Sports Digest: Gibson, Bulls rally to beat Mavs

2014-02-28T22:00:00Z 2014-03-03T20:10:12Z Sports Digest: Gibson, Bulls rally to beat Mavs nwitimes.com
February 28, 2014 10:00 pm

Pro basketball

GIBSON, BULLS RALLY TO BEAT MAVS: Taj Gibson had 20 points and 15 rebounds; Mike Dunleavy hit a go-ahead 3-pointer, and the Bulls overtook the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter of a 100-91 victory Friday night.

Jimmy Butler had 19 points, seven rebounds and a big block during the decisive spurt, and Kirk Hinrich scored 17. Dunleavy finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, shooting 4 of 7 from long range.

Pro baseball

ANGELS' TROUT SLAMS CUBS: Mike Trout wasted little time in showing off his million-dollar swing.

The young star hit a grand slam onto the berm by the left-field foul pole and drove in five runs Friday in the Los Angeles Angels' 15-3 win over the  Cubs.

Trout struck out in the first and hit an RBI single that capped a four-run second against Cubs starter Chris Rusin. He hit the grand slam against James McDonald in a nine-run fourth.

RYU, SALE GET OFF TO SCORELESS STARTS AS DODGERS BEAT WHITE SOX: Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two hits over two innings in his first spring training start, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the White Sox 5-0 Friday.

Ryu, 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA as a rookie last year, didn't have a walk or a strikeout,

White Sox starter Chris Sale also made his exhibition season debut, striking out four in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking none.

Held to two hits over the first six innings by five pitchers, Los Angeles went ahead in the seventh when outfield prospect Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer off Jake Petricka.

Pro football

BEARS GIVE HAYDEN ANOTHER CHANCE: The Bears signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden to a one-year contract Friday.

He missed the entire 2013 regular season after being placed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury suffered during training camp.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Hayden has started 49 of 101 games played for Indianapolis (2005-10), Atlanta (2011) and Chicago (2012-13) after entering the NFL as a second round pick (60th overall) of the Colts in the 2005 NFL Draft.

He has totaled 345 tackles, 12 interceptions, three return touchdowns, 44 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries over his nine-year career.

In 2012, Hayden tied for the NFL lead with four opponent fumble recoveries. He started two of 16 games played for Chicago, recording 40 tackles (26 solo), one interception and three pass deflections.

College football

KELLY SAYS GOLSON RETURNS TO NOTRE DAME A STRONGER PLAYER: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says quarterback Everett Golson returns to the Fighting Irish as a stronger player with a better understanding of the offense even after missing last season.

Kelly said Friday that he can talk to Golson about pass protection, receiver routes and other nuances of the game that he couldn't have before Golson missed last season while serving a semester-long suspension for academic impropriety. But Kelly says he hasn't seen Golson throw a pass yet.

Although Golson led the Irish to the national championship game in 2012, Kelly says he expects sophomore Malik Zaire to compete with him for the starting job. Kelly says Zaire needs to step up and show he's ready to lead and practice as though he's the starter.

Auto racing

KESELOWSKI TO START ON POLE AT PHOENIX: Brad Keselowski earned the pole at Phoenix International Raceway after making it through NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying Friday.

Keselowski had a fast lap of 139.384 mph, turning the mile oval in 25.828 seconds to earn a spot on the front row next to Joey Logano for Sunday's 312-mile race.

Jamie McMurray qualified third, defending Sprint Cup champion was fourth and Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start fifth next to Greg Biffle.

Around the horn

Rory McIlroy bounced back from a rough start for a 4-under 66 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Honda Classic. ... Australia's Karrie Webb opened a two-stroke lead in the HSBC Women's Champions, shooting a 3-under 69 to reach 9 under on Sentosa's Serapong Course. ... New Mexico State junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller has been suspended two games and senior forward Renaldo Dixon will miss one for violating the Western Athletic Conference's sportsmanship rules in a postgame brawl at Utah Valley. ... Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper surrendered to Los Angeles police after being named in a warrant involving a rape case in New Orleans.

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