PRO SPORTS

Maddon's successful run as Tampa Bay Rays manager comes to an end

Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over, as Tampa Bay announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an opt-out clause in his contract.

McMurray bests Chase drivers to win the pole

Martinsville, Va. - Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR's championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray, who did not qualify this year for the Chase for the Sprint Cup...

Williams sneaks into WTA semis despite loss

Serena Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.

Royals edge Giants to take 2-1 lead in World Series

Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead.

Lakers' Nash will miss season with injury

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has been ruled out for the season because of a back injury, putting the two-time NBA MVP’s career in doubt.

COLUMNS

UConn hockey is a thorn that's here to stay

Bridgeport - Rand Pecknold, who coaches hockey quite well at...

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Patriots have won three straight despite problems

A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide.

Giants head into bye on two-game skid

East Rutherford, N.J. - Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has a message for anyone ready to give up on the New York Giants as they head into a bye week off disappointing losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. It's...

Giants are playing better, but still face a 1-2 mark in NFC East after loss to Dallas

Quarterback Eli Manning and the New York Giants go into their bye week feeling as though they played a better game. They still have consecutive losses to the two teams ahead of them in the NFC East after a 31-21 defeat at the division-leading Dallas...

Manning breaks Favre's touchdown mark in 42-17 rout of San Francisco

Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with San Francisco in the Denver's 42-17 victory Sunday night.

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Hudson, Guthrie have waited a long time for this

Tim Hudson is set to take the mound tonight for the Giants when they return home to face Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series after a two-game split in Kansas City. Each pitcher is making his World Series debut.

Royals are back in the swing of it

Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game...

From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines

Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

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NBA Draft system to remain in place as proposal voted down

NBA owners have voted down proposed changes to the league's draft lottery system, staving off efforts to curb tanking for the time being.

In today’s NBA, 3’s are most definitely wild

The offensive concept of pace-and-space was nearly an unbeatable combination for the Miami Heat, the plan of surrounding LeBron James with multiple shooters good enough to net two straight NBA titles.\nPlenty of teams are having success with the...

Thunder star Durant will miss up to eight weeks with foot injury

Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot.

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Bruins lose Zdeno Chara for 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Boston - The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history. Defenseman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will...

Bruins lose Chara in tough loss to Islanders

Boston - Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the New York Islanders snap a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday...

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Compton fires 65, ties for lead at McGladrey Classic

Erik Compton, who has received two heart transplants during his lifetime, is happy with where he is in golf, and he’s not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.

Another injury puts pressure on Patriots defense

The "next man up" approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they'll do better.

Serena not at her best in lopsided defeat at WTA Finals

Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in what was arguably the worst performance of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.

Smith has nine games left to show Jets he's answer at QB

Geno Smith's statistical line last week included a couple of zeroes in categories the New York Jets have been waiting to see all season.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

9 a.m., FS1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 practice from Martinsville, Va.

10 a.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck Kroger 200 qualifying from Martinsville, Va.

Noon, FS1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 final practice from Martinsville, Va.

1:30 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck Kroger 200 from Martinsville, Va.

Baseball

8 p.m., Ch. 61 - World Series: Kansas City Royals at San Franciso Giants in Game 4.

Football

Noon, ESPN - NCAA: Texas at Kansas State.

Noon, ESPN2 - NCAA: Rutgers at Nebraska.

Noon, ESPNU - NCAA: Minnesota at Illinois.

Noon, ESPNEWS - NCAA: Memphis at Southern Methodist.

Noon, MyTV9 - NCAA: Maine at Rhode Island.

12:30 p.m., CSN, SNY - NCAA: Delaware at William & Mary.

12:30 p.m., WCCT - NCAA: North Carolina at Virginia.

1:30 p.m., NBCSN - NCAA: Penn at Yale.

1:30 p.m., WXLM (980-AM) - NCAA: Endicott at Coast Guard.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 3 - NCAA: Mississippi State at Kentucky.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 - NCAA: Michigan at Michigan State.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 61 - NCAA: Texas Tech at Texas Christian.

3:30 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: West Virginia at Oklahoma State.

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA: Oregon State at Stanford.

3:30 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh.

3:30 p.m., FS1 - NCAA: Florida Atlantic at Marshall.

3:30 p.m., NESN, YES - NCAA: Boston College at Wake Forest.

4 p.m., ESPNEWS - NCAA: UNLV at Utah State.

7 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Syracuse at Clemson.

7:15 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Ole Miss at LSU.

7:15 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA: Alabama at Tennessee.

8 p.m., Ch. 8 - NCAA: Ohio State at Penn State.

10 p.m., FS1 - NCAA: Southern California at Utah.

10 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State from Birmingham, Ala. (taped today)

10:45 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Arizona State at Washington.

Golf

6:30 a.m., Golf Channel - European PGA: Perth International from Australia. (taped today)

2 p.m., Golf Channel - PGA: McGladrey Classic from St. Simons Island, Ga.

5 p.m., Golf Channel - Champions: AT&T Championship from San Antonio. (taped today)

9 p.m., ESPNEWS - Men: Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship from Melbourne, Australia.

11:30 p.m., Golf Channel - LPGA: Blue Bay from Hainan Island, China.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN - NHL: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs.

7 p.m., NBCSN - NCAA men: Niagara at Notre Dame.

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

Motorcycle Racing

3 a.m. (Sunday), FS1 - MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Malaysia from Sepang.

Soccer

7:40 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Manchester City at West Ham.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Hull City at Liverpool.

12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 - Premier League: Leicester at Swansea City.

2:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 - MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders.

7:30 p.m., CSN - MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution.

Tennis

9:30 a.m., Tennis Channel - ATP: Swiss Indoors from Basel, Switzerland; Valencia Open from Spain.

4 a.m. (Sunday), Tennis Channel - WTA Championship from Singapore.