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LeBron makes it four MVPs

BASKETBALL: Miami Heat forward LeBron James has been named as the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season.

It is the fourth time in five years that the 28-year-old James had won the game's most prestigious individual award, elevating him among the sport's greatest players.

Only four other players - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain - have won the trophy at least four times.

Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for six MVP wins, one ahead of Jordan and Russell and two in front of Chamberlain and now James.

James, who twice won the award with the Cleveland Cavaliers before moving to Miami, averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists during the 2012-13 regular season, where the Heat finished with the best record in the NBA.


Lynch delight

EQUESTRIAN: Tipperary's Denis Lynch took a big prize pot in the weekend's international show jumping, pocketing €28,500 for a fourth place in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Madrid on Saturday night.

Riding Abbervail van het Dingeshof, the Irish rider made it through the first two rounds to qualify as one of eight in the jump-off, but then a single mistake pushed him down the leaderboard, with the only clear going to British winner Michael Whitaker and Viking, who collected the substantial winner's prize of €94,000.

In Ebreichsdorf, Jessica Kurten and VDL Zapatero were best of the Irish with a sixth place in the Grand Prix, with victory going to Britain's Keith Shore and Mystic Hurricane.

Earlier in the day Cian O'Connor won the Small Grand Prix with Unique, his third top ten placing at the Austrian show.

In Belgium, Shane Breen took second place in the Lummen two-star Grand Prix with Golden Hawk, yielding first place to British rider, Daniel Neilson.