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Bulls take opener from Celtics

BOSTON—The Chicago Bulls waited until the final night of the regular season to cement their spot in the post-season.

Jimmy Butler made sure the wait for a playoff victory was a short one.

Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds as the Bulls outlasted top-seeded Boston 106-102 in Game 1 yesterday on an emotional night for grieving Celtics' star Isaiah Thomas.

First victory for Bryan

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.—Wesley Bryan remembers pestering players with a lot of crazy questions at Harbour Town Golf Links as he followed father George III's only appearance at the RBC Heritage in 2004.

“I was probably the most annoying 14-year-old there was,” Bryan noted.

Once a pesky teen, Bryan is now a PGA Tour winner.

Brewers blank slumping Blue Jays

TORONTO—Chase Anderson and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Villar homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Toronto 2-0 last night to hand the struggling Blue Jays their fifth straight loss.

Last-place Toronto is off to the worst start in team history at 1-7.

Anderson (1-0) allowed three hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Canadiens frustrated with lack of finish

MONTREAL—The Montreal Canadiens lamented their lack of finish after their Game 1 loss at home against the New York Rangers.

Montreal was shut out 2-0 yesterday as it dropped the opener of its best-of-seven first-round playoff series against New York.

“There were some chances to score goals,” said captain Max Pacioretty, who had five shots on target.

Nats rout Cardinals

WASHINGTON—If nothing else, Nationals" slugger Bryce Harper spent some quality time with Cardinals' first baseman Matt Carpenter last night.

Harper tied a career high with four hits (all singles) and reached base in all six plate appearances to help Washington to a 14-6 rout of St. Louis.