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April 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM   |   Comments

Knicks extend winning streak to 10 games

ATLANTA, April 3 (UPI) -- Carmelo Anthony extended his scoring splurge with 40 points Wednesday, sending New York to a 95-82 decision over Atlanta.

Anthony had produced 50 points in New York's victory over Miami 24 hours earlier and hit 17-of-27 from the field against the Hawks.

The score was tied heading into the fourth period, but New York held Atlanta to 14 points over the final 12 minutes while winning their 10th in a row. That streak has boosted the Knicks into a five-game lead over Brooklyn at the top of the Atlantic Division.

J.R. Smith added 19 points for New York and Raymond Felton had 14. The Knicks shot 51 percent from the field and forced 15 Atlanta turnovers.

The Hawks, who had won their previous two games, were led by 25 points from Kyle Korver.


Washington pitchers have yet to allow a run

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Gio Gonzalez combined with four relievers on a four-hitter Wednesday and Washington recorded its second shutout in as many games -- 3-0 over Miami.

The Nationals' pitching staff has yet to give up a run this season, Wednesday's shutout following a 2-0 blanking of the Marlins in their season opener Monday.

Gonzalez gave up two hits over six innings and struck out five. He also delivered Washington's first run with a homer in the fifth. Rafael Soriano completed the work of the bullpen, working the ninth to pick up his second save in as many appearances.

A fielder's choice grounder from Denard Span brought home a run in the seventh and Ryan Zimmerman singled in another in the eighth.

Kevin Slowey took the loss, giving up the Gonzalez homer and three other hits over 5 1/3.


Richard Pitino, Minn. reach coaching deal

MINNEAPOLIS, April 3 (UPI) -- Richard Pitino, son of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, has reached an agreement in principal to take the same job with Minnesota, the school announced Wednesday.

A statement released by University of Minnesota Athletics Director Norwood Teague indicated the school and Pitino have an understanding "on the key terms of an agreement," which he said would be finalized this week.

If the deal is completed, Pitino, 30, would take over from the fired Tubby Smith.

Pitino would come to Golden Gophers after completing one season as head coach of the Florida International University Panthers, whom he guided to an 18-14 record -- FIU's first winning season in 13 years.

Before that he served as his father's associate head coach at Louisville, his second stint with the Cardinals. He also served as an assistant coach for Louisville from 2007-09.

In between, Pitino was an assistant coach for the Florida Gators.

Smith was fired after Minnesota went 21-13 this past season, ending with a loss to Florida in their second game of the NCAA Tournament.

Smith was subsequently hired to lead Texas Tech.


Burdette reaches third round in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 3 (UPI) -- Mallory Burdette came from behind to win her second-round match Wednesday and set up a meeting with the world's No. 1 player at the Family Circle Cup.

Burdette, a 22-year-old American, began the year ranked 142nd in the world and has climbed to No. 104. Thanks to two victories this week, she will earn her first ranking in the Top 100 next week.

She defeated 15th-seeded Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 -- finally earning the win on her fifth match point. Burdette will play her most significant match as a professional when she takes on Serena Williams in the third round.

No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki also advanced Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Silvia Soler-Espinosa. Wozniack's third-round foe will be Andrea Petkovic, who got past Vania King 7-5, 6-4.

In other second-round action Lucie Safrova was a 7-5, 6-1 winner over Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jelena Jankovic came back to defeat Caroline Garcia 5-7, 7-6 (12-10), 6-3, Eugenie Bouchard surprised Laura Robson 604, 3-6, 6-1 and Julia Goerges ousted Olga Govortsova 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.

Venus Williams, in the final match of the evening, survived an upset bid by downing Monica Puig 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. Puig, 19, was playing in only her second WTA event of the season.

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