NBA: Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107 on Thursday night in New York.
The Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Lakers, still without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, were never really in the game while losing their fourth straight and falling to 9-14.
• Lillard, Blazers defeat Spurs: Rookie guard Damian Lillard had a career-high 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight loss with a 98-90 victory in Portland, Ore. The Spurs trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half but Manu Ginobili’s layup cut the deficit to 89-85.
• Roy returns to practice: Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy says he never considered retirement after his latest operation. Roy practiced on a non-contact basis with the Wolves, almost one month after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Roy said he’ll be able to participate without restriction next week but there is no timeline for his return.
Oregon knocks off top seed Penn State
Women’s volleyball: Liz Brenner had 17 kills and 17 digs to help fifth-seeded Oregon sweep the final three sets and upset top-seeded Penn State (33-3) in the semifinal round in Louisville, Ky.
The Ducks (30-4) won 21-25, 30-28, 25-22, 25-19 to advance to the title game Saturday night against third-seeded Texas (28-4), a five-set winner over unseeded Michigan (27-12).
Sounders fans vote to retain GM Hanauer
Soccer: Adrian Hanauer will keep his job as general manager of the Seattle Sounders FC after season-ticket holders and fan alliance members overwhelmingly voted to retain him. Out of 13,775 total votes, 13,271 were in favor of retaining Hanauer as Seattle’s general manager. The vote will take place every four years.
• Red Bulls release Marquez: Defender Rafa Marquez was released by the New York Red Bulls and immediately signed with Leon of the Mexican League. Marquez, whose $4.6 million salary was the second-highest in the MLS behind teammate Thierry Henry’s $5.6 million, will play for a Mexican team for the first time since 1999.
• Chelsea advances to final of Club World Cup: Chelsea reached the Club World Cup final by scoring twice in the first three minutes of the second half to beat Monterrey 3-1 in Yokohoma, Japan. The Champions League winner will face Copa Libertadores champ Corinthians in Sunday’s final. Corinthians edged Egypt’s Al-Ahly 1-0 on Wednesday.
Labor talks wrap up with still no progress
NHL: Two days of talks between the NHL, the players’ association, and mediators still haven’t provided any answers how to end the lockout.
Representatives from the fighting sides made it into the same room with a federal mediator, they just didn’t make any noticeable progress. After a failed day Wednesday when the parties on either end of the dispute never met with each other, lawyers from each group spoke face-to-face Thursday.
The league and union hadn’t met since talks fell apart a week ago on the third straight day of negotiations in New York. Mediators rejoined the conversation Wednesday following two failed days last month, but still couldn’t achieve a breakthrough.
Golden, Vols rally past Wichita State
Men’s basketball: Trae Golden scored 25 points and Tennessee beat No. 23 Wichita State 69-60 in Knoxville, Tenn., to hand the Shockers their first loss of the season.
Jordan McRae had 17 points for Tennessee (5-3). Carl Hall had 21 points and nine rebounds for Wichita State (9-1), which was seeking a 10-0 start for the first time in school history.
Marian wins NAIA title on late field goal
College football: Michael Josifovski made a 35-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to force overtime and hit a 26-yarder in the extra session to give Marian (Ind.) a 30-27 victory over Morningside (Iowa) in the NAIA championship game in Rome, Ga.
Marian (12-1) won its first national title in only its sixth season of football. In the semifinals, Josifovski made a 51-yard field goal on the final play for a 20-17 victory over Missouri Valley College.
Watson back as U.S. Ryder Cup captain
Golf: The Americans are bringing back Tom Watson as their Ryder Cup captain with hopes of ending two decades of losing in Europe. The PGA of America announced Watson’s selection on “Today.” Watson is the first repeat captain for the U.S. since Jack Nicklaus in 1987.