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In brief: Bulls prevail in clash with Cavaliers

Chicago’s Joakim Noah, left, and Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao battle for a loose ball in the first quarter Thursday.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Chicago’s Joakim Noah, left, and Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao battle for a loose ball in the first quarter Thursday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Basketball: Luol Deng scored 15 points and helped stop LeBron James on a drive in the final seconds as the visiting Chicago Bulls ended Cleveland’s three-game winning streak with an 86-85 win over the Cavaliers Thursday night.

Derrick Rose had 14 points and 11 assists and John Salmons added 14 points for the Bulls, who handed the Cavs their second loss at home. Cleveland, which lost to Boston in its opener, only lost two regular-season games and went 45-3 at Quicken Loans Arena last season.

James, who led the Cavaliers with 25 points, lost the ball out of bounds with 3.2 seconds to go after powering his way to the hoop. He drew contact on the play from both Deng and Joakim Noah as the ball slipped from his hands, but the officials didn’t feel he was fouled.

•Lynx will pick first in WNBA draft: The Minnesota Lynx will have the top pick in next year’s WNBA draft after the league held its lottery.

Watney grabs lead at WGC in Shanghai

Golf: The first World Golf Championship in Asia opened in Shanghai to a leaderboard filled with Americans, led by wide-eyed Nick Watney and his 8-under-par 64 that tied the course record at the HSBC Champions.

Watney made an accidental eagle and ran off four straight birdies while building a two-shot lead.

Of the top 20 on the leaderboard through the opening round, nine were Americans.

American leads in Japan: At Shima, Japan, American Brittany Lang shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Japan’s Nobuko Kizawa and South Korea’s Hee Young Park after the first round of the LPGA Mizuno Classic.

Red Wings snap Sharks’ streak in SO

Hockey: Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the shootout to lift the host Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over San Jose, snapping the Sharks’ six-game winning streak.

•Bruins take SO over Canadiens: Patrice Bergeron’s goal with 52 seconds left in regulation helped the Bruins avoid a historic third straight shutout, but Michael Cammalleri scored in the shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over host Boston.

•Spezza leads Senators to OT win: Jason Spezza scored a power-play goal 4:17 into overtime to give the Senators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Ottawa .

•Flames down Blues in OT: Dion Phaneuf’s goal 2:50 into overtime gave the Calgary Flames a 2-1 victory over the Blues in St. Louis.

Big-name players file for free agency

Baseball: Pitcher John Lackey and outfielder Matt Holliday were among 79 players who filed for free agency on the first possible day.

Outfielder Jason Bay, first baseman Carlos Delgado, pitcher John Smoltz and reliever Billy Wagner also filed, as did pitcher Jon Garland after the Los Angeles Dodgers declined his $10 million option. He will receive a $2.5 million buyout.

Instead of becoming a free agent again, outfielder Bobby Abreu agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract to stay with the Angels.

Approximately 100 more players are potentially eligible to file by the Nov. 19 deadline.

•McCourt’s bid denied: The wife of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt lost her bid to be reinstated as the team’s chief executive during a hearing in the couple’s messy divorce.

Jamie McCourt, 55, was fired last month by her husband, who claims she was having an affair with her bodyguard-driver, also a Dodgers employee who was fired, and was doing a poor job in her role as chief executive.

Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled that no state law supports Jamie McCourt’s bid to get her job back.

•Red Sox grab Hermida: The Boston Red Sox acquired former first-round draft choice OF Jeremy Hermida from Florida for left-handers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez.

•Series’ ratings rebound: The Yankees’ six-game World Series victory over the Phillies on Fox averaged an 11.7 rating and 19 share. That’s the highest since a 15.8/26 in 2004, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals to end an 86-year championship drought.

ACC adds two bowl games for 2010-13

Football: The Atlantic Coast Conference will send teams to the Sun and Independence bowls starting next year.

The league said it renewed six bowl deals and reached agreements with two others for the four-year period from 2010-13.

•Colts lose Jackson for season: A person with knowledge of the injury says Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during practice.

Real Salt Lake eliminates Columbus

Miscellany: Javier Morales and Robbie Findley scored first-half goals and Real Salt Lake advanced to its second straight conference final with a 3-2 victory over the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew in Ohio.

The victory, combined with a 1-0 home win Saturday, gave Salt Lake a 4-2 aggregate win in the two-game series. After setting an MLS record with a 24-game home unbeaten streak, Columbus finished the season with three straight home losses.

•The Crew’s Chad Marshall has been selected Major League Soccer’s defender of the year for the second straight season.

•Alinghi agrees to Australia: The most contentious America’s Cup in the 158-year history of the event could be headed to Australia, if the teams can agree to end their long, bitter court fight.

Defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland told a New York judge that it would race American challenger BMW Oracle Racing off Australia in February as a compromise. Alinghi still prefers to race in the Persian Gulf.