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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster trade sending Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland for 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, a person familiar with the trade said. The Timberwolves are getting Wiggins and former top pick Anthony Bennett from Cleveland and veteran forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia. The 76ers get a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland, and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from Minnesota. (AP Photo/ Jim Mone, File)

Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again. Cleveland has craved a championship for 50 years. On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves sent Love to the Cavaliers, who capped a spectacular summer on Saturday by acquiring the All-Star power forward as another running mate for James to make them instant title contenders. Yes, Cleveland, a city without a major sports championship since 1964, has another new superstar.


Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) skates around the crease after a goal was scored against him by the Boston Bruins in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Bruins won 7-2. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Goaltender Craig Anderson has signed a $12.6 million, three-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators. Anderson was acquired from Colorado in 2011 and is now under contract through the 2017-18 season. Anderson had an NHL-best .941 save percentage in the lockout-shortened 2013 season to help Ottawa make the playoffs amid injuries.


St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina wears a brace on his right hand as he participates in ceremony before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, July 10, 2014, in St. Louis. The All-Star catcher injured his thumb sliding into third during the game on Wednesday and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and right-hander Michael Wacha are ready for the next step in their return from the disabled list. General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Molina and Wacha will report to Double-A Springfield this week to continue their rehabilitation. Molina has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb that required surgery. Wacha has been on the DL since mid-June with a stress reaction in his right shoulder.


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Matt Cassel has seen a lot in 10 years in the NFL, including by his count seven different offensive coordinators in his last six seasons in the league. So when Cassel re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason and started to digest Norv Turner's new system, he knew he'd have to work harder and study longer than he ever had before to win the starting job. Cassel was named the starting quarterback over first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater on Monday for the regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams, an achievement that resonated with a player who has evolved from no-name rookie to backup sensation to embattled starter and then to a journeyman veteran scratching and clawing to get another shot. The Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier and the rest of the staff after the season, hired Mike Zimmer and Turner to turn things around and brought Cassel back to bring some stability to the position.


Louisville's Devante Parker answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has announced that senior wide receiver DeVante Parker will miss six to eight weeks with a broken left small toe, leaving the Cardinals without their top target for Monday night's season opener against Miami. Parker injured the foot in Friday night's practice and was examined Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, by orthopedist Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist. Parker's injury deals a big blow to Louisville's offense as it enters the Atlantic Coast Conference against a Hurricanes squad it throttled 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl last December. The Louisville native had nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown against Miami en route to a team-high 885 yards and 12 TDs.


Auburn's new head basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, talks to the media and fans on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

For the first time since 2011, Bruce Pearl is back to work at 100 percent. Pearl's three-year NCAA show cause penalty expired at midnight Sunday, which allows the Auburn head coach to fully recruit for his new program. ''I've got calls to make now,'' Pearl said Sunday afternoon. ''But it's just good to be normal again.'' Dozens of Auburn students and fans lined up at Auburn Arena late Saturday night to welcome Pearl.

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