For Patriots, topic is finally deflated


Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it.

Seattle's Lynch true to his (few) words

Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same.

NBA roundup

Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State's franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.

Kemba having surgery on his left knee today

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will have surgery Wednesday in New York to repair a torn lateral meniscus causing inflammation in his left knee.

Yankees trying to avoid paying A-Rod $6 million

The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

COLUMNS

A chance to answer my fans

It is mid-afternoon Tuesday at this typing. Housebound, pretty much. So what better way to pass the...

PRO FOOTBALL

Seahawks' Sherman doesn't expect Patriots to be punished

Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position.

Super Bowl host city still reeling over sports deals

Glendale, Ariz. — The entire world will be watching Glendale on Sunday as it hosts the Super Bowl and the legions of fans who are shelling out big bucks to see the big game.

Team Irvin wins Pro Bowl

J.J. Watt danced, Jimmy Graham dunked, Odell Beckham Jr. dazzled.

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...

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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

Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday night.

Surgery will likely end Bryant's year

Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA roundup

Stephen Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 114-111 on Sunday night for their 19th consecutive home win.

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NHL roundup

Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots, falling 8.1 seconds short of his second consecutive shutout of the New York Rangers, and the Islanders beat their biggest rivals 4-1 on Tuesday night in their return from the NHL All-Star break.

Brodeur to retire and join Blues' front office

Martin Brodeur, one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring.

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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Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open

Madison Keys defeated one Williams sister Wednesday at the Australian Open. On Thursday, the 19-year-old American will try to make it two, and this sibling might be a little tougher, even with a cold.

Tiger: 'Dude ... caught me square on mouth'

Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday ó and with a full set of teeth.

Patriots owner makes strong defense of team

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

Media Day: The art of saying little to nothing

This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., SNY, WTIC (1080-AM) - NCAA women: East Carolina at UConn from Hartford.

7 p.m., ESPU - NCAA men: Southern Methodist at South Florida.

7 p.m., FS1 - NCAA men: Seton Hall at Marquette.

7 p.m., NESN - NCAA men: Wake Forest at Florida State.

7:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Duke at Notre Dame.

7:30 p.m., ESPNEWS - NCAA men: Texas Tech at Oklahoma.

8 p.m., ESPN, YES, WCBS (880-AM) - NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks.

8 p.m., CSN - NBA: Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves.

9 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Kansas at Texas Christian.

9 p.m., FS1 - NCAA men: St. John's at Creighton.

9 p.m., NESN - NCAA men: Georgia Tech at Miami.

10:30 p.m., ESPN - NBA: Washington Wizards at Phoenix Suns.

11 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Stanford at Washington.

Golf

2 p.m., Golf Channel - LPGA: Coates Championship from Ocala, Fla.

1 a.m. (Thursday), Golf Channel - European PGA: Dubai Desert Classic from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7:35 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) - NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils.

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

10:30 p.m., NBCSN - NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings.

Soccer

6 p.m., FS1 - Men's exhibition: Chile vs. United States from Rancagua, Chile.

Tennis

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 - Australian Open from Melbourne.

3:30 a.m. (Thursday), ESPN - Australian Open from Melbourne.