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(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks can take over the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference with a win tonight against the rival Philadelphia 76ers from Wells Fargo Center. Carlos Beltran Jersey . New York has been playing well lately with four straight wins following a grueling six-game losing streak. The high-scoring Knicks have eclipsed the century mark in scoring in each of their last five games and handed the Toronto Raptors a 131-118 beating last night at Madison Square Garden. Toney Douglas scored a team-high 28 points off the bench, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and Amare Stoudemire also finished with 23 for playoff-bound New York, which is a half-game behind Philadelphia for the No. 6 spot in the conference. The Knicks shot 57.7 percent for the game and hit 15-of-27 three- pointers. Overall, not bad, the ball movement was good, Knicks head coach Mike DAntoni said about the offense. The Knicks will also visit New Jersey and Indiana on their three-game trek and are 16-21 away from the Big Apple. They are, however, winless in the previous five games as the guest. Philadelphia is also headed to the postseason, but has dropped back-to-back games since a three-game winning streak and will begin a regular-season ending four-game homestand Wednesday night. The Sixers are coming off last nights 99-82 loss in Boston, as rookie Evan Turner filled in for an injured Lou Williams and posted a team-high 21 points in a reserve role. Elton Brand had 12 points and Jrue Holiday chipped in 11 for Philadelphia, which will be without Williams for the remainder of the regular season because of a hamstring injury suffered at Milwaukee. We fought to get back in, and we cut it to four again, and then they had another defensive spurt, said Sixers coach Doug Collins. I told our guys how thats really what championship teams do. They might not play it for 48 minutes, but theyre going to lock you down for stretches, and win those what I call five-minute skirmishes. Collins squad will also host the Raptors, Magic and Pistons and is 25-12 in the City of Brotherly Love. The 76ers are 15-7 at home against the East. Philadelphia has won two of three meetings with New York this season and is 12-5 in the past 17 meetings in the series. The Knicks have dropped 10 of 12 trips to south Philly. David Wright Jersey . LOUIS -- Matt DAgostini saw a play developing in overtime and wanted to make sure he was in a good spot to make a difference. Mike Iupati Jersey . Guay, a bronze medalist earlier this month at Beaver Creek, finished the run in 1:59.00, which was just over a second slower than his best time on Wednesday. Jimmy Rollins Jersey . The only problem is Cooke plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team owned by the Hockey Hall of Famer. The oft-penalized Cooke received the stiffest sentence yet in his 12-season NHL career when he was suspended Monday by the league for the remainder of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for elbowing defenseman Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in the head one day earlier. Sidney Rice Jersey . In a brief press release, the FIA says Mosley garnered 103 of the 177 eligible votes which were available to be cast. Fifty-five votes were cast against Mosley, calling for him to resign. Roy Williams Jersey . Annes, England (Sports Network) - Sandra Gal of Germany birdied her 17th hole on Thursday to shoot a three-under 69 and earn the first-round lead of the Womens British Open.ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Womens ski jumping and new events in snowboarding, Alpine skiing, figure skating, biathlon and luge are being considered for inclusion at the next Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will decide on additions to the program for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, at a three-day executive board meeting opening here Sunday. In an incongruous setting, Olympic officials are meeting at a palm-lined Pacific beach resort to approve winter sports to be contested in the North Caucasus mountains of Russia. Proposed for inclusion are womens ski jumping, mens and womens snowboard and Alpine slopestyle, mens and womens ski halfpipe, a parallel racing Alpine team event, mixed relay in biathlon, a team event in figure skating, and a luge team competition. Several, but not all, are expected to gain approval Monday. IOC officials said womens ski jumping may be accepted on a conditional basis, pending a review of the quality of competition at the 2011 world championships in Norway. Womens ski jumping was previously turned down twice by the IOC in its bid for inclusion at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The IOC said then that the sport lacked a sufficient number of elite competitors. Women jumpers took their case all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, but failed to overturn the IOC decision. IOC President Jacques Rogge has said he supports the addition of womens jumping but only if there is a continued growth in the number of top competitors. The inaugural womens ski jumping world championship took place last year in Liberec, Czech Republic, and was won by American Lindsey Van. Next years championship will be held in Oslo on Feb. 25. The International Ski Federation, or FIS, plans to start a womens ski jumping World Cup circuit starting with the 2011-12 season. Women have competed on the Continental Cup circuit sincee 2005. Morris Claiborne Jersey. "Approval for Sochi 2014 is huge for the advancement of the sport," said Deedee Corradini, a womens jumping advocate and president of Womens Ski Jumping USA. "It will bring many more young women and girls into the sport that have stayed away because they havent been welcome on the ultimate stage: the Olympics." FIS President Gian Franco Kasper said he is "very optimistic" that all five proposed ski events will win approval, if not immediately then in the coming months. "They dont need additional courses or anything built," he said. "And there is enough space in the program." The addition of slopestyle and ski halfpipe events would be the latest push by the IOC to bring in events that appeal to youth. Skicross made its debut in Vancouver. "It gives us a different image and colour to the Olympic Winter Games," Kasper said. In slopestyle, athletes do huge tricks while going down the mountain and through "features" -- rails, big jumps and bumps. American snowboard star Shaun White, who won the halfpipe gold medal in Vancouver, has said he would like to add slopestyle to his schedule if its approved for Sochi. Ski slopestyle is similar to the snowboard version. In ski halfpipe, skiers score points for performing tricks and jumps on the same course used for the snowboard halfpipe. The event is on the schedule for the 2011 Freestyle Ski World Championships in Park City, Utah. The Alpine team event, which has been held at the World Championships since 2005, features racers going head-to-head in a parallel giant slalom. In skating, a World Team Trophy was held for the first time last year in Tokyo. The event featured eight skaters per team -- two male single skaters, two female single skaters, one pairs couple and one ice dancing couple. ' ' '

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