Rose’s floater lifts Bulls past N.Y.
Derrick Rose made a baseline floater with 5.7 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bulls to an 82-81 victory over the visiting New York Knicks on Thursday night in his first home game since he injured his left knee 18 months ago.
Rose had 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting and committed four turnovers. But there was no doubt who was getting the ball after Tyson Chandler went 1 for 2 at the line to give New York an 81-80 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining.
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The speedy point guard, who was a game-time decision for his return due to a sore neck, got the ball on the wing and drove to the baseline for the go-ahead basket
Paul leads Clippers’ win
Chris Paul scored 42 points and had three of his 15 assists on consecutive alley-oop dunks by Blake Griffin during a 30-second span, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-115 victory over Golden State in their home opener.
Kentucky No. 1 in men’s AP poll
Kentucky and its roster full of high -hool All-Americans was the narrow choice over Michigan State in The Associated Press’ preseason college basketball poll.
The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel.
The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
Defending national champion Louisville received 14 first-place votes and was third while Duke, which received the other two No. 1 votes, was fourth.
Kansas was fifth and was followed by Arizona.
Gonzaga sat at 15th to start the year, while Oregon was 19th and UCLA was 22nd to round out the Pac-12’s representation in the top 25.
Florida suspends two more
No. 10 Florida probably will be playing with walk-ons early in the season.
Coach Billy Donovan announced the suspension of big men Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris on Thursday, meaning the Gators will be down at least four guys to start the season.
Donovan already suspended point guard Scottie Wilbekin indefinitely, and guard Michael Frazier II likely will miss at least two games because of mononucleosis.
Dynamo knocks out Impact
Will Bruin scored twice and Boniek Garcia added a goal to give the Houston Dynamo a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs Thursday night.
Fourth-seeded Houston advances to play the top-seeded New York Red Bulls. The Dynamo will host New York in the first game of the two-leg Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday.
Fire hires Yallop as coach
Former San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop has been hired as the new head coach and director of soccer for the Chicago Fire.
The 49-year-old Yallop replaces Frank Klopas, who was fired Tuesday after New York eliminated the Fire from the MLS playoff race for the third time in the last four seasons.
San Jose fired Yallop, a native of England, midway through the season after the Earthquakes opened 3-6-6. He was coach of the year in 2012 in his second stint with San Jose.
Avalanche goalkeeper Varlamov accused of kicking girlfriend
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will be able to travel with the team while prosecutors consider whether he should be charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
On Thursday, a judge said Varlamov could be released if he posted $5,000 bond and be allowed to travel with the team.
The girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, told investigators that Varlamov kicked her in the chest, knocking her down, and stomped on her chest as she lay on the ground in her apartment on Monday, according to an arrest affidavit. She also accused Varlamov of dragging her by her hair and telling her that he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia.
Rangers, Bruins, Coyotes win
Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in his 47th NHL shutout, and the New York Rangers won their second straight with a 2-0 victory over the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
In Boston, Jarome Iginla had the lone goal in a shootout to rally the Boston Bruins past the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.
And in Glendale, Ariz., Mikkel Boedker scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Phoenix Coyotes at home over the Nashville Predators, 5-4.
• Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic overcame big servers to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals.
Nadal beat last year’s runner-up, Jerzy Janowicz, 7-5, 6-4, and Djokovic rallied from a set down to top John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2. Roger Federer, defending champion David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet also won their third-round matches.
Wawrinka and Gasquet grabbed the last two spots at the ATP World Tour Finals when Berdych eliminated Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (3), 6-4.
• Ron the Greek won’t run in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic because he has a hoof injury.
Trainer Bill Mott said Thursday that Ron the Greek has an abscess in his right front hoof that was discovered a day earlier during feeding time.
• Peter Senior got off to a good start in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s season-ending event.
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