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George likely to miss next season

Doctors say Paul George’s biggest battle is yet to come, and it may take a year or more before he returns to the Pacers’ lineup.

One day after the two-time All-Star suffered a gruesome open tibia-fibula fracture on his right leg during a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas, the questions began in earnest about George’s recovery — and whether he’d ever regain the form that made him one of the NBA’s most complete players.

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George, 24, was resting comfortably Saturday after surgery.

In the latest signal that a Kevin Love deal to Cleveland is inevitable, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that a trade of the All-Star forward is “likely” by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24. Aug. 23 happens to be the first day Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded.

Auto racing

Keselowski triumphs

Brad Keselowski held off the charging Michael McDowell to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Horse racing

Moreno takes Whitney

Moreno took the lead out of the gate and won the Grade I $1.5 million Whitney by 1¼ lengths at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Trained by Eric Guillot, the 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper ran 11/8  miles in 1:48.05 and paid $22, $9 and $6.60.

Itsmyluckyday returned $7.90 and $4.60, and late-running Will Take Charge paid $4.60 to show.

Trixton won the Hambletonian, beating Nuncio by a half-length in the $1.2 million race for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the New Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Driven and trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Trixton finished the mile in 1:50 3/5 and paid $10.60 to win.


Serena Williams tops Petkovic

Serena Williams reached her fourth final of the season by taking the last eight games to beat Andrea Petkovic of Germany 7-5, 6-0 in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.

Powered by serves that reached 143 mph, second-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada reached his first final of the season by beating Donald Young of the U.S. 6-4, 7-5 at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.


Moore pours in 40

Maya Moore scored 13 of her 40 points in the final five minutes and the Minnesota Lynx (22-6) beat the host Tulsa Shock 84-75 to run their winning streak to nine games.

In another game, Brittney Griner scored 17 points as the host Phoenix Mercury (23-4) pulled away from the Indiana Fever 79-69.


• Russian Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) successfully defended his WBO light-heavyweight title, stopping Australian challenger Blake Caparello (19-1-1) in the second round in Atlantic City, N.J.

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