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Knicks beat Suns, stay unbeaten at home

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Knicks beat Suns, stay unbeaten at home

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points as the New York Knicks won their third straight game and remained unbeaten at home with a 106-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Raymond Felton had 23 points, seven assists and no turnovers for the Knicks, who are 7-0 at Madison Square Garden and 12-4 overall, a half-game behind Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference. They got off to a good start in December after winning 11 in November for the first time since a 12-victory November in 1972 on the way to their last NBA championship.

Tyson Chandler finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Knick also shook off the first ejection of Rasheed Wallace's comeback - after a mere 1:25 of playing time - that left them short-handed. Jason Kidd missed a fourth straight game with lower back spasms.

Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who dropped their third straight and fell to 1-4 on their season-high, six-game road trip that ends Tuesday in Memphis. Shannon Brown scored 17 points.

Phoenix had won its last two at MSG but the Knicks have finally figured out under coach Mike Woodson that home-court games are not to be wasted. They are 18-1 in the regular season here since he took over last March, jumping on their last few opponents from the start.

The Suns have trailed by double digits in 14 of their 18 games and were already down 10 just 4:18 into the game. The Knicks seemed well on their way to eclipsing their NBA-best average of 27.5 points per first quarter when they jumped ahead 21-6 with 5:15 left in the period.

But they got bogged down committing fouls, including one on Wallace against Luis Scola. Wallace was hit with a technical foul, then after Goran Dragic missed the free throw, yelled ``Ball don't lie!'' - his way of saying the call was proven wrong - and whistled for another to pick up his 31st career ejection, according to STATS, LLC.

Wallace has been called for more than 300 technical fouls in his career and led the league seven times, but said he was too old to be clashing with officials at age 38 when he ended a two-year retirement. But he's up to four for the season now, one off the league lead.

The Suns pulled within 24-20 after one before the Knicks broke it open again late in the second with an 11-2 spurt that gave them a 59-39 lead with 24 seconds left in the half.

But the game got close a few times in the second half.

Phoenix had the ball with a chance to get within 10 in the final minute of the third but Gortat was whistled for an offensive foul. The Knicks then scored the next five points, taking an 89-72 lead to the fourth after Anthony made a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left.

The Suns made a charge to open the fourth, pulling within 93-85 on Jared Dudley's 3-pointer midway through the period. A follow dunk by Chandler before baskets by Felton and Anthony pushed the lead to 97-85 with 5:16 to go, yet still the Knicks couldn't put it away. Phoenix got it down to 103-99 on Brown's layup with 26 seconds left, but JR Smith - who was 1 of 11 from the field - made two free throws and Chandler added one.

Notes: Backup center Marcus Camby, unable to crack the Knicks' rotation after he was sidelined most of the preseason, was out with a sore left foot. ... Suns veteran Jermaine O'Neal sat out with a strained right quadriceps. ... The Knicks regained the series lead at 58-57. Phoenix has only led once, after winning the first meeting on Oct. 24, 1968. ... The national anthem was performed by Abigail Shapiro, who plays Cindy Lou in the upcoming ``How the Grinch Stole Christmas'' at Madison Square Garden's theater. The Grinch was on the court posing for photos before the game.

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Nationals have perfect response to Twitter's verified shutdown

Nationals have perfect response to Twitter's verified shutdown

On Wednesday, Twitter experienced a large number of hacks into numerous big name, verified accounts. As the social media platform worked to control the problem, it limited the tweeting capabilities for all verified accounts.

Essentially, that means anyone with a blue checkmark is stuck in a social media purgatory where they couldn't share their thoughts. That includes the Washington Nationals team account. 

However, verified accounts still had the ability to retweet other tweets. The Nationals took advantage of this feature in the most perfect way possible, deciding to share some tweets from an account called "everyword" which tweets every word in the English dictionary. Yes, that account does perfectly sum up what Twitter is.

Washington used its retweeting ability to form an incredible sentence on the team's profile: "cant tweet but still champions."

The Nationals have mentioned their recent World Series Championship in almost every tweet since the final out on October 30, 2019, and rightfully so. The accomplishment was a big one, and until someone knocks them off, they have the right to let the world know they are the champions. Twitter may have been in a shutdown, but that wasn't going to stop them.

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Soon after, tweeting rights were once again granted, and Washington wasted no time getting back to their Twitter grind.

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Washington football fan creates obituary for former team name

Washington football fan creates obituary for former team name

With the Washington franchise embarking on a new era of football after announcing it will retire the former name of the team, fans are reacting in different ways. Some are ready for the future, while others are not ready to let go of the past.

One man, Michael B. Fannon, has created an obituary to mark the retirement of the name, signifying that it is the "death" of what the franchise once was.

"Washington Redskins (1933-2020) died after a long illness on July 13, 2020. Born in Boston to George Preston Marshall in 1933 after the death of his older son Boston Braves, Washington Redskins won 5 national championships including three Super Bowls under the NFL," the obituary says. "Beloved by all in DC even after the Redskins fell ill in 1993 following the retirement of coach Joe Gibbs. Redskins lived in Washington, DC and nearby Maryland since 1937."

"Washington Redskins are predeceased by many including parent George Preston Marshall also William Henry Dietz, Jack Kent Cooke, Sammy Baugh, George Allen, Jack Pardee, Joe Bugel, and Edward Bennett Williams. Survivors include 78 players, 26 coaches, management, and thousands of former players and other team members," the obituary says.

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Sticking with the theme, the obituary states that a funeral service for the former name will be held on July 25 at McLean Community Church in McLean, Va. Additionally, a burial service will take place at RFK Stadium, the former home of the team.

A new name for the franchise has yet to be determined, but there are reports that a decision on the re-branding could be finalized heading into training camp at the end of July. 

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