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BULLS TO OPEN SEASON ON ROAD AGAINST CELTICS

The Chicago Bulls will open defense of their back-to-back National Basketball Association championships on the road against the Boston Celtics on Oct. 31.

The Utah Jazz, which lost to the Bulls in the NBA Finals in June, will play at the Los Angeles Lakers later that night, according to the 1997-98 season schedule, released Tuesday by the NBA.

Chicago and Utah will meet twice during the regular season. The Bulls will host the Jazz on Jan. 25, while Utah hosts Chicago on Feb. 4.

The NBA also will hold its first regular-season game in Mexico, with the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets playing in the Mexico City Sports Palace on Dec. 6.

In other basketball news:

Adonal Foyle, the first-round draft pick of the Golden State Warriors, will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot, the team said. . . . Seattle SuperSonics officials had no comment on a report that the Denver Nuggets are considering a swap of Antonio McDyess for Shawn Kemp. . . . Cynthia Cooper broke her own WNBA record with 32 points and added six assists in the Houston Comets' 77-69 victory over the Phoenix Mercury. Cooper, who set the previous mark Friday night with a 30-point performance in an 82-60 victory at Sacramento, was 8 for 12 from the field, including 4 for 4 in the second half. The Comets may get a boost in August when Olympic star Sheryl Swoopes comes off of maternity leave. The playoffs start Aug. 28. . . . Russian center Elena Baranova made a league-record seven three-pointers as the Utah Starzz, the team with the worst record in the WNBA, beat the league-leading New York Liberty, 78-71. Baranova also blocked three consecutive shots by Rebecca Lobo in the final minute.

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