Friday's Sports in Brief

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NEW YORK (AP) -- With celebrity fan Spike Lee donning Jeremy Lin's high school jersey in the latest bout of Linsanity, New York's point guard sensation committed nine turnovers, tied for the most in the NBA this season, in an 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Lin scored 26 points, but his turnovers nearly doubled his five assists, and the Knicks lost for the first time with Lin as a starter, falling back below .500 at 15-16 heading into a matchup with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Earlier, the Knicks signed J.R. Smith, hoping his 3-point shooting can improve one of their biggest weaknesses, and the Madison Square Garden Co. said it had reached a tentative deal to put Knicks games back on television for some 2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in the New York area. State officials and the NBA had pressured the companies to settle.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Thunder's Kevin Durant says he's splitting from his longtime agent, Aaron Goodwin.


DETROIT (AP) -- Three nights after the Red Wings broke the NHL single-season record for consecutive home victories, NHL-leading Detroit tied Boston's multiple-season mark with its 22nd consecutive home victory, getting a goal from Pavel Datsyuk with 5 seconds remaining for 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.

The Bruins closed the 1929-30 season with 20 victories at home and won their first two the following season.

Detroit can break the record Sunday against San Jose.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sidney Crosby joined his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates on the ice for the first time in more than two months, but the star center says he remains bothered by concussion-like symptoms.

The 24-year-old hasn't played since the symptoms returned following a loss to Boston on Dec. 5 and still is not cleared for contact. He called the session with his teammates a matter of convenience because of a lack of ice availability at a suburban Pittsburgh rink


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Wakefield announced he's retiring after pitching the last 17 seasons for the Boston Red Sox.

The 45-year-old knuckleballer made the announcement at the team's spring training facility.

After two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the right-hander signed as a minor-league free agent in April 1995. He was 186-168 with a 4.43 ERA with the Red Sox. Only Roger Clemens and Cy Young had more wins (192) with the team.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Johan Santana threw off a mound for the first time after a 4½-month break as he tries to make it back to the major leagues for the New York Mets' opener in April.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner threw 25 pitches to Josh Thole in his first mound session since pitching four innings in an Instructional League game on Sept. 30. Santana had surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder on Sept. 14, 2010, and has not pitched in a major league game since.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Phil Mickelson wasn't at his best in the second round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Two shots at least helped him stay in the lead.

Despite having only two birdie chances inside 15 feet, Mickelson holed out from the eighth fairway for eagle and chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th. That carried him to a 1-under 70 and a one-shot lead over Pat Perez.

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) -- Karrie Webb had a birdie and three pars Saturday in completing the lightning-delayed second round of the LPGA Thailand to increase her lead to three strokes.

South Koreans Jiyai Shin and Na Yeon Choi were tied for second. Shin completed her 66 on Friday. Choi finished off a 68 on Saturday, matching Webb with a birdie on the par-4 17th.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Larry Mize made a 35-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th and closed with a birdie for a 10-under 62 and two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic.

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Scotland's Peter Whiteford shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Thailand's Prom Meesawat after the second round of the Avantha Masters.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Fourteen-year-old amateur Lydia Ko shot her second straight 3-under 69 on Saturday for a share of second-round lead in the New Zealand Women's Open.


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- The fight between Mike Leach and Texas Tech isn't over.

Leach's attorney vowed to keep fighting after the Texas Supreme Court rejected the former coach's appeal in his wrongful termination lawsuit against Texas Tech.


MUNICH (AP) -- Standing head-to-head for the customary "stare-down," challenger Dereck Chisora slapped WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko during the weigh-in for their title fight Saturday.

Both camps had to be separated after the British fighter, his face partially concealed by a Union Jack handkerchief, hit Klitschko across the face with his open right hand and launched a series of insults.

Klitschko did not retaliate, vowing to take his revenge in Saturday's bout.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are back in the spotlight at one of racing's biggest stages -- and not for the right reason.

NASCAR confiscated part of their Daytona 500 car because of illegal modifications, a rocky start to Speedweeks for a team trying to bounce back from its worst season.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The 19-year-old son of NASCAR on Fox studio host Chris Myers was killed in a car accident and the network says Myers will not be part of Fox's coverage of the season-opening Daytona 500.

Christopher Myers was killed Thursday in Southern California, where the family lives.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR and track officials canceled plans to have pro golfer Bubba Watson drive the car from the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard" at Phoenix International Raceway because of concerns about a negative reaction to an image of the Confederate flag.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Hobbled by a fresh right ankle sprain and a troublesome hamstring that forced his retirement from last month's Australian Open, Andy Roddick lost to Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the SAP Open.

Earlier, 19-year-old Ryan Harrison moved closer to his first ATP Tour singles title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Dimitar Kutrovsky. Harrison will face defending tournament champion Milos Raonic in the semifinals Saturday. Raonic defeated Kevin Anderson 7-5, 7-6 (3).

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Roger Federer extended his perfect record against Jarkko Nieminen with a 7-5, 7-6 (2) win to reach the semifinals at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

The top-seeded Federer did not face a single break point in his 13th straight win over Nieminen dating to 2002. The No. 3-ranked Federer will face Nikolay Davydenko, who dispatched fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur reached her first semifinal of the year, defeating Monica Niculescu 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at the Qatar Open.

In another quarterfinal, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka swept aside Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-4 for her 15th straight win. Azarenka next plays Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1.

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Defending champion Nicolas Almagro defeated Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the clay-court Brazil Open.

Almagro, seeded first and ranked No. 11, will play in an all-Spanish semifinal Saturday against Albert Ramos. Ramos, seeded eighth, beat third-seeded Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a quarterfinal between left-handers