Pistons lose game to Celtics, Prince to back injury
Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Michael Finley scored 15 points apiece, and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and eight rebounds on Monday night to help the Boston Celtics coast to a 119-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Boston rested its starters in the fourth quarter while beating up on a non-contender for the second straight home game. But in between was a 104-93 loss at Cleveland that could be a more important measure of where the Celtics stand in the playoff hunt.
Will Bynum had 16 points and seven assists, and Jason Maxiell had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost their second straight game and their ninth out of 11.
Detroit lost starting forward Tayshaun Prince with 4:53 left in the first quarter when he was kneed in the back by Maxiell. Prince fell backward into Maxiell's knee, then remained on the floor for several minutes, holding his back, before limping off with assistance.
He did not return.
Prince, who played 82 games in each of the previous six seasons, missed 26 games early this season with a back injury.
■ Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, Toney Douglas added 20 and the New York Knicks won their second straight on the road by rallying past the struggling Philadelphia 76ers, 94-84.
Al Harrington contributed 15, Tracy McGrady scored 14 and Wilson Chandler had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks (24-43), who snapped the Dallas Mavericks' 13-game win streak with a convincing 128-94 victory last Saturday.
Sports in the courts
Andrews' stalker gets 21/2 years in prison
An Illinois insurance executive who secretly shot nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to 2½ years in prison after giving a tearful apology that was harshly rebuked by his victim.
Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty in December to interstate stalking after prosecutors accused him of following the reporter to at least three cities and shooting the videos through hotel peepholes. Barrett, 48, of suburban Chicago, agreed to a 27-month prison sentence after pleading guilty but it was up to the judge to decide how long he would actually serve.
Andrews urged the judge at the hearing for a harsher sentence and said she fears for her life every time she enters a hotel.
"You violated me and you violated all women," Andrews told Barrett. "You are a sexual predator, a sexual deviant and they should lock you up."
After the sentencing, she said, "Thirty months isn't enough."
Barrett admitted renting hotel rooms next to Andrews three times and shooting two videos of her while she was naked. He was accused of posting the videos online and trying to sell them to Los Angeles-based celebrity gossip site TMZ last year.
U.S. District Judge Manuel Real said he gave Barrett the maximum sentence under the law.
"The victim, Andrews, will be suffering with this problem for the rest of her life," Real said. "There is no life sentence that can be imposed upon him, except his own guilt."
Barrett cried as he addressed Andrews in court, saying he would spend the rest of his life regaining the respect of his friends and family and atoning for his mistakes.
"There are no words to tell Ms. Andrews how sorry I am for what I've done to her," he said. "I hope someday she can forgive me."
Iowa fires Lickliter after 10-22 season
Iowa fired Coach Todd Lickliter on Monday, ending a brief and disappointing tenure that included three losing seasons in a row and a parade of players leaving the once-proud program. Athletics Director Gary Barta announced the firing at a news conference in Iowa City, citing Iowa's 10-22 record, lagging attendance and dwindling revenue from ticket sales and contributions. The 54-year-old Lickliter had four years left on a seven-year contract that paid him $1.2 million a year. Barta said the Hawkeyes will pay Lickliter roughly $2.4 million for the remainder of the contract.
■ Charlotte fired Coach Bobby Lutz on Monday after his 12th year at his alma mater was marred by a late-season collapse and a costly blunder in a first-round loss in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Lutz was 218-158 at his alma mater. After going 11-20 last season, the 49ers surged to first place in the A-10 before losing seven of eight to miss out on the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. Lutz had an embarrassing gaffe in his last game. Trailing by three with under a minute left, the 49ers were called for a technical foul for having six players on the court. Massachusetts hit both free throws and went on to post the first-round upset.
■ Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey shifted assistant coach Isaac Brown to an administrative position and is looking to hire a new member of his staff. The Razorbacks finished the season at 14-17, losing their final six games. The school said Monday that assistants Rob Evans and Tom Ostrom are keeping their jobs, and that Brown will continue in his recruiting role until a replacement is named.
Bengals re-sign safety Williams
Safety Roy Williams agreed to a one-year deal to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams signed with the Bengals as a free agent from Dallas last year and was the starting strong safety when the season began. He suffered a forearm injury in the third game of the season and never fully healed, limiting him to one more game. He went on injured reserve Nov. 13 and became a free agent after the season.
■ The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent quarterback David Carr to a two-year deal Monday and agreed to terms with Detroit on a trade that would send backup quarterback Shaun Hill to the Lions for a 2011 draft pick.
Monmouth Park to average $1 million in daily purses
Horse racing officials in New Jersey agreed on a plan to stage a million-dollar meet at Monmouth Park, lower the number of Thoroughbred racing dates in the state and make the Meadowlands a harness racing-only track. The dramatic shift was announced Monday by New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Chief Executive Dennis Robinson. The changes still require legislative approval.
The plan calls for Monmouth to offer $1 million in average daily purses, by far the highest in North America. The meet begins May 22, with 50 live racing dates through Labor Day. The track would also run on weekends through Nov. 21 with reduced purses.
The Meadowlands would run harness racing in the fall.
■ Two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin was suspended Monday for the Washington Capitals' next two games because of a reckless hit. The forward drove Chicago's Brian Campbell into the boards from behind in the first period Sunday and received a major penalty and a game misconduct. Ovechkin will miss games Tuesday at Florida and Thursday at Carolina. He can return Saturday at Tampa Bay.
■ Rookie Derek Lamely won the weather-delayed Puerto Rico Open during a Monday finish on the rain-softened tropical course. The 29-year-old American emerged out of the pack, shooting a 66 to win by two strokes. He finished at 19-under-par 269, setting a tournament record. Kris Blanks shot a 69 and finished alone in second at 271.
The last word
Novak Djokovic staved off triple match point in the third set to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) in third-round play at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. Earlier in the match he lost nine consecutive games over two sets. Said Djokovic after the match:
"If I could pull my hair off, I would do it in that moment."