Belichick insists Patriots followed rules


Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl...

Sharapova, Bouchard into quarterfinals at Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia — Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal put earlier stumbles behind them with convincing wins Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Stop laughing: A mocked game seeks relevance

Given the NFL's obsession with rules, protocols and procedures, the Pro Bowl is the equivalent of the league letting its hair down. Players chuckle with one another on the field, wear wacky uniforms and talk openly about how the game, which is often...

NBA roundup

Brian Roberts scored 17 points, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the New York Knicks 76-71 Saturday night for their ninth victory in the last 11 games.

Before the Bowl was super

Last wasn’t the first time NFL officials and fans had argued about the size and shape of a football.

COLUMNS

Can Pats fans really handle the truth now?

This is, roughly, Day Seven of deflated footballs making national news. Now thereís some kind of...

PRO FOOTBALL

Patriots vs. Tiger Woods? In Vegas, anything goes

For some bettors, there's just not much value picking either the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl that is a tossup almost everywhere in this gambling city.

Belichick on deflated footballs: 'We try to do everything right'

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is defending the way his team preps its game balls and said his team earned its spot in the Super Bowl fairly.

Belichick prepares Patriots players with surprise quizzes

Quick. Who are all the tight ends on the Buffalo Bills? In his first week with the Patriots in 2009, Rob Ninkovich was stumped when Bill Belichick surprised him with that question.

Complex season for Seattle GM Schneider ends in Super Bowl

It was not a simple season for Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, from the preseason holdout of Marshawn Lynch to the midseason trade of Percy Harvin.

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'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.

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NBA roundup

Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to send Denver to its fifth loss in a row.

Gasol brothers to start in NBA All-Star Game

Pau and Marc Gasol have been voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game, while Torontoís Kyle Lowry made a late surge in fan balloting and will start for the Eastern Conference.

NBA roundup

Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 98-91 on Wednesday night.

PRO HOCKEY

Weber's 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills

Columbus, Ohio — Not that they did before, but it's official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber's shot.

World Cup of Hockey tournament set for 2016

The World Cup of Hockey is making a long-awaited return in 2016.\nAnd the NHL intends to host it every four years.

CT SUN

Ogwumike will miss start of Sun's season

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

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Could Super Bowl be Lynch's finale in Seattle?

For all the importance placed around finding the right quarterback, the trade that brought Marshawn Lynch to Seattle part way through the 2010 season could be considered the most important transaction Pete Carroll made in the makeover of the...

NFL finally weighs in on Pats

The NFL says it is still investigating how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game but has no conclusions yet and no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away.

Serena, Venus Williams into fourth round at Australian Open

Venus Williams has reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Camila Giorgi 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Saturday.

A redo of a trade, Johansen goes No. 1, Ovie waits and waits

Phil Kessel was once again dealt for Tyler Seguin, Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was the No. 1 overall pick and superstar Alexander Ovechkin did not get his new car.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

7 a.m., FS1 - United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 race finish from Daytona Beach, Fla.

Basketball

Noon, CBS Sports Network, WTIC (1080-AM) - NCAA men: South Florida at UConn from Hartford.

1 p.m., Ch. 8 - NBA: Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls.

1 p.m., NESN, YES - NCAA men: Boston College at Georgia Tech.

1:30 p.m., Ch. 3 - NCAA men: Indiana at Ohio State.

2 p.m., Ch. 61 - NCAA men: Duke at St. John's.

2:30 p.m., FS1 - NCAA women: Butler at Xavier.

3 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) - NCAA women: UConn at Cincinnati.

3 p.m., NESN - NCAA women: North Carolina State at Syracuse.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 - NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers.

4 p.m., Ch. 3 - NCAA men: Louisville at Pittsburgh.

4 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Northern Iowa at Illinois State.

4:30 p.m., FS1 - NCAA women: Iowa State at Texas.

5 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA women: Duke at North Carolina.

5 p.m., NESN - NCAA women: Miami at Louisville.

6:30 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Notre Dame at North Carolina State.

7 p.m., FS1 - NCAA men: Creighton at Villanova.

8 p.m., CSN - NBA: Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors.

8:30 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Washington at Utah.

Figure Skating

4 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 - U.S. Championships from Greensboro, N.C.

Football

8 p.m., ESPN, WFAN (660-AM) - NFL: Pro Bowl from Glendale, Ariz.

Golf

3 p.m., Golf Channel - PGA: Humana Challenge from La Quinta, Calif.

7 p.m., Golf Channel - Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Championship from Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Hockey

5 p.m., NBCSN - NHL All-Star Game from Columbus, Ohio.

Tennis

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

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

3 a.m. (Monday), ESPN2 - Australian Open from Melbourne.

Winter Sports

10:30 a.m., NBCSN - Skiing from Kitzbuehel, Austria. (taped today)