Gasol powers Bulls to sixth straight victory...Favre among 15 Hall of Fame finalists

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CHICAGO (AP) — Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 18 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 101-92 for their sixth straight victory. Boston coach Brad Stevens missed this game to visit cancer-stricken former Butler center Andrew Smith, who played on the Bulldogs' two runs to the national championship game.

PHILADELPHIA (AP)— Kent Bazemore scored 22 points, Paul Millsap and Al Horford had 18 apiece and the Atlanta Hawks blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 126-98 to snap a two-game losing streak. The Hawks shot 54 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range against the NBA's worst team, the 4-34 Sixers.

DALLAS (AP) — Jordan Tolbert tipped in Nic Moore's missed shot for the go-ahead score with 28 seconds left and then had a big block as No. 15 SMU rallied to remain undefeated with a 59-57 victory over Cincinnati. The 14-0 Mustangs and idle No. 22 South Carolina are the lone remaining undefeated men's Division I basketball teams.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Brett Favre (farv), receiver Terrell Owens and guard Alan Faneca (FAN'-ee-kuh) are among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, whose class of 2016 will be decided on Feb. 6. Also making the cut to 15 are Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The WTA Tour says French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of lingering effects of a bacterial infection she picked up last year. The 28-year-old Czech is the ninth-ranked women's player in the world.

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