There were only three NBA games scheduled Thursday.
Joe Johnson scored 26 of his 29 points in the first half to lead Brooklyn over Atlanta 127-110 in London. It was the fourth regular-season NBA game to be played in the British capital.
After reeling off five straight victories, the New York Knicks now are on a two-game losing streak. Lance Stephenson's had a career-high 28 points in Indiana's 117-89 rout of the Knicks. Paul George added 25 for the Pacers.
And it was Oklahoma City over Houston 104-92.
Five-time champion Serena Williams has won more matches at the Australian Open than any other woman. She notched career win No. 61 on Friday as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova on another scorching day at Melbourne Park.
Two-time finalist Li Na also moved into the next round beating Lucie Safarovaa.
And on the men's side, third-seeded David Ferrer advanced after beating No. 29. Jeremy Chardy.
Major League Baseball is expanding its replay system starting this season after the players and umpires okayed the specifics of the deal. Each manager gets one challenge and if he's right, he gets another one, and after the seventh inning the umpires' crew chief can request one of his own.
Jay-Z's sports agency says it has signed New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia to join former teammate Robinson Cano in its emerging client base.
Sabathia is signed through 2016 at salaries of $23 million in each of the next two seasons and $25 million in 2016. The Yankees hold a $25 million option for 2017 with a $5 million buyout.
In top 25 college basketball, No. Arizona beat Arizona St. 91-68. It was Minnesota over No. 11 Ohio St. 63-53. UConn topped seventeenth-ranked Memphis 83-73. No. 18 Louisville crushed Houston 91-52 and No. 25 UCLA had a 69-56 victory over No. 21 Colorado.
Elsewhere in college basketball, Manhattan defeated Siena 90-68.
The UAlbany women's basketball team had an 87-50 win over UMass-Lowell.
In the NHL, the NY Rangers shut out Detroit 1-0. Nashville won 4-3 against Philadelphia in a shootout. It was the NY Islanders over Tampa Bay 2-1 in a shootout. Boston doubled up Dallas 4-2 and Colorado won against New Jersey 2-1 in a shootout.
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