ATLANTA (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including a wild 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, moving a step closer to wrapping up home-court in the first round of the playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Chris Wright chased down Marco Belinelli in the waning seconds, reached up and swatted a layup - with the ball clearly on the way down - off the glass for an easy goaltending call.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - When Oklahoma City Thunder All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook head to the bench to rest in the fourth quarter, that's usually James Harden's time to take over.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The players packed up their lockers, took their exit physicals and departed for the summer far earlier than the San Jose Sharks had the previous two seasons.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils are still alive in the Stanley Cup chase because of a player who spent most of the season off the ice working his way back from an Achilles tendon injury.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Mat Latos finally got his first win for Cincinnati after putting his price tag out of mind.
OAKLAND (AP) - Tommy Milone's changeup felt the best it has yet. His cut fastball in kept Chicago's hitters off balance all night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Reyes went hitless in his return to Citi Field and Lucas Duda lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that caromed off reliever Edward Mujica, sending the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Derek Lowe allowed one run over six innings and the Cleveland Indians handed the Kansas City Royals their 12th straight loss, 4-3 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams insists his son, Kyle, is motivated by all he endured late last year with the 49ers and through the offseason, when details emerged that he was among the players targeted in the Saints' bounty program.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh have a man in mind for the 30th pick in Thursday's NFL draft, if the player is still around at that spot for San Francisco. And if the 49ers don't jump on a chance to move up to land someone they believe could help right away as the reigning NFC West champions look to make another Super Bowl push in 2012.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bob Myers showed up for his first game as the new general manager of the Golden State Warriors wearing the same yellow tie with diagonal blue stripes that owner Joe Lacob also had knotted around his neck.
CHICAGO (AP) - Joe Mather's two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Cubs to a comeback win over the Cardinals.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Derek Jeter had four hits to stretch his hitting streak to 13 games, Alex Rodriguez belted career home run No. 632 and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Monday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jake Peavy pitched a three-hitter, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko hit back-to-back homers and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
ATLANTA (AP) - Extra innings boosted viewership for the American League wild-card game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester a part of it.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Wilhoite knows he had important shoes to fill whenever he takes the field.
ANAHEIM (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs later this week.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.