ROSE SITS, BUT BULLS DEFEAT WIZARDS: Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America on Saturday, sitting out the Bulls' 83-81 victory over the Washington Wizards with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
His absence disappointed a sellout crowd of 13,635 at the HSBC Arena in Rio — the gymnastics venue at the 2016 Olympics.
Without Rose, the Bulls (3-0) got 18 points from Taj Gibson and 14 from Luol Deng. Bradley Beal led Washington with 16.
Rose had played two preseason games without any sign of problems, but the knee flared up Friday in practice. There was no immediate indication of the seriousness of the injury, or whether it was just a case of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau being cautious.
CRAWFORD HELPS HAWKS EDGE SABRES: Corey Crawford made 28 saves to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the winless Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
Ben Smith and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who swept a pair of weekend home games, edging the Islanders 3-2 on Friday.
MAGEE LEADS FIRE PAST FC DALLAS: Mike Magee tied for the MLS goal-scoring lead and added an assist to help the Fire hold off FC Dallas 3-2 Saturday night.
The victory moved the Fire (13-12-7) into a three-way tie with Montreal and Philadelphia for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with two matches remaining. Magee scored his 19th goal in the 42nd minute.
INJURED DONOVAN, JONES DROPPED FROM U.S. ROSTER: Midfielders Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones have been dropped from the U.S. roster for Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier at Panama because of injuries, and goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs.
The U.S. clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month and beat Jamaica 2-0 Friday night to clinch first place in North and Central America and the Caribbean for the third straight cycle.
RED SOX HELD TO 1 HIT AS TIGERS WIN ALCS OPENER: The Boston Red Sox finally got a hit with one out in the ninth inning. Too little, too late.
Daniel Nava's clean single to center field for the highest-scoring team in the majors this season broke up Detroit's bid for the third no-hitter in postseason history but couldn't spark a rally as the Red Sox lost 1-0 in Game 1 of the AL championship series Saturday night.
The Red Sox set a club postseason record by striking out 17 times in a game. They did draw six walks — all against starter Anibal Sanchez, who left after six innings. Sanchez also threw two wild pitches.
Relievers Al Alburquerque, Drew Smyly and Jose Veras held the Red Sox hitless the next two innings and closer Joaquin Benoit struck out Mike Napoli leading off the ninth. Then Nava got Boston's only hit.
LATE CAUTION HELPS KESELOWSKI TO 1ST WIN OF YEAR: Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak Saturday night by chasing down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The defending Sprint Cup champion picked up his first win since Dover of last year. Keselowski led only 11 laps, and passed Kahne with nine to go to get the win in his Penske Racing Ford.
The race changed dramatically with 27 laps remaining and Jimmie Johnson seemingly on his way to an easy victory. But a debris caution sent the leaders to pit road and ended Johnson's march to a record seventh Charlotte win.
Keselowski restarted in sixth, picked his way through traffic and set his sights on Kahne. But getting past the Hendrick Motorsports driver wasn't easy, and he needed several attempts before making it stick.
VALPO RALLIES PAST CLEVELAND STATE: Valparaiso won the final two games to overcome Cleveland State, 14-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 15-3, for a Horizon League win Saturday.
Emily Campbell notched 12 kills and Sarah Dooms added 10 for the Crusaders (15-4, 4-1). Kelsey Berrington topped Valpo in assists with 20, while Morganne Longoria did the same in digs (21) and aces (4).
VALPO, WRIGHT STATE BATTLE TO TIE: Kristen Manski made four saves for Valparaiso as the Crusaders played 110 minutes to a double-overtime 0-0 tie against Wright State on Saturday.
The Crusaders (7-5-2, 1-2-1 Horizon) made three shots on goal against the Raiders (5-4-4, 2-0-1), all in the first half.
THUR LIFTS CRIMSON WAVE: Stewart Thur came off the bench to score twice, lifting Calumet College to a 2-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Trinity International on Saturday.
Matt Plawecki assisted on one of the goals for the Crimson Wave (6-5, 3-2).
LEE SHOOTS 77 AT JUNIORS: Mike Lee of Crown Point shot a 77 in the opening round of the Hoosier Junior Championships on Saturday at Otter Creek Golf Club.
Tyler Pearson of Richmond and Josh Vandeventer of Columbus shared the lead at 2-under-par 70. Among other locals, Jacob Spurgeon (Rensselaer) carded an 87 and Kevin Cunningham (Crown Point) a 91.
On the girls side, Tiffany Curtis (Crown Point) was six shots off the pace after posting an 83. Valpo's Jennifer Gough scored 87 and Allie Onest (Dyer) 106. Sydney Anderson (Columbus) led the field with a 77.
Around the horn
In his first regular PGA Tour event, Brooks Koepka rolled in two birdies putts to start his round Saturday at the Frys.com Open and drove the par-4 17th green for another birdie. It added to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot lead over George McNeill and Jason Kokrak going into the final round at CordeValle. ... Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second LPGA Tour title, shooting a 5-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia. ... Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.