NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomers Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 apiece in the Brooklyn Nets' 101-100 win over Miami as they ended a 13-game skid against the Heat dating to March of 2009. The Heat fell to 1-2 and have dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 8 and 10.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— Minnesota surprised the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-81 behind Kevin Love's 24 points and 12 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 14 points, 10 assists and five steals. The T-Wolves clamped down on Thunder star Kevin Durant, who was held to 13 points on four-of-11 shooting.
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter and the Yankees worked out a $12 million, one-year deal that kept the captain from going on the open market, while Joe Nathan, Jose Veras, Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz), Kurt Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez were among the players who became free agents yesterday. The Mets declined their option on injured pitcher Johan (YOH'-hahn) Santana, while Boston exercised its option on pitcher Jon Lester.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— Fred Couples takes a two-shot lead over Peter Senior into today's third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Couples has shot two straight 65's in the Champions Tour's season-ending event.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Beholder won the $2 million Distaff by 4 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita, spoiling Royal Delta's bid for a third straight victory at the Breeders' Cup, with veteran jockey Gary Stevens aboard the winner. Stevens, who at 50 began a comeback in January that included winning the Preakness Stakes, earned his ninth career Cup win and first since 2000.