In Brief: Love Devoted to Cavaliers
Independence, Ohio — Kevin Love’s phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland.
“I’m in,” Love told James.
For the long haul.
Getting used to a new city and new team after being acquired by the Cavaliers on Saturday, Love said he’s committed to winning an NBA title with the Cavaliers — however long it takes.
Love, who didn’t make the playoffs during six sometimes rocky seasons with Minnesota, can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. But the 25-year-old Love, regarded as the game’s top “spacing” forward, said he intends to stay with James and the Cavs.
“I’m committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal and that’s to win championships,” he said.
Cleveland is smitten with its newest superstar.
Love was introduced Tuesday by the Cavs, who acquired him in a blockbuster, three-team trade that instantly turned Cleveland, which won just 33 games last season, into an NBA championship favorite. The deal also gives the team a star-powered trio in Love, James and Kyrie Irving.
Love and James became friends two summers ago as U.S. Olympic teammates in London. It was there, while chasing a gold medal together, that James began recruiting Love, who wasn’t sure what to make of the four-time league MVP’s overtures.
Man U Makes Big Acquisition
Manchester, England — Manchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for $99 million on Tuesday, extending a summer spending spree that was sparked by its most disappointing season in a generation.
The 26-year-old Di Maria joined on a five-year contract, taking United’s spending to about $215 million in the summer transfer window as England’s most successful club seeks to revive its fortunes under new manager Louis van Gaal.
Di Maria was one of Madrid’s key players last season when the Spanish team became European champion for a 10th time, but rejected the offer of a new contract during the offseason and asked to leave.
Donovan Announces Final Match
Carson, Calif. — Landon Donovan said Tuesday he will make his final appearance for the U.S. national team Oct. 10 in a friendly against Ecuador.
Donovan is the top scorer in U.S. history with 57 goals and 58 assists in 156 appearances, but he wasn’t chosen for his fourth World Cup roster earlier this summer by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Earlier this month, the 32-year-old Donovan announced he will retire from the L.A. Galaxy after the season.
The five-time MLS champion is the league’s career goals leader.
The U.S. team will face Ecuador at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.