Cavaliers thump Knicks 109-94
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Jarrett Jack added 17 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-94 win on Tuesday night over the sinking New York Knicks.
Irving added 11 assists. The All-Star point guard had 12 points in the third quarter, when the Cavs outscored the defenseless Knicks 33-20 and pulled away. Tristan Thompson added 12 points and nine rebounds as Cleveland won its fourth straight at home.
New York, coming off an embarrassing 41-point loss at home to Boston, dropped to 5-15 and made coach Mike Woodson's future even more uncertain.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 and Amare Stoudemire 15 for the Knicks, who erased an early 18-point deficit, gave it all back, fell behind by 19 and lost for the 11th time in 13 games.
Williams, Pierce return, lead Nets over Celtics
NEW YORK (AP) - Deron Williams scored a season-high 25 points in his return to the lineup, Brook Lopez added 24, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 104-96 Tuesday night in the first matchup for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett against their former team.
Garnett had 11 points, just his third time in double figures this season, and grabbed nine rebounds. Pierce finished with four points and seven rebounds in his first appearance off the bench in six years after making a quick recovery from a broken right hand.
Avery Bradley scored 22 points and Jeff Green had 19 for the Celtics, who have been competitive after trading away two of their most important players from their 2008 NBA championship team. Boston had a three-game winning streak snapped and its Atlantic Division-leading record fell to 10-13 record
Unlikely scorer Clune leads Predators over Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) - Nick Spaling and Rich Clune scored first-period goals, and seldom-used backup Carter Hutton made 28 saves as the Nashville Predators snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Hutton (5-3-1) made his first start since Nov. 10 and his third appearance in that span as the Predators try to get by while Pekka Rinne (hip) is out. Marek Mazanec went 0-4-1 in the previous five games.
Matt Hendricks made it 3-1 just 2:38 into the third, knocking in a loose puck from in front, with Clune earning an assist. Paul Gaustad scored an empty-net goal with 1:06 left and added two assists.
Isles snap 10-game skid with 3-2 SO win vs Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout to help the New York Islanders snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Thomas Vanek also scored in regulation and the shootout for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin made 46 saves and was outstanding early to keep the Islanders in the game until they broke through with the two third-period goals. Then he stopped three attempts in the shootout despite appearing to injure himself on a pad save against Joe Pavelski in the first round.
Patrick Marleau and Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who blew a 2-0 lead and have lost four straight.
Foligno gives Blue Jackets 5-4 win over Devils
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nick Foligno scored the game-winning goal with 91 seconds left when Ryan Johansen's shot went in off his skate, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Cam Atkinson had two goals and two assists, Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and three assists and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won their last four at home.
Damien Brunner scored twice and Travis Zajac and Michael Ryder also had goals for the Devils, who have lost four of five.
The Blue Jackets trailed 3-1 before scoring twice in 49 seconds in the second period against Martin Brodeur, who came in with a record of 7-2-2 with two shutouts, a 2.05 goals-against average and .916 save percentage against Columbus.
Sabres edge Senators in shootout 2-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Zemgus Girgensons scored the tying goal in the second period and added a score in the 10th round of a shootout to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Ryan Miller made 35 saves for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn and Steve Ott also scored for Buffalo in the shootout.
With his 46th shootout win, Miller took sole possession of the record for most shootout wins in NHL history. The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist has 45.
Milan Michalek scored Ottawa's goal and Robin Lehner made 35 saves. The Senators' shootout scorers were Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Michalek.
Buffalo is 4-0 in games decided by a shootout.
Giants place RB Brandon Jacobs on IR
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants have placed running back Brandon Jacobs on season-ending injured reserve, two days after a knee injury kept him out for a second straight game.
Jacobs finished the season with 238 yards rushing and four touchdowns - most among Giants running backs - and two receptions for 13 yards in seven games.
New York also signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin from the practice squad on Tuesday night, terminated the practiced squad contract of linebacker Darin Drakeford, and singed defensive end Kendrick Adams and defensive back Chaz Powell to the practice squad.
Bills activate rookie DB Meeks off short-term IR
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have activated rookie defensive back Jonathan Meeks off the injured reserve/designated for return list.
The move on Tuesday came on the first day Meeks was eligible to be activated after missing eight weeks with a sprained right ankle. Meeks was a fifth-round pick out of Clemson, and had appeared in Buffalo's first six games.
To make room on their roster, the Bills released linebacker Jamaal Westerman.
The Bills also shuffled receivers on their practice squad by signing Brandon Kaufman and cutting Tommy Streeter. Kaufman, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Eastern Washington, returns to Buffalo after being cut by the team last summer.
The Bills (4-9) return to practice Wednesday to prepare to play at Jacksonville (4-9) on Sunday.
Kreis quits Salt Lake for expansion NYCFC
NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Kreis quit as coach of Real Salt Lake, three days after losing Major League Soccer's championship game, and will become coach of the expansion New York City FC team that starts play in 2015.
Kreis, who turns 41 on Dec. 29, played for Salt Lake from 2005-07, then became coach. He led the team to the 2009 MLS Cup championship, becoming the youngest coach to win the title.
He also coached the team to finals in the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League, this year's U.S. Open Cup and Saturday's MLS final, where Salt Lake lost to Sporting Kansas City on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.
Kreis was 90-71-58 with Salt Lake in MLS, reaching the playoffs in all six seasons, and 111-8-69 in all competitions.
NYCFC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, said Tuesday that Kreis will start work with the team in January. Kreis will spend time in England working with Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini, director of football Txiki Bergiristain and reserves manager Patrick Vieira.
Kreis had one goal in 14 appearances for the U.S. national team from 1996-00.
WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY
Connecticut Sun win top pick in WNBA draft lottery
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Connecticut Sun won the top pick in the WNBA draft lottery on Tuesday.
The Tulsa Shock earned the second pick with the San Antonio Silver Stars getting the third choice and the New York Liberty receiving the fourth pick.
Connecticut, which finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, had a 44 percent chance of winning the top pick. New York and Tulsa each had a 23 percent chance and San Antonio has a 10 percent chance. Only once since the league instituted a lottery before the 2002 draft has it gone according to the odds. That happened in 2009.
Top prospects in this year's draft include Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.
Albany edges Brown 74-68
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Sam Rowley scored 20 points as Albany held off a second-half rally from Brown in a 74-68 victory on Tuesday night.
Albany (5-4) led 41-27 at half, before Brown went on a late 15-5 run to come within 62-59 with 2:28 left. But that was as close as the Bears would get, as Rowley sunk a pair of free throws to extend the lead and Brown never came closer than four points the rest of the way. Albany was 10 of 12 from the free throw line in the final 2 minutes to preserve the victory.
Brown (6-3) committed 32 fouls in the contest and Albany shot 76.1 percent (35 of 46) from the line. Rowley scored 12 of his 20 points from free throws.
Gary Johnson joined Rowley in double figures with a career-high 16 points.
Sean McGonagill scored a game-high 22 points for Brown.
Fordham comes back to beat Colgate 77-73
HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) - Travion Leonard's layup with 46 seconds remaining tied the score and then Fordham made seven free throws to secure the 77-73 victory over Colgate Tuesday night.
Colgate (4-4) had a 60-52 lead with 8:57 remaining. The Rams (5-3) went on an 18-10 run to tie the score at 70 on Leonard's layup. Fordham finished on four free throws by Mandell Thomas, two by Bryan Smith and one by Branden Frazier.
Frazier led the Rams with 27 points and Thomas contributed 18.
The Rams had the advantage at the free throw line, making 23 of 27 free throws, compared to Colgate's 7 of 12.
Colgate took at 26-14 lead midway of the first period when Matt McMullen hit a 3-point jumper. The Raiders held a 41-34 advantage at the half.
Austin Tillotson, who had 18 points, led the Raiders. Ethan Jacobs added 14.
MONMOUTH-ST FRANCIS (NY)
Robinson, Monmouth top St. Francis 73-58
NEW YORK (AP) - Justin Robinson scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out nine assists and had three steals to lead Monmouth to a 73-58 win over St. Francis Tuesday night.
After Sheldon Hagigal's jumper early in the first half gave St. Francis (5-5) a 13-10 lead, Monmouth rattled off 14 straight and never trailed again.
Monmouth (4-6) closed the half with a 14-2 run and took a 43-22 advantage into the break.
Hagigal, who finished with a career-high 23 points, scored 15 in the first 10:17 of the second half to pull the Terriers with six points, 53-47, but Andrew Nicholas hit back-to-back 3-pointers and St. Francis would never again get closer than eight.
Deon Jones led Monmouth with 20 points. Nicholas added 19 points and eight rebounds while Khalil Brown chipped in 14 points.
St. Francis converted just 3 of 21 3-point shots.
NDame, Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK (AP) - Notre Dame and Rutgers officials got a sampling of winter weather ahead of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Officials announced on a snowy Tuesday in New York that the teams will play in the fourth Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28.
Notre Dame finished 8-4 this season, but had no bowl affiliation this year. The spot in the Pinstripe Bowl was open because the Big 12 did not have enough Bowl eligible teams.
Rutgers compiled a 6-6 mark.
Those on hand for the announcement included Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, coach Brian Kelly and Rutgers AD Julie Hermann and coach Kyle Flood. New York Yankees President Randy Levine also attended.
Next season the Irish will be part of the Atlantic Coast Conference bowl lineup, which will include the Pinstripe Bowl.
Former Rutgers player sues over Rice behavior
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Rutgers basketball player claims in a lawsuit that he was subjected to physical and emotional abuse at the hands of fired coach Mike Rice.
Derrick Randall played for Rutgers from 2011 until last spring. He was seen in practice videos where players were shoved, kicked and berated by Rice. After the videos went public last spring, Rice was fired and athletic director Tim Pernetti and other school officials resigned.
Randall's lawsuit, filed Friday, claims he suffers from learning disabilities and experienced emotional trauma from Rice's behavior. Randall left Rutgers this year.
The lawsuit names Rice, Pernetti, former assistant coach James Martelli, Rutgers president Robert Barchi and two other school officials. It seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.
A Rutgers spokesman says the university has not yet been served the suit.
COOPERSTOWN-HALL OF FAME
Hall's nod for 3 managers has Cooperstown buzzing
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame is already buzzing about next summer's induction weekend.
That's because business owners in Cooperstown are predicting huge crowds when retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 27.
The trio's election was announced Monday by the Hall's Expansion Era Committee. The news was greeted with cheers in Cooperstown, where induction weekends can attract overflowing crowds, depending on who's being enshrined.
Earlier this year, no players were elected to the Hall of Fame, resulting in sparse crowds in Cooperstown for the induction.
But with ex-Yankees manager Torre among the inductees, Cooperstown pizzeria owner Art Boden tells The Daily Star of Oneonta that it's going to be "an amazing summer."
NYC street co-named after Mariano Rivera
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera is receiving another honor: a city street named after him.
Rivera retired from baseball at the end of this past season.
The City Council voted Tuesday to co-name one block of River Avenue in the Bronx after him. The block is right outside Yankee Stadium.
Traditionally, a city street can only be co-named after someone who is deceased. But exceptions can be made.
Rivera spent his entire 19-year career with the Yankees.
He is Major League Baseball's all-time leader in saves and won five World Series championships. He is widely considered the best closer in the sport's history.
During his final season, Rivera received gifts from both the Yankees and opposing teams - including the archrival Boston Red Sox.
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