American League pitchers shut down the best of the National League and blanked the Senior Circuit 3-0 to win baseball's annual midsummer classic, the All-Star Game.
The emotional highlight was 43-year-old New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the all-time leader with 638 career saves. Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, received a 90-second standing ovation from fans, teammates and opposing players when he entered the game. Rivera pitched a perfect eighth. He was named MVP.
In the NBA, Chris Copeland scored 33 points and the Knicks wrapped up their winningest season in 16 years beating the Hawks 98-92 on Wednesday. New York finished 54-28 and is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks will host the No. 7 Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Detroit Pistons 103-99. Detroit will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
In the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Louisville put the finishing touches on the Final Four by rolling past Duke 85-63 to win the Midwest Regional. Russ Smith scored 23 points and teammate Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome broken leg in the first half. The injury occurred as Ware tried to contest a shot and the leg buckled when he landed, bending almost at a right angle.
Earlier, Michigan earned a trip to Atlanta next week by dominating Florida 79-59 and winning the South Regional title.
Elsewhere, Syracuse and Wichita State won their games on Saturday.