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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.

Baseball

Pujols recovering from knee operation

Albert Pujols had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, and the Angels first baseman should be ready for the start of spring training. The three-time NL MVP strained his right calf in late August, and was limited on the basepaths and in the field for the rest of the season . . . Mets 20-game winner R.A. Dickey had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia and is expected to be ready for spring training . . . The Dodgers hired Gerry Hunsicker as senior adviser of baseball operations to help general manager Ned Colletti and president and CEO Stan Kasten.

Golf

Cauley, Dawson share McGladrey lead

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The McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga., is where Bud Cauley secured his PGA Tour card, joining an elite list of players who went from college to a full tour card without going to Q-school. Now the former Alabama star is after his first win, and took a big step by overpowering the course for an 8-under 62. It was Cauley’s best score on the tour, and gave him a share of the first-round lead with Marco Dawson . . . The PGA Tour has acquired the Canadian Tour, giving it smaller circuits north of the border and in South America as a potential starting point to reach the big leagues . . . Spain’s Alejandro Canizares and New Zealand’s Michael Hendry each shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Perth (Australia) International.

Tennis

Venus victorious at Luxembourg Open

Venus Williams, playing her first tournament since the US Open when she struggled with a back injury, defeated Mona Barthel, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, at the Luxembourg Open. Top-seeded Roberta Vinci reached the quarterfinals, beating Anne Keothavong, 6-4, 6-1, and Andrea Petkovic upset former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, 7-5, 6-0 . . . Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur advanced to the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals in Moscow, while top-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov bowed out of the men’s event, losing to Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) . Ivanovic beat qualifier Valeria Solovieva, 6-1, 6-4, while Stosur topped Alize Cornet, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 . . . Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals at the Stockholm Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Jurgen Zopp. Berdych will face Mikhail Youzhny, while top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Go Soeda. Tsonga faces Sergiy Stakhovsky, who beat Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 . . . Tommy Haas defeated Jesse Levine, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, and became the fourth active player to win 500 matches on the ATP Tour, joining Roger Federer (871), Rafael Nadal (583), and Lleyton Hewitt (566).

Miscellany

BC women stun top-ranked Seminoles

The 24th-ranked Boston College women’s soccer team (10-5-2, 4-4 ACC) upset top-ranked Florida State (14-1, 7-1), 3-2, in Chestnut Hill, getting goals from Kate McCarthy, Stephanie McCaffrey, and Kristen Mewis. Victoria DiMartino assisted on two goals for BC . . . Stephen Hart resigned as Canada soccer coach, two days after the team was eliminated from 2014 World Cup qualifying by an 8-1 thrashing in Honduras . . . Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan will miss the team’s final two MLS matches after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee . . . Just weeks after Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained a concussion during a tire test on Kansas Speedway’s repaved surface, Denny Hamlin came away with only “bumps and bruises” after crashing into the track’s wall at 202 m.p.h. during a day of testing . . . Former NHL defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who won three Stanley Cups with New Jersey and one with Anaheim, was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall Of Fame.

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