Morning Jolt: Knicks' shot at Carmelo: 50-50

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Wednesday, January 12

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Knicks' shot at Melo: 50-50

As some may be nearing a critical mass of Carmelo Anthony updates, Donnie Walsh is probably pleased to see any that might stall a deal sending the New York City native elsewhere. The Knicks remain very much in the hunt for Carmelo Anthony mostly because New York remains the Denver Nuggets All-Star forward's preferred destination. A person familiar with the negotiations told the Daily News that talks between the Nuggets and Knicks are ongoing and classified the possibility of a deal with New York at "50-50." "He'd like to play in New York," said the source, who requested anonymity. "But I don't see anything happening soon." (New York Daily News)Comment

Jets' Cromartie tears apart Pats

Using a certain seven-letter word, among other choice words, Antonio Cromartie dialed up the personal attacks in Jets-Patriots. [Cromartie], taking the baton from Rex Ryan, who criticized Tom Brady's post-touchdown "antics" earlier this week, ripped into the Patriots quarterback in a profanity-laced rant Tuesday. ... "I hate them," Cromartie said. "I don't care. I hate them." Brady or the Patriots? "Both," he said. "Everything is personal with me and the Patriots and what they did to us," Cromartie said. "So, I really don't care. I don't have too much to say about them. I'm just ready to play ball on Sunday." (New York Daily News)Comment

Penny spells trouble for Galarraga

Brad Penny has been signed to start for the Tigers. That's what the Tigers feel Penny, if he stays healthy, can do. That's what they intend for him to do. It's difficult to tell a pitcher such as Armando Galarraga he's now the sixth starter of a five-man rotation. It's difficult because since he took the throw from Miguel Cabrera at first base with two outs in the ninth on June 2, not much has gone right for Galarraga. ... [The Tigers] knew what they wanted. Experienced pitcher, preferably left-handed but not a deal-breaker if right, someone proven to get it done. Penny, a right-hander, has gotten it done. (The Detroit News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Steve Eminger (44) of the New York Rangers finishes a check against Lars Eller (81) of the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Canadiens won 2-1, snapping New York's three-game win streak. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

BYU's Jimmer Fredette scored 47 points (including 32 in the first half) in a 104-79 win over rival Utah. Fredette nailed this shot from just across the half-court line as the buzzer sounded in the first half.

Game To Watch

No. 5 Pitt at No. 22 Georgetown, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

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SI Vault: Joe Namath

This Day in Sports

  • 1958 -- NCAA adds two-point conversion to football scoring.
  • 1966 -- Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of the Boston Celtics.
  • 1967 -- Louisville, Ky., draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali.
  • 1969 -- Super Bowl III: Jets beat the Colts, 16-7, as Joe Namath backs up his bold guarantee.