Love optimistic about early return...Dolphins get Quinn from Rams...Blaney takes Vegas pole
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love says he could return sooner than expected from a broken left hand. Love was originally believed to be out two months after breaking the hand during a game on Jan. 29. The Cavaliers are 7-6 since he suffered the injury and are just two games ahead of second-place Indiana in the Central Division.
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the agreement says the Miami Dolphins have agreed to acquire Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn for a mid-round draft pick. Quinn has 62½ career sacks, including 8½ last year, when he started 14 games. He is expected to bolster a Miami pass rush that was disappointing last season.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Blaney has won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick kept up his outstanding start to the season and secured a front-row Ford lockout with a second-place finish in qualifying. Las Vegas native Kurt Busch qualified right behind Harvick at 190.067 mph, while Martin Truex Jr. drove his Toyota into fourth.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Shubhankar Sharma closed with three straight birdies for a 5-under 66 and a two-shot lead at the midway point of the Mexico Championship. Sharma was at 11-under 131, two ahead of Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) and Rafa Cabrera Bello. Defending champion Dustin Johnson also is four shots back.
UNDATED (AP) — Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, the latest fallout from the sexual assault trials involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. The filing alleges negligence for failing to make sure appropriate protocols were followed in regards to monitoring Nassar while he spent three decades with USA Gymnastics. Nassar is named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit and is serving decades in prison for molesting some of the sport’s top athletes and others as well as child pornography crimes.