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Saturday, November 3, 2012 - Page updated at 11:00 p.m.

Anthony leads Knicks over Heat in season opener


Anthony leads Knicks

over Heat in season opener

Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks gave suffering New Yorkers something to cheer with a 104-84 victory over the Miami Heat in their storm-delayed season opener Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

In the first sporting event in New York since Superstorm Sandy, the Knicks dominated a game the Heat players weren't sure should even be played with the city still so devastated. But the Knicks hoped they could provide a distraction for a few hours, and fans who were able to watch surely loved what they saw from a team that could barely compete with Miami last season.

Steve Novak, a non-factor against the Heat in last season's playoffs, added 17 points off the bench and Raymond Felton had 14 points..

Harden shines again

James Harden continued to shine at the start of his Houston career, scoring a career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets to a 109-102 victory over the host Atlanta Hawks.

Harden, traded to the Rockets from Oklahoma City on Saturday, topped 30 points for the second time in his first week with his new team.

Roy makes his return

Brandon Roy, the former Garfield High School and University of Washington star, had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds to help host Minnesota beat Sacramento 92-80 in his first game since the end of the 2010-11 season. Another ex-Husky, Isaiah Thomas, had 20 points for Sacramento.

In another game, Russell Westbrook scored 32 points as host Oklahoma City beat Portland 106-92.

Nate Robinson, the former Rainier Beach High School and UW star, had 16 points and 12 assists in visiting Chicago's 115-86 win over Cleveland.

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-3 with a 105-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Auto racing

Johnson wins pole

for Sprint Cup race

Jimmie Johnson finished his qualifying run at Fort Worth, Texas, with the fastest lap of the day, then stayed in his car while waiting to see if anybody would knock him off the pole.

It turned out the same way it did a week earlier in Martinsville, Va.

When the Sprint Cup points leader finally climbed out of the cockpit of his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet more than 30 minutes later, after Brad Keselowski and the rest of the field failed to top his lap of 191.076 mph, he was the polesitter for the second week in a row.

With his win from the pole at Martinsville, Johnson regained the series points lead, by two over Keselowski.

Enumclaw's Kasey Kahne, who is fourth in season points, qualified 13th.


Red Sox agree to deal with Ortiz

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with designated hitter David Ortiz on a two-year deal worth $26 million.

A baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday night that the sides reached agreement on a deal that, with incentive bonuses, could bring Ortiz as much as $30 million in the next two seasons.

Haren becomes free agent

Dan Haren became a free agent after the Los Angeles Angels failed to work out a trade and then declined the pitcher's 2013 option.

Haren, a three-time All-Star from 2007-09, gets a $3.5 million buyout under the deal, which included a $15.5 million club option for 2013. The Angels' decision came after a proposed trade to the Chicago Cubs for closer Carlos Marmol fell apart. Los Angeles also declined to make a $13.3 million qualifying offer to free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter.


Polish qualifier wins again

Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz continued his remarkable run at the Paris Masters, reaching the semifinals when eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic retired while trailing 3-6, 6-1, 4-1.

Janowicz, who saved one match point in his third-round win against Britain's Andy Murray on Thursday, had broken Tipsarevic for the second time in the third set when the Serb called for a trainer. Tipsarevic continued and Janowicz was ahead 40-0 on his serve when Tipsarevic quit.

The 69th-ranked Janowicz will face Gilles Simon, who is also unseeded, in the semifinals. The Frenchman beat fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.

Petrova reaches semifinals

Russia's Nadia Petrova rallied from a game down to beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 — a victory that earned her first place in the Sredets Group in the season-ending Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In the semifinals Saturday, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play Pironkova, while Petrova will face Roberta Vinci.


Heather Richardson won the 500- and 3,000-meter races on the first day of the U.S. Single Distance Long Track Speedskating Championships in West Allis, Wis.

Richardson, of High Point, N.C., had a winning time of 37.96 seconds in the 500 and 4:09.39 in the longer race.

In the men's competition, Mitchell Whitmore, of Waukesha, Wis., won the 500 in 35.12 and Brian Hansen, from Glenview, Ill., the 5,000 in 6;27.80.

• The NHL has put one of its signature events on ice. The Winter Classic, scheduled between Detroit and Toronto for Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium, became the latest casualty of the league's lockout.

• A gang member who killed a promising Los Angeles high-school football player because he believed the athlete's red Spider-Man backpack linked him to an opposing gang was sentenced to death on Friday.

Pedro Espinoza told authorities he was willing to kill for his gang, even if it meant going to death row. Superior Court Judge Ronald H. Rose imposed that very sentence.

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