CHICAGO—The way everything was crumbling, the Chicago Bulls sure needed a reprieve.
Knocking off the defending champions was a nice one.
Carlos Boozer scored 27 points as the Bulls pounded LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 last night.
SUNRISE, Fla.—The latest trade by the rebuilding Panthers already is paying dividends.
Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal last night to help Florida beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2.
Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann, and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers.
Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots while Scottie Upshall had two assists.
NEWARK, N.J.—The New Jersey Devils struggled to slow down David Desharnais last night.
Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period, then netted the game-winner in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Devils.
“We’re finding ways to win games,” Desharnais said. “They took the lead and we had to open up things.
WINNIPEG—Jennifer Jones was surprised twice at the Canadian Olympic curling trials yesterday.
First, the veteran Winnipeg skip watched as defending Canadian champ Rachel Homan’s last-rock draw attempt was heavy—giving Jones a steal in the 10th end and 7-6 victory.
The win put the four-time Canadian champion in sole possession of first place with a 5-1 record.
SEATTLE—A couple thousand Seahawks’ fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker-room still in full uniform.
Instantly, the chant started.
Hard to argue against Wilson after a performance like last night.
NEW YORK—Olli Jokinen’s third-period outburst for the Winnipeg Jets put any talk of a N.Y. Rangers’ goalie controversy to rest.
Not that there was much of one to begin with.
Jokinen scored the go-ahead and insurance goals against rookie Cam Talbot that pushed the Jets to a 5-2 victory over New York last night.
WINNIPEG—And then there was one.
Val Sweeting, the 26-year-old skip from Vegreville, Alta., knocked off four-time Scotties winner Jennifer Jones last night to claim sole possession of first place at the Canadian Olympic curling trials.
But she says her young squad isn’t going to drop that underdog moniker just yet.
TORONTO—Toronto Raptors’ head coach Dwane Casey knows his starters can’t play the entire game.
But after yesterday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, he probably wishes they could.
The Nuggets’ reserves came off the bench to outscore their Raptors counterparts 72-16 as Denver pulled away in the fourth quarter for a comfortable 112-98 win before 16,290 fans at Air Canada Centre.
MINNEAPOLIS—Adrian Peterson thought his Minnesota Vikings had won and lost the game against Chicago about three times during a dizzying, exhilarating overtime.
OTTAWA—On the day Daniel Alfredsson returned to Ottawa, the Senators got yet another reminder that things aren’t the same this season without him.
Despite an empty-net goal and an assist, Alfredsson wasn’t primarily responsible for the Senators’ second-straight loss and fourth-straight at home.