CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers thumped the New York Knicks 109-94 last night. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Jarrett Jack added 17 points to help the Cavs win their fourth straight at home. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 and Amare Stoudemire 15 for the Knicks. New York dropped to 5-15 and made coach Mike Woodson's future even more uncertain.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 104-96 last night in the first matchup for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett against their former team. Deron Williams scored a season-high 25 points in his return to the lineup and Brook Lopez added 24.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Nashville Predators snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the New York Rangers 4-1 last night. Nick Spaling and Rich Clune scored first-period goals, and seldom-used backup Carter Hutton made 28 saves.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The New York Islanders snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks last night. Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout. Thomas Vanek also scored in regulation and the shootout for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin made 46 saves.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 last night. Nick Foligno scored the game-winning goal with 91 seconds left when Ryan Johansen's shot went in off his skate. Damien Brunner scored twice and Travis Zajac and Michael Ryder also had goals for the Devils, who have lost four of five.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants have placed running back Brandon Jacobs on season-ending injured reserve, two days after a knee injury kept him out for a second straight game. Jacobs finished the season with 238 yards rushing and four touchdowns and two receptions for 13 yards in seven games.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. As they continue their playoff push, unselfishness is a priority. That's part of the reason they've gone from worst-to-first. It's an impressive turnaround for a team that finished 4-12 last season.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL will move the matchup between Chicago and Philadelphia to the prime-time slot on Sunday, December 22nd. The Bears will travel to face the Eagles at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The New England Patriots game against the Baltimore Ravens will move to 4:25 p.m. on CBS.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The New York Liberty has received the fourth pick in the WNBA draft lottery. Connecticut won the top pick, followed by the Tulsa Shock and the San Antonio Silver Stars. Top prospects in this year's draft include Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.
NEW YORK (AP) - Monmouth topped St. Francis 73-58 last night. Justin Robinson scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out nine assists and had three steals. Deon Jones led Monmouth with 20 points. Andrew Nicholas added 19 points and eight rebounds while Khalil Brown chipped in 14 points.
NEW YORK (AP) - Notre Dame and Rutgers officials got a sampling of winter weather ahead of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Officials announced on a snowy day yesterday in New York that the teams will play in the fourth Pinstripe Bowl on December 28th.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Rutgers basketball player claims in a lawsuit that he was subjected to physical and emotional abuse at the hands of fired coach Mike Rice. Derrick Randall played for Rutgers from 2011 until last spring. He was seen in practice videos where players were shoved, kicked and berated by Rice.
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