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NBASource: Cavs' Love to be free agent

Kevin Love is about to find out how much the league values him, and how much the Cavaliers want him. The power forward opted out of the final year of his contract and will be a free agent on July 1, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Love, who had a deal worth $16.7 million next season, informed the Cavs yesterday, said the person who spoke on condition because the team is not commenting on its free- agency plans. Last week, general manager David Griffin said he expected Love and LeBron James to opt out of their deals and become free agents. Griffin also expects them to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Hornets deal for Batum

The Hornets acquired small forward Nicolas Batum from the Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Gerald Henderson and power forward Noah Vonleh. Batum spent the last seven seasons with Portland. The Hornets finished last in the NBA in three-point shooting and are hopeful Batum can help them in that area . . . The Magic has agreed to send point guard Luke Ridnour to the Grizzlies in exchange for the rights to forward Janis Timma.


Doping probe into Salazar stable of runners

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has launched the first known investigation into allegations that famed track coach Alberto Salazar encouraged Olympian Galen Rupp and others in his stable of elite runners to skirt anti-doping rules, The Associated Press has learned. A person with knowledge of the investigation told AP that more than a dozen witnesses have been interviewed and USADA is actively pursuing documents and other evidence from Salazar, who coached Rupp to the silver medal in the 10,000 meters at the London Olympics. Salazar responded by publishing a 12,000-word letter online disputing the allegations, saying the Oregon Project he leads "will never permit doping."


Virginia tops Vanderbilt, wins first national title

Pavin Smith homered and drove in three runs and Brandon Waddell turned in another strong College World Series pitching performance, leading Virginia over Vanderbilt, 4-2, in Omaha, Neb., for the school's first baseball national championship. The Cavaliers (44-24) prevailed in the CWS finals rematch against the defending champion Commodores and brought the Atlantic Coast Conference its first title in baseball since Wake Forest in 1955. Waddell went seven innings and allowed only two hits after Vanderbilt (51-21) scored twice in the first. He retired the last 11 batters he faced. It was Waddell's fifth career CWS start, and Virginia won each of them.

Chicago team sues Little League

A former Chicago Little League team announced a lawsuit against the sport's governing body, accusing it of improperly stripping the young athletes of the national title that made them hometown heroes and nationally known and refusing to provide the information used to make the stunning decision. The attorney for Jackie Robinson West, Victor Robinson, said during a news conference that he believed some of what Little League International has claimed -- that some of the players did not live within local league boundaries. But he added that he thought the team was unfairly singled out for scrutiny, in part, because all of its players are black. He said the team made an "honest mistake. Do I think race is at play? Yes, I do think that it's at play at some level," Henderson said. "Do I think that's the only reason? No, I do not." The team won the Little League national title and fell to South Korea in the world championship game. -- AP

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