Wolves coach says Love could be out for season

DALLAS — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis says there's a chance that All-Star forward Kevin Love could miss the rest of the season because of a strained left groin.

Love sat out Thursday night's game against Dallas after he was hurt in a 127-95 home loss to Sacramento on Sunday.

The Timberwolves have 10 games left after playing the Mavericks.

Love is averaging 20.3 points and an NBA-high 15.4 rebounds per game.

NLCS MVP Ross strains calf, out 3 weeks for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross is expected to miss the next three weeks because of a strained right calf.

Ross hurt himself chasing down a flyball in a game Wednesday. The MVP of last year's NL championship series had an MRI exam Thursday that confirmed the injury.

The Giants have several options to replace Ross in right field when the regular season begins next week. Andres Torres could shift over from center field or Aubrey Huff could move from first base, leaving rookie Brandon Belt at first.

Ralph Nader calls for ending athletic scholarships

WASHINGTON — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to "de-professionalize" college athletes.

"As we near the exciting conclusion of 'March Madness' — which would more accurately be described as the 2011 NCAA Professional Basketball Championships — it's time we step back and finally address the myth of amateurism surrounding big-time college football and basketball in this country," said Nader, whose League of Fans is proposing that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release.

NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said referring to college athletes as professionals defies logic.

"They are students, just like any other student on campus who receives a merit-based scholarship," he said.

Nader, a former presidential candidate, argued that his plan would also help reduce the "win-at-all-costs" mentality in high schools, by reducing the incentive of college scholarships.

Nader said that colleges should either integrate athletics into the educational mission by eliminating college scholarships, or, "openly acknowledge the professionalism in big-time college sports, remove the tax-exempt status currently given to athletic departments, and make universities operate them as unrelated businesses."

Parcells no longer with Dolphins, will help ESPN

BRISTOL, Conn. — Bill Parcells is no longer affiliated with the Miami Dolphins and will tape a draft special for ESPN.

Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said Thursday "he's not associated with the team anymore in any official capacity."

Parcells turned control of Miami's football operations over to general manager Jeff Ireland shortly before last season.

He later cleaned out his office and stopped working at the Dolphins' complex, but still served as a consultant. Parcells was hired in Miami after the 2007 season.

Parcells is scheduled to tape a 90-minute special about the inner workings of the draft next month. ESPN says that "is all that's planned at this time" for Parcells.

Compiled from wire reports

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