Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win


Rickard Rakell broke a tie on his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins

NHL teams expected to pick up trading pace over next week

Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith plans to keep an eye on Twitter during his upcoming bye week

Byron lifts Canadiens past Rangers in shootout

Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 3-2 to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens

COLUMNS

Our kids now have a better reason to believe in tomorrow

Maybe the kids of the city thought Wednesday would be an extension of mini-February vacation, upon...

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NHL roundup

Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1

Rangers slip past Capitals, 2-1

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers handled the challenge of facing one of the league's top teams.

NHL roundup

Sidney Crosby ended his march to 1,000 career points in typically unselfish fashion

UCONN

Top-ranked UConn routs No. 23 Temple for 102nd straight win

Napheesa Collier scored a career high 31 points and top-ranked UConn routed No. 23 Temple 90-45 on Wednesday to extend the program's record winning streak to 102 straight games

Houston rallies to end UConn's four-game winning streak 75-70

Damyean Dotson had 25 points and nine rebounds and Houston used a big run to start the second half to rally for a 75-70 win over UConn Wednesday night

COLLEGES

Gillon's 3 at buzzer lifts Syracuse past No. 10 Duke 78-75

John Gillon hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and Syracuse upset No. 10 Duke 78-75 as the Orange kept alive their postseason hopes

No. 8 Tar Heels top No. 7 Cardinals 74-63, stretch ACC lead

Justin Jackson scored 21 points and No. 8 North Carolina pulled away after halftime to beat No. 7 Louisville 74-63 in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference leaders

LOCAL ROUNDUP

UConn moves forward with plans for new athletic fields

The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved spending $4.75 million to design its "Athletic District," which will include new stadiums for soccer, baseball and softball.

Local roundup: Sun sign Danielle Adams to training camp contract

Forward Danielle Adams, who helped lead Texas A&M to the 2011 NCAA title, was signed to a training camp contract by the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday.

Anosike proves to be a good listener and clutch finisher for St. Thomas More

EJ Anosike comes up big late for St. Thomas More and the Chancellors go on to beat New Hampton 62-58 in their final home game.

PROFESSIONAL

Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win

Rickard Rakell broke a tie on his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins

NBA returns for a break-neck finish to regular season

LeBron James, Steph Curry and the rest of the NBA have had a chance to catch their collective breath, kick their feet up for a few days and rest up after a frenetic first three-and-a-half months of the season.

CT SUN

Sun acquire post Kizer from Fever in three-team trade

The Connecticut Sun acquired 6-foot-4 post Lynetta Kizer and the eighth overall pick in April's WNBA Draft from the Indiana Fever on Tuesday as part of a three-way trade in which the Sun sent forward Camille Little to the Phoenix Mercury.

Faris among three players signed to training camp contracts by Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun announced Tuesday that they had signed Kelly Faris, Kayla Pedersen and Jennifer Hamson to training camp contracts.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

Noon, FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Daytona 500 practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. 

2 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck NextEra Energy Resources 250 practice from Daytona Beach, Fla.

4 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck NextEra Energy Resources 250 final practice from Daytona Beach, Fla.

7 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Can-Am Duels from Daytona Beach, Fla.   

Basketball

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Long Island Brooklyn at Mount St. Mary's.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Memphis at Cincinnati.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Georgia at Alabama.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Nebraska at Michigan State.

7 p.m., NESN, SNY — NCAA men: Massachusetts at George Washington.

7 p.m., YES — NCAA women: North Carolina at North Carolina State.

8 p.m., TNT — NBA: New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers.

8 p.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: South Florida at Tulsa.

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Tennessee Tech at Morehead State.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Wisconsin at Ohio State.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: UCLA at Arizona State.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: North Carolina Asheville at Gardner-Webb.

10:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Utah at Colorado.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Joburg Open from Johannesburg, South Africa.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Honda Classic from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

1 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — LPGA: Honda Thailand from Chonburi.

Hockey

7:30 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs.

7:30 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens.

8:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks. 

10:30 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Los Angeles Kings.

Skiing

5:30 p.m., NBCSN — FIS Cross-Country World Championships from Lahti, Finland. (taped today)

Tennis

12:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Rio Open from Rio de Janeiro.

8:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Rio Open from Rio de Janeiro.