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Wade scores 22 in Chicago debut, Bulls beat Celtics 105-99

CHICAGO (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season.


Bulls sign former Celtics first-round pick draft pick Hunter

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have signed former Boston Celtics first-round draft pick R.J. Hunter.

The Bulls announced the move before Thursday's opener against the Celtics. The guard from Georgia State was let go by Boston this week.

The 28th pick in the 2015 draft, Hunter averaged 2.7 points in 36 games as a rookie for the Celtics last season.


Detroit defeats St. Louis after marathon shootout

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.

In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.

Gustav Nyquist scored on Detroit's second attempt but Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan and Darren Helm all missed.

St. Louis had the better chances in overtime. Center Jaden Schwartz missed a wide-open net early in the extra session. Jori Lehtera was stopped on a breakaway midway through the period by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek.


The Latest: DH Santana set to move to left for Indians

CHICAGO (AP) — The Indians will likely start designated hitter Carlos Santana in left field in Game 3.

Without a DH because they're playing in a National League ballpark, the Indians are prepared to put Santana, who has only played the position for a few innings in his career, out in left at Wrigley Field, where he'll have to deal with the wind and the rowdy bleacher crowd never mind the pressure.

Indians manager Terry Francona said he has "anxiety" in making the move but feels it gives his team the best chance to win.

Santana, who hit 34 homers during the regular season, last played left in 2012 during a 14-1 loss. He's been taking fly balls in preparation for his start and said he's excited about the opportunity.


Schwarber won't play field at Wrigley Field this weekend

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs star Kyle Schwarber won't be in the starting lineup for the three World Series games this weekend after he was denied medical clearance to play the outfield following his return from knee surgery.

Schwarber tore a pair of knee ligaments on April 7 and returned in Tuesday's Series opener. He was 3 for 7 with a double, two RBIs and two walks as the designated hitter in the first two games at Cleveland, but with the shift to Wrigley Field, there will be no DH.

Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says it's too soon after the injury for Schwarber's knee to be fully tested, especially with quick moves required to play the outfield. He says: "There was too much risk."

Schwarber will be used as a pinch hitter. He says it's "not disappointing at all" and "it was a long shot at the most."


Prof gives free pass to student who ditched class for Series

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio college student who ditched class to head to the opening game of the World Series in Cleveland has won a reprieve from his professor by being honest.

Ohio University professor Damian Nance says Charlie Turner checked into his Tuesday class by swiping a card, but wasn't there when Nance took attendance at the end of the session.

Turner came clean after Nance emailed him, asking for an explanation. Turner told the professor his father had gotten him tickets to the game against the Chicago Cubs and that he left for Cleveland after checking in. He included a picture of himself and his brother at Progressive Field.

Nance responded by calling it "an impeccable excuse," and added "no repercussions."

Nance tells The Associated Press he let Turner off the hook, not because he's a big Indians fan, but because the student "fessed up."


Illini start sports Hall of Fame, Dick Butkus in 1st class

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is forming the school's first Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame and a member of its first class will be former Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus.

The school's athletic department made the announcement Thursday morning. The entire inaugural class will be announced in February and recognized at a dinner in Chicago next summer. There also will be an induction ceremony in Champaign-Urbana next September.

Butkus is an Illini graduate who played on the school's 1963 Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl teams. He said in a statement that he's always been proud to be an Illini and that the school has played an "extremely important role" in his life.

Butkus played linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1973, including in eight Pro Bowls.