CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls put together a 19-0 points run spanning the second and third quarters to overturn a deficit and beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Sunday, closing within three games of the NBA Central Division lead. Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds while Carlos Boozer scored 20 points for the Bulls, who began March on a winning note after going 5-8 in February; just their second losing month in more than two seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau. Also on Sunday, Philadelphia ended a seven-game skid by beating Golden State and Milwaukee downed Toronto in overtime.
ACAPULCO, Mexico - Rafael Nadal blasted past top seed and defending champion David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 in Saturday's final of the Mexican Open in a powerful performance that indicated he has quickly returned to near his best after a long-term knee injury. Ferrer was a three-time defending champion and had won 19 straight matches in this event, but he could find no answer to Nadal, losing to his Spanish compatriot in just one hour and five minutes.
BARCELONA, Spain - Tomer Hemed's last-gasp header gave Mallorca a 2-1 win in stoppage time at Granada on Sunday, breaking an eight-game winless streak for the relegation-threatened club. Hemed muscled by his marker to reach Giovani dos Santos' corner kick, with Granada goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez getting a hand on the ball but not enough to keep it from crossing the line. It was the Israeli striker's eighth goal of the season and his first since November.
SOFIA - Bulgaria's national wrestling team coach Armen Nazaryan has started a hunger strike to protest against the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop wrestling from the Games program from 2020. The country's wrestling federation said on Sunday that Nazaryan "will not eat until the start of the European Championship on March 22 in Tbilisi, Georgia....and will only take juices". The 39-year-old Nazaryan won Olympic gold for his native Armenia in 1996 and for Bulgaria in 2000.
GLASGOW, Scotland - Dundee United defeated Dundee 2-1 in a hard-fought Scottish Cup quarter-final derby at Dens Park yesterday, with all the goals coming in the first half. Dundee had not beaten their city rivals in the Scottish Cup since 1956, but they were given a boost shortly before kick-off when United's top-scorer Johnny Russell was ruled out with a leg injury he picked up mid-week. United started the stronger and went ahead after just 11 minutes when Brian McLean was gifted what amounted to a free header from a Barry Douglas inswinging free-kick to nod past Rab Douglas.
Gaudin in front
HOUILLES, France - Frenchman Damien Gaudin, riding for Europcar, won yesterday's Paris-Nice prologue, a 2.9km time trial around Houilles west of Paris. Gaudin, a three-time French national pursuit champion, bagged the yellow jersey after seeing off compatriot Sylvain Chavanel by 0.56sec and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra as the 26-year-old garnered his first career win five years after turning professional.