Knicks win at Boston, UCLA dumps Arizona, Football News and Notes, Murray vs Djokovic in Australia, Hornets will officially become Pelicans, Danica is officially dating Ricky Stenhouse + Free Play for Friday, January 25, 2013

Knicks win for first time in seven years at Boston

Ordinarily, the Knicks beating the Celtics wouldn’t be news but ….. when the Knicks win at Boston ….. that’s news. Thursday night the Knicks went to TD Garden Arena and edged the Celtics 89-86 for their first win in Beantown since November 24, 2006. Carmelo Anthony had 28-8-3 for the winners, his 27th consecutive game with 20 or more points. Amare Stoudamire chipped in with 15 points and nine boards. Rajon Rondo had a 23-10-11 triple-double for Boston.

UCLA runs out to 17-3 lead, cruises past Arizona

Going into last night, Pac 12 conference favorites were an abysmal 7-22 against-the-spread. Pac 12 bullies went 3-1 last night but No.6 Arizona evidently didn’t get the memo. UCLA jumped out to a 16-point lead early, lead by 10 at the half, and then cruised to an 84-73 win in Tuscon. The Bruins were a white hot 17-29 (59%) from beyond the arc, never letting the Wildcats get back in the game. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad had 23 for UCLA.

Football News and Notes

Recently fired Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has landed a job with the Rams. Last year, the St Louis defense was run by assistants after Jeff Fisher’s original choice Gregg Williams was suspended for his role in Bountygate.

LSU Tiger head coach Les Miles was just given a two-year contract extension that includes a bump in salary. Miles is now locked up by the Bayou Bengals through 2019 at an annual salary of $4.3 million, up from the $3.75 million he was making.

Murray gets past Federer, mets the Djoker in the final

The Hornets will be the Pelicans in 2013-2014

Not sure how jacked up a crowd can get when it hears ….. “and now, you New Orleans Pelicans” but next year the New Orleans Hornets will become the New Orleans Pelicans. The state of Louisiana and the pelican have a long history. The pelican is the state bird and and New Orleans hosted a minor league baseball team called the Pelicans for more than 70 years. Along with the new name, the team will sport new colors next year using blue, gold and red, a departure from the Hornets’ teal, purple, gold and white.You can check out the new Pelican logo here.

Danica is dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Ending days of speculation at this week’s Nascar Media Tour, it is now official ….. Danica Patrick is now dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr, a Nationwide Series competitor. Patrick announced in November that she was divorcing her husband of seven years Paul Hospenthal. Stenhouse has won eight Nationwide races over the past two years to become the first back-to-back Nationwide series champion since Martin Truex Jr. in 2003.

Free Play

(NCAAB) Iona -17.5 over St Peters (Friday, January 25, 7:00 PM EST)

Free Pick record in January: 10-11