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February 2, 2018


Cavs’ Love out 2 months with broken hand, avoids surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss two months with a broken left hand, but he does not need surgery.

Love broke the fifth metacarpal Tuesday night in the first quarter of a loss at Detroit. Following consultation at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, the team’s medical staff decided Love can recover without an operation.

Love’s injury is yet another obstacle for the Cavs, who went 6-8 during a bumpy January that included several blowout losses and some finger-pointing between teammates.

The five-time All-Star is averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in his fourth season with Cleveland.

With Love out, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue started forward Jae Crowder on Wednesday against Miami. Last week, Lue moved Crowder into the second unit and started Tristan Thompson at center with Love moving back to power forward.

Love has been replaced on the All-Star team by Heat guard Goran Dragic (GOHR’-uhn DRAH’-gich).


Victims’ father tries to attack Nassar

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A father of three victims of Larry Nassar has tried to attack the disgraced former sports doctor during a court hearing in Michigan.

Bailiffs tackled the father Friday morning in the courtroom.

After two of his daughters spoke, the father, Randall Margraves, asked the judge for “five minutes” in a locked room with Nassar. The judge said she could not do that.

Margraves then asked for one minute, but the judge said she also couldn’t allow it. He then rushed at Nassar.

Two of his daughters had given statements to the court. They said their other sister also had been molested by Nassar.

Crying could be heard in the courtroom as Nassar was escorted out. Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis told families in the courtroom to “use your words” and that violence “is not helping your children.”


WADA says CAS ruling creates ‘very chaotic’ situation

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The vice president of the World Anti-Doping Agency says the situation “is very chaotic” after 28 Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Linda Hofstad Helleland says “clean athletes and sport fans around the world have lost confidence in the system.”

Hofstad Helleland, who is also a member of the Norwegian government, adds “this has to stop. This situation can’t be accepted any longer.”

CAS made the landmark legal ruling Thursday.


N. Korea Olympic skaters begin training in South; 1 injured

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North Korean skaters have begun training a day after arriving in South Korea to take part in this month’s Winter Olympics.

But short-track speed skater Choe Un Song fell and slid into a padded wall during his first practice at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Friday. He was taken to a nearby hospital, and media officials later said an examination showed he wasn’t injured seriously.

A pair of North Korean figure skaters also practiced at the same venue.

They are among 10 North Korean athletes who arrived Thursday in the second and final group of a total of 22 athletes from North Korea who will attend the Winter Games.


Course conditions cancel training for pre-Olympic downhills

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Organizers have called off another training session for the last women’s World Cup downhill races before the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, a day after bad weather canceled the first session.

The international ski federation says course workers need more time as “conditions on the slope” after Thursday’s rain and snowfall are not good enough for training, despite improved weather with spells of sunshine.

The federation plans to announce a new program for the weekend at a meeting with coaches later Friday. At least one training is mandatory before a downhill race.

The initial schedule consists of a two-run sprint downhill on Saturday, followed by a regular downhill the next day.

The Pyeongchang Games open next week, with the women’s downhill scheduled for Feb. 21.

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