If the Knicks were interested in facing Indiana as a litmus test, they certainly failed. [The Knicks] got humiliated again by the Pacers, 117-89, Thursday night on national television. Carmelo Anthony, rejected emphatically again by center Roy Hibbert, called the rout "embarrassing" and then called out Mike Woodson for not making any adjustments to counteract the Indiana onslaught. ... Melo shot just 1 of 9 after the opening quarter and sat out the fourth to await Friday's Garden match against the Clippers. He had little help when the Pacers collapsed on him. "They made adjustments the way they played the pick-and-roll, the way they packed the paint and stayed with our 3-point shooters," Anthony said. "They made that adjustment. We didn't make the adjustment back to it." (New York Post) Comment
Good news, O's fans. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado underwent a checkup on his surgically repaired left knee Thursday in California and, according to an industry source, it went well and doctors told the 21-year-old that he was six to eight weeks ahead of a normal recovery period. The club did not make a formal announcement about Thursday's exam. Machado has been sidelined since Sept. 23 when he injured his left knee while running to first base. He was re-examined Thursday in California by Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed reconstructive surgery Oct. 14 to repair Machado's torn medial patellofemoral ligament Given ElAttrache's prognosis, if things continue smoothly, the belief is Machado will be ready to play Opening Day. (The Baltimore Sun) Comment
As a member of the Redskins and someone who was born in Rockville, DeAngelo Hall has a unique perspective on a topic that might be growing old for some. If you're one of those people, keep in mind that you clicked on the headline that clearly states this is a post about the Redskins name. DeAngelo Hall was on the Fox Sports show "Keepin' it Real with Mike Hill," and at the end of the conversation was asked if the Redskins should change their name. "I think eventually they will change it," said Hall. When pressed by Hill to give a more definitive answer, or "keep it real," if you will, Hall went a step further. "They probably should," he admitted. "But they won't for a while at least." As far as I know, Hall is the first current Redskins player to offer an opinion other than full support of the name. (The Washington Post) Comment
France's Gael Monfils hurdles the net during his first-round doubles match at the Australian Open. In singles play, Monfils will meet top seed Rafael Nadal in the third round. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi missed out on FIFA's World Player of the Year award this week for the first time in five years, but he started a campaign for another one with his highlight-reel effort against Getafe in the Copa del Rey.