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USF starting receiver A.J. Love hurt, may miss season

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USF STARTING WR HURT, MAY MISS SEASON

USF senior receiver A.J. Love, expected to be a starter and key contributor, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Saturday's spring game and could miss the upcoming season, the school said Monday.

A magnetic resonance imaging test confirmed the injury. He suffered the same injury to his left knee in the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl and recovered in time for the entire 2009 season, eight months after his injury — such a timetable after immediate surgery would allow for Love to play in a postseason bowl. A six-month recovery, considered the minimum after ACL surgery, would allow him to play in the second half of the season.

Losing Love hurts the Bulls at a position that already lacked depth. Senior Dontavia Bogan has more career receptions (60) than the rest of the largely unproven receivers combined (50).

Read more on Greg Auman's USF blog at blogs.tampabay.com/usf.

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Gators pick up two basketball recruits

Florida signed a guard who is transferring from Rutgers and a forward from Florida Air Academy. Mike Rosario must sit out next season due to transfer rules. He left Rutgers because coach Fred Hill was forced out. Rosario (16.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last season) considered Kansas State, Tennessee, Maryland and Kentucky. Will Yeguete, 6 feet 7, chose UF over Georgia Tech. He averaged 18 points and more than 12 rebounds. … Kyle Singler, the most outstanding player of the Final Four, will return to Duke for his senior season. … Northern Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle was named to replace Jeff Bzdelik at Colorado, where several players had hinted they would leave if Buffaloes assistant Steve McClain didn't get the job. … Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar agreed to a 10-year deal through 2019-20. … Junior guard Jimmer Fredette, who led BYU past Florida in the NCAA Tournament's first round, is entering his name in the NBA draft but won't hire an agent.

ET CETERA

olympics: Gravitational force overpowered out-of-control Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and left him unable to avoid a fatal crash just before the start of the Vancouver Olympics, the International Luge Federation concluded in a report. The report said Kumaritashvili was "absolutely qualified" to be at the games and reaffirmed that the crash was an "unforeseeable fatal accident" caused by a number of factors.

Golf: The U.S. Open at Pebble Beach will be televised later than ever in prime time. The third round on NBC, June 19, is scheduled to end at 11 p.m. Saturday. Coverage of the final round June 20 is to end at 9 p.m.

broadcasting: Chris Berman signed a multiyear contract extension with ESPN, remaining as host of NFL studio shows, calling baseball's home run derby and hosting U.S. Open golf coverage.

Antonya English, Times staff writer; Times wires

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