Knicks blow big lead but edge Bulls 83-78
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks pulled out an 83-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls on last night after blowing a 23-point lead.
Amare Stoudemire made the tiebreaking jumper with 2:35 left and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who ended a two-game losing streak but made it harder on themselves than necessary with some sloppy second-half offense.
Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 20 points for the Bulls, who have lost three straight and five of six. They are having a dreadful time scoring, topping out at 75 points in their previous two games and barely surpassing that in this one.
Joakim Noah had 12 points and 11 rebounds in his return after missing a game with a bruised right thigh, but Luol Deng missed his third straight game with a sore left Achilles.
Blackhawks use big 2nd period to beat Flyers 7-2
CHICAGO (AP) - Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored in a 39-second span at the start of Chicago's five-goal second period last night, sparking the Blackhawks to a 7-2 victory over Ray Emery and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for Chicago, which has won three in a row after a three-game losing streak. Michal Handzus scored a short-handed goal in the second and Marian Hossa had three assists, helping rookie goaltender Antti Raanta win his second consecutive start in place of injured Corey Crawford.
The seven goals set a season high for the Blackhawks (23-6-5), who have scored 19 times during their winning streak and lead the NHL with 129 goals.
BEARS-BRIGGS & CUTLER
Trestman optimistic Cutler will play this week
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman is optimistic quarterback Jay Cutler will be ready to return from an ankle injury this week against the Cleveland Browns.
Cutler was to work with the receivers yesterday, and Trestman says the Bears will know today if he's ready to start.
Cutler's missed the past four games with a high left ankle sprain and also sat out one with a groin injury. Veteran Josh McCown has played well in his place, but the Bears have repeatedly said they would go with Cutler once he's ready.
A return against Cleveland looks like a good possibility for Cutler - but not Lance Briggs.
Trestman said he's "not in any way as optimistic" about the star linebacker returning this week.
Cowboys' Selvie, Scandrick fined for hits
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas defenders George Selvie and Orlando Scandrick have been fined by the NFL for hits in the Cowboys' loss to Chicago.
Scandrick was docked $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. The cornerback drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on the first play of the fourth quarter Monday night.
Selvie was fined for a hit below the knees against Chicago quarterback Josh McCown in the second quarter. The defensive end was penalized for roughing the passer. Selvie didn't specify the amount but said he planned to appeal the fine.
The Bears scored on their first eight possessions in a 45-28 victory that knocked the Cowboys out of first place in the NFC East.
For Lynch, big prize still out there in Heisman
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - For Jordan Lynch, one big prize is still out there.
Northern Illinois' star quarterback will find out Saturday in New York if he's the Heisman Trophy winner.
Lynch was one of six finalists invited Monday to the ceremony along with overwhelming favorite Jameis Winston of Florida State and last year's winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.
Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1) to within a victory of a second straight BCS berth after making the Orange Bowl last season.
That possibility got doused with a 20-point loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference championship game, but the big prize still is out there for a senior who set the major college rushing record for yards rushing by a quarterback.
E MICHIGAN-PLAYER SLAIN
Police: Slain player targeted because of clothes
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Police say an Eastern Michigan University football player killed during a possible robbery may have been targeted because he had on expensive-looking clothing.
The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/J53Fs1 ) the detail is in transcripts from a hearing in the case that it reviewed.
Preliminary examinations for 20-year-old Ed J. Thomas and 19-year-old Kristopher K. Pratt are scheduled for Jan. 17. They face murder charges in the fatal shooting of Demarius Reed.
The wide receiver's roommate discovered his body at the bottom of a stairwell at an off-campus apartment complex on Oct. 18. Police say Reed's wallet and cellphone were taken.
Reed was a 20-year-old communications major from Chicago.
The school announced plans Tuesday to hire a total of 10 new full-time police officers by September 2014 to boost off-campus patrols.
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