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Moving on: John Isner returns a shot during his win over Jack Sock that puts him in the Atlanta Open final.

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Moving on: John Isner returns a shot during his win over Jack Sock that puts him in the Atlanta Open final.


Love will not play for United States at summer World Cup

With no idea where he will play in the NBA next season, Kevin Love withdrew from this summer's U.S. roster for the World Cup.

Love wants to avoid injuries while in limbo as the Timberwolves field offers for the three-time All-Star forward. The process was complicated and lengthened when Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins signed his contract last week. The labor deal forces Cleveland to wait 30 days after signing the No. 1 overall pick.

"(Love) wants to play. But it's a little bit of a sign of the times when you look at the league in terms of contracts, rumored trades," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "All of those circumstances puts players in a funny position."

report: Lakers hire Scott: Byron Scott agreed to a four-year deal worth $17 million to coach the Lakers, reported Saturday. Scott, who played on three of the Lakers' title teams and previously coached New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland, would replace Mike D'Antoni, who stepped down.

All-Star break: The NBA is considering expanding the break from five to seven days starting next season, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. Players want a longer break because between media obligations and All-Star weekend, they get little rest. A decision is expected in August.


Wicked Strong takes Dandy

Wicked Strong beat Belmont winner Tonalist by 21/4 lengths at the Grade II $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Springs in New York. Kid Cruz, owned by Steven Brandt and Rick Boylan of St. Pete Beach, took third. Wicked Strong, fourth at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont, finished 11/8 miles in 1:49.16.


Track: Usain Bolt, out for most of this year with an unspecified left foot injury, said he will run in this week's relay events at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Tennis: John Isner reached the Atlanta Open final for the fourth time in its five-year history, beating Jack Sock 7-5, 6-4. He faces Dudi Sela, who beat Ben Becker 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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Times wires 07/26/14 [Last modified: Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:10pm]
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