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Bulls select Denzel Valentine with 14th pick in the draft

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls found their Valentine after trading away their Rose.

The Bulls took Michigan State shooting guard and small forward Denzel Valentine with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, opting for a wing player rather than a point guard after trading former MVP Derrick Rose to New York.

The 2015 to 2016 Associated Press national player of the year, Valentine joins a team in transition after sending its former franchise player to the Knicks. The Rose deal brought one of the most successful and disappointing periods in the organization's history to an end.

It also left them with a void at point guard, something general manager Gar Forman said they will try to address this summer.

Forman acknowledged the Bulls had talks about moving up in the draft and that they liked Providence point guard Kris Dunn, who went to Minnesota at Number 5. He also denied reports that the Bulls were in talks to send Jimmy Butler to either Minnesota or Boston.


2 key hits by Giancarlo Stanton help Marlins beat Cubs 4-2

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered in the fourth inning and singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth, helping the Miami Marlins send the Chicago Cubs to their fourth consecutive defeat, 4-2 on Thursday night.

Stanton's two hits hiked his average to .216.

The Cubs still have the best record in the majors, despite their longest losing streak of the season. The game marked the start of a season-high 11-game trip for the Cubs.

Jon Lester allowed only two runs in seven innings, but Miami ended his streak of wins in five consecutive starts. The Cubs' David Ross led off the eighth with his sixth homer to make the score 2-all.

Christian Yelich started Miami's rally in the bottom of the eighth with a one-out walk against Pedro Strop (1-2). He advanced on a wild pitch and scored standing up on Stanton's opposite-field single. J.T. Realmuto followed with an RBI double.

Kyle Barraclough (4-2) pitched a scoreless eighth.


Red Sox beat White Sox 8-7 in 10 innings, avert 4-game sweep

BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts singled in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 8-7 on Thursday and averted a sweep of their four-game series.

Chicago led 3-0, 4-1 and 7-5 before Boston sent it into extra innings with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. The White Sox loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th, but Craig Kimbrel (1-3) got J.B. Shuck on an infield popup and then struck out Tim Anderson and Adam Eaton.

In the bottom half, Matt Purke (0-1) walked two before Bogaerts lined one up the middle and Mookie Betts scored easily from second.

James Shields pitched his best outing since being acquired by the White Sox on June 4th. Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer and Alex Avila had four hits for Chicago.


Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon join LGBT inclusion program

NEW YORK (AP) — Nebraska, Northwestern and Oregon are partnering with an advocacy group on a new program for LGBT inclusion in sports.

The schools have joined Br(ache (pronounced break) the Silence, which educates athletic administrators and coaches about providing healthy environments in college sports.

Br(ache the Silence co-founder Nevin Caple worked with Dr. Eric Lueshen, a former Cornhusker football player, to create the program. Br(ache the Silence aims to shift the focus from homophobia to inclusion in college sports.

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst says the affiliation "reaffirms Nebraska's commitment and desire to be a leader in diversity and inclusion."

The program trains sports leaders on gay issues and nondiscrimination policies. Schools can place a medallion on their websites noting their diversity efforts. Caple says it will help recruits and potential hires "identify inclusive athletic departments."