Elder statesmen lead the way for Patriots


Vince Wilfork still remembers the joy of being showered with confetti on the field where the New England Patriots won their last NFL title. Tom Brady was there, too. Now, they're the only players from that team that beat the Philadelphia Eagles in...

Gronkowski and Chancellor make for must-see matchup

What will happen when the NFL's version of Thunderdome comes to the Super Bowl, featuring Rob Gronkowski in one corner and Kam Chancellor in the other?

Belichick, Carroll coach Super Bowl from different angles

Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN — minus the information.

Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media

Phoenix — Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics.

Prosecutors: Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence — Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed — as the ex-NFL star's trial got underway.

COLUMNS

A chance to answer my fans

It is mid-afternoon Tuesday at this typing. Housebound, pretty much. So what better way to pass the...

PRO FOOTBALL

Don't count out 'unsung heroes' of Patriots, Seahawks on Super Bowl Sunday

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn't be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren't for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

Pats aren't dwelling on their last loss in Arizona

The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago.

GM John Schneider has been architect of Seahawks' success

Give Pete Carroll the opportunity to campaign for someone or something he believes in and he'll gladly jump at the chance. Usually it's for a player, or a cause. But Carroll's drive this year was getting recognition for general manager John...

NFL notes

Marshawn Lynch found a new way to say nothing.

PRO BASEBALL

Yankees trying to avoid paying A-Rod $6 million

The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dead at 83

Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dead at 83

Chicago — Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, the two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Chicago Cubs teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

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NBA roundup

Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points, Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers routed the New York Knicks 103-82 on Thursday night.

NBA roundup

Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Kobe Bryant has surgery, denies career is over

Kobe Bryant is officially done for the season after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday.\nThe Los Angeles Lakers also made it official that their superstar doesnít believe his career is finished.

PRO HOCKEY

NHL roundup

Kevan Miller scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, Tuukka Rask stopped 43 shots, and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 5-2 Thursday night.

Brodeur joins Blues as adviser, won't rule out return to New Jersey

Martin Brodeur may one day return to the New Jersey Devils, where he won three Stanley Cups and cemented his place as the goaltender with more wins than any other in NHL history.

CT SUN

Sun welcome Little, Stricklen from Seattle

The Connecticut Sun acquired forward Camille Little and guard/forward Shekinna Stricklen from the Seattle Storm on Wednesday in exchange for guard Renee Montgomery and the No. 3 and 15 overall picks in this year's WNBA Draft.

Ogwumike will miss start of Sun's season

Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike underwent microfracture surgery Thursday on her right knee.

MORE PRO SPORTS

Bradley takes the lead, as Woods makes debut in Phoenix

Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl. They didn't see much of a game — at least not from Woods.

Expletives and in-your-face tennis at the Australian Open

Andy Murray's four-set win over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Thursday will be remembered more for the tension between the players than the shot-making on the court.

Serena has learned to relax

The un-rivalry is back with Maria Sharapova facing Serena Williams in the Australian Open final early Saturday morning.

Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final

Serena Williams came up with a big service winner to close out the tiebreaker, and bounced around behind the baseline like she'd won a title.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

8:30 p.m., NBCSN - NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from Charlotte, N.C.

Basketball

6 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Harvard at Princeton.

6:45 p.m., WJJF (94.9-FM) - High school boys: Plainfield at Waterford.

7 p.m., NESN - NCAA women: Princeton at Harvard.

7:30 p.m., CSN - NBA: Houston Rockets at Boston Celtics.

7:30 p.m., YES, WCBS (880-AM) - NBA: Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., ESPN - NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat.

8 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Monmouth at Fairfield.

8 p.m., SNY - NCAA men: Yale at Columbia.

10 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Kent State at Buffalo.

10:30 p.m., ESPN - NBA: Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns.

Boxing

9 p.m., ESPN2 - Karl Dargan vs. Tony Luis in a lightweight bout from Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel - European PGA: Dubai Desert Classic from United Arab Emirates.

3 p.m., Golf Channel - PGA: Phoenix Open from Scottsdale, Ariz.

8 p.m., Golf Channel - LPGA: Coates Championship from Ocala, Fla. (taped today)

4 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel - European PGA: Dubai Desert Classic from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7:05 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) - NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils.

Tennis

3 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN - Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams in Australian Open women's final from Melbourne.