Aug 26, 2014 6:40 PM

Update on the latest in sports:

The Associated Press


Love says he's in Cleveland for long haul

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Newly acquired Kevin Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer after one season in Cleveland, but the 25-year-old said he intends to stay with LeBron James and the Cavs. At his introductory press conference today in Cleveland, Love said, "I'm committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal and that's to win championships."

Love never made the playoffs during his six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will now rebuild with No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and last year's top pick, Anthony Bennett, two young players they were able to pry from Cleveland.

The Cavs know nothing is certain, and there's risk in bringing aboard Love. But with James, Love, Irving, guard Dion Waiters, relentless rebounder Anderson Varejao and newly signed veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones, the Cavs have the makings of a championship team this season and for many more to come.

In other NBA news:

Small forward Jared Dudley is going to the Milwaukee Bucks. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the seven-year veteran has been dealt to Milwaukee by the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Carlos Delfino and a backup center.

The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed forward Mike Scott. A second round pick out of Virginia in 2012, Scott improved his 3-point shot in his second season and almost doubled his scoring average. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 9.6 points last season, up from 4.6 as a rookie. He started six of his 80 games and also averaged 3.6 rebounds.

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed 12-year NBA veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract. He has played 12 seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 9.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his career.


Davis leads US past Slovenia

LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (AP) Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried (fehr-EED') to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Faried finished with 14 points for the Americans. Team USA now heads to Bilbao, Spain for their tournament opener Saturday against Finland. The defending world champions will also face Turkey, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine in pool play.


Day 2 action

NEW YORK (AP) The women's top-seed in the U.S. Open starts play with a match this evening. Two-time defending champion Serena Williams opens play with fellow American Taylor Townsend. This is Townsend's third Grand Slam event, the first was this year's French Open. The 18-year-old gained admittance to the Open as a wild card entry.

The highest seed in action today for the men is No. 2 Roger Federer, who has a match tonight against Australian Marinko Matosevic (muh-RIHNK'-oh mah-TAH'-so-vich). This is Federer's 60th straight Grand Slam appearance. He hasn't lost in the first round since 2003 in the French Open.

In play this afternoon, women's eighth-seed Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) defeated Alison Riske of the U.S., 6-3, 6-love. The 24-year-old Riske made a breakthrough at last year's U.S. Open, reaching the fourth round after an upset of Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh). She reached a career-high ranking of No. 40 this summer.

Samantha Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champ, also quickly dispatched a young American, beating Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-4. The 49th-ranked Davis fell to 0-3 at her home Grand Slam event.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah) lost her first-round U.S. Open match for the first time since 2005, the year she was the tournament's defending champion. Kuznetsova, seeded 20th this time, was beaten 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) by 82nd-ranked Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.

John Isner (HIS'-nur), a former top American college player, beat this year's top American college player. The 13th-seeded Isner won 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (2) against Marcos Giron, who earned his first spot in a Grand Slam tournament when he won the NCAA title for UCLA in May.

Fellow American Sam Querrey improved to 3-9 in five-set matches with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez.


Cueto looks for win No. 16

UNDATED (AP) Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) can become baseball's first 16-game winner tonight. He enters the Reds home game with the Cubs with a record of 15-7 with an earned run average of 2.20, second best in the National League.

A check of the division races and who is playing who tonight shows the following:

In the American League East, first place Baltimore is home to Tampa Bay. The Orioles top the second-place Yankees, who are in Detroit, by six games. The Tigers are second in the AL Central and front-runner Kansas City, which leads by 1 games, is home to the Twins tonight.

The Angels and Athletic share the lead in the AL West with identical records of 77-53. Tonight the Angeles are home to Miami's Marlins while the A's are visiting Houston.

Washington continues to set the pace in the National League East as the Nationals top the Braves by 7 games. Tonight the Nats are in Philadelphia while the Braves are in New York playing the Mets.

The NL Central belongs to Milwaukee as the Brewers have a 1 game lead over the Cardinals. The Brewers are in San Diego this evening while the Cards are visiting Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in third in the Central, six games back of the Brewers.

And in the National West the Dodgers are setting the pace as they top the Giants by five games. The Dodgers are at Arizona tonight while the Giants are hosting the Rockies.

Your remaining games this evening feature the Red Sox at Toronto, the White Sox home to Cleveland and Texas at Seattle.


Injured big toe sidelines NFL lineman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz has a dislocated right big toe and will be in a walking boot for a week to 10 days. He will be evaluated weekly and the team isn't sure how long he'll be sidelined.

Schwartz, who signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract in the offseason, will begin rehabilitation after he gets out of the boot. He was hurt in Friday's game against the Jets.


Quarterback shuffle

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Thad Lewis is out as a backup quarterback in Buffalo and Jordan Palmer is in.

Palmer was signed two days after being cut by the Chicago Bears, where he lost the backup competition to Jimmy Clausen. In five NFL seasons, Palmer has appeared in just four games and completed 10 of 15 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions.

He replaces Lewis on the Bills roster. His release comes as somewhat of a surprise after he went 2-3 last year while filling in for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel. Lewis, however, struggled during training camp and fell behind Jeff Tuel in the competition for the No. 2 job.


Another Bowl Game!!!

DETROIT (AP) You can mark down Dec. 26 as the date of the Quick Lane Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field. The new bowl game will feature a team from the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Lions and the Houston Texans are the only NFL teams to operate a college football bowl game.


Surgery today for Buckeyes' QB

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller underwent season-ending should surgery today. Coach Urban Meyer says Miller tore the labrum in his right shoulder a week ago. The loss of Miller is huge for the fifth-ranked Buckeyes who have to rely on redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett to lead the team. Barrett has never taken a college snap.


Darlington regains Labor Day spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Darlington Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date next season in one of the few significant changes to NASCAR's 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

To get Darlington back to Labor Day weekend after an 11-year absence, Atlanta Motor Speedway gave up the date. Atlanta now goes to the second race of the season on March 1.


New York area lands another major golf tournament

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) The Liberty National golf course in Jersey City, New Jersey, will host the 2017 Presidents Cup as part of a 25-year partnership with the PGA Tour. Having a major event is nothing new to Liberty National as the course hosted The Barclays, the opening FedEx Cup playoff event, in 2009 and 2013. The partnership means the tour will bring up to 10 more tournaments to the course that was built on a former landfill and is across from the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan.

The announcement means the New York area will get the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup in a seven-year span. The Ryder Cup is to be played at Bethpage Black on Long Island in 2024.


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