Gardiner leads Oregon State to gymnastics win
SEATTLE - Madeline Gardiner won two events Monday in leading the Oregon State gymnastics team to a 195.325-194.275 Pac-12 Conference dual meet win at Washington.
Gardiner won the vault with a score of 9.85 and also took the balance beam with a 9.90.
For one of the few times this season, Gardiner, however, did not win the all-around as she finished second with 38.850 points to Washington's Joslyn Goings (39.125). Gardiner was also second in floor exercise with a 9.850.
The Beavers (2-2, 2-1 Pac-12) also got a win from Mary Jacobsen on uneven bars with a 9.825.
Millers stay perfect in MWL by topping North
Springfield remained undefeated in the Midwestern League girls basketball standings on Monday night with a 56-32 victory at North Eugene.
The Millers are 16-3 overall and 7-0 in league play. The Highlanders fell to 15-4 and 4-4.
Knicks give Fisher his pink slip as coach
NEW YORK - Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was promoted to interim head coach. He went 56-145 in two seasons as Minnesota's coach.
Fisher was midway through his second season. The Knicks are 23-31 and went 40-96 under Fisher. Team President Phil Jackson hired his former player in June 2014 shortly after Fisher ended his playing career.
Fisher thanked Jackson, Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan, along with his players and staff.
"This is a very talented team with strong character and I am confident they will succeed," Fisher said in a statement. "Obviously, I'm disappointed, but have learned an immense amount from this experience and hope to grow from it."
The Knicks went 17-65 last season but upgraded their roster during the summer with the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis and the signing of veterans Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez.
They had the look of a playoff team most of the season but are stumbling into the All-Star break, and fans loudly booed when they fell behind by 19 points Sunday during a 101-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Fisher accepted some of the blame for the team's recent slow starts after the game, though All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony said that was the responsibility of the players.
Warriors center Ezeli undergoes knee surgery
OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.
The defending NBA champions said Ezeli's operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.
Spain punishes runner for her blood doping
MADRID - Spain's Sports Council has stripped runner Marta Dominguez of her status as a Spanish athlete after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned her for three years for blood doping and removed her 2009 world steeplechase title.
Council president Miguel Cardenal Carro said in a statement published Monday in Spain's Official State Bulletin that the decision "to exclude" Dominguez from "high-level sports and athletics" was taken because of doping.
- News service reports