MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Love declines to play for U.S. national team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has informed USA Basketball that he will be unable to participate with the men's national team this summer.
Love cited his current status with the Timberwolves as the reason he will be unavailable. The three-time All-Star has recently been involved in trade speculation after informing Minnesota he will not re-sign with the team when his contract expires. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors have reportedly been the teams with the most interest in landing Love. The news comes just days before Team USA is set to begin training camp for the FIBA World Cup.
Chris Sale tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts and pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 7-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday at Target Field. Sale (10-1) remained unbeaten in his last seven starts after giving up just five singles and two walks. The All-Star lefty threw 79 of his 112 pitches for strikes and was still in the mid-90s with his fastball in his last inning of work. Alexei Ramirez belted a two-run homer and Conor Gillaspie had three hits and two runs scored for the White Sox, who have won the first three games of the four-game series. Logan Darnell made his first career major-league start and pitched into the sixth inning for the Twins, who have lost seven of nine since hosting the All- Star Game. Darnell (0-1) was charged with seven runs on 11 hits and struck out seven. Sale gave up two hits in an inning just once, in the eighth. Both hits were dribbled to the third-base side.