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Pess Box: Bulls coach says Rose injury doesn't doom team

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Chicago Bulls coach Tom coach Tom Thibodeau does not think the loss of Derrick Rose, who tore an anterior-cruciate ligament on Saturday, dooms his team.

"I think we all feel awful for him," Thibodeau told reporters after Sunday's practice. "Derrick's not only a great player, he's a great teammate, he's a great person, but it's not a death sentence. It's not a death sentence for him, it's not a death sentence for our team. He's going to come back. He'll come back better than ever. It's just the way it is and we've got to deal with."

Also, Nike shoe designer Jason Petrie made light of Rose's injury on Twitter on Sunday, causing some criticism.

Petrie, who designed LeBron James's sneaker, tweeted that Rose should have signed with Nike.

"You got one guy only getting stronger, and one guy breaking down before our very eyes. You chose poorly Pooh... #shouldasignedwithNIKE #GWS," Petrie wrote.

Petrie later apologized.

---Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Sunday morning there was about a "50-50" change guard Ray Allen would play in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their playoff series. Allen has been sidelined for two weeks with a sore right ankle.

NHL

--- Kay Whitmore, the NHL supervisor of officiating for the St. Louis-Los Angeles series said Dwight King's controversial hit on Alex Pietrangelo was a minor penalty in the judgment of the officials.

"They see the whole play unfold and they didn't deem in this instance obviously that King drove (Pietrangelo) into the boards," Whitmore said late Saturday night "It was a hit, he was in a vulnerable position, but they didn't deem it violent enough to call a major."

Pietrangelo got up from the boarding penalty, but blood started streaming from his chin and neck when he was treated on the bench. Normally, a sighting of blood changes the penalty to a five-minute major.

Whitmore said he expected Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's head disciplinarian, to review the hit.

Pietrangelo did not practice Sunday and is questionable for Game 2.

TENNIS

---Rafael Nadal became the first player in the Open era to win two tournaments seven times by beating David Ferrer 7-6, 7-5 in the finals of Sunday's Barcelona Open.

Nadal, who has won 21 straight clay-court matches, won the tournament in Monte Carlo for the eighth straight time earlier this spring.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

--- Oregon running back Tra Carson reportedly will transfer to Texas A&M.

Carson, who is from Texarkana, Texas, announced his destination via Twitter a month after initially saying he was leaving the school. It also was reported by Rivals.com.

Carson, who is a freshman, rushed 45 times in 10 games last season for 254 yards.

AUTO RACING

---Will Power won the IndyCar's Sao Paulo 300 for the third straight time on Sunday, finishing ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Power won his third race this season and increased his points lead heading into the Indy 500 next month.
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