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Sports log: Timberwolves’ Kevin Love to avoid surgery

Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love does not need surgery to repair two broken bones in his right hand. Love met with specialists in New York on Thursday, one day after breaking his hand while doing knuckle pushups in a morning workout. Doctors informed Love that the injury can heal without surgery, but he is still expected to miss 6-8 weeks . . . Slater Martin, 86, the Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died at a nursing facility in Houston . . . Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn criticized Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, accusing her of a ‘‘lack of respect’’ for an outburst that seemed to spur the Lynx to a win in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. Dunn said she wasn’t amused by Reeve’s meltdown Wednesday night. Ignited by Reeve’s technical foul and subsequent jacket toss, Minnesota turned up the intensity to pull away for an 83-71 win to even the series at a game apiece. Game 3 is in Indianapolis on Friday . . . UConn returned to its familiar perch atop the Big East women’s preseason rankings, one year after the Huskies were not picked as the conference favorite for only the second time since 1994.


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