Knicks not planning lineup change vs bigger Pacers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Knicks will not concede they have a “big” problem — yet. They know the Indiana Pacers have a size advantage, realize that Carmelo Anthony is going to get beat up banging…

Forbes poll tabs Tebow as most influential athlete

NEW YORK (AP) — Even on the unemployment line, Tim Tebow remains a popular presence. The former Jets quarterback, cut by New York last week after one disappointing season and now a free agent, was selected as America’s…

Kevin Durant coming through as a closer once again

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pondering Kevin Durant’s latest big-time shot on the playoff stage, Lionel Hollins started listing a who’s who of NBA greats from days gone by: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Sam Jones,…

Wild prep for bruising bounce back from Blackhawks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Trying to keep up with the Chicago Blackhawks would be unwise for the Minnesota Wild. Running into them over and over and over again, as Game 3 of this Western Conference quarterfinal matchup…

Couples, Montgomerie among 5 inducted to hall

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — About the only thing Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie had in common was a golf swing they could trust for a lifetime. Couples became the first American to reach No. 1 in the…
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A-Rod on field for 1st time since hip surgery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is back on the field for the first time since surgery on his left hip almost four months ago. He joined a group of injured New York Yankees starters Monday at the…
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Kluwe says he’s been released by Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe on Monday, bringing an end to his colorful and outspoken eight-year stay in Minnesota. Kluwe announced the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings GM Rick Spielman, a…
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Rose not ruling out return, Deng out for Game 1

MIAMI (AP) — Chicago forward Luol Deng will not play for the Bulls when they face the Miami Heat on Monday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Deng still isn’t with the team, and…
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Isles’ optimistic outlook takes hit with OT loss

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders’ rallying cry in their return to the postseason for the first time in six years is “Believe.” Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following a…
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Kerr wins again at Kingsmill in 2-hole playoff

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Cristie Kerr likes being emotional on the golf course, and knows there’s a time and place for it. She almost jumped the gun in the Kingsmill Championship before getting it back together. Kerr made…
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Rookie’s unusual week ends in win at Wells Fargo

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Derek Ernst didn’t come out of nowhere to win the Wells Fargo Championship. He actually was driving a rental car toward Athens, Ga., the fourth alternate who figured he might as well spend the…
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Pacers beat Knicks 102-95 in Game 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Every time Carmelo Anthony attacked the rim, a big body seemed to be waiting. David West, Roy Hibbert and the rest of the Pacers are classic Eastern Conference bruisers, and the New York Knicks…

Thunder strike first, take 1-0 lead on Grizzlies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant was in just the right spot and, once he had the ball, knew exactly what to do with it. Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Memphis’ Mike Conley and it squirted…