NEW YORK (AP) – The first regular-season NBA game at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn has been postponed due to superstorm Sandy. The league granted Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s request that the Nets-Knicks game scheduled for tonight be postponed while the city tries to recover from the storm. The Knicks are now scheduled to open their season at home Friday night against the Miami Heat, one day before the Nets are slated to host Toronto.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York City Marathon will go on Sunday as planned despite widespread damage from Superstorm Sandy. The race brings an estimated $340 million in economic impact to the city, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a lot of small businesses depend on that revenue. Race organizers were still trying to assess how the storm might affect plans, including getting runners into the city and transporting them to the start line on Staten Island.
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Rockets have worked out a five-year, $80 million contract with guard James Harden, four days after they acquired the reigning Sixth Man of the Year from Oklahoma City. Harden averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Thunder last season. He was outstanding in his Rockets debut last night, providing 37 points and a career-high 12 assists in a 105-96 win at Detroit.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Eagles coach Andy Reid says he’s decided to stick with Michael Vick at quarterback for Monday’s game at New Orleans. Vick has struggled all season with turnovers for the 3-4 Eagles, losing five of his nine fumbles and throwing eight interceptions. Unproven rookie Nick Foles remains the backup in Philly.
NEW YORK (AP) – Yankees closer Rafael Soriano has opted out of the final year of his three-year, $35 million contract for a chance to test the free-agent market. The right-hander had 42 saves for the Yankees last season after longtime closer Mariano Rivera tore knee ligaments in early May.