LOS ANGELES (AP) – While waiting for new head coach Mike D’Antoni (dan-TOH’-nee) to take over, the Los Angeles Lakers dropped an 84-82 decision to San Antonio despite 28 points by Kobe Bryant. D’Antoni, who is recovering from knee surgery, is expected to join the Lakers this week.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The 5-0 New York Knicks are the only remaining undefeated team in the NBA and are off to their best start since they started 7-0 in the 1993-94 season and went to the NBA Finals. Carmelo Anthony’s 25 points led the Knicks to a 99-89 win at Orlando last night as the Magic lost their fifth straight.
ATLANTA (AP) – Between them, Duke and Kentucky have won 11 NCAA basketball titles. Last night, ninth-ranked Duke got 23 points from Seth Curry and beat the third-ranked Wildcats 75-68, handing the defending national champions their first loss of the season.
MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Marlins appear to be dumping salaries again. A person familiar with the deal says the Marlins have undergone another payroll purge by trading shortstop Jose Reyes (RAY’-uhs), left-hander Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee) and right-hander Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a blockbuster deal for shortstop Yunel Escobar (yoo-NEHL’ EHS’-koh-bar) and several Jays prospects.
NEW YORK (AP) – Washington’s Davey Johnson and Oakland’s Bob Melvin have won manager of year awards for guiding their teams out of nowhere and into divisional championships and baseball’s postseason. It’s the second time both Johnson and Melvin have won the awards for best managing.