NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks pulled out an 83-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night after blowing a 23-point lead. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds. Amare Stoudemire made the tiebreaking jumper with 2:35 left and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks.
BOSTON (AP) - Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers won his first game back in Boston when the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Celtics 96-88 last night. Jamal Crawford hit a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to help the Clippers pull away in the last 3 minutes. Jeff Green scored 29 points against his former coach.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - With Rob Gronkowski out for the season, tight end D. J. Williams is getting a second chance with the New England Patriots. Williams spent two seasons with the Green Bay Packers before being cut August 31st. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him the next day and released him November 4th. The Patriots claimed him November 27th and then cut him December 4th before re-signing him on Monday.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith says he's no longer "playing like a robot." Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said last week that he wanted to have Smith "turn it loose" more freely. He got positive results in the Jets' 37-27 win last weekend over the Oakland Raiders.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Stephen Hill are both questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina. Cromartie suffered a concussion during the 37-27 win over Oakland last weekend, but finished the game. Hill has been dealing with a sore knee for several weeks. He sat out against the Raiders after it swelled up a bit.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants need to start playing run defense again. Ryan Mathews rushed for 103 yards in the Chargers' 37-14 win on Sunday. The game eliminated New York from playoff contention. On tap this weekend is Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson and Seattle's Number 3 ranked run offense.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that 18-game winner Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract. The deal is pending a physical.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its football coach. The school announced the move early this morning and says it will hold an afternoon news conference to introduce Diaco. UConn fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start and a 10-18 record in just more than two years at the school.
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