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  • 30 May
    NEW YORK -- Joakim Noahs illness made it an unsettling morning for the Knicks backup centers. Carmelo Anthony made sure it was a smooth afternoon.Anthony matched his season high with 31 points and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-94 on Sunday for its fourth straight home victory.Anthony has never been a morning person, but he wanted to come out aggressively Sunday after the Knicks followed a loss Thursday in Washington with a lengthy meeting Saturday featuring players, coaches and even team president Phil Jackson.Some nights like today calls for me to get it going early, Anthony said. My mindset was just to come out and get it going early.Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who led most of the way against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.Dwight Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds, but point guard Dennis Schroder missed all eight shots as the Hawks dropped their second straight following a six-game winning streak.I feel like we didnt play well enough on the road. You have to bring a better game but give the New York Knicks credit, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Carmelo played a heck of a game, hit a lot of tough shots.The Knicks didnt have Noah to defend Howard after doctors sent him home because of an illness. Kyle OQuinn was told during pregame he would start, and rookie Marshall Plumlee had to rush into the city by train and then taxi after he received a morning phone call and was told he would be called up from Westchester of the NBA Development League to make his NBA debut.Opportunity knocked and we were all ready as a team defensively, OQuinn said.Howard bounced back nicely after he was ejected for a flagrant foul Friday in the Hawks 100-96 loss in Charlotte, while Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 19 points and Kyle Korver scored 17.Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee both scored 14 points and OQuinn had eight points and eight rebounds.The Knicks led by two with 7 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter before Anthonys jumper started them on a 12-0 burst. Willy Hernangomezs three-point play extended New Yorks lead to 65-51.Atlanta never made a serious dent in the lead, as the Knicks repeatedly hit 3-pointers every time it seemed the Hawks were building momentum.Anthony banked in a long jumper from the right side to end the first quarter, giving the Knicks a 24-20 lead that they expanded to 46-41 at halftime.TIP-INSHawks: Howard had his 10th double-double of the season by halftime. ... Thabo Sefolosha was active after missing the last two games with a sprained left knee but didnt play.Knicks: Plumlee was scoreless in 5 1/2 minutes after getting out of his cab in traffic and sprinting to the arena. When I got here they said, `Hey, do you need a warm up? he said. I said, `No, Im already warm. I ran here. ... The Knicks beat the Hawks for the third straight time.SCHRODERS STRUGGLESSchroder finished with one point and three assists, sitting out the entire fourth quarter.Personally didnt feel good, he said. I didnt hit my shots. I didnt play like I did before but I got to do a better job of being ready to prepare myself.HOWARDS HACKHoward was tossed Friday when he elbowed Cody Zeller midway through the fourth quarter. Budenholzer said he talked to Howard about the play but wants him to keep providing toughness. Hopefully he can find ways to be physical, let the other team feel him but still do it within kind of the confines of whats appropriate, Budenholzer said. I think to be ejected was probably the right thing and he knows it, but he also knows he wants to continue to play physical and be a presence on the boards.UP NEXTHawks: Host New Orleans on Tuesday. Atlanta is 6-1 at home.Knicks: Host Portland on Tuesday, trying to snap a four-game home losing streak to the Trail Blazers. Cheap Detroit Tigers Jerseys China . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half. Cheap Boston Red Sox Jerseys China . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys China .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. Cheap Houston Astros Jerseys China . -- The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night that left the top of the Western Conference standings unchanged. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Following a 1 hour, 45 minute weather delay to the kickoff of their 2016 season opener, the LSU Tigers suffered a 1-0 setback to the 17th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in the opening match of this years Charleston Classic at Patriots Point for their first season-opening defeat in five years since the 2011 campaign.The Tigers (0-1) went down to a 1-0 defeat for the second time in as many meetings in their series with the Hokies (1-0) as the two sides last met in Winston Salem, North Carolina, on Sept. 5, 2010.Virginia Tech is one of the top programs in the country, and certainly a Top 20 team going into this season for a reason, said LSU head coach Brian Lee. They have some real weapons going forward, but I thought that our defensive effort and work rate tonight was very encouraging. Well be looking to find more of an offensive rhythm on Sunday, so we look forward to our next opportunity here in Charleston.LSUs sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier kept the opening scoreline despite the Hokies sustaining some early pressure when she denied All-American forward Murielle Tiernan the games opening goal in the sixth minute of play. Tiernan found herself in position in the left side of the penalty area, but Brockmeier went low to her right for the save at her near post.But the Hokies struck just nine minutes later from a second successive corner kick taken by Anissa Dadkhah when Tiernan found the back of the net for her first goal of the season in the 15th minute of play.The Tigers forged their best chance of the match in the dying seconds of the first half when junior midfielder Debbie Hahn stepped up to take a free kick about 35 yards in front of goal. Junior defender Jordane Carverry headed Hahns floated effort on target, but Hokie goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn shuffled to her left and snatched the ball out of the air before it breached her goal in the top-right corner.ddddddddddddFreshman Marlena Cutura was solid defensively on her debut for the Tigers in her left back spot, even denying the Hokies the opportunity to double their lead on the hour with an instinctive run to the far post. Tiernan found herself in space down the left side and squared a pass across the six-yard box for what appeared to be an easy tap in, but Cutura sprinted into position to cut out the pass to the Hokie attacker and play it out for a Virginia Tech throw in beyond the right touch line.Brockmeier again stood tall in goal for the Tigers as the clock ticked under 15 minutes to play when she went high and punched a stinging drive by Hokie striker Kallie Peurifoy over the crossbar and out for a corner kick. The Florida State transfer faced 17 shots and made eight saves in an impressive debut between the posts.Brockmeier and Cutura were among six debutants for the Tigers on the night as they were joined in the rotation by juniors Zoe Higgins and Nicole Howard and freshman Caitlin Cantrill and Jade Clarke.The Tigers will wrap up their season-opening weekend on Sunday afternoon with a match against tournament host College of Charleston that is set to kick off at 12:30 p.m. CT at Patriots Point. After wrapping up its trip to the Charleston Classic at Patriots Point, LSU returns to Baton Rouge for its 2016 home opener on Thursday against George Washington with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ' ' '