LeBron James believes Houston General Manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

In his first comments since the Los Angeles Lakers returned from a week in China made strange by Morey's incendiary tweet, James characterized the incident as a cautionary tale about social media.

"Yes, we do have freedom of speech," James said Monday. "But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you're not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself. I don't want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn't educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do."

College football

Ireland lures Huskers, Illini

Big Ten teams Nebraska and Illinois will play football in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2021 season, the second game in a five-game series of games on the Emerald Isle.

The game will be Aug. 28 at 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium. It'll be an Illinois "home" game, but Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos expects Nebraska supporters to be prominent.

"Knowing how Husker fans travel, it will be great to see Dublin, Ireland, turned red," he said.

Navy and Notre Dame will play in Dublin next season.

Virginia All-America out for season

Virginia All-America senior cornerback Bryce Hall will miss the rest of the season after left ankle surgery. He was injured while covering a punt Friday.

Auto racing

Blaney wins suspended race

Ryan Blaney emerged from the wreckage at Talladega Superspeedway that claimed other playoff contenders, winning a Cup Series race that began Sunday but was stopped by rain.

Blaney held off Ryan Newman and advanced to the third round of NASCAR's playoffs. Blaney joins Kyle Larson in the round of eight; the other six will be determined next weekend at Kansas.

AROUND THE HORN

Tennis: Roger Federer said he plans to play at the 2020 Olympics. He'll be 39, and it will be his fifth Olympics. "My heart decided," he said.

Luge: Germany's Natalie Geisenberger, the world's most dominant slider, won't race this season because she is pregnant.

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