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Sportshorts for Monday, Aug. 4, 2014


Love trade likely
by Aug. 24

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that All-Star power forward Kevin Love likely will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers by Aug. 24.

Aug. 23 is the first day Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded, and he is a key piece in trade proposals involving Love.


Singer vows to keep Bills in Buffalo

Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he’s written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto.

In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it’s his ownership group’s objective “to make the Bills successful in Buffalo.” The letter, titled “Why We’re Bidding on the Buffalo Bills,” marks the first time the New Jersey rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the franchise.

The team is for sale after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.


Goldschmidt put on DL for rest of year

Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is going to miss the rest of the season because of a broken left hand.

Manager Kirk Gibson announced the news Sunday, 2 days after Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.

Goldschmidt, 27, hit .300 with 19 home runs and 69 RBIs this season.


OSU president, fans at odds over firing

The new president of Ohio State University and supporters of the school’s storied marching band are clashing over the unexpected firing of a band director with deep roots in the organization.

President Michael Drake dismissed Jonathan Waters on July 24 after a 2-month investigation determined he knew about, but failed to stop, a “sexualized” culture of pranks, tricks and rituals that included students marching half-clad, feigning sex acts on buses and giving each other sometimes sexually explicit nicknames.

The band’s powerful and well-funded alumni association challenges the findings against Waters, whose elaborate halftime shows drawn on iPads revolutionized the field and have prompted millions of fan views on YouTube.

Air Force Academy investigating athletics

The Air Force Academy has launched an investigation of its athletic department and is demanding more accountability from coaches after allegations of lax oversight and athlete misconduct.

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the academy’s superintendent, released a statement acknowledging ‘’troubling’’ behavior by some athletes and other cadets. She cited a 2011 party that eventually led to the court-martial and expulsions of several cadets, some for sexual misconduct.


Strong confirms punishments at Texas

Texas football coach Charlie Strong confirmed earlier reports that he dismissed five players and suspended three others indefinitely.

Strong announced that running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins were kicked off the team.

He also said offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, running back/receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner are suspended for at least the first game of the season. All three players will practice with the team when it starts training camp on Monday.

Each suspension was for the same undisclosed violation.

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