Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls misses exhibition in Brazil because of soreness in his knee
Guard Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America, sitting out the Chicago Bulls’ 83-81 exhibition victory over the Washington Wizards because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
Chicago’s Rose sits out exhibition in Brazil
Guard Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America, sitting out the Chicago Bulls’ 83-81 exhibition victory over the Washington Wizards with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
Rose’s absence Saturday disappointed a capacity crowd of 13,635 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — the gymnastics venue for the 2016 Olympics.
Rose, the league’s most valuable player in the 2010-11 season, had played in Chicago’s first two exhibition games. He tore a ligament in his left knee during the playoffs in April 2012 and missed all of last season.
John Paxson, executive vice president of basketball operations for the Bulls, said, “We never anticipated a straight line. He had a little soreness and we are being ultraconservative because it’s the third game of preseason.
“We respect tremendously the fact that we’re in Brazil and what that means and we’d love for everybody to play.”
Taj Gibson led the Bulls with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
Bradley Beal scored 16 points for the Wizards and former Seattle Prep standout Martell Webster added 15.
Olynyk has solid game
Rookie forward Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga scored a team-high 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting and added six rebounds to help Boston rout New York 111-81 in an exhibition game in Manchester, N.H.
Federer, coach split
Toward the end of a difficult year with zero Grand Slam tournament-final appearances, Roger Federer is splitting with coach Paul Annacone.
Federer, who has a record 17 major titles, announced on his website he will stop working with Annacone after 3½ seasons together.
“After numerous conversations culminating at the end of our most recent training block, we felt like this was the best time and path for both of us,” the posting continued.
A former No. 1 player in the world, the 32-year-old Swiss has dropped to seventh in the rankings.
Federer has struggled with a bad back at times this year. He has also experimented occasionally with a larger racket head.
Djokovic, del Potro win
Rafael Nadal of Spain lost his first match since reclaiming the No. 1 world ranking this week, falling to a resurgent Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters semifinals in China.
Del Potro will face defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final. Djokovic advanced by defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-2, 7-5.
After not dropping serve in 28 games through the quarterfinal round, Nadal was broken twice to start the match as del Potro took a 4-0 lead.
“Very few times I played against a player with a level like today I played against,” Nadal said. “At the end, I played against a player who served 80 percent of first serves, who hit every ball as hard as he can, I think, and with no mistakes.”
Djokovic won his match after losing his temper in the second set. He shouted at chair umpire Ali Nili after two disputed calls.
Kitten’s Dumplings prevails at Keeneland
Kitten’s Dumplings rallied from off the pace to beat 17-10 favorite Alterite by a neck in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, a turf race for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Kitten’s Dumplings, trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Julien Leparoux, ran 11 / 8 miles in 1 minute, 48.43 seconds. She paid $11.80 to win as the third betting choice in the $400,000 race.
Kitten’s Dumplings was eighth in a field of nine after a quarter-mile.
• Defending national champion Louisville must replace the floor leadership and defense of point guard Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle who is with the NBA Detroit Pistons.
This season’s Louisville backcourt includes Chris Jones, last season’s junior-college player of the year, and senior Russ Smith.
The 5-foot-10 Jones, from Northwest Florida JC, had 24 points and seven rebounds to lead the Red team to a 70-65 victory over the White team in an intrasquad scrimmage. Smith scored 22 points for the White team.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino praised the toughness of Jones, Smith and freshman guard Terry Rozier.
“If you’re growing up and your parents are giving you the keys to your BMW, you’re probably not going to be too tough,” Pitino said. “When you don’t have a whole lot in life, then you’ve got to fight for everything you get. You’re going to have toughness. These kids aren’t growing up with silver spoons in their mouth.”
• Californian Timothy Bradley beat Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico in a split decision in Las Vegas to keep his WBO welterweight title. Bradley, 30, is 31-0; the 40-year-old Marquez is 55-7-1.
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