UNDATED (AP) – Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets, evening the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece. Chris Paul capped his 24-point night by hitting the tiebreaking floater with 0.1 seconds left to give the Los Angeles Clippers a 93-91 victory and a two-games-to-none lead in their first-round series with Memphis.
ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Hawks guard Josh Smith missed yesterday’s practice because of a sprained right ankle. Smith received treatment on the ankle, and the team is hopeful he will be able to go in Game 2 tonight against Indiana. Coach Larry Drew says Smith sustained the injury late in Game 1 while scoring 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Atlanta’s 107-90 defeat.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Scott Fujita (foo-JEE’-tah) has retired after signing a one-day contract with the New Orleans Saints. Fujita finished his career with the Cleveland Browns, but was implicated and suspended for one game for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. He helped the Saints win the 2009 Super Bowl.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Niagara University has hired Long Island University Post’s Chris Casey to take over the school’s men’s basketball program. The Division II Pioneers went a combined 62-25 in three years under Casey, including an 18-9 finish last season. He will replace longtime coach Joe Mihalich, who left to take over at Hofstra two weeks ago.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The NCAA has granted Central Florida’s appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football, a move makes the school bowl-eligible as it moves into the American Athletic Conference this season. UCF was originally issued the ban as part of sanctions levied last July for major recruiting violations in football and basketball. It also received a one-year postseason ban in basketball, $50,000 fine, five years’ probation, reduction of basketball scholarships, and limits on football recruiting.