Carmelo Anthony Wants the Knicks To Have More Fun

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- So far this season, things aren't going quite as planned for the New York Knicks. Even though they're playing much better defense this season, the team is struggling to remain over .500 in large part due to the offense and early injuries. Forward Carmelo Anthony thinks that the team just needs to enjoy themselves more.

"I think everybody needs to relax out there, just play basketball," Anthony said. "At the end of the day, it looks like we're not having fun out there. And when your not having fun out there on the basketball court, it makes everything that much tougher."

Anthony, who is nursing a sore right ankle, has still been carrying the load for the Knicks offense as he is fourth in the NBA in scoring average (25.5 points per game), but overall the Knicks are in the bottom half of the NBA in overall points per game, while their defense is surprisingly in the top half of the NBA.

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Chris Paul's MRI Comes Back Negative

Los Angeles Clippers/NBA(PLAYA VISTA, CA) -- The Los Angeles Clippers can breath a sigh of relief.

All-star guard Chris Paul's MRI on his left hamstring came back negative according to the team.

Paul is now listed as day to day and is questionable for Monday's game against New Jersey.

He injured himself during the fourth quarter of the Clippers 102-94 win over the Lakers on Saturday.

If Paul can't play Monday, the Clippers will call up Courtney Fortson from the D-League to add some depth.

Paul is averaging 18 points, 8.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game this season.

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Packers Season Comes to an End

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, WI) -- A fantastic season has come to the end for the Green Bay Packers.  They were defeated by the New York Giants, 37-20, in their NFC Divsional playoff game on Sunday.

The loss ends Green Bay's chances of becoming only the 2nd team this century to win back-to-back Super Bowls. 

The Packers finished the season 15-1 and scored the second most points ever in an NFL season.

Nevertheless, the Pack lost.

"It's all-most like college basketball," Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "You get in the tournament and it's how far you go in there. It's the same feeling I think. It almost erases what you did in the regular season."

The Packers become the eighth #1 seed to lose in the Divisional playoff round since 2006.

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Source: Colon Agrees to a One Year Deal With the A's

Gregory Shamus/MLBPA via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca) -- A major league source told that pitcher Bartolo Colon has agreed to a one year deal with the Oakland Athletics.

The 38 year old right hander, had one of his best seasons in a while last year.  He pitched just over 164 innings for the Yankees with an ERA of 4 while compiling 135 strikeouts and just 40 walks. It was the first time Colon had pitched over 100 innings in a season since 2005, when he won the AL Cy Young as an Angel.

This would be Colons eighth major league team he's played for.

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Wade Hurt, Status Unknown

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) -- Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade has a sprained right ankle, and the team is unsure of his timetable before he gets back on the court. 

Wade injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of the Heats loss to the Denver Nuggets, Friday night. He hurt himself chasing a loose ball and fell awkwardly twisting his ankle on the way down.

X-rays were negative, and Wade could be back for Tuesday nights game versus the Spurs, but the Heat are preparing as if he won't be back.

Wade told reporters that he hadn't felt this kind of pain from a sprain ever.

Since last season, when the Heat signed LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Miami is 7-2 with Wade out of the lineup.

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Ravens hold off Texans, 20-13

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- It was a defensive effort by both teams on Sunday but only one would head to the AFC Championship game next week.

The Baltimore Ravens defended their home field and held off the Houston Texans on Sunday, 20-13.

To Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh, it doesn't matter how you get the job done as long as you win in the end that is all that matters.

"Win the game no matter what," said Harbaugh.  "That's what it really boils down to in a situation like this.  It wasn't perfect by any stretch but they found a way to win the football game."

Raven's quarterback Joe Flacco passed for 176 yards and two touchdowns.  Those two touchdowns were enough to beat the Texans but their next opponent, the Patriots' put up 45 against the Broncos.

"As an offensive guy I would think so," said Flacco when asked about matching the New England offense in the AFC Championship game next week.  "The way they've played all year, the way they've played in the past, they put points on the board.  As an offense, you've got to put points on the board too."

For now, Baltimore will take moving on and being one game away from the Super Bowl.

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Giants Stun Packers, 37-20

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The New York Giants came into Green Bay as a confident bunch and will be headed to San Francisco after their 37-20 beating of last year's Super Bowl champion.

Eli Manning threw for 330 yards and three touchdown passes on Sunday.  He's hoping the same result comes from this game as it did four years ago after the Giants beat the Packers in the NFC Championship game.

"We're always confident going into a game.  It doesn't matter what happened in the regular season," said Manning. "We've been through games where we've lost to teams and faced them in the playoffs again and come out and played well.  Our team is playing well; our guys understand the way to win football games."

The Giants went up by 10 at halftime due to a 37-yard hail Mary play that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks snatched up from the sky to give New York a 20-10 lead. 

"I knew Eli could put it in the end zone from where he was at," said Nicks.  "It was just a matter of me going up to get it."

With the win, they'll play Sunday against the 49ers, the only team left in their quest for another shot at a Super Bowl.

"I think we're a dangerous team," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of his 'road warriors'. "I like where we are and how we're playing."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/15/12

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Playoffs:  The Baltimore Ravens held off the Houston Texans, 20-13.

The New York Giants shocked the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, 37-20.

NBA:  The Golden State Warriors (4-8) topped the Detroit Pistons (3-10), 99-91.

The San Antonio Spurs (9-4) got past the Phoenix Suns (4-8), 102-91.

The Utah Jazz (8-4) stormed past the Denver Nuggets (8-5), 106-96.

NHL:  The Chicago Blackhawks (27-13-6) edged the San Jose Sharks (25-12-5), 4-3.

The Montreal Canadiens (17-20-8) surprised the New York Rangers (28-11-4), 4-1.

The Washington Capitals (24-17-2) sliced the Carolina Hurricanes (16-24-7), 2-1.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (23-17-4) doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning (17-23-4), 6-3.

The Edmonton Oilers (17-23-4) beat the Los Angeles Kings (22-15-9) in overtime, 2-1.

The Anaheim Ducks (15-22-7) doubled up the Vancouver Canucks (28-15-3), 4-2.

Top 25 Men's Basketball:  (5) Ohio State (16-3) blew by (7) Indiana, 80-63.

(8) Duke (15-2) bounced Clemson (9-8), 73-66.

(11) Georgetown (14-3) crushed St. John's (8-9), 69-49.

(23) Creighton (16-2) downed Southern Illinois (6-12), 90-71.

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Nationals Sign Pitcher Gio Gonzalez To A Five-Year Extension

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gio Gonzalez hasn't thrown a single pitch for the Washington Nationals yet, but the young lefty is already feeling the love from the organization. According to the Nationals' official Twitter feed, the team has signed Gonzalez to a five-year extension. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be announced.

Gonzalez was acquired by the team in a trade with the Oakland Athletics that sent four highly regarded prospects to Oakland in exchange for the 26-year-old Gonzalez. In just his second season as a full-time starting pitcher at the major league level, Gonzalez made his first All-Star team after going 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts.

With the deal, the two sides avoid salary arbitration. The deal also includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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Mavericks' Lamar Odom Contemplated Sitting the Season Out

NBA via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Before the trade from the Los Angeles Lakers that devastated him, Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom had a difficult summer that almost led him to sit out the entire 2011-2012 season.

This past July, Odom's 24-year old cousin was murdered, which took a toll on him. To make things worse, just days after his cousin's death, Odom was a passenger in a car that killed a teen pedestrian when the car he was in collided with a motorcycle. As a result of those traumatic events, Odom seriously contemplated taking a year off from basketball, and possibly longer.

"My wife talked me out of it," Odom told

"Cause I was asking myself: 'Was I mentally prepared to play? If I didn't play well, was I mentally prepared to help the team?' I had thought, 'Maybe I need a year.' Because of the lockout, I thought, 'Maybe somebody's sending me a sign that I needed this time off.'

"(But) when I told some of my friends and family that I was thinking about steppin' back for a minute, I think the reaction from the closest people to me kind of gave me the energy to get back at it."

Odom this season is averaging just 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game after winning the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award last season.

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