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Watt has made strong case to be NFL MVP


Should J.J. Watt be the NFL's Most Valuable Player? Many who are paid to find ways to slow down the overpowering defensive end for the Houston Texans say yes.

NBA roundup

The Nets escaped with a 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday in a game that ended with Jared Sullinger's shot at the buzzer rimming out. The miss came after Jarrett Jack nailed a tiebreaking jumper in the lane with 28 seconds to play...

Giants (still) looking to seize the day

On the surface, Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants might not mean much. After all, both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Giants don’t look at it that way.

Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility

For this golden anniversary, there won't be any gifts exchanged or champagne-sipping celebrations. There's no reason to party or toast these 50 years, a half-century of sports suffering and failure best forgotten.

Jets’ Harvin, Mangold game-time decisions at Miami

Percy Harvin gingerly slipped a T-shirt over his head, his tender ribs still clearly bothering him. Despite the pain, the New York Jets wide receiver plans to play in the team's season finale against the Dolphins in Miami.

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In Gwudz they trust ... for a little while longer

Waterford - His road not taken belied the flowery prose that...

They're missing the phone calls most of all

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

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Dear Santa: No injuries, please, for Patriots

The New England Patriots and his team need one more holiday gift to truly complete the season: get through Sunday's meaningless game against the Buffalo Bills without anyone getting hurt.

Smith feels he's the Jets' QB of the future

Geno Smith is unfazed by all the critics and doubters.

Business as usual for Pats

The New England Patriots wore pads as they practiced hard in the rain inside their stadium Wednesday.

Cruz already dreaming about playing with Odell

Watching rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. running past and around opponents is fueling Victor Cruz’s comeback from knee surgery.

PRO BASEBALL

Report: Yankees' Kuroda returning to Japan

Japanese media are reporting that Hiroki Kuroda, a free agent with the Yankees, will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for the Hiroshima Carps.

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.

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Wall and the Wizards are too much for the reeling Knicks

John Wall had 24 points and 11 assists, eluding the Knicks all day until getting knocked to the floor by a flagrant foul that sparked an altercation, and the Washington Wizards beat New York 102-91 on Thursday.

Heat top Cavaliers in return of LeBron

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer.

Cavaliers’ Varejao out for season with torn tendon

Anderson Varejao’s season has ended, dealing a major blow to the Cavaliers’ NBA title hopes.

PRO HOCKEY

New Jersey Devils fire coach Pete DeBoer

Pete DeBoer, who coached the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup finals in his first season in 2011-12, was fired Friday, with his aging and diminished team in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season.

New OT rule in minor-league hockey generating buzz

This rookie just may be called up from the American Hockey League after catching everyone’s attention in an impressive debut.

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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NFL notes

Alex Smith thought he had some indigestion. It turned out to be a lacerated spleen.

Peyton Manning intends to return for 18th season in 2015

NFL fans and fantasy football owners debating Peyton Manning’s prowess and problems can continue that discussion well into the new year.

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.

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Basketball

Noon, ESPN2 - NCAA men: Georgetown vs. Indiana from New York.

Noon, FS1 - NCAA men: Maine at Seton Hall.

1 p.m., SNY, WTIC (1080-AM) - NCAA women: Southern Methodist at UConn from Hartford.

2 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Kentucky at Louisville.

4 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Alabama-Birmingham at North Carolina.

6 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Gonzaga at Brigham Young.

7 p.m., CSN - NBA: Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards.

8 p.m., YES, WCBS (880-AM) - NBA: Indiana Pacers at Brooklyn Nets.

Football

1 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech in Military Bowl from Annapolis, Md.

2 p.m., Ch. 3 - NCAA: Arizona State vs. Duke in Sun Bowl from El Paso, Texas.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 - NCAA: Miami vs. South Carolina in Independence Bowl from Shreveport, La.

4:30 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Boston College vs. Penn State in Pinstripe Bowl from New York.

8 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Nebraska vs. Southern California in Holiday Bowl from San Diego.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN - NHL: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets.

7:05 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) - NHL: New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers.

7:30 p.m., NBCSN - NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins.

10 p.m., NBCSN - NHL: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings.