Knicks find range
NEW YORK (AP):
The New York Knicks pulled out a 97-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats with a late flurry of three-pointers in the NBA on Thursday. Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Knicks, who hit six three-poin-ters in the final quarter and 12 overall. They also got a huge break when video review of Stephen Jackson's long jumper agreed with the officials' ruling of a two-pointer, instead of a three that would have tied it with 1:43 to go.
Chris Duhon made the tie-breaking three-pointer with 2:03 left and Danilo Gallinari followed with two more for the home team. David Lee had 22 points, and Gallinari finished with 17 in the Knicks' third straight win.
Jackson scored 26 points, and reserve Flip Murray 20 for the Bobcats, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
MEXICO CITY (AP):
Diego Maradona is preparing to launch his own television and Internet channel. A company identified as On & Off Holdings said in a statement on Thursday the launch would take place next week, though it offered few details and did not say exactly where or when the channel could be viewed - nor did it explain the format.
Maradona has been widely criticised as the coach of Argentina, which struggled to qualify for this year's World Cup in South Africa. However, he is no stranger to television. In 2005 his Argentine talk show, 'La Noche del 10' (The Night of the No. 10), soared to unexpected popularity.
Boycott for pay
NEW DELHI (AP):
India's field hockey players are boycotting the national training camp because their wages have not been paid. The players said yesterday they will not attend the training camp in the western city of Pune because Hockey India, the national association, is not releasing the players' fees.
Press Trust of India quoted captain Rajpal Singh as saying that the team "decided to boycott the camp until we are paid our money".
The men's field hockey World Cup is scheduled for February 28-March 13 in New Delhi.
Vieira joins City
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Patrick Vieira signed an initial six-month deal with Manchester City yesterday, which the departing Inter Milan midfielder hopes will boost his chances of making France's World Cup squad. City have an option to extend the 33-year-old former Arsenal captain's deal by a further year if he proves he can still cut it in the premier league.
The deal sees Vieira reunited with former Inter manager Roberto Mancini, who replaced Mark Hughes at City last month. Together, they won three Serie A titles at Inter.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):
Former England international Dermot Reeve has been fined 750 New Zealand dollars (US$500) for accusing fellow Englishman Ravi Bopara of ball tampering. Reeve, who coaches the New Zealand province Central Districts, was cited under New Zealand Cricket's code of conduct for comments made to a newspaper after a limited-overs match against Bopara's Auckland team in late December.
Code of Conduct commissioner Roger Mori ruled yesterday that Reeve, who accused Bopara of picking at the seam of the ball during the match, had breached the code. He found Reeve's comments, to a Wellington newspaper, were misguided and inappropriate.