NBA: The Minnesota Timberwolves will likely have to begin the first month of the NBA season without Kevin Love.
The two-time All-Star broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand in a workout before practice Wednesday and will miss six to eight weeks.
It’s a crushing blow to the Timberwolves, who already will be without star point guard Ricky Rubio for what is expected to be at least the first six weeks of the regular season while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.
Love averaged 26 points and 13.3 rebounds last season, leading the team in both categories. • Kings pick up two options: The Sacramento Kings exercised the 2013-14 contract options of center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Jimmer Fredette.
Injured Tulane safety thankful for support
College football: Seriously injured Tulane safety Devon Walker says his spinal fracture from earlier this season has been “so hard” on family and friends, and that he is grateful for the generosity and support he has received during his treatment.
The senior was injured making a tackle Sept. 8 at Tulsa. He is now at an undisclosed rehabilitation facility, and his family has requested continued privacy.
• Texas Tech starter arrested: Police say Texas Tech’s starting center Deveric Gallington was arrested on charges of misdemeanor public intoxication and disorderly conduct after police were called to a bar fight near campus last weekend.
Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said that Gallington will play for the No. 18 Red Raiders at TCU on Saturday. No injuries were reported in the fight.
• Former Arkansas players get six months: Former Arkansas football players Marquel Wade and Andrew Peterson pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation for their roles in on-campus burglaries.
NHL, players’ union will resume negotiations
Miscellany: NHL labor negotiations will resume today after the players’ union reviewed management’s proposal and saw it as only a small step forward to ending the monthlong lockout.
The NHL made the proposal Tuesday in what it said was an attempt to preserve a full 82-game schedule.
• Earnhardt Jr. could return next week: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, said, through a blog post at JRNation.com, that NASCAR’s most popular driver could be back racing next week at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
• All-around champ takes Sportswoman: Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas won Sportswoman of the Year honors from the Women’s Sports Foundation.
The gymnast won the award Wednesday night, beating out Lindsey Vonn, London Olympians Serena Williams, Missy Franklin, Allyson Felix, and Paralympians Jessica Long and Tatyana McFadden.
• Judge dismisses Nelson’s lawsuit with SI: A Los Angeles judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by former UCLA player Reeves Nelson against Time Inc., the parent company of Sports Illustrated, and a reporter who wrote a story about problems in the school’s basketball program.
• England tied in Poland: England stumbled for the second time in World Cup qualifying, with Kamil Glik scoring on a header in the 70th minute to give Poland a 1-1 tie in Warsaw, Poland.
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