Sports briefs: Knicks, Rangers lose radio coverage out East

MEDIA

Knicks, Rangers lose radio out East

WLIR (107.1 FM), the Hampton Bays-based station that had been simulcasting ESPN New York Radio, reverted yesterday to the all-Christian programming format it had offered until last summer.

The move follows one last month in which the station dropped all of its local shows, part of its Champions Radio format, and went exclusively with ESPN's New York-based programs. (The one local show exception is that the station will continue to broadcast Stony Brook men's basketball.)

The change leaves many on Long Island's East End outside the reach of ESPN's primary 98.7 FM signal without radio access to ESPN's programming, including Knicks and Rangers games.

Rich Anderson, the station president, did not return emails seeking comment.

ESPN said in a statement, "ESPNNY 98.7 is currently exploring other terrestrial options to serve Eastern Long Island. Fans can still access radio content online and through the app and 'The Michael Kay Show' on YES."

TRACK

Locals walk away with wins

Nesconset native Maria Michta, a 2012 Olympian, won the women's 3,000-meter walk Sunday at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Michta successfully defended her U.S. indoor title. North Babylon native and two-time Olympian Tim Seaman also defended his U.S. indoor title in the men's race, his last race before retiring.

AUTO RACING

Female driver in Formula One?

Susie Wolff will become the first woman in 22 years to compete in a Formula One event during the upcoming season as she chases a chance to race for Williams Formula One. The 31-year-old Scot will take part in the first practice session before both the British and German Grands Prix as part of her expanded development driver role with Williams. Wolff will take to the track at Silverstone before the British GP in July, having made her full F1 test debut at the circuit last July.

NBA

'Big Baby' with Clippers

Glen Davis joined the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans but wasn't cleared to play against the Pelicans last night because he still needed to pass a physical . . . Washington Wizards forward Nene has a sprained MCL in his left knee and will be sidelined for six weeks. The loss of Nene, who is averaging 14.2 points, is a severe blow to Washington's hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Warriors show grit in victory

Stephen Curry was only 6-for-15 from the floor but had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Klay Thompson also had 19 points in Golden State's 104-96 win over the host Detroit Pistons. "It's not going to be fun every night," said the Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal (16 points, 10 rebounds). "If we're going to have a chance to really compete for a championship, these are the types of games you're going to have to win in the playoffs."

Jamal Crawford (24 points) hit seven three-pointers and Chris Paul added 19 points and 13 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers in a 123-110 win over the host New Orleans Pelicans . . . In a battle of the NBA's two worst teams, O.J. Mayo scored 25 points for the Milwaukee Bucks (11-45) in a 130-110 win over the host Philadelphia 76ers (15-42) . . . Alec Burks had 21 points for the host Utah Jazz in a 110-98 win over the Boston Celtics.

TENNIS

Federer goes for sixth title

Roger Federer began his campaign for a record sixth title in the Dubai Championships in the United Arab Emirates with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Benjamin Becker. The eighth-ranked Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who begins play today, have won nine of the last 11 titles in Dubai.

BOXING

Mayweather to fight in May

WBC welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather (45-0) will face WBA welterweight champ Marcos Maidana (35-3) on May 3, live on Showtime PPV, Golden Boy Promotions announced. The venue has yet to be determined. -- AP

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