December 18, 2012 |
JEREMY LIN returned Monday to the home he never thought he was leaving, reflecting fondly on Linsanity, but not trying to recreate it. Lin made his only trip this season with the Houston Rockets to Madison Square Garden, where he went from scrub to sensation last February during a memorable stretch of basketball that made him a worldwide star. He had 22 points and eight assists in leading the Rockets to a 109-96 victory over the Knicks. "It was the time of my life, just being able to play basketball and for us to win games and do it in the fashion that we did was so much fun, and energy and buzz, so definitely something I'll remember forever," Lin said during a pregame news conference that even drew a visit from Spike Lee. Lin received a loud, appreciative cheer during starting lineups from fans, some still wearing his Knicks No. 17 jersey, but got a mixed reception when he left the game with 2:25 remaining and the Rockets leading by 16. James Harden had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.
February 27, 2013 |
ON THE SECOND game of a tough road trip, Al Horford and the Atlanta Hawks made the most of a chance to put away a weakened opponent. Horford had 23 points and 22 rebounds, leading the Hawks to a 114-103 victory over the banged-up Detroit Pistons on Monday night. It was the fifth win in six games for Atlanta, and the third straight loss for Detroit. The Pistons were without injured guard Brandon Knight (hyperextended knee) and suspended guard Will Bynum. "Obviously, Detroit's a little depleted, and in the past we've kind of relaxed when that happens," Horford said.
February 7, 2013 |
KOBE BRYANT had 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absences of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, and the loss of Pau Gasol, to beat the host Brooklyn Nets, 92-83, on Tuesday night. Antawn Jamison, starting for the suspended World Peace, made the go-ahead basket during a closing 14-3 run for the Lakers, who have won three straight and six of their last seven games. Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and Gasol, his replacement, appeared to injure his right foot with a little more than 4 minutes remaining.
February 5, 2013 |
DID METTA World Peace turn back into Ron Artest? On Sunday, the Lakers forward who changed his name 2 years ago, received a flagrant foul after mixing it up with 6-3 Pistons guard Brandon Knight. In the Palace of Auburn Hills of all places! Some websites reported that World Peace suckered Knight. On video, it looked more like a lightly thrown, sneaky jab to the jaw. "The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch," Knight told the Detroit Free Press.
April 1, 2010 |
NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is home resting after surgery Wednesday to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Hamlin suffered a torn ACL playing basketball in January. The surgery had been postponed from Monday, the day Hamlin won his first race of the season at Martinsville Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing said Hamlin would drive as scheduled in the April 10 race in Phoenix, but Casey Mears will be on standby. TENNIS: Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin will meet Thursday night in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Henin earned a berth by overtaking Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-7 (5)
July 26, 2008 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates lost four minor league players yesterday, two because of positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs and two due to a revised military policy. Major League Baseball announced 50-game suspensions for righthanders Roman Carrasco and Luis Figuera, who tested positive for anabolic steroids. That span will carry through the end of the organization's Venezuelan Summer League team's season and into early next season. Outfielder Cole White and catcher Chris Simmons both will be forced to leave the Pirates' short-season Class A affiliate in State College, Pa., after the U.S. Army revised its interpretation of the U.S. Department of Defense's policy on allowing cadets to pursue professional sports careers.
September 18, 2008 |
Over and over and over again, New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel left the dugout, made the slow trek to the mound and took the ball from his pitcher. By the time the game was over, and Manuel's beleaguered bullpen had given away nearly all of a six-run lead, he had used a franchise record-tying eight pitchers. At least Manuel and his Mets could savor a victory, something suddenly scarce for them. Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate, Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado also went deep, and visiting New York held on to beat Washington, 9-7, snapping a three-game losing streak.
September 3, 2008 |
It appears that Pedro Martinez is not a lock to make Saturday's start against the Phillies at Shea Stadium. The first doubts surfaced Monday when the team revealed that Martinez had returned to New York to work on his "flexibility" with trainer Chris Correnti. Before last night's game in Milwaukee, manager Jerry Manuel fueled speculation that Martinez might have to be skipped if he still has difficulty getting his shoulder loose. When asked specifically whether Saturday's start was in jeopardy, Manuel first responded, "No, no, no. " But he left the door open to scratching Martinez later this week if Correnti's program can't get him in better shape than he was for Sunday in Florida.
June 19, 2001 |
Cal Ripken, who shattered a baseball record considered unbreakable, told the Washington Post yesterday he intends to retire at the end of the season. "It's inevitable that you can't play forever," Ripken told the Post. "I've maximized my window of opportunity as well as anyone. [Baseball] has given me a lot of joy and happiness and satisfaction. I'm proud of what I've been able to do. " Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played on Sept. 6, 1995, and played 2,632 straight games before voluntarily ending the streak on Sept.
April 15, 2010 |
As expected, Michael Gilchrist will become a Kentucky Wildcat. The prized prospect from Somerdale, Camden County, orally committed Wednesday to play college basketball at Kentucky. The 6-foot-7 junior swingman, who plays for St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth N.J., cannot sign a binding national letter of intent until November. "I like Coach Cal [Kentucky coach John Calipari]," said Gilchrist, who is regarded as the top college prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, regardless of class.