Last Update on October 30, 2014 05:33 GMT
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he never worried his relationship with superstar LeBron James was beyond repair.
When James signed with Miami four years ago, Gilbert publicly attacked James in a scathing letter. The two had a frosty relationship until meeting this summer to talk through their differences in the days leading up to James announcing he was re-signing with Cleveland.
On the eve of Cleveland's season opener, Gilbert said Wednesday his relationship with James "is very good, very solid."
James, too, says he and Gilbert have patched things up. James says they had one bad moment that overshadowed the great times they had together.
Gilbert says when he and James met they agreed there was "too much opportunity together that we could work on."
CLEVELAND (AP) -- King James has a little princess.
LeBron James confirmed Wednesday that he and his wife, Savannah, welcomed a new baby girl last week. Cavaliers officials say the girl's name is Zhuri Nova.
James already has two sons, LeBron Jr., and Bryce Maximus. James says his family is thrilled with new addition and that "it's a lot different" having a girl around the house.
The NBA superstar said "you give rough love to your boys and you give soft love to your daughter." He said he's looking forward to the journey of all three children growing up.
James returned to Ohio this summer, re-signing with the Cavaliers after playing four seasons with Miami.
The 29-year-old said it's been great being back "home and be with my family and be with my friends."
The Cavs open their season Thursday night against the New York Knicks.
BENGALS' DEFENSIVE REVIVAL
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals' defense finally got its act together after three rough weeks, holding down Baltimore just enough to pull out a pivotal win. The challenge is to keep it going without Cincinnati's best defensive player.
Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict had surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and will miss at least the next two games. The Bengals (4-2-1) host Jacksonville (1-7) on Sunday, then play the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night.
Burfict also has missed two games with concussions. Coordinator Paul Guenther says the defense is much better when he's on the field.
The defense also is missing linebacker Rey Maualuga, who is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars could have left tackle Luke Joeckel back Sunday at Cincinnati.
Joeckel left last week's loss to Miami with a concussion in the first quarter, but he has since passed part of the NFL's concussion protocol. He has been cleared to participate in non-contact drills Thursday.
Coach Gus Bradley says Joeckel "still has another couple things he has to go through, but at least at this late in the week for him to have a chance to play on Sunday is great."
The Jaguars also could have cornerback Aaron Colvin on the field. The fourth-round draft pick has been on the physically unable to perform list all season while he recovers from a knee injury suffered during Senior Bowl practice in January. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting cornerback Alan Ball on injured reserve with a bicep injury.
The Jaguars signed fourth-year cornerback Tommie Campbell to replace Ball on the 53-man roster.
Ball started 22 games for the Jaguars over the past two seasons, including seven this year.
Without him, Dwayne Gratz will move back into the starting lineup opposite fellow second-year player Demetrius McCray against Cincinnati on Sunday.
Losing Ball for the season is the latest setback for Jacksonville's improving defense. The Jaguars (1-7) already lost starting linebacker Paul Posluszny for the season with a torn chest muscle and defensive end Andre Branch for at last five more weeks with a groin injury.
Cornerback Will Blackmon also is out indefinitely with a broken finger.