Love plans on a lengthy stay
Kevin Love’s phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland.
“I’m in,” Love told superstar James.
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For the long haul.
Getting used to a new city and new team after being acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade finalized Saturday, Love said he is committed to winning an NBA title with Cleveland — however long it takes.
Love, who didn’t make the playoffs during six sometimes-rocky seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. But Love, 25, said he intends to stay with James, 29, and Cleveland.
“I’m committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal, and that’s to win championships,” Love said Tuesday at a news conference.
New Orleans signs Salmons
The New Orleans Pelicans signed forward John Salmons, 34. He ended last season with Toronto and has a career scoring average of 9.4 points.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers traded forward Jared Dudley to Milwaukee for forward Carlos Delfino, backup center Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second-round draft pick. The Bucks also get a conditional 2017 first-round pick.
Oklahoma City traded 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet and cash to Philadelphia for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception.
U.S. men beat Slovenia by 30
Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans scored 18 points, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Klay Thompson, a former Washington State standout who plays for the Golden State Warriors, scored 11 points.
The United States opens World Cup play against Finland on Saturday in Bilbao, Spain.
Donovan’s finale is set
Landon Donovan will make his final appearance with the U.S. team Oct. 10 in an exhibition match against Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn.
Donovan, 32, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, announced Aug. 7 this would be his final year as a player.
Man U is embarrassed
In his third match as manager of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the team’s illustrious history. The record 20-time English champions bowed to the MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier team in the second round of the League Cup.
Before the match, Man U officials announced they signed midfielder Angel Di Maria, previously with Real Madrid of Spain, for a $99 million transfer fee.
Di Maria, 26, has a five-year contract.
Meanwhile, Everton of the English Premier League signed striker Samuel Eto’o to a two-year deal. Cameroon international Eto’o, 33, was released by Chelsea of the Premier League. Eto’o has been voted African player of the year four times.
• CBS officials talked about an all-women sports show for more than a year, and they are set to make television history.
“We Need to Talk” will premiere Sept. 30 on CBS Sports Network. The weekly, hourlong, prime-time program on the cable channel reportedly will be the first of its kind.
The panel will feature a core of CBS Sports announcers: Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce.
Other contributors include Andrea Kremer and former athletes Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash and Summer Sanders.
• German cyclist John Degenkolb of Team Giant-Shimano won the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Australian Michael Matthews of the Orica GreenEdge team retained the overall lead.
• Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor, 36, was arrested Friday after a shooting at his home near Little Rock, Ark. Police said a cousin of Taylor’s was hospitalized in serious condition with an apparent gunshot wound.
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