BULLS SHUT DOWN HAWKS: Carlos Boozer scored 20 points, Luol Deng added 18 and the Bulls held Atlanta to a franchise-low 20 points in the first half of a 97-58 victory over the Hawks on Monday night.
Reserve forward Mike Scott scored nine points to lead Atlanta as none of the starters reached double figures. Josh Smith and Kyle Korver had nine points each.
The Bulls held the Hawks to just five points in the second quarter and led 48-20 at the break. Ivan Johnson had a basket for the Hawks with 2:54 left in the first quarter, and Atlanta did not score again until Al Horford's tip with 5:15 left in the second. The Hawks missed 17 consecutive shots during the drought while getting outscored 14-0.
Jeff Teague had a layup with 7.9 seconds left to prevent the Hawks' lowest scoring total in franchise history.
CHIEFS LB DRUNK AT TIME OF MURDER-SUICIDE: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and then killed himself in front of his coach and general manager, an autopsy released Monday showed.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner report on Belcher, 25, raised new questions about whether police should have done more before the Dec. 1 murder-suicide. Officers found Belcher sleeping in his idling car about five hours earlier, but let him go inside a nearby apartment to sleep it off.
At the time of the autopsy, Belcher's BAC was 0.17, more than twice the limit of 0.08 percent for Missouri drivers, and it was likely higher when he shot girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, 22, at the couple's Kansas City home.
MURRAY WINS HIS FIRST MATCH AS A MAJOR WINNER: In his first Grand Slam match as a major winner, third-ranked Andy Murray opened his Australian Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Asked what it felt like to play after his triumph at the U.S. Open, where he became the first British man since 1936 to win a major title, Murray said: "I can try and focus on the second part of my career now."
NIKE ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH MCILROY: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are on the same team now — at least when it comes to sponsorship.
McIlroy officially made the switch to the swoosh on Monday as Nike confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in golf, announcing it had signed a multi-year deal with the top-ranked Northern Irishman.
The deal means Nike now has golf's two biggest names representing its brand, as Woods has been with the sportswear company since turning pro in 1996. Nike did not disclose any financial details of the deal, but industry observers have estimated that McIlroy will be paid up to $20 million a year to use the company's equipment and apparel.
VU'S BROEKHOFF, GERARDOT EARNS WEEKLY LEAGUE HONORS: Valparaiso senior forward Ryan Broekhoff was named the men's basketball Horizon League Player of the Week for the third time this season and junior Tabitha Gerardot was named the women's basketball HL POY for the second time this season. Both notched double-doubles in each game they played last week.
Broekhoff opened the week with a 21-point, 10-rebound effort in the Crusaders' win at UIC on Wednesday night. He followed with a 26-point, 10-rebound performance as the Crusaders rolled over Milwaukee on Saturday.
Gerardot scored 26 points and tied her career-best with 17 rebounds against Youngstown State. The double-double was her third of the season and the 16th of her career.
THORNWOOD GRAD EARNS AWARD FOR PRAIRIE STATE: Prairie State freshman forward Joe Hughes, a Thornwood grad, was selected the NJCAA Region IV Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13.
In two games during the course of the week, Hughes produced 31 points, 21 rebounds and three assists. His high-water game for the week came in PSC’s 68-47 victory over Lake County as Hughes recorded a double-double, contributing 17 points while pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds.
KV LOOKING FOR COACHES: Kankakee Valley is accepting applications for the positions of head varsity volleyball coach and head varsity girls soccer coach. Applicants should contact Athletic Director Doug Greenlee at email@example.com or (219) 95-3143, ext. 2025.
MARIAN CATHOLIC ON TV: The Marian Catholic at Benet Academy game will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on WWME-TV (Channel 26.3).