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Love deal goes through

On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who capped a spectacular summer on Saturday by acquiring the All-Star power forward as another running mate for LeBron James to make them instant title contenders.

The Timberwolves receive a bountiful return for parting with Love, the disgruntled face of their franchise. They acquired No. 1 overall draft choice Andrew Wiggins and former top pick Anthony Bennett from the Cavs and veteran forward Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers in the three-team deal.

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The Sixers received a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland — ironically, one of the ones the Cavs got from Miami for James in 2010 — and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves, who also receive a trade exception worth about $6.3 million.


Lynx ousts Stars

Lindsay Whalen scored 31 points, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the host Stars 94-89 to advance to the Western Conference finals and end the playing career of San Antonio’s Becky Hammon.

Seimone Augustus scored 21 points and Maya Moore had 16 for Minnesota, which won the series 2-0 and will next face the winner between Phoenix and Los Angeles.

In another game, Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Fever defeated the host Washington Mystics 81-76 to sweep the best-of-three series and advance to the East finals.


Thorns eliminated

Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday scored second-half goals and host FC Kansas City beat the defending champion Portland Thorns 2-0 in the National Women’s Soccer League semifinals.

Kansas City (13-7-5) will face the winner of Sunday’s match between the Washington Spirit and the Seattle Reign FC for the NWSL championship on Aug. 31.

Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas scored to give the host Los Angeles Galaxy (11-5-7) a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps (7-5-12).

In other games, D.C. United shocked host Sporting Kansas City 3-0; the host New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact 4-2; host New England beat Chivas USA 1-0; host Columbus blanked Houston 3-0; and host Toronto FC settled for a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire.

Horse racing

V.E. Day takes Travers

V.E. Day caught Wicked Strong late to take the 145th Travers Stakes by a nose over an impressive field that included Belmont champion Tonalist and favorite Bayern.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, V.E. Day beat out the co-second choices after going off at nearly 20-1 and returning $41.00, $13.20 and $7.30 in the $1.25 million Grade I stakes race in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Phelps wins gold

Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.29 seconds, edging longtime U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte, at the Pan Pacific championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

U.S. teenager Katie Ledecky won her fourth gold medal of the meet, lowering her world record in the 400 freestyle to 3:58.37.


Simone Biles, 17, easily captured her second straight U.S. women’s gymnastics national title in Pittsburgh. Biles posted a two-day total of 122.550, more than four points clear of Kyla Ross.

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