But with New York (29-34) already six wins better than last season and currently eighth in the Eastern Conference, Dolan said the improvement is substantial and Thomas “needs to be recognized now and not wait.” “I believe we have clearly seen significant and evident progress,” Dolan said. Tapia overdoses Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after an apparent cocaine overdose, the latest episode outside the ring in the Albuquerque fighter’s turbulent life. Police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said the 40-year-old Tapia was taken to Presbyterian Hospital after paramedics responded to an early morning call about a person who wasn’t breathing at a hotel room. Isiah Thomas got a multiyear contract extension Monday, nine months after he was warned the Knicks needed to show “evident progress” or he’d be out of a job. With the Knicks in the hunt for a playoff spot, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan went back on his vow to wait until after the season to make his decision, saying that Thomas would return as coach and team president. Thomas added the coaching duties to his other role in June after Dolan fired Larry Brown following one season. But along with the job came the ultimatum, though Dolan never publicly said what the Knicks needed to do this season to show that progress. “We were all well aware of the circumstances coming out of last year as far as the ultimatum to win,” point guard Stephon Marbury said. “It appears to an overdose,” Hoffman said. “He will be charged with possession of a controlled substance.” Police discovered a plastic bag containing a white substance, which Hoffman said was confirmed by tests as cocaine. Jaguars WR arrested Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Charles Sharon was charged with stealing a handgun that police said was found under the seat of the player’s sport utility vehicle during a drug-related search. Sharon and a companion were arrested Saturday night after a Tampa police officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from Sharon’s SUV parked in the Ybor City entertainment district, a police report said. A search of the vehicle turned up a Glock Model 27 handgun under the driver’s seat. Tampa police reported that the gun was stolen last year from a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent in Putnam County, but an ATF spokesman said Monday that the weapon belonged to an agent of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Police spokeswoman Lisa Parashis said it was unclear how Sharon got the agent’s gun. Sharon was charged with grand theft of a firearm and carrying a concealed firearm, both felonies. He was released Sunday morning after paying a $4,000 bond, jail records showed. Final AP poll Ohio State, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina – the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament – held the top four spots in the final Associated Press college basketball poll. The Buckeyes (30-3), who beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game on Sunday, were No. 1 in the Top 25 for the third straight week, receiving all but one first-place vote and 1,799 points from the 72-member national media panel. It is the third time Ohio State finished No. 1 in the final poll. Both other times, 1961 and 1962, the Buckeyes lost to Cincinnati in the national championship game. Kansas (30-4), which beat Texas in overtime Sunday to win the Big 12 tournament, received the other No. 1 vote and had 1,718 points in staying second. Florida (29-5), the defending national champion, jumped from sixth to third after beating Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference championship game. North Carolina (28-6), which beat North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, moved from eighth to fourth. Memphis, Wisconsin, UCLA, Georgetown, Texas A&M and Oregon rounded out the top 10. USC (23-11) moved back into the poll after a one-week absence following its run to the Pac-10 championship game where the Trojans lost 81-57 to Oregon. Forty-eight schools were ranked at some point this season tying the record set in 1992-93. Five teams were ranked No.1 this season: Florida for eight weeks, UCLA for six, Ohio State for three and North Carolina and Wisconsin for one each. Sorenstam falls in OT Meaghan Francella made a 4-foot birdie putt and beat Annika Sorenstam on the fourth hole of a playoff to win the rain-delayed MasterCard Classic in Mexico for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. Francella, making only her sixth start on the tour, began the day with a one-stroke lead. The 24-year-old American needed a birdie at No. 16 to reclaim a share of the lead and force the playoff with Sorenstam, who had bogeyed the hole earlier. Texas coach retires Texas women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt resigned after her team for the second straight season failed to reach the NCAA tournament. Conradt is the second winningest coach in Division I college basketball, behind only Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summit. Conradt got her 900th last Tuesday in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament. She had what some considered to be the nation’s top recruiting class this season, but injuries, inexperience and immaturity hurt the Longhorns. Conradt is 900-306 in 38 seasons: four at Sam Houston State, three at Texas-Arlington and 31 at Texas. U.S. 3, Sweden 2 Abby Wambach scored two goals and Carli Lloyd got her fourth of the tournament, leading the United States women’s socceer team over Sweden for a place in the Algarve Cup final in Portugal. The United States will play Denmark in today’s final. Amaechi signs deal Former NBA player John Amaechi became the first openly gay male athlete to sign an endorsement deal with a mainstream company. HeadBlade Inc., creators of a popular head-shaving razor, announced Monday it had signed Amaechi to a multiyear deal. Financial terms were undisclosed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!