Atlanta Hawks defeat New York Knicks, 114-101

For New York sports fans, this is the winter of our discontent.

The glorious baseball season is dead and buried. The Giants haven't won in a month. The Knicks have won once all season. The Jets remain mediocre, and the Rangers aren't much better. It's enough to make a sports-crazy New Yorker turn to bowling.

Or wrestling.

Or - gasp! - homework.

"It's boring," said high schooler Geraldo Pena, 17, of Queens, who started hitting the books once the Yankees stopped ...

Eddy Curry might never be cut out for Mike D'Antoni's open-floor style of basketball, but at least the Knick center finally looks like he can get up and down the court without any difficulty.

Looking nothing like the slow, burly player with a history of weight and conditioning problems, a streamlined Curry returned to practice Tuesday and took the first major step toward resurrecting his disappointing career.

"It's the best I've felt in a long time," he said. "I feel...

Jared Jefferies butchered an easy layup when he fumbled Toney Douglas' pass out of bounds. Moments later, Al Harrington allowed an uncontested dunk to slip through his fingers soon to be followed by Danilo Gallinari's crossover dribble, which fooled no one except himself.

"Sometimes when you're going through a negative period it seems like you can't get anything to go right," Harrington said. "That's kind of what we're dealing with."

Those three plays, almost in succ...