4:00 PM Celtics @ Pacers
4:30 PM Kings @ Pistons
5:00 PM Bucks @ Timberwolves
5:00 PM Rockets @ Thunder
5:00 PM Trail Blazers @ Grizzlies
5:00 PM Spurs @ Bulls
7:30 PM Mavericks @ Warriors
Knicks owner James Dolan is “cautiously optimistic” that Phil Jackson will accept a front-office position with the team, FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Bill Reiter reports.
ESPN reported Tuesday that the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the week.
Jackson, who last coached the Lakers in 2011, won 11 titles during his coaching career with the Bulls and Lakers. Jackson was passed over by the Lakers in 2012 to return as coach.
Jackson spent the first 10 years of his 12-year playing career with the Knicks, helping them win their only two titles in 1970 and ‘73.
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, J.R. Smith 22 and Carmelo Anthony 20 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.
Philadelphia took its biggest lead of the game at 29-17 on James Anderson’s 3-pointer with 2:45 left in the first quarter before the Knicks cut it to 31-26 at the break.
Smith scored 12 of his points in the opening quarter.
The 76ers built their lead back up to nine at 42-33, but the Knicks scored the next seven points to pull within two. New York then took its first lead since the opening minutes on a three-point play by Stoudemire with 4:31 left in the half.
The Knicks stretched their lead to five points on four occasions, but Henry Sims’ dunk with 2 seconds left tied the game at 61 at halftime.
Then, with the 76ers ahead 67-66 following two free throws by Jarvis Varnado with 10:22 left in the third quarter. The Knicks scored the next eight points to take a 74-67 lead.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Philadelphia countered with its own 8-0 run to reclaim a one-point lead.
After Thaddeus Young’s short jumper gave Philadelphia a 79-78 lead, the Knicks went on a 9-0 run with Anthony scoring the final five points to give the Knicks the lead for good.
New York held a 91-85 lead after three quarters and never looked back.
In one offseason, the Ravens lost Super Bowl season stars Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Anquan Boldin. This year, the Seahawks have several decisions to make. Veterans Sidney Rice and Red Bryant have already been released, and in the next 24 months, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Cliff Avril and Russell Wilson are going to need new deals. In the meantime, the following five key contributors are hitting the open market:
1. Michael Bennett, defensive end: The brother of the enigmatic Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, Bennett was a revelation for Seattle last season. Let loose by the Buccaneers last offseason, he provided instant depth on one of the league’s top front sevens. He’s a free agent now.
2. Golden Tate, wide receiver: Tate stepped up when Sidney Rice went down and seemed to be on the receiving end of just about every other big Russell Wilson pass the past two seasons. Serviceable No. 2 or 3 wideout who now has more than enough big game experience to be the veteran leader in a locker room. No shortage of swagger, either.
3. Brandon Browner, cornerback: Browner’s suspension, which could have cost him the entire 2014 season, was lifted earlier this March. Suddenly, one of the biggest, most imposing cornerbacks in the league is a free agent. Browner’s story – CFL long shot to NFL star to missing Seattle’s Super Bowl run – checks all the boxes for an NFL career. Still just 29 years old, he’s got plenty of football left. Which team will help him write the next chapter?
4. Walter Thurmond III, cornerback: When Browner went down, Thurmond (and fellow reserve Byron Maxwell) more than picked up the slack. Thurmond proved he is a reliable defensive back who can be either a starter or reserve.
5. Breno Giacomini, offensive tackle: The 6-foot-7 Giacomini went from a long-term project to a reliable starter in 2013. Can certainly help a need in need of immediate offensive line help.
|American Athletic||Memphis, Tenn.||March 12-15|
|Atlantic Coast||Greensboro, N.C.||March 13-16|
|America East||Albany, N.Y.||March 8-9, 15|
|Atlantic 10||Brooklyn, N.Y.||March 12-16|
|Atlantic Sun||Campus sites||March 4-9||Mercer|
|Big East||New York, N.Y.||March 12-15|
|Big Sky||Campus sites||March 13-15|
|Big South||Conway, S.C.||March 5, 7-9||Coastal Carolina|
|Big Ten||Indianapolis, Ind.||March 13-16|
|Big 12||Kansas City, Mo.||March 12-15|
|Big West||Anaheim, Calif.||March 13-15|
|Colonial||Baltimore, Md.||March 7-10|
|Conference USA||El Paso, Texas||March 11-15|
|Horizon||Campus sites||March 4-11|
|Ivy||No tournament||No tournament||Harvard|
|MAAC||Springfield, Mass.||March 6-10|
|MAC||Campus sites||March 10-15|
|MEAC||Norfolk, Va.||March 10-15|
|Missouri Valley||St. Louis, Mo.||March 6-9||Wichita State|
|Mountain West||Las Vegas, Nev.||March 12-15|
|Northeast||Campus sites||March 5-11|
|Ohio Valley||Nashville, Tenn.||March 5-8||Eastern Kentucky|
|Pac-12||Las Vegas, Nev.||March 12-15|
|Patriot||Campus sites||March 3-12|
|SEC||Atlanta, Ga.||March 12-16|
|Southern||Asheville, N.C.||March 7-10|
|Southland||Katy, Texas||March 13-15|
|Summit||Sioux Falls, S.D.||March 13-15|
|Sun Belt||New Orleans, La.||March 13-16|
|SWAC||Houston, Texas||March 11-15|
|WAC||Las Vegas, Nev.||March 13-15|
|West Coast||Las Vegas, Nev.||March 6-11|
Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week.
The Gators (29-2), who received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, open play in the SEC tournament Friday.
The Shockers (34-0) got the other 15 No. 1 votes. They won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Sunday, the first team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss since UNLV in 1991.
Villanova moved from sixth to third, while Arizona dropped one spot to fourth. Louisville jumped from 11th to fifth, followed by Virginia and Duke. San Diego State and Michigan tied for eighth and Kansas was 10th.
Kentucky, which has lost three of four, dropped out from 25th, the fourth preseason No. 1 to fall out of the poll in the same season
Kentucky @ Florida CBS
SMU @ Memphis ESP2, ESP3
Cincinnati @ Rutgers ESPW
Kansas @ West Virginia ESPN, ESP3
Connecticut @ Louisville CBS
Arizona @ Oregon CBS
Oklahoma @ TCU ESFC, ESP3
Indiana @ Michigan ESPN, ESP3
Providence @ Creighton CBSS
Illinois @ Iowa BTN
North Carolina @ Duke ESPN, ESP3
New Mexico @ San Diego State CBSS
The Seattle Seahawks are still reaping the benefits of their Super Bowl success.
And Peyton Manning is yet again a bridesmaid.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson finished with the NFL’s top-selling jersey of the 2013 season, triumphing over Manning, the record-setting Denver Broncos QB who placed second, and Colin Kaepernick, who Wilson beat in the NFC championship game.
In a report in The Seattle Times, on Dec. 31, WIlson ranked third, with Manning and Kaepernick 1-2. But a huge post-Super Bowl bump lifted the Seahawks QB.
Seattle beat Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished fourth, followed by Wilson’s teammates Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman at five and six.
Despite their current state of fame, Seattle did not have a dominating lead in merchandise sales throughout the regular season. The NFL’s senior vice president of consumer products Leo Kane told The Seattle Times that this year’s spike in sales of Seahawks merchandise following the Super Bowl was “one of the best we’ve ever had, if not the best ever.”
This year marks the first time that the Seahawks have topped the merchandise charts, The Seattle Times reported. The sales were calculated from April 1, 2013 to Feb. 28, 2014.
Wilson’s popularity has even crossed over into baseball, with the Texas Rangers selling shirts that include his name and Seahawks number
The Lakers ended the first quarter of their meeting with the Clippers at Staples Center on Thursday night on a 7-2 run to cut their deficit to just two points. Then, L.A.’s “other team” decided play time was over.
What transpired was history — the wrong type of history as far as the Lakers were concerned.
Once all was said and done, the Lakers couldn’t do anything about being embarrassed on national television, suffering a 48-point drubbing and their worst loss in franchise history, 142-94.
“In the first quarter I thought we played really well, then we took a body blow, and it looked like it just took us to our knees,” Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “The air went out big time. They smelled blood in the water and they killed us.”
The viewers at home saw a disgruntled look on the face of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak that made its rounds on social media screaming “caption this.” They saw the Lakers get beat up and down the floor. They were witnesses to the Clippers throwing lob after lob after lob against a maligned Lakers defense almost at will.
The Lakers were smaller, yet slower, getting outraced to the tune of 34-23 in fast break points. The rebounding margin was far from close with the Clippers holding the advantage there as well, 64-33.
The Clippers scored 44 points in the second quarter, alone. The Lakers managed just 40 for the first half.
It was the type of game in which you could scour the entire 48 minutes and be hard pressed to find a silver lining.
“I think there was a little bit of fight (in us), but not enough,” said Pau Gasol, who finished with a team-high 21 points. “It was just a terrible game on our part.”
Added Robert Sacre: “Of course it’s embarrassing. No one wants to lose like that. It’s stupid to feel like that team can beat us like that.”
The previous record for largest loss in Lakers history was 46 points, a 129-83 loss to Portland on Jan. 5, 1995. This was also the largest victory in Clippers history and, when added to these teams’ last meeting, means the Clippers have been beaten the Lakers by a combined 84 points in the last two games.