Basketball: LeBron James and Kevin Love won Olympic gold medals together. They’re about to team up again, this time to try and end Cleveland’s 50-year championship drought.
Love will soon be on his way from Minnesota to Cleveland after the teams reached an agreement in principle to a trade that will send the All-Star forward to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round draft pick, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because no official agreement can be reached until Aug. 23, when Wiggins, this year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, becomes eligible to be traded.
By that point, the deal could be expanded to include a third team, according to one of the people familiar with the talks. The Timberwolves have had discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers about acquiring forward Thaddeus Young to help fill Love’s shoes. The Wolves could use the first-round pick they get from the Cavaliers to help entice the Sixers to part with the 26-year-old Young, but talks continue on that, the person said.
• Stern leads Hall class: Former NBA Commissioner David Stern led a class of 10 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massacusettes to receive their membership blazers on Thursday. The induction gala is Friday night.
Also in the class of 2014 are former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship- winning coaches Nolan Richardson of Arkansas and Gary Williams of Maryland.
The women’s team from Immaculata College, which won three straight national championships in the 1970s, is also being honored, along with Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis.
Former Indiana Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard, the late Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton of the New York Knicks and the late Guy Rodgers of Temple round out the class.
• Durant withdraws: Kevin Durant has withdrawn from the U.S. national team, the biggest loss yet for a weakening American team.
The NBA’s MVP informed USA Basketball that he was “physically and mentally drained from the NBA season,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.
His withdrawal comes less than a week after Indiana’s Paul George was lost to a broken right leg.
• Former top pick Oden arrested: Police arrested former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight at his mother’s suburban Indianapolis home.
The 26-year-old free agent center was taken into custody on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery.
Sanda Gal leads Meijer LPGA Classic
Golf: Sandra Gal made six straight birdies on her back nine to take the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, while Michelle Wie withdrew because of a wrist injury.
Gal, the 29-year-old German who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2011, birdied Nos. 3-8 and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 6-under 65 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan.
Wie was 5 over after nine holes when she pulled out.
South Korea’s Inbee Park was a stroke behind Gal.
• Canada’s Henderson advances in Amateur: Canadian teen Brooke Mackenzie Henderson advanced to the U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinals, winning two matches at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.
The 16-year-old Henderson, the low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open, beat Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Illinois 4 and 3 in the morning, and topped Dylan Kim of Plano, Texas, 3 and 2 in the third round.
Henderson, from Smith Falls, Ontario, is second in the world amateur ranking. She is trying to become the first Canadian winner since Cathy Sherk in 1978.
Ledecky beats Franklin in 200 free
MISCELLANY: Katie Ledecky beat Missy Franklin to win the 200-meter freestyle in a showdown of swimming teen queens at the U.S. national championships in Irvine, California.
Franklin touched second in 1:56.40, and Leah Smith was third in 1:57.57.
• Tsonga upsets Djokovic: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-2 in only 63 minutes in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Djokovic came in with 11 straight wins over Tsonga but was nowhere near adding a 12th.
• Sharapova toppled: Maria Sharapova was upset by Carla Suarez Navarro at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
The 16th-ranked Suarez Navarro, who claimed her first WTA title in May, won 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals. She broke the fourth-seeded Sharapova’s serve in the final game.
Earlier, Caroline Wozniacki routed Shelby Rogers 6-1, 6-0 to extend her run of one-sided victories.