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.

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...

MORE PRO BASEBALL

Pedro to sport a Red Sox hat

Pedro Martinezís Hall of Fame plaque will have the cap of the Boston Red Sox and John Smoltzís will have the Atlanta Braves.

UCONN

Must win for UConn men? Maybe not

The UConn men's basketball team left battered and beaten up, limping out of Fifth Third Arena after suffering a brutal 70-58 loss to Cincinnati in an American Athletic Conference game Thursday.

UConn men hoping for fair weather in Cincinnati

The UConn men's basketball team is shooting for its season-high tying third straight victory tonight, playing AAC foe Cincinnati at 8 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.

COLLEGES

College basketball roundup

Andrew Harrison scored 15 points to lead a balanced Kentucky attack, and the No. 1 Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 69-53 victory over Missouri on Thursday night.

Oregon could make first move in college football free agency

College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Schooners solidify roster, look for return to playoffs

heir home baseball field at Fitch High School may be buried in snow, but the Mystic Schooners already are compiling a competitive roster for the 2015 New England Collegiate Baseball League.

After three games at home, Black Wolves travel all the way to Edmonton

After three straight home games to open the NLL season, the New England Black Wolves travel 2,700 miles for their first road game today at Edmonton.

PROFESSIONAL

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?

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.

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.