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Knicks Fire Head Coach Mike Woodson


Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.  

Woodson spent the last 1 1/2 seasons in New York, but fell victim to new team president Phil Jackson, who is looking for his own head coach to move forward with.

Woodson led the Knicks to the playoffs last season and a Atlantic Division title, but the team finished 37-45 this year with no playoff berth.

"Unfortunately this year just didn’t go according to plan," Woodson said before the season finale on Wednesday against the Raptors. "So is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but again, I don’t make that decision. That’s got to come from the top."

The Knicks were 108-79 during Woodson's time in New York.

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Orioles J.J. Hardy Frustrated By Lack of Progress on Extension


Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since joining the Baltimore Orioles, J.J. Hardy has been one of the best offensive shortstops in baseball, which is why he's concerned about the lack of progress between he and the team on a new contract.

The 31-year-old Hardy joined the Orioles prior to the 2011 season and during that time he's won two Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger Award.

Because of how he's produced for the team both with his glove and bat, he wonders why there has been a holdup in talks.

"I don't know. I don't know what to say because no matter what I say it's going to cause some controversy, a story that I really don't want to get involved with right now," Hardy told CSNBaltimore.com. "There's been no talk. There was going to be talk, and then there wasn't. That's kind of the way it's been left."

Now in his tenth Major League season, Hardy has averaged over 25 home runs in his three seasons with the Orioles.

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Jim Buss Says He'll Step Down If Lakers Don't Contend in 3-4 Years


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005, Los Angeles Lakers part-owner and vice president of basketball operations, Jim Buss, says if the team isn't a contender within 3-4 years, he will step down from his current role.

This past season, the Lakers went just 27-55, their fewest wins in a season since the 1959-1960 season.

The Lakers have been a slow but steady decline since Buss took over for his father, the late Jerry Buss.

"I was laying myself on the line by saying, if this doesn't work in three to four years, if we're not back on the top - and the definition of top means contending for the Western Conference, contending for a championship - then I will step down because that means I have failed," Buss told the Los Angeles Times. "I don't know if you can fire yourself if you own the team ... but what I would say is I'd walk away and you guys figure out who's going to run basketball operations because I obviously couldn't do the job."

This offseason, the Lakers will likely hold a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft plus a large amount of cap space to help lure free agents.

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Canadiens Stop Lightning, One Game Away from Series Sweep


Andre Ringuette/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The Montreal Canadiens came to play Sunday.

Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game and the Canadiens held on from there, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2, to take a 3-0 series lead in the best-of-seven First Round playoff matchup. 

Bourque's quick score came thanks to a cross ice pass from defenseman P.K. Subban.

“It was really important to get on the board quickly, especially at home," Bourque said. "We knew they were going to come out strong. It was a huge win for us.”

While the quick goal didn't help their chances, the Lighting kept fighting. Ondrej Palat tied the game when he scored on the power play at the 8:39 mark of the second period.

But Brendan Gallagher gave Montreal the lead back with 1:50 remaining in the second, and Tomas Plekanec scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 5:43 mark in the third.

Matt Carle did add one more goal for the Lightning, but the team couldn't get another shot past Carey Price.

Price finished the game with 27 saves.

The possible series-deciding Game 4 is Tuesday in Montreal. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. ET

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Farnsworth Named Mets Closer


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets skipper Terry Collins announced Sunday that Kyle Farnsworth is the team's new closer.

The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who didn't make the team out of spring training, takes over for Jose Valverde, who has allowed four home runs in his last three appearances.

The job was originally Bobby Parnell's, but he was lost to the year with an elbow injury.

Farnsworth has been a closer before: the 6-foot-4 righty has 54 career saves, 25 of them in 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Farnsworth has pitched 7.1 innings for the Mets this season allowing six hits, one run, and two walks while striking out five.

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Kuchar Holes Bunker Shot to Win at Harbour Town


Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) -- After three straight weeks of holding at least a share of the lead but never winning, Matt Kuchar finally came through.

Kuchar holed a bunker shot for a birdie on the 18th hole to win the RBC Heritage by one-stroke over Luke Donald Sunday.

"I told my caddie before that last shot, 'I'm about due to make one of these,’" Kuchar said."I knew it was at least an easy par. Bunker game is good. No problem.

"I went up and took a good read, knew it would release and break right to left, played it just right of the hole, watched it roll. I heard the crowd go crazy when the thing disappeared. I went crazy myself. It was just an incredible feeling." The shot came after Kuchar bogeyed the 17th after three-putting from four feet.

Kuchar finished the day shooting a 7-under 64.

Donald, who led going into the final round and has finished in the top three at Harbour Town five of the last six years, shot 2-under 69.

"Disappointing, obviously, not to have won," Donald said. "Usually a solid 69 on a windy day with a two-shot lead is usually enough to get it done on Sundays."

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Bruins Strike Back, Even Series with Wings


Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Reilly Smith and Justin Florek both scored their first career playoff goals to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Sunday, tying the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.

Florek started the scoring in the first period when Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard came out of the crease and attempted to pass the puck to defenseman Brendan Smith. The pass bounced off Smith's leg and right to Florek who then snapped the puck past an out-of-position Howard.

“It was great for him,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “It was also great for the team, I think, to give us that early lead and really get that confidence going, that energy that we were looking for. That was a big goal for us, so it was great to see him stay on it and react well and quick enough so that it ended up being a good goal for us.”

The Bs didn't wait long to strike again as Smith scored his goal on the power play just over three minutes later.

The Red Wings made it a game in the second period when Luke Glendening scored at the 13:20 mark to make it 2-1. But Milan Lucic scored on a give-and-go with teamate Jerome Iginla with less than two minutes to go in the second, and Zdeno Chara scored the Bruins' second power play goal of the contest early in the third to take control of the game for good.

The series now shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/20/14


Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) --  NHL Playoffs: First Round -  Philadelphia Flyers 4 - New York Rangers 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

Boston Bruins 4 - Detroit Red Wings 1 (Series tied, 1-1)

Montreal Canadiens 3 - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Montreal leads series, 3-0)

San Jose Sharks 7 - Los Angeles Kings 2 (San Jose lead series, 2-0)

NBA Playoffs: First Round - San Antonio Spurs 90 - Dallas Mavericks 85 (San Antonio leads series, 1-0)

Miami Heat 99 - Charlotte Bobcats 88 (Miami leads series, 1-0)

Washington Wizards 102 - Chicago Bulls 93 (Washington leads series, 1-0)

Portland Trail Blazers 122 - Houston Rockets 120 OT (Portland leads series, 1-0)

MLB: Miami Marlins 3 (9-10) - Seattle Mariners 2 (7-11)

Cleveland Indians 6 (8-10) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (10-9)

Detroit Tigers 2 (9-6) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (8-10)

Washington Nationals 3 (11-8) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (11-8)

Minnesota Twins 8 (9-9) - Kansas City Royals 3 (9-8)

New York Mets 4 (9-9) - Atlanta Braves 3 (12-6) 14 Innings

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (14-5) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (8-11) 14 Innings

New York Yankees 5 (11-8) - Tampa Bay Rays 1 (9-10) 12 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 8 (8-10) - Chicago Cubs 2 (5-12)

Chicago White Sox 16 (9-10) - Texas Rangers 2 (11-8)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (12-7) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (5-16)

Oakland Athletics 4 (13-5) - Houston Astros 1 (5-14)

San Francisco Giants 4 (11-8) - San Diego Padres 3 (9-10)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (8-10) - Colorado Rockies 9 (10-10)

Boston Red Sox 6 (9-10) - Baltimore Orioles 5 (8-9)

Golf:  Matt Kuchar wins the 2014 RBC Heritage.

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Heat Take Care of the Bobcats 99-88, Take 1-0 Series Lead


Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- So far so good for the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. In Game 1 of their opening round playoff series, they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88.

After scoring just 19 points in the first quarter, the Heat turned it on and showed just why they're the defending champs.

Leading the way for Miami was Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. James scored a game-high 27 points and also had nine rebounds in the win. Dwayne Wade wound up scoring 23 points and also had five assists in the contest.

The Bobcats wouldn't go down without a fight. Point guard Kemba Walker scored a team-high 20 points while center Al Jefferson scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.

Not only was it a big night for the Heat, but for James personally as well. With his 27-point performance, he passed Larry Bird for eighth place on the playoff's all-time scoring list.

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Mets Edge Braves 4-3 in 14 Innings


Jim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning, and the New York Mets prevented a three-game sweep by downing the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday.

Kirk Nieuwenheis led off the bottom of the 14th inning with a walk.  He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ruben Tejada.   Gus Schlosser (0-1) intentionally walked Eric Young Jr. to load the bases, bringing up the slumping Granderson.

"It felt really good," Granderson said. "Any way to help the team win a big game."

Jose Valverde (1-0) earned the win after working a scoreless inning in the top of the 14th.  Zack Wheeler started the game for New York, tossing six innings.

David Wright collected four hits for the Mets (9-9), who took advantage of three early errors by Atlanta.  The Braves (12-6), had won seven of eight heading into Sunday.

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