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.
In baseball news, Alfonso Soriano homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double, and the Yankees' bats bailed out a wild CC Sabathia for a 14-7 rout of the Angels on Tuesday night.
Elsewhere in the American League, Shane Victorino's two-run single in the 11th inning lifted the Red Sox to a 4-2 win over Toronto. Seattle topped Tampa Bay 5-4. Cleveland bested Minnesota 5-2. The White Sox outscored Detroit 4-3 in 11 innings and Oakland fell to Houston 5-4.
In baseball news, the Athletics beat Boston 3-2 despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman. Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his first major league start. Coco Crisp broke it up with a leadoff infield single.
Aaron Hicks had a three-run homer to help Minnesota top the Yankees 10-4. The Twins beat CC Sabathia for the first time in six years to take two of three from the Yankees.
And the Mets doubled up Pittsburgh 4-2. John Buck's two-run single highlighted a three-run first inning for New York.
In the NBA, the search in Boston to replace Doc Rivers is over. The Celtics hired Butler's Brad Stevens as head coach. Stevens has spent the last six years as the head coach of Butler, twice leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game.
Moving over to baseball news, pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes led off the bottom of the ninth with a homer to end Boston's 2-1 win over San Diego. Mike Carp had two hits and scored a run for Boston, which is 7-1 on its nine-game homestand.
In baseball news, Desmond Jennings hit two of Tampa Bay's four homers in an 8-3 thumping of Boston. Jon Lester served up three gopher balls and was lifted after Matt Joyce's two-run blast put the Rays ahead 7-3 in the fifth.
Elsewhere in the American League, Oakland won 6-4 over the Yankees. CC Sabathia allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings. The Angels fell to Baltimore 3-2. Cleveland topped Texas 5-2. Detroit won against Kansas City 3-2. Toronto edged ahead of the White Sox 7-5 and Seattle blanked Houston 4-0.
In the major leagues, CC Sabathia tossed a seven-hitter and struck out nine as the Yankees beat Cleveland 6-4 for a three-game sweep. Travis Hafner belted a two-run homer and Brett Gardner added a three-run shot to help the Yankees build a 6-0 lead by the end of the second inning.
In the Boston game, Elvis Andrus hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning as Texas downed the Red Sox 3-2.
In the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, we are finally down to the last two teams. Over the weekend Syracuse fell to Michigan 61-56 and Louisville defeated Wichita St. 72-68. The two teams will square off tonight at 9:23 for the title in Atlanta, Georgia.
In the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, there will be an all-Big East title game on Tuesday after Louisville and Connecticut advanced last night. UConn ended Notre Dame's team-record 30-game winning streak whipping the Irish 83-65 and the Cardinals knocked off California 64-57.