NBA: Bulls take Game 7 vs. Nets
NEW YORK (AP) — Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series.
Carlos Boozer added 17 points as the Bulls shook off injuries to two starters and every run the Nets tried to make in the second half to win a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history. They advanced to a second-round series against defending champion Miami that starts Monday night.
Deron Williams had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets. They were trying to become the ninth NBA team to win a series after trailing 3-1.
Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar pole
SAO PAULO (AP) — American Ryan Hunter-Reay set a track record Saturday to win the pole position for today’s IndyCar’s Sao Paulo 300.
The defending IndyCar Series champion was timed in 1 minute, 20.430 seconds for a lap at the Anhembi street track. He was 0.307 seconds ahead of Venezuela’s EJ Viso and 0.461 in front of Scotland’s Dario Franchitti.
Home-crowd favorite Tony Kanaan was fourth despite an injured right hand that caused him problems throughout the day. He will be participating in his 200th consecutive race, extending the second-longest run in the series. His KV Racing owner, Jimmy Vasser, holds the record with 211.
UC Irvine claims volleyball crown
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UC Irvine won its second straight NCAA men’s volleyball title and fourth in seven years, sweeping top-ranked BYU in three sets Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Connor Hughes, Kevin Tillie and Zack La Cavera each had 11 kills to help the Anteaters (25-7) become the first team to successfully defend a title since UCLA in 1996. UC Irvine also won in 2007 and 2009.
BYU (26-5) beat Irvine twice in the regular season, but couldn’t overcome the Anteaters’ offense and their own mistakes. They had 21 errors to Irvine’s 12.
Irvine won the first set, 25-23, in a game that saw 12 ties and 10 lead changes.
In the second set, BYU used an 8-1 run to take the largest lead of the match for either team at 11-4. Irvine came back, winning the next five points to pull within two, and tied it at 12. The Anteaters survived a late BYU rally and took the set 25-22.
In the third, Irvine was down 24-21, then won the next five points to close out the match.
Taylor Sander led the Cougars with 20 kills.
Klitschko retains WBA title
MANNHEIM, Germany (AP) — Wladimir Klitschko stopped Francesco Pianeta in the sixth round Saturday night to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
The Ukrainian was never troubled by Pianeta, finishing off the previously unbeaten Italian southpaw with a right-left combination. Pianeta stayed down before attempting to continue, but there was no point in delaying the inevitable and referee Ernie Sharif ended the bout 2:52 into the round.
Klitschko rocked Pianeta inside the first 30 seconds, knocked him to the canvas with a straight right down the middle in the fourth, and again with a left blow in the fifth.
Pianeta, who was spirited but clearly out of his depth, dropped to 28-1-1, while the 37-year-old Klitschko improved to 60-3 after his 52nd knockout.
All-German final on tap
MUNICH (AP) — Tommy Haas will play defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German final at the BMW Open today.
The third-seeded Haas defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday, while Kohlschreiber edged compatriot Daniel Brands 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (5) to set up the first all-German title match in Munich in 48 years.
Haas, 35, who reached the 2000 final and hopes to win the title for the first time in his 10th attempt, needed less than 90 minutes to oust an opponent who posted three upsets on his way to the semis.
The 56th-ranked Dodig defeated Russian two-time champion Nikolay Davydenko in the first round, second-seeded countryman Marin Cilic in the next and fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov on Friday.
Kohlschreiber battled from a break down in the final set to beat Brands in 2 hours, 14 minutes. He’s going for his third Munich title, also winning in 2007.
• OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Spain’s Carla Suarez 7-5, 6-2 to win the Portugal Open on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Russian saved six of seven break points and overcame five double-faults to win her fifth career title and second of the year.
In the men’s event, top-seeded David Ferrer beat Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-4. He’ll play second-seeded Stan Wawrinka in today’s final after the Swiss player defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.