday, making no mention of strong US opposition. After talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Abe took the lead on the trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations that was ratified by Japan's parliament last month. "We agreed that we should demonstrate anew to the world the importance of free trade," Abe told reporters.

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