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To the end, Rex Ryan still vows to beat the Patriots


Rex Ryan still isn't backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England Patriots today.

Novak's 40-yard field goal lifts Chargers past 49ers

Philip Rivers prevailed through a balky back and a sore chest to keep the San Diego Chargers' slim playoff chances alive, rallying his team to tie it in the final minute and setting up Nick Novak's 40-yard field goal nearly 5 minutes into overtime...

Redskins top reeling Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with its faults until it couldn’t any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as week ago, they’re now just about done in the playoff race, and...

NBA roundup

Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points, and Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday.

Giants, Rams are both late arrivals

Odell Beckham Jr. has been virtually unstoppable. The St. Louis Rams could just be the team to hold down the prolific New York Giants rookie.

COLUMNS

Dr. I: Brought to you live by ESPN

Idle Thoughts, while waiting for Santa, Odell Beckham Jr.'s next catch and for Rodney Purvis to...

They're missing the phone calls most of all

Paulla Solar, Stonington High School girls’ basketball coach, was in the midst of a...

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O-line comes together for Patriots

The New England offensive line, maligned through the early weeks of the season, has rebounded to do a terrific job protecting the team's 37-year-old prime asset.

NFL notes

All signs point to DeMarco Murray playing for Dallas against Indianapolis despite the NFL rushing leader's broken left hand.

NFL notes

News and notes from around the NFL.

Beckham Jr. isn't thinking awards

Odell Beckham, Jr. says being named the league’s top rookie doesn’t dominate his thoughts.

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Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax

The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

Yanks trade for Eovaldi

Looking for starting pitching at a relatively low price, the New York Yankees acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado and pitcher...

Padres trade Hahn to Athletics

Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for righties Jesse Hahn, the former Fitch High School star, and R.J. Alvarez...

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NBA roundup

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was curious how his team would play in its first game without Rajon Rondo. Boston did just fine. Moving the ball crisply one day after the NBA assists leader was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics beat the...

Celtics, with look toward future, trade Rondo to Mavericks

Boston - The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston's last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics...

NBA roundup

Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead balanced scoring that carried the Boston Celtics to a 109-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

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NHL roundup

Mats Zuccarrello scored in the tiebreaker, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Panthers in a shootout, 3-2, on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive win.

NHL roundup

Michael Hutchinson made 30 saves and Mathieu Perreault broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets' 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

CT SUN

Sun to open 2015 season at home, June 5

The Connecticut Sun will tip off its 13th season with a home game against the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Mohegan Sun Arena, the team announced Thursday.

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Giants’ rookie class highlights year

It has definitely been a disappointing season for the New York Giants, evidenced by their 5-9 record that will have them missing the NFL playoffs for a third straight season. If there is a highlight for 2014, it would have to be the overall play of...

Pats worried about Jets' run game

The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey.

Patriots' Revis heads back to MetLife as Jets' enemy

Florham Park, N.J. - Darrelle Revis has been back before, as an opposing player taking on the New York Jets. Not this way, though. This time around, he's an enemy. He's a member of the playoff-bound New England Patriots now,...

NHL roundup

Derek Roy scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

Noon, ESPNU - NCAA men: Harvard at Virginia.

2 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Maryland at Oklahoma State.

3 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA women: Kentucky at Duke.

4 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Southern California at Boston College.

5 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) - NCAA women: UCLA at UConn from Mohegan Sun Arena.

6 p.m., CSN - NBA: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat.

6 p.m., YES, WCBS (880-AM) - NBA: Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets.

6 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Seton Hall at Georgia.

Football

1 p.m., Ch. 3, WTIC (1080-AM), WMOS (102.3-FM) - NFL: New England Patriots at New York Jets.

3:30 p.m., NBCSN - Youth: FBU National Championship from Naples, Fla.

4:05 p.m., Ch. 61, WFAN (660-AM) - NFL: New York Giants at St. Louis Rams.

4:25 p.m., Ch. 3 - NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys.

8:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30, WFAN (660-AM) - NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN - NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins.

Soccer

8:25 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Sunderland at Newcastle.

10:55 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Arsenal at Liverpool.