NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 last night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points for New York. Amar'e Stoudemire added 23 points and J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony each had 22. Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Tony Wroten also had 23 points for the struggling 76ers.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors 101-97 last night. Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the Nets to victory. Pierce finished with 15 points and Joe Johnson added 14 for the Nets, who won their season-high eighth straight at home. Brooklyn moved three games behind Toronto in the Atlantic.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The New York Islanders erased a three-goal deficit in the final frame to beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 last night. Matt Martin scored the game winner in the Islanders' seven-goal third period. Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan, Frans Nielsen, Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 yesterday. Jon Lester allowed one hit over three scoreless innings in his delayed first spring training start and David Ortiz hit his first home run of the exhibition season.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The lineup flap between the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins seems to have simmered down. The Marlins were upset last Thursday when the World Series champion Red Sox sent a team full of minor leaguers to an exhibition game in Jupiter. Road teams are supposed to have at least four top-tier players in the lineup. The MLB has since disciplined the Red Sox.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - The Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 11-1 yesterday. Giancarlo Stanton hit a long home run for the second straight day. Reed Johnson went 5 for 5 for the Marlins, and Ed Lucas was 2 for 4 with a two-run triple. Bartolo Colon made his exhibition debut for the Mets and allowed three runs and five hits in four innings with one walk and one strikeout.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis was wearing a walking boot on his right leg yesterday. Davis has not played in an exhibition since March 2nd due to calf strains in both legs. He has said the right is a little worse that the left.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that New York Giants center Chris Snee and punter Steve Weatherford have restructured their contracts. The person says center David Baas also will be waived-injured today, when teams can start signing free agents.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets have parted ways with wide receiver Santonio Holmes, cutting the talented but injury-plagued playmaker after four seasons. The move saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - In women's college hoop action, top-ranked Connecticut beat Number 3 Louisville 72-52 last night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament. Breanna Stewart scored 20 points. With the victory, UConn became the 14th team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Marist beat Quinnipiac 70-66 yesterday to give the Red Foxes their ninth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and another berth in the NCAA tournament. Sydney Coffey scored 23 points and Casey Dulin added another 14. Brittany McQuain had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Samantha Guastella added 16 points for Quinnipiac.
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