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Spike Lee in London to cheer on the Knicks

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Spike Lee in London to cheer on the Knicks

LONDON (AP) Fresh from shooting his new film, Spike Lee walked onto the basketball court at the O2 Arena clad in Knicks gear and ready to cheer on his team.

The American director is a staple at Knicks games in New York, and the trip across the pond for a regular-season NBA matchup against the Detroit Pistons just wouldn't be the same without him.

``The orange and blue, baby,'' said Lee, wearing a big, furry orange hat, Knicks sweatshirt and blue pants.

Lee has been to London many times since 1986, the year he made his first feature-length film, ``She's Gotta Have It.'' He said the last time he was in the British capital he saw Kanye West and Jay-Z perform.

Lee said he had just finished shooting ``Oldboy,'' which stars Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen.

But enough talk about the movies. Lee was all about the Knicks.

``We're going to win tomorrow night, and then Monday is Martin Luther King's birthday, which is a national holiday, we play the Brooklyn Nets. That's a win,'' Lee said.

``The last New York Knicks NBA championship was the 1972-73 season. That's a long, long time. Too long.''

The NBA has been playing preseason games in London - and across Europe - for several years. But the only regular-season games were played two years ago at the O2 Arena, when the then-New Jersey Nets swept a two-game series against the Toronto Raptors.

British fans have embraced the NBA, selling out game after game at the O2 Arena, the same venue that hosted the Olympic basketball final last year. But with soccer firmly entrenched as the No. 1 sport in the country, Lee appealed to Africa.

``I want all my brothers and sisters in the continent of Africa to support the New York Knickerbockers,'' Lee said. ``The New York Knickerbockers are Africa's team. I just said that. Orange and blue.''

Virginia Tech survives marathon 6OT game thanks to a two-point conversion

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Virginia Tech survives marathon 6OT game thanks to a two-point conversion

In a vacuum, the final play wasn’t anything to write home about. But the journey to get there sure was.

The Hokies needed a whopping six(!) overtimes to complete the task, but they were in fact able to record a win over the visiting UNC Tar Heels Saturday evening in Blacksburg.

There was an amazing one-handed catch to help keep their hopes alive, a missed field goal to shatter them in the fourth overtime period, and everything in between. 

The fact that it ended on such a simple two-point conversion almost seems anticlimactic.

The marathon game itself was anything but anticlimactic, however. The two programs traded great plays and failed opportunities all afternoon long, but ultimately it was Virginia Tech who managed to come away with a big win.

It was an instant classic, and something students and fans alike in attendance won’t soon forget.

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Virginia Tech requires 6 OT periods to take down visiting UNC in wild finish

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Virginia Tech requires 6 OT periods to take down visiting UNC in wild finish

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Quincy Patterson's two-point conversion run in the sixth overtime lifted Virginia Tech a wild 43-41 victory over North Carolina on Saturday in the longest game in ACC history.

Both teams squandered opportunities to win the game in earlier overtime periods, as Virginia Tech kicker Brian Johnson missed game-winning attempts from 41 and 42 yards and North Carolina kicker Noah Ruggles missed from 35 yards and had a 44-yard attempt blocked.

The game marked the debut of college football's new overtime rules, which now call for going for two points after the fourth overtime. In the fifth overtime, Virginia Tech (5-2, 2-2 ACC) had the ball first, but Patterson's pass to Damon Hazelton was broken up by the Tar Heels' Storm Duck, giving the Tar Heels an opportunity to win the game.

North Carolina (3-4, 2-2 ACC), though, couldn't convert. Virginia Tech's Khalil Ladler read an option play perfectly and tackled Michael Carter for a loss, sending the game into a sixth overtime. The Tar Heels received the ball first, but quarterback Sam Howell was tackled for a loss, setting up Patterson's game-winning conversion.

The loss spoiled an outstanding game by Howell, who completed 26 of 49 for 348 yards and five touchdowns.

Patterson played the majority of the second half for the Hokies after starting quarterback Hendon Hooker went down with an injury late in the first half. He rushed for 122 yards on 21 carries and threw for 54 yards to pace the Hokies.

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