PRO SPORTS

Patriots, Spurs follow similar winning paths


Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are aiming for their fourth Super Bowl title. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are going for their sixth NBA championship. Different sports. Similar dynasties.

NFL notes

Rex Ryan still pictures himself raising the Lombardi Trophy as a Super Bowl champion. Whether he gets another opportunity to try to deliver that title with the New York Jets remains to be seen.

NBA roundup

Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 102-96 on Tuesday night.

Giants rookie Wynn positions for big 2015

Kerry Wynn says he doesn't know whether he's earned a shot to start on the defensive line for the New York Giants next year.

Celtics doomed by horrible start

Tobias Harris scored 19 points and the Orlando Magic hung on to beat the Boston Celtics 100-95 Tuesday night. The Magic were outscored 35-15 in the fourth quarter, but never trailed.

COLUMNS

The best seat in the houses

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They're missing the phone calls most of all

Paulla Solar, Stonington High School girls’ basketball coach, was in the midst of a...

PRO FOOTBALL

Patriots need to play better than that

Tom Brady was sacked four times and had a poorer passer rating than Geno Smith. New England’s offense gained just 52 yards in the first half. It took a late surge to eke out a one-point win over one of the NFL’s worst teams.

Coughlin doesn't want Beckham to lose his edge

Tom Coughlin is looking to change some things about Odell Beckham Jr.'s game. It's nothing big, and certainly not the edge the recordi-setting New York Giants' rookie brings to the field.

NFL notes

One more week. One final game. That's all that might be left in Rex Ryan's tenure as coach of the New York Jets, with his future uncertain beyond Sunday's season finale at Miami against the Dolphins.

The ins and outs of the playoff races

With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed. Think again.

PRO BASEBALL

Mets minor leaguer Mazzilli suspended for drug abuse

The Mets’ L.J. Mazzilli, a son of former major league All-Star and manager Lee Mazzilli, was suspended for 50 games Tuesday under baseball’s minor league drug program following a second positive drug test.

Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax

The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

Yanks trade for Eovaldi

Looking for starting pitching at a relatively low price, the New York Yankees acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado and pitcher...

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NBA roundup

Tony Parker scored 26 points in his return from a five-game absence, igniting the San Antonio Spurs to a season-high 37 assists and a 125-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

NBA roundup

Luol Deng had 23 points, James Ennis scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics on Sunday night, 100-84, to end a five-game home losing streak.

NBA roundup

Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points, and Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday.

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NHL roundup

Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece and Patrice Bergeron had three assists for the Boston Bruins in a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

NHL roundup

Loui Eriksson scored 2:14 into overtime, and the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Sunday night.

CT SUN

Sun to open 2015 season at home, June 5

The Connecticut Sun will tip off its 13th season with a home game against the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Mohegan Sun Arena, the team announced Thursday.

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Broncos, Cowboys lead Pro Bowl selections

The AFC West champion Denver Broncos led the NFL with nine players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

Bengals beat Broncos 37-28 to reach playoffs

Cincinnati — With everything on the line, the Bengals picked off Peyton Manning in the closing minutes — twice, no less — and ran themselves right back into the playoffs.

Pats rewarded with some time off

Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs.

Giants showing some fight

The New York Giants are peaking behind a rookie that no one can cover. They all have Odell Beckham Jr.’s back, too.

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