Harvick finds happiness long before NASCAR title

It was some six hours after Kevin Harvick had won his first Sprint Cup championship when he was finally able to peel off his beer-soaked firesuit, take a shower and begin celebrating the biggest moment of his career.

Harvick wins Homestead to claim first championship

Kevin Harvick won Sunday night's NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a desperate drive from 12th to first over the final 15 laps. He didn't have to win the race, he only had to finish higher than the other three title contenders in...

NASCAR set to crown a new champion today

There was pushing, punching, one ambush in a darkened garage and a bloody brawl. There were thousands of hours spent analyzing the path to the Sprint Cup title as teams tried to adapt to NASCAR's new championship format.

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A delicate topic that can't be ignored

Geno Auriemma's brilliance coaching the UConn women for the last 30 years starts here: He doesn't...

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Gordon wins the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup season finale

Jeff Gordon did his best to shake off the disappointment over his elimination from the championship field by winning the pole for Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sprint Cup championship is missing all the usual suspects

There’s no Jeff, Jimmie or Junior. Bad Brad missed the cut and Smoke never contended. NASCAR’s biggest stars are all absent from this final field of four racing for the Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.

Harvick earns his shot

Kevin Harvick finally has a shot to win his first Sprint Cup championship, while Jeff Gordon was once again denied in his drive for No. 5.

UCONN

West Virginia hands UConn men first loss 78-68

If West Virginia can be disruptive on the defensive end of the court this season, Bob Huggins thinks it will mean good things for his team in the long run.

UConn women bounce back and rout Creighton 96-60

Top-ranked UConn does not lose often, but the Huskies are pretty good about bouncing back when they do.

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UConn repeats as national field hockey champion

UConn won its second straight NCAA Division I field hockey championship on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Syracuse.

PC rallies past Irish

Mohegan - Notre Dame coach Mike Brey and Providence forward LaDontae Henton crossed paths outside the interview room at Mohegan Sun Arena Sunday. "Fabulous game," Brey said as he shook Henton's hand. "You've become a hell of a...

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NFL roundup

Seahawks 19, Cardinals 3 After 10 games, the defending champions needed to ask the difficult questions of each other. Most of all, whether the Seattle Seahawks were willing to put aside egos and get back in the NFC West race. Led by a...

For Pats, another passing grade

The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team.

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Basketball

2:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Purdue vs. Kansas State in Maui Invitational from Lahaina, Hawaii.

5 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Missouri vs. Arizona in Maui Invitational from Lahaina, Hawaii.

7 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Villanova vs. Virginia Commonwealth in Legends Classic from New York.

7 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Arizona State vs. Maryland in Hall of Fame Classic from Kansas City, Mo.

7 p.m., FSI - NCAA men: Murray State at Xavier.

7:30 p.m., ESPNEWS - NCAA men: Eastern Washington at Indiana.

9 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Pittsburgh vs. Chaminade in Maui Invitational from Lahaina, Hawaii.

9 p.m., FS1 - NCAA men: New Jersey Institute of Technology at Marquette.

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Alabama vs. Iowa State in Hall of Fame Classic from Kansas City, Mo.

11 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Tulsa vs. Auburn in MGM Grand Main Event from Las Vegas.

11:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Brigham Young vs. San Diego State in Maui Invitational from Lahaina, Hawaii.

Football

8:30 p.m., ESPN, WFAN (660-AM) - NFL: Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN, NBCSN - NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins.

Soccer

2:55 p.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Southampton at Aston Villa.