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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.