BASKETBALL The Knicks removed the interim tag from coach Mike Woodson’s title and gave him a multiyear extension, rewarding him for leading the team to an 18-6 record after replacing Mike D’Antoni on March 14. The Knicks lost, 4-1, to Miami in the first round of the playoffs, snapping an NBA-record, 13-game postseason losing streak by winning Game 4, their first playoff victory since 2001 . . . The NBA fined Heat coach Erik Spoelstra $25,000 for “critical public comments’’ about officiating in the Eastern Conference series with Indiana. Spoelstra was quoted Thursday by several media outlets saying the NBA “does not have a problem’’ with Indiana committing hard fouls on Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade . . . According to reports, Magic center Dwight Howard said he played no role in coach Stan Van Gundy’s dismissal . . . In the WNBA, Renee Montgomery scored 23 points and Tina Charles had 18 points and eight rebounds to become the fastest player in league history to reach 800 career boards as the Connecticut Sun beat the San Antonio Silver Stars, 83-79, in Uncasville, Conn. . . . Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to a win in their home opener, 100-74, over the New York Liberty . . . Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and Katie Douglas added 21 to lead the Indiana Fever to an 83-72 win over the host Chicago Sky.
Curtis charged with sexual misconduct
BASEBALL Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis, 34, was charged with sexual misconduct after two teenage girls accused him of touching them at Lakewood High School in Michigan, where he volunteered. Curtis, who won two World Series rings with the Yankees, was arraigned Thursday at Barry County District Court on five counts of criminal sexual conduct and was freed after posting $25,000 in cash on a $250,000 bond, County Undersheriff Robert Baker said . . . Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is expected to miss 8-10 weeks after surgery on his right knee revealed a partial meniscus tear and a small tear in the femoral condylar cartilage . . . All-Star catcher Miguel Montero agreed to a five-year, $60 million extension with the Diamondbacks, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Montero, 28, is batting .255 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 38 games . . . The Orioles and center fielder Adam Jones’s agent are discussing a long-term extension. Jones’s contract expires after this season, but he will be under club control in 2013 before becoming a free agent . . . Reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo said he has his US visa, and will be able to rejoin the Marlins in August after serving a league suspension, which will be for eight weeks, according to a person familiar with the case. Oviedo was caught using the fake name Leo Nunez and spent the offseason in the Dominican Republic clearing up his immigration status . . . The Blue Jays put outfielder Ben Francisco on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and sent lefthander Evan Crawford to Triple-A Las Vegas . . . The Rockies put catcher Ramon Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hand.
Prosecutors oppose Sandusky request
COLLEGES State prosecutors told a judge that a defense request to dismiss child sexual abuse charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is premature because there has been no sworn testimony in the case . . . Former Penn State president Graham Spanier filed a civil lawsuit to force the school to release e-mails related to its investigation of Sandusky, saying he wants the e-mails so he can better recall events, citing e-mails sent between 1998 and 2004.
Bolt wins 100 meters at Golden Spike
Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 10.04 seconds in the wind at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, his first victory in Europe leading to the London Olympics. Dexter Faulk led an American sweep of the 110-meter hurdles in a personal best 13.13, followed by Jeff Porter and Ryan Wilson. US Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt dominated the men’s 400 in 45.13 . . . The Indianapolis Colts have made multiple trade offers to the Dallas Cowboys in an effort to acquire disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins, according to a league source . . . The Bengals inked ex-Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler to a four-year deal, and now have both of their first-round picks under contract . . . Roman Kreuziger won the 123-mile 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia, finishing in 6 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead . . . Agnieszka Radwanska beat Kaia Kanepi, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, to set up a title match with Simona Halep, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Sofia Arvidsson at the Belgian Open in Brussels . . . American qualifier Brian Baker outlasted Nikolay Davydenko, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2, to advance to the final of the Nice Open in Nice, France. Baker will face Nicolas Almagro, who beat Gilles Simon, 6-1, 6-3 . . . Francesca Schiavone beat Sloane Stephens, 7-5, 6-1, to reach the Strasbourg International final in Strasbourg, France. She will play Alize Cornet, who beat Pauline Parmentier, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 . . . Saturday’s UFC 146 in Las Vegas will be highlighted by Junior Dos Santos (14-1) defending his heavyweight title against two-time champion Frank Mir (16-5). It is one of five heavyweight bouts on the card.