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06/26/2018 2:42 am  

CHICAGO - The roars for Derrick Rose started with the pregame introductions and did not fade until the final buzzer. Frank Ragnow Lions Jersey . The Chicago Bulls superstar was back on his court, back in his element. Rose showed some of his old explosiveness, fellow Chicago product Anthony Davis scored 20 points, and the U.S. beat Brazil 95-78 on Saturday night in a tuneup for the World Cup of Basketball. With deafening cheers rocking the arena, Rose looked like an MVP at times even if he only had seven points. He also seemed happy to defer to his teammates in his first appearance at the United Center since his latest season-ending knee injury. "I think everybodys excited," Rose said. "It was cool. At the same time, I cant get big-headed about it or anything like that. Ive just got to keep poised." What he needs to be is the player he was — or close to it —before the knee injuries started to pile up. A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and a torn meniscus in his right knee two of the past three seasons derailed a rocketing rise from the citys South Side to the No. 1 pick in the draft and stardom with his hometown team. The Bulls are counting on Rose to lead them back to contention in the Eastern Conference after they added some key pieces, including Pau Gasol. "For Derrick, there are so many positives for this," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, a U.S. assistant. "He shakes the rust off. He has a tremendous amount of pride. Its something that he wants to do and believes that he should do. I think this will be great preparation for the season." Davis, who like Rose grew up on Chicagos South Side, dominated down the stretch, and the U.S. pulled away after Brazil kept it close for three quarters. With a five-point lead going into the fourth, the U.S. went on a 14-2 run to break open a 68-63 game. Klay Thompson nailed a 3-pointer to start it, and Davis took over. He hit two free throws and blocked a shot by Larry Taylor, leading to a three-point play for James Harden. Davis then threw down an alley-oop dunk to make it a 15-point game, and after Leandro Barbosa scored for Brazil, he nailed a jumper. Harden (18 points) finished the run with two free throws, making it 82-65. Tiago Splitter scored 16 for Brazil. Fans started chanting, "We want Rose!" with their favourite player watching from the sideline as the U.S. pulled away. They got their wish when he checked back in with 5:20 left and let out yet another loud roar, although coach Mike Krzyzewski insisted he wasnt catering to the crowd. Thats how it was all night for Rose. Fans showed up in Bulls No. 1 jerseys — hes No. 6 for the U.S. They gave him a deafening ovation and chanted "MVP! MVP!" during the introductions and went wild again as he grabbed the microphone for a heartfelt address to the crowd before the opening tip. He referenced the violence in Chicago and said this game was "huge for the city." The U.S. might not have as much star power as it has in the past, particularly with MVP Kevin Durant and others withdrawing and Paul George suffering a gruesome leg injury. Even so, the U.S. was looking good with a 29-15 lead through the first quarter. Rose really didnt go hard to the rim until early in the second, when he beat Raul Neto with a crossover and got fouled. He made 1 of 2 free throws as the crowd chanted "MVP! MVP!" Moments later, he blew a wide-open tomahawk dunk, sending a groan through the arena, and he also headed to the locker room with a cut near his left eye with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the half. Brazil, meanwhile got within 35-33 on a basket by Splitter with 4:27 left. But the U.S. led 45-37 at the half after Rose raced up the court for a floater at the buzzer to the crowds delight after two free throws by Nene. Rose had them roaring again when he beat Neto and switched to his left hand in midair on a drive with just over 3:30 left in the third, making it 64-53. "Playing against this competition, I was just trying to get my wind back," Rose said. "I am going hard at practice and pushing myself every day." Detroit Lions Jerseys .In a statement released Friday, the Catalan club said the Brazil stars recovery would be monitored to determine when he can begin training again. Custom Detroit Lions Jerseys . Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help the Kings beat the Knicks 106-101 on Wednesday night.PITTSFORD, N.Y. - The sale of the Buffalo Bills is entering its final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit their formal bids in about two weeks, a person familiar with the sale process told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Its coming down the backstretch," the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the sale is being conducted privately. The timetable was pushed back about a week because Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilsons estate, extended a deadline last month in an attempt to increase the number of prospective bidders. A new owner is still expected to be identified by October, but its not certain whether it will be in time to be approved by NFL owners at league meetings in early October. And that approval would come only after the prospective candidates background and finances are vetted and approved by the leagues finance committee. The Bills are for sale after Wilson died in March. Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula are considered the front-runners among a small group of candidates who have already met with members of Wilsons estate over the past two weeks. Pegula was last valued by Forbes to have a net worth of $3.3 billion, and that was before he sold 75,000 acres worth of drilling rights for $1.75 billion two weeks ago. He also has the backing of a majority of Buffalo public and business leaders because he is committed to keeping the Bills in western New York. New York City real estate developer Donald Trump is also a contender, and met with Wilsons estate two weeks ago. Questions remain regarding the status of several other prospective ownership groups. Former Sabres owner Toom Golisano submitted a non-binding bid after Morgan Stanley extended its deadline. Kerryon Johnson Lions Jersey. But Golisano has not yet met with Wilsons estate, two people familiar with the process told The AP. The meeting is regarded as important for prospective buyers to begin formulating their bids. The daylong meeting includes a lengthy presentation and access to hundreds of pages of documents outlining the Bills financial information. A Toronto-based group led by rocker Jon Bon Jovi has met with Wilsons estate, but has encountered several setbacks over questions regarding its intentions of keeping the Bills in Buffalo. Two people familiar with discussions confirmed to The AP that a group headed by Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly turned down Bon Jovis request to join forces last week. The Buffalo News first reported that development last weekend. Under their lease that runs through the 2022 season, the Bills are essentially locked into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season. There is a one-time exception that would allow them to break the agreement for just under $28.4 million in 2020. A letter Bon Jovi had published in the newspaper two weeks ago was also received with skepticism by Bills fans and officials. He didnt state in the seven-paragraph letter that he was committed to keeping the franchise in Buffalo. The only commitment Bon Jovi provided was working with state and local officials to identify a site for a potential new stadium. His group is rounded out by Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Rogers family which controls Rogers Communications. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL White NFL Jerseys Cheap China NFL Gear China NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys China ' ' '


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