Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy


The Boston Bruins figured their road swing against the NHL's three tough California teams would be a strong indication of their ability to contend for a playoff spot.

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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

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

COLUMNS

St. Bernard caught in spin cycle of ECC's latest dysfunctional mandate

St. Bernard's Mike Nystrom coached a basketball game Wednesday night, likely unaware of the sham...

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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

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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

UCONN

UConn lose Adams early and falls to No. 17 SMU 69-61

UConn, which lost point guard Jalen Adams to a left ankle injury in the first half, battle No. 17 SMU the entire way before losing 69-61 at the XL Center in Hartford on Saturday.

UConn men hoping to grind out a marquee win vs. No. 17 SMU

The UConn men's basketball team dismisses any suggestion that fatigue is a factor as it enters Saturday's nationally-televised showdown with 17th-ranked Southern Methodist University.

COLLEGES

East Lyme's Durham making a big splash at Central Connecticut

In a breakout junior season at Central Connecticut State University, Annmarie Durham, an East Lyme High graduate, set school records in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive and won NEC championship crowns in both events.

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

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Black Wolves host Mammoth in Sunday matinee at Sun

Sunday's game against the Colorado Mammoth at Mohegan Sun Arena (1 p.m.), marks the halfway point of the National Lacrosse League season for the New England Black Wolves.

Local roundup: ECC boys' basketball semifinals are Saturday

The Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' basketball tournaments continue Saturday with semifinals at Waterford High School.

Local roundup: State Open wrestling tourney begins Friday in New Haven

Twenty-seven local athletes are scheduled to take part in the two-day State Open wrestling tournament, which begins Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

PROFESSIONAL

Gibbs, Penske defend NASCAR as having bright future

Joe Gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending NASCAR during one of its shakiest periods in decades.

DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics 107-97

DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 107-97 on Friday night

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

10:30 a.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity PowerShares 300 qualifying from Daytona Beach, Fla. 

12:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Daytona 500 final practice from Daytona Beach, Fla.

3:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity PowerShares 300 from Daytona Beach, Fla.

Midnight, FS1 — NHRA Arizona Nationals qualifying from Phoenix. (taped today)

Baseball

1 p.m., NESN — Exhibition: Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox from Fort Myers, Fla.

1 p.m., SNY — Exhibition: Washington Nationals at New York Mets from Port St. Lucie, Fla.

1:05 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — Exhibition: New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies from Clearwater, Fla.   

Basketball

Noon, Ch. 3, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: Southern Methodist at UConn from Hartford.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA men: Navy at Bucknell.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA men: Virginia at North Carolina State.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA men: Wichita State at Missouri State.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Tulane at Temple.

Noon, YES — NCAA men: Georgetown at St. John's.

Noon, WCCT — NCAA men: North Carolina at Pittsburgh.

2 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Florida at Kentucky.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Illinois State at Northern Iowa.

2 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: West Virginia at Texas Christian.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Virginia Commonwealth at Rhode Island.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State.

2 p.m., YES — NCAA men: Seton Hall at DePaul.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: Richmond at Fordham.

3 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Creighton at Villanova.

4 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Duke at Miami.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Marquette at Providence.

4 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Baylor at Iowa State.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Purdue at Michigan.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Mississippi State at Vanderbilt.

4 p.m., NESN, YES — NCAA men: Virginia Tech at Boston College.

4:30 p.m., theday.com — High school boys: Ledyard vs. East Lyme in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I tournament semifinal from Waterford.

4:30 p.m., SNY, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: Memphis at UConn.

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: Saint Joseph's at Saint Louis.

5 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings.

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Nevada at UNLV.

6 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Kansas at Texas.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Iowa at Maryland.

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Kansas State at Oklahoma.

6:30 p.m., theday.com — High school boys: New London at Waterford in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I tournament semifinal.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks.

8 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: San Diego State at Colorado State.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Alabama at Texas A&M.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Long Beach State at UC Davis.

8 p.m., NESN, SNY — NCAA men: Brown at Harvard.

8:15 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: UCLA at Arizona.

8:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers.

10 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Bowie State vs. Fayetteville State-Virginia State winner in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament final from Charlotte, N.C. (taped today)

10:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Golden State Warriors. 

Boxing

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington in a heavyweight bout and Tony Harrison vs. Jarrett Hurd in a junior middleweight bout from Birmingham, Ala.

10 p.m., FS1 — Caleb Plant vs. Thomas Awimbono in a super middleweight bout and Dominic Breazeale vs. Izuagbe Ugonoh in a heavyweight bout from Birmingham, Ala.

Golf

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

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

3 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — PGA: Honda Classic from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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

Hockey

5 p.m., MSG, WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils.

7:35 p.m., WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: New Hampshire at UConn.

8 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins.

Motorcycle Racing

7 p.m., FS1 — AMA Supercross from Atlanta.

Rugby

12:30 p.m., NBCSN — English Premiership: Sale Sharks at Saracens. (taped today)

Running

7 p.m., NBCSN — Tokyo Marathon.

Soccer

10 a.m., CNBC — Premier League: Middlesbrough at Crystal Palace.

10 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Swansea City at Chelsea.

12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — Premier League: West Ham at Watford.

Tennis

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

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