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Thursday / November 21.
  • In an effort to tweak their roster for a playoff run, the Knicks on Monday waived injured guard Kelenna Azbuike and are close to buying out forward Corey Brewer.

    The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Azbuike was originally acquired by New York on July 9, 2010 from the Golden State Warriors in the David Lee deal.

    After undergoing knee surgery 16 months ago, he had not appeared in a game this season.

    Ohio State reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25, while St. John’s climbed to No. 15, a week after entering the ranking for the first time in more than a decade.

    The Buckeyes (27-2) received 45 of 65 first-place votes in the media poll to move atop the ranking.

    Former No. 1 Duke dropped into fourth place following a loss Saturday at Virginia Tech. Duke (26-3) received one first-place vote.

    Kansas, which held the No. 1 ranking two weeks ago, climbed one spot to second, receiving 14 first-place votes, and BYU jumped four notches to No. 3. The Cougars won 80-67 at San Diego State on Saturday, dropping the Aztecs three spots to ninth.

    Pittsburgh is No. 5 following Sunday’s loss at Louisville.

    NEW YORK —  While some of their peers may believe the era of dominance for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is over, John McEnroe says not so fast.

    “I’d be surprised if Roger doesn’t win another couple majors,” McEnroe said Monday. “And I’d be surprised if Nadal doesn’t win at least four or five more, depending on his physical health.

    “It’s certainly the best rivalry since these two guys [Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi], and we hope that it lasts a couple more years.”

    With the news Sunday that Monmouth coach Dave Calloway has resigned after 14 years, school officials must now turn their attention to hiring a replacement.

    Because the school is located on the Jersey Shore and in a prime recruiting corridor, expect Monmouth President Paul Gaffney to get a slew of resumes.

    Two candidates who deserve consideration are St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle and Monmouth assistant Kevin Murphy.

    “I think Kevin Boyle would be a very good fit in most places because he’s a great coach,” St. Patrick principal Joe Picaro said Sunday by phone.