Timberwolves’ Love out with broken hand
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, a two-time All-Star, has broken a bone in his shooting hand for the second time this season and will be out for several weeks, multiple media outlets reported.
An MRI on Saturday afternoon revealed the fracture of the third metacarpal bone in his right hand. Love is scheduled to see Dr. Andy Weiland in New York this week to determine how long he will be sidelined and whether surgery is necessary, according to reports by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Surgery was not needed when Love broke the third and fourth metacarpal bones in the same hand in October. He missed five weeks as a result of that injury.
Love left Thursday’s game at Denver in the third quarter after hitting his hand. At the time, the team said it was a sprained finger after X-rays then showed no fracture.
Love is averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds in the 18 games he’s played this season.
Bills to hire Syracuse’s Marrone
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone is moving on up, agreeing to a tentative deal Sunday to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
Marrone, 48, was 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse and had his best season with the Orange in 2012 at 8-5.
Marrone has experience as an NFL player and assistant coach. He was offensive coordinator of the Saints from 2006-08.
The Bills also interviewed Oregon coach Chip Kelly, former Bears coach Lovie Smith, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton to replace Chan Gailey. Gailey was fired Dec. 31 after posting a 16-32 records in three seasons.
Marrone had a formal interview in Cleveland, but the Browns were waiting for Kelly to decide if they were a better fit than the Eagles.
Marrone was a sixth-round draft pick in 1986 and played his rookie season with the Raiders before one year with the Dolphins and another with the Saints.
He was a college assistant coach at Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee before working as offensive line coach with the Jets in 2002.
Oregon’s Kelly turns down Browns
Oregon coach Chip Kelly will not be the next Cleveland Browns coach, according to multiple reports.
ESPN reported that Kelly will not take the job and Sports Illustrated reported that Kelly will either focus on the Philadelphia Eagles job or return to Oregon.
After meeting with Kelly in Arizona, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner flew back to Cleveland without getting an answer from Kelly, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Eagles executives, who also met with Kelly in Arizona, left for Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The Eagles reportedly tried to sell Kelly on their offensive talent, including quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
NFL.com and ESPN reported that Nike founder Phil Knight, a major Oregon booster, is pushing hard to keep Kelly at Oregon.
Oregon could face NCAA sanctions as the school is being investigated for recruiting violations.
Indian body accepts most of Davis Cup demands
MUMBAI — India’s tennis authorities have agreed to accept most of the demands made by its regular Davis Cup players who had threatened to boycott next month’s home tie against South Korea.
Eight top players, excluding Leander Paes, submitted a list of requirements to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) with a veiled threat to snub the regional first round tie in New Delhi from Feb. 1-3 if no action was taken.
On Sunday AITA agreed to their demands for a new coach, a higher share of prize money and the players’ involvement in the choice of venues for ties.
In a letter addressed to the players, which was also made available to the media, AITA said it has asked the government to appoint a qualified doctor and a fulltime physiotherapist for the players.
Dwight Howard criticizes Lakers’ lack of chemistry
In the aftermath of his complimenting the chemistry of the crosstown rival Los Angeles Clippers following a 107-102 loss to the Clippers Friday night, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard criticized his own team’s lack of chemistry following Saturday’s practice.
“(Chemistry is) something we have to do to get better,” Howard told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “We have to play like we like each other. Even if we don’t want to be friends off the court, whatever that may be, when we step in between the lines or we step in the locker room or the gym, we have to respect each other and what we bring to the table.
“It really starts off the court. I think you have to have that relationship and that chemistry off the court for it to really blossom on the court. It takes time to develop that. You just don’t come together and then expect to be best friends right away. It just doesn’t happen like that.”
After Friday night’s loss, Howard lauded the Clippers’ chemistry, saying, “Those guys on the Clippers team, they really enjoy each other off the court and it shows.”
Howard’s comments came after Lakers forward Jordan Hill injured his ankle on a play, but none of his teammates came over to see how he was doing or to help him to his feet.