Talking Points: King James king of Twitter

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Whew. LeBron James is back on Twitter, and the Miami Heat star has more followers than ever.

The newly crowned NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP ended a nearly two-month break from social media early Friday, posting a 50-second video to thank fans for both their support and their patience.

“I’m at a loss for words right now,” James said in the video, and then went on talking for another 48 seconds.

James now has just over 5 million followers. He crossed that milestone Friday, a few hours after the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the finals to win the franchise’s second championship.

James — whose Twitter handle is @kingjames — said he stopped tweeting during the playoffs in an effort to avoid distractions as he chased his first championship.

So LeBron doesn’t tweet in two months and he has more than 5,000,000 followers. Talking Points tweets every day — our Twitter handle is @TalkPoints360 — but we only have 54 followers.

Guess having an NBA championship helps.

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They can’t be fighting words if they leave your rival perplexed.

Derek Jeter looked at the front page of a tabloid, the one that had a composite photo of his smiling face atop a chicken’s body and the headline “Cluck You!”

He just shook his head.

“What happened?” Jeter asked.

What happened was that Mets closer Frank Francisco told the New York Post this week, “I can’t wait to face those chickens” before his team hosted the crosstown rival Yankees in a three-game series starting Friday night at Citi Field.

Jeter and his teammates were more confused by the comment than upset by it.

“I can’t be insulted by something I don’t understand,” Jeter said.

With a big grin, teammate Nick Swisher added: “I don’t even know what it means. ... I don’t even know what to say.”

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Nine-time U.S. champion figure skater Michelle Kwan has been chosen for a women’s sports council by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The State Department says the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports is meant to help the United States use its success in women’s sports “to empower girls and foster greater understanding.”

No word if the two-time Olympic medalist was named the council’s “Minister of Kwan.”

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