Knicks send 76ers to 17th straight loss
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.
Amar'e Stoudemire added 23 points, and J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony each had 22 as the Knicks won their fourth game in a row.
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.
The Knicks, who trailed by 12 points in the first quarter, took their biggest lead of the game, 110-89, on the fourth of Hardaway Jr's five 3-pointers with 7:37 left and never led by less than 12 the rest of the way.
Williams, Livingston lead Nets past Raptors
NEW YORK (AP) - 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 Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
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.
Kyle Lowry scored 21 points to lead Toronto, which had won nine of its previous 11.
The Nets trailed 94-92 after Lowry split the defense in the lane for a lay-up with 2:15 left.
Brooklyn then answered with five straight points as Andray Blatche's reverse lay-up tied the score at 94 and Pierce followed with a 3-pointer.
Isles score 7 in 3rd period, rally to top Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Matt Martin scored the winner in the Islanders' seven-goal third period, and New York erased a three-goal deficit in the final frame to beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Monday night.
Martin made it 5-4 at 10:04 for the third for the Islanders, who reversed a recent trend and rallied late instead of squandering a lead.
Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan, Frans Nielsen, Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders (25-33-9), who scored four times in the first 6:22 of the third.
The Islanders tied their team record for goals in a period, matching the mark set in the second period of a 9-4 win over the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 1978.
Chris Higgins, Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Chris Tanev scored for the Canucks (29-28-10), who lost for the 12th time in 14 games.
Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves in the win. Eddie Lack stopped 21 shots for the Canucks.
Stanton hits long homer as Marlins beat Mets 11-1
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton hit a long home run for the second straight day, a two-run drive off Jack Leathersich in the seventh inning that hit the top of a practice field behind the left-field wall Monday during the Miami Marlins' 11-1 rout of the New York Mets.
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. Signed to a $20 million, two-year contract during the offseason, Colon gave up Lucas' triple followed by Jake Marisnick's RBI groundout.
Marlins starter Brad Hand struck out five in three scoreless innings, giving up three hits.
Mets' Ike Davis in walking boot on right leg
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis was wearing a walking boot on his right leg Monday.
Davis has not played in an exhibition since March 2 due to calf strains in both legs. He's said the right is a little worse that the left.
Davis says "Hopefully, I'll get two weeks of games in before the season starts."
He is batting .167 (1 for 6) with a home run and two RBIs in two spring training games. He is competing at first base with Lucas Duda, who has been sidelined since March 3 because of a tight hamstring.
DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE EXPANSION
NBADL expands to 18 teams
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA Development League has added a team in the New York suburb of White Plains that will be owned and operated by the Knicks.
The addition of the team brings the NBADL membership to 18 teams, seven of them owned and operated by an NBA franchise.
Allan Houston, the Knicks' assistant general manager, will serve as the new team's GM. Houston calls the NBADL "thriving, and this opportunity allows us to develop players closer to our training facility, and to provide high level, affordable basketball entertainment to the community."
The team will conduct a fan vote to help choose the name of the new NBADL club. It will play 24 regular-season games at the County Center.
Giants' Snee, Weatherford restructure contracts
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press that New York Giants center Chris Snee and punter Steve Weatherford have restructured their contracts.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not formally announced the moves, said that center David Baas also will be waived-injured on Tuesday, when teams can start signing free agents.
The person did not have details Monday night of the deals that Snee and Weatherford.
ESPN reported that Snee will cut his salary $7.2 million to $1.1 million. He also can earn $1 million in incentives. Snee missed most of last season after undergoing hip surgery. He will be entering his 11th season.
Weatherford was to earn almost $2.2 million next season.
Jets release WR Santonio Holmes after 4 seasons
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 Monday, which had been expected, saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season. He was scheduled to have a $10.75 million cap number, a lofty total for a one-time Super Bowl MVP who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency the last two seasons.
Holmes, who turned 30 last Monday, had 23 catches for 456 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season. He missed five games midway through the season with a hamstring injury. Holmes played in just four games in 2012 and was sidelined for several months after a career-threatening foot injury.
AP Source: S Byrd drawing pre-free agency interest
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A person familiar with the discussions has told The Associated Press the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams have expressed interest in signing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd once the NFL's free agency period opens.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because talks have not been made public. The person revealed those three teams specifically as having contacted Byrd's representatives since the NFL allowed discussions with prospective free agents Saturday.
The signing period opens Tuesday.
Byrd is among the top defensive backs set to hit the market after a solid five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo chose not to apply its franchise tag and retain Byrd's rights for a second consecutive year.
Ruthless Alley wins Big A feature
NEW YORK (AP) - Ruthless Alley beat King of Broadway by a head Monday in the $67,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.
Angel Arroyo was aboard as Ruthless Alley improved to 4 for 17 overall, paying $5.20, $2.70 and $2.20 as the 8-5 favorite. A 5-year-old trained by Rodrigo Ubillo, Ruthless Alley recorded a time of 1:50.15 for the 1 1-8 miles on the fast track.
King of Broadway returned $3.50 and $2.50 while Finn's Quest paid $2.30 to show.
Juco hoops star in North Dakota commits to Iowa
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston State college point guard Trey Dickerson plans to play for the University of Iowa the next three years.
The 6-foot freshman from New York City gave a verbal commitment to the NCAA Division I Hawkeyes over the weekend.
Williston State says Dickerson had received interest from numerous schools and offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Iona, Washington, Washington State, Arkansas, Alabama-Birmingham, St. Louis, and Fordham.
Williston State is a two-year junior college in northwestern North Dakota. Dickerson this season helped lead the Tetons to a 26-5 regular season record and a Mon-Dak Conference title. He was named most valuable player in the conference, with an average of 20 points, six assists and four rebounds per game.
Warren, Parker lead all-ACC 1st team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State's T.J. Warren and Duke's Jabari Parker lead the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Warren and Parker are unanimous selections. They are joined by North Carolina's Marcus Paige, Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Clemson's K.J. McDaniels.
The team was announced Monday by the league and chosen by 77 voting members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The media members selected Paige as the league's most improved player and Virginia's Justin Anderson as its top sixth-man.
Warren is the league's top scorer with an average of 24.8 points - more than five points ahead of the No. 2 scorer, Parker. Warren closed the regular season with the first consecutive 40-point performances in the ACC since 1990.
AEAST-STONY BROOK-ALBANY (NY)
No. 1 seed Albany beats Stony Brook 70-46 in AEast
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Shereesha Richards had 26 points, Sarah Royals added 19 points and eight assists, and top-seeded Albany beat second-seeded Stony Brook 70-46 on Monday to win the America East title and earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
It was the third straight America East tournament title for Albany (28-4), only the fourth team to accomplish the three-peat. Maine holds the record with four, ending in 1998.
Albany leads the all-time series with Stony Brook 28-22, including nine of the last 10, but the Seawolves (24-8) took the previous game, a 66-56 win at SEFCU Arena on March 1 that snapped Albany's conference-record 38-game winning streak over two seasons.
Stony Brook has never won the America East Conference title.
Manhattan wins MAAC title over rival Iona, 71-68
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - George Beamon scored 16 points Monday night and Manhattan held off rival Iona 71-68 for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a berth into the NCAA tournament.
Beamon was one of four players to score in double figures for Manhattan (25-7), which earned its first NCAA bid in a decade.
A.J. English had 15 points for Iona (22-10), which had five players with at least 10 points.
Manhattan led by as many as 10 points in the second half.
But Iona chipped away, and was within two after English drove for an uncontested dunk with 18 seconds to play.
Iona fouled Donovan Kates, who made one of two free throws for his only point of the game. But a 3-point attempt by David Laury hit the side of the rim at the buzzer.
St. John's escapes Creighton; 68-63 in double OT
CHICAGO (AP) - Aliyyah Handford made four consecutive free throws in the final 11 seconds of the second overtime as No. 2 seed St. John's beat third-seeded Creighton in the semifinals of the Big East Conference tournament on Monday.
Handford was 3 of 8 from the line before her game-clinching makes. She finished with 19 points.
Danaejah Grant led St. John's (22-9) with 20 points and scored all four of St. John's points in the first overtime. She scored the first basket of the second overtime, but fouled out on Creighton's next possession.
Creighton (19-13) was led by Sarah Nelson with 20 points and Marissa Janning added 11.
Neither team scored in the first 3 minutes of the first overtime. Grant was fouled on a drive and made both free throws to force the second overtime.
St. John's Keylantra Langley hit a layup with 3 seconds left to end regulation.
The Red Storm will play top-seeded DePaul in the championship game on Tuesday.
Marist women top Quinnipiac, 9th MAAC title in row
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Sydney Coffey scored 23 points to lead Marist past Quinnipiac 70-66 on Monday, giving the Red Foxes their ninth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and another berth in the NCAA tournament.
Casey Dulin added 14 points for Marist (25-6), which overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half.
Brittany McQuain had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Samantha Guastella added 16 points for Quinnipiac (21-12).
Gillian Abshire missed a long 3-pointer with 5 seconds left that would have tied the game, and Leanne Ockenden sealed Marist's win by making a free throw on the other end.
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