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Olympic filmmaker dies

Bud Greenspan, the filmmaker whose documentaries often soared as triumphantly as the Olympic athletes he chronicled for more than six decades, died at his home in New York City. He was 84.

He died Saturday from complications of Parkinson's disease, companion Nancy Beffa said.

"Bud was a storyteller first and foremost. He never lost his sense of wonder and he never wavered in the stories he wanted to tell, nor how he told them," she said. "No schmalzy music, no fog machines, none of that. He wanted to show why athletes endured what they did and how they accomplished what so few people ever do."

Even as controversies over politics, performance-enhancing drugs and commercialism increasingly vied for attention on the planet's grandest sporting stage, Greenspan remained uncompromising about his focus on the most inspirational stories.

Greenspan received lifetime achievement awards from the Directors Guild of America and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as a Peabody and the Olympic Order award. His best-known work was "The Olympiad," the culmination of 10 years of research, more than 3 million feet of rare, archival film, hundreds of interviews and visits to more than 30 nations. The 10-part series he produced was aired in more than 80 countries.

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Love dismisses James' comment

Minnesota forward Kevin Love brushed off LeBron James' recent comments that the NBA would be better off if it eliminated teams so more stars could play together.

James mentioned Love as an example of one player he wanted to see playing on a team other than the Timberwolves, who went into their game Sunday night against Cleveland with a 6-24 record.

"Those are interesting comments," Love said. "I saw what he said and it is not like that he is the only one that thought of that before or thought of that lately. You hear rumblings of contraction."

Love leads the league in rebounding with a 15.6 average and is averaging 20.9 points. The third-year player also leads the NBA with 25 double-doubles.

James said last week that the league is watered down and would be more popular if there were more teams with multiple All-Stars.

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Seton Hall player wounded

A spokesman at Seton Hall University says one of its basketball team's senior guards was shot and wounded Christmas night during an apparent robbery attempt in New York City.

Athletics spokesman Matt Sweeney says Jeremy Hazell was treated at a Manhattan hospital and was released Sunday.

The South Orange, N.J.-based university's spokesman says Hazell was shot "under his right arm" in Harlem, where his family lives. He says the injury is not life-threatening.

Hazell was kept overnight at the hospital as a precaution. He has been away from the basketball court since undergoing wrist surgery Dec. 2 for an injury suffered last month. New York police won't provide additional details of the shooting.

From News and wire service reports.

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