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In brief: Bulls defeat Celtics, boost playoff hopes

Chicago’s Derrick Rose notched a career-high 39 points, giving the Bulls a one-game lead for eighth in the Eastern Conference.  (Associated Press)
Chicago’s Derrick Rose notched a career-high 39 points, giving the Bulls a one-game lead for eighth in the Eastern Conference. (Associated Press)

NBA: Derrick Rose scored a career-high 39 points, Kirk Hinrich added a season-high 30 and the Chicago Bulls helped their playoff chances with a 101-93 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics.

The eighth-place Bulls lead Toronto by a game in the Eastern Conference and will make the playoffs as long as they finish with a better record, meaning they need a win at Charlotte on Wednesday or a loss by the Raptors to New York.

Fourth-place Boston, meanwhile, can forget about catching Atlanta for the third seed after falling for the sixth time in nine games.

•Curry won’t vote: The NBA has taken away Charlotte Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry’s rookie of the year vote because his son is among the leading candidates for the award.

Stephen Curry is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 assists per game for Golden State.

Seahawks linebacker Hill told to stay home

NFL: The Seahawks told starting linebacker Leroy Hill to stay away from this week’s minicamp to attend to his personal issues.

Hill was arrested for investigation of domestic violence in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah over the weekend, just days after reaching a plea deal on a marijuana charge in Georgia.

A copy of the Issaquah police report says the domestic issue with Hill’s girlfriend stemmed from his alleged infidelity.

•Marshall signs tender: Brandon Marshall signed his $2.521 million tender from the Denver Broncos, a move which could help facilitate a trade for the mercurial wide receiver.

The Broncos slapped a first-round tender on Marshall, but teams were unwilling to part with a first-round draft pick as compensation to lure the restricted free agent out of Denver.

The Seahawks were the only team that had Marshall in for a visit during free agency.

•Bushrod, Thomas, Ayodele re-sign: Saints restricted free agent Jermon Bushrod is joining David Thomas and Remi Ayodele in returning to defending champion New Orleans.

•‘Spygate’ returns: The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit arising from the New England Patriots’ secret videotaping of New York Jets coaches in a game at Giants Stadium in 2007.

The suit was filed by a Jets season ticket holder who also is an attorney in New Jersey, and it claims the Patriots’ actions “violated the contractual expectations and rights of New York Jets ticket-holders.”

Lottery gives Oilers 1st pick in NHL draft

NHL: After finishing with a league-low 62 points, the Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL draft lottery for the first overall pick in June.

Boston, the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, will pick second in the June 25-26 draft after acquiring Toronto’s first-round pick in an offseason trade that sent Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs.

Wake Forest will name Bzdelik coach

College basketball: Wake Forest has selected Colorado’s Jeff Bzdelik as the Demon Deacons’ new men’s basketball coach.

Bzdelik spent 21/2 seasons coaching the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and most recently went 36-58 in three seasons at Colorado.

•NCAA changes recruiting rule: The NCAA’s Legislative Council announced it would allow coaches to have “recruiting discussions” with potential recruits at summer camps and clinics on campus, loosening a rule that was nearly impossible to enforce anyway.

NCAA investigators visit West Virginia

College football: NCAA investigators have met with West Virginia officials regarding possible rules violations within the football program.

WVU athletics spokesman Michael Fragale said the university is cooperating with the NCAA during the investigation. He declined to say what prompted the investigators’ visit or when it took place.

Kahne, Hendrick agree to 2012 deal

NASCAR: Kasey Kahne has completed a deal to drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012 but still needs to iron out his plans for next season.

HMS is at NASCAR’s four-car limit, and Kahne is working out a deal to succeed Mark Martin in the No. 5 car in 2012.

•Bires let go: Kelly Bires was released by JR Motorsports, which is finding it difficult to develop young drivers without corporate backing.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. created the team as an avenue to develop drivers in NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series level. But he and his family are running much of this season out of pocket because sponsorship has been difficult to land.