Boozer leads Bulls to 107-87 win over Heat
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Boozer scored 27 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Luol Deng had 20 points, Taj Gibson chipped in with 19, and Joakim Noah added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Bulls had no trouble knocking off the defending champions.
Chicago took control early on and hung on down the stretch after watching a 25-point lead in the third quarter dwindle to 12 late in the game.
It was an impressive showing by a team that had dropped six of seven and is once again trying to get by without the injured Derrick Rose.
The Bulls shot 50 percent and were 10 for 19 on 3-pointers. They also outrebounded Miami 49-27.
James scored 21 points for Miami, but the Heat shot a season low for the second straight game, converting 41.6 percent from the field.
James to co-star in movie
CHICAGO (AP) - LeBron James is taking his game to the silver screen.
The Miami Heat superstar confirmed reports before Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls that he will co-star with Kevin Hart in the comedy "Ballers." Hart plays the brother of an NBA star who gets a chance to prove himself at a fantasy basketball camp in Miami.
James says the opportunity to work with Hart was a product of their "friendship" and "mutual respect." He says the role is "something I could relate to, as far as fantasy basketball and guys wanting to be basketball players" who "never had really had the great opportunity to be a professional athlete."
Jaguars hand Texans 11th straight loss, 27-20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Todman scored on some trickery and the Jacksonville Jaguars held on to beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.
The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight - their fourth victory in five games since a bye - and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley.
They also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.
Houston (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could lead the franchise to fire coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak after a quarterback change, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schuab's pass with 2:08 remaining to seal Jacksonville's first series sweep since 2009.
Oviedo gets $1.5 million, 1-year deal from Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.
The deal, which could be worth up to $2.9 million if he reaches performance bonuses, was announced Thursday.
The 31-year-old Oviedo signed with Tampa Bay before the 2013 season, but did not pitch while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Oviedo had 92 saves for the Miami Marlins from 2009-11, when he was known as Leo Nunez.
In addition to his base salary, Oviedo could earn $50,000 for appearing in 30 games, $150,000 each for 35 and 40 games, $200,000 each for 45 for 50 games and $350,000 for 55 games.
The deal also calls for Oviedo to receive $50,000 for 35 games finished and $100,000 for 40 games finished.
AP sources: Furcal agrees to terms with Marlins
MIAMI (AP) - Two people familiar with the situation say free-agent infielder Rafael Furcal and the Miami Marlins have agreed to terms on a contract.
Both people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the contract hadn't been finalized.
In addition, one of the people said, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia passed his physical, and his $21 million, three-year contract with Miami was finalized.
The 36-year-old Furcal, a three-time All-Star, sat out this season after undergoing elbow ligament-replacement surgery in March. He made the NL All-Star team as a starter at shortstop in 2012, when he batted .264 in 121 games for the Cardinals.
Furcal is a 13-year veteran and a .281 career hitter. He's expected to compete for playing time at second base for the Marlins.
Olsen scores 1st NHL goal, Panthers beat Jets 5-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal to help the Florida Panthers beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Thursday night.
Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots and Scottie Upshall had two assists. Olsen also added an assist.
Olli Jokinen and Andrew Ladd scored for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves.
The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first points during that span.
St. Louis has 2 goals, Lightning top Senators 3-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Martin St. Louis scored two goals, Ben Bishop won his 15th game this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Thursday night.
Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning, who were coming off consecutive shutout losses to Columbus (1-0) and Pittsburgh (3-0). Ondrej Palat had two assists.
Ottawa got a goal from Patrick Wiercioch.
St. Louis beat goalie Robin Lehner from just outside the crease to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 advantage 13:19 into the second. The Lightning captain tied Jason Arnott for 91st place on the NHL points list with 938.
Filppula's goal from the left circle made it 3-1 at 10:56 of the third.
UCF gets BCS bid with Louisville's win over Cincy
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - No. 15 UCF qualified for the school's first BCS bid with Louisville's victory over Cincinnati.
The Knights wrapped up at least a share of the first American Athletic Conference championship last week. The league's automatic BCS bid was locked up Thursday night when the 19th-ranked Cardinals beat the Bearcats 31-24 in overtime.
UCF (10-1, 7-0) finishes the regular season Saturday at SMU (5-6, 4-3), seeking an outright league title and undefeated conference record.
If the Knights lose to the Mustangs, they will tie Louisville for the conference championship. UCF has the tiebreaker after beating the Cardinals 38-35 in October.
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Norfolk State edges Florida A&M 91-87
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Malcolm Hawkins scored 20 points and made 13 of 14 free throws, helping seal the game as Norfolk State edged Florida A&M 91-87 on Thursday night in the conference opener for both teams.
Norfolk State (6-3, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 80-72 with two minutes to play, but Florida A&M (2-6, 0-1) scored six straight points to cut it to 80-78 with 1:01 remaining.
Florida A&M later made two 3-pointers in the final 37 seconds, cutting the Spartans' lead to 2 each time. But during that span Norfolk State hit 7 of 8 free throws to close the game. The Spartans shot a school-record 62 free throws, 41 of which they made.
Pendarvis Williams had 16 points and Anell Alexis and Riley Maye had 13 apiece as six Spartans scored in double figures. It was Norfolk State's 15th-straight home win.
Jamie Adams led Florida A&M with 24 points.
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