NEW YORK (AP) - The Knicks made the Nets look like the real Big Apple busts last night in a 113-83 romp. Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds while Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 17 points for the Knicks, who came into the game tied with Brooklyn with 13 losses. Brook Lopez had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Nets in their 14th loss of the season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A pair of second-period power-play goals helped send the New York Islanders to their eighth straight loss last night. Derek Roy and David Backes scored power-play goals 2:31 apart in the second period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the struggling Islanders. Andrew MacDonald scored for the Islanders, who are 2-11-2 in their last 15 games.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brian McCann couldn't be happier about being a Yankee. McCann was introduced by the team yesterday, two days after completing a five-year, $85 million contract. McCann will wear No. 34 for the Yankees. The No. 16 he wore for the Braves has been retired by the Yankees in honor of Whitey Ford. McCann is part of a Yankee spending spree that includes outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, whose $153 million, seven-year deal is pending.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets safety Ed Reed wants to play another two years. Reed says he doesn't worry about critics who say he isn't playing up to the standards he set earlier in his career. It's been a rocky season for Reed. He was signed by the Jets last month after being released by the Houston Texans. He believes he's still "effective" despite being only a few months removed from a second hip surgery.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason could be in line for a big contract after the performance he's put together this season holding together a struggling defense. Beason arrived in a mid-season trade amid speculation that he might be damaged goods. But the Giants have won five of seven games since he took over at middle linebacker on Oct. 10. His 57 total tackles are third on the team, just 10 behind team leader Antrel Rolle, who has played in four more games.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Brian Oliver's eight 3-pointers helped Seton Hall to a 92-81 victory over Long Island University-Brooklyn last night. Oliver scored 26 points off the bench for the Pirates. All 25 of his field goals this season have been 3-pointers. Eugene Teague posted a double-double for Seton Hall with 17 points and 16 rebounds while Sterling Gibbs added 16 points.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - "Rocky" devotees aren't gonna fly now, they're gonna run. Philadelphia's Rocky Run kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday, with a start just around the corner from the house where the fictional boxer lived in "Rocky II." The 31-mile course will, of course, end atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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