'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.

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.

COLUMNS

Football zebras need new stripes

The howls of laughter never really stopped that night, at least not until it was time to go home.

MORE PRO BASEBALL

Yankees finalize their coaching staff

Jeff Pentland has been hired to replace Kevin Long as the New York Yankeesí hitting coach, and Joe Espada will take over as third base coach.

UCONN

Boatright to the rescue

Senior Ryan Boatright sat on the bench with a towel draped around his neck, watching UConn struggle in the second half on Sunday.

Huskies continue their roll

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half, missing only one shot all game, and No. 2 UConn picked up its 17th straight victory on Sunday, 96-31 over Cincinnati and former Huskies star Jamelle Elliott.

COLLEGES

College basketball roundup

Brice Johnson had 15 of his 17 points after halftime and No. 13 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat Syracuse 93-83 on Monday night.

Local college notes

A weekly look at local college athletes and local athletes who have continued their college careers outside the region.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Tuesday's schedule

BASKETBALLCollege menSt. Thomas More at Navy Prep, ppd., TBA

PROFESSIONAL

Patriots owner makes strong defense of team

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

NBA roundup

Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday night.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN - NCAA men: Nebraska at Michigan.

7 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: West Virginia at Kansas State.

7 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech.

7 p.m., ESPNEWS - NCAA men: Tulsa at Tulane.

7 p.m., FS1 - NCAA men: Xavier at Georgetown.

7 p.m., SNY - NCAA men: St. Joseph's at La Salle.

9 p.m., ESPN - NCAA men: Florida at Alabama.

9 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Tennessee at Arkansas.

9 p.m., ESPNEWS - NCAA men: Baylor at Oklahoma State.

11 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Colorado State at Boise State.

Hockey

7:30 p.m., NBCSN - NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes.

Tennis

7 p.m., Tennis Channel - Australian Open from Melbourne.

9 p.m., ESPN2 - Australian Open from Melbourne.

3:30 a.m. (Wednesday), ESPN2 - Australian Open from Melbourne.

Winter Sports

11:30 p.m., NBCSN - FIS Skiing from Schladming, Austria. (taped today)

CT SUN

Ogwumike will miss start of Sun's season

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