One playoff victory, and N.Y. hires Woodson longterm
NEW YORK One playoff victory was good enough for Mike Woodson to return as New York Knicks coach even with Phil Jackson lurking as a potential candidate.
The Knicks removed the interim tag Friday and announced they had given Woodson a multiyear contract extension, rewarding him for a terrific finish to what had been a turbulent season.
Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 record after replacing Mike DAntoni on March 14. The Knicks lost 4-1 to Miami in the first round, snapping an NBA-record 13-game postseason losing streak by winning Game 4 for their first victory since 2001.
A first-round draft pick of the Knicks in 1980, Woodson returned to the team last summer as an assistant coach. Woodson has a career 224-292 record as an NBA coach.
Good times keep on rolling for Penske Racing
CONCORD, N.C. Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, leading the final 67 laps to give Penske Racing a winning start on auto racings biggest weekend.
Keselowski raced to his first Nationwide victory of the year. Hell try to double up in Sprint Cups longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 tonight. In between comes the Indy 500, a race that owner Roger Penskes cars have won 15 times. Penske driver Ryan Briscoe will start from the IndyCar pole today.
Serbia beats Czech Republic to win World Team Cup
DUESSELDORF, Germany Serbia overcame the Czech Republic in the final of the World Team Cup on Saturday to clinch the title for the second time.
Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki won their singles matches to give Serbia an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series at the Rochus Club.
The doubles match played later Saturday will have no bearing on the final result, leaving Serbia to celebrate its first title since 2009.
BRUSSELS Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Simona Halep of Romania 7-5, 6-0 to win the Belgian Open. Radwanska earned her third victory of the season after titles in Dubai and Miami.
STRASBOURG, France Francesca Schiavone beat Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-4 in the Strasbourg International final Saturday to win her first title of the year and fifth of her career.
NICE, France Nicolas Almagro beat American qualifier Brian Baker 6-3, 6-2 to win the Open de Nice on Saturday and clinch his 12th career title.
De Gendt wins grueling 20th; Rodriguez retains Giro lead
PASSO DELLO STELVIO, Italy Thomas De Gendt won the grueling 20th stage of the Giro dItalia on Saturday, reigniting his chances for a podium finish.
Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.
With a superb climb of the Passo dello Stelvio, De Gendt finished the so-called queen stage of the Giro in 6 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds. The stage was the toughest of this years race, with the 136-mile trek from Caldes culminating in a 14-mile ascent up the snow-covered Stelvio, which has a maximum gradient of 12 percent.
The route also included the legendary Mortirolo climb, described by seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong as the hardest climb hes ever ridden.
The Giro will finish today in Milan after a 19-mile individual time trial.
Zabriskie breezes to his 7th national time trial title
GREENVILLE, S.C. Dave Zabriskie won his seventh national time trials title and second in a row at the USA Cycling Pro Championship.
Zabriskie covered the 20.7-mile course in 40 minutes, 41.22 seconds Saturday in Greenville, S.C. He beat Tejay Van Garderens time of 40:47.90.