Gordon ready for a last run


Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.

Jeff Gordon to retire as full-time driver after 2015 season

Jeff Gordon, the wildly popular four-time NASCAR champion, said Thursday he will retire as a full-time driver after the 2015 season.

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...

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UCONN

UConn men hoping for fair weather in Cincinnati

The UConn men's basketball team is shooting for its season-high tying third straight victory tonight, playing AAC foe Cincinnati at 8 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.

For UConn's Stokes, a triple play

Kiah Stokes had 10 points, 11 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots Wednesday to help the defending national champion UConn women's basketball team to an 87-32 rout of East Carolina in the AAC.

COLLEGES

A look at player of the year candidates in men's hoops

The college basketball regular season has about six weeks left and AP has a look at player of the year candidates. Like last season, there are a couple of front-runners and a handful of players who could make a run at the award with a...

Men's college basketball roundup

Jerian Grant had 23 points and 12 assists and No. 8 Notre Dame made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out to beat No. 4 Duke 77-73 Wednesday night.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

PROFESSIONAL

Don't count out 'unsung heroes' of Patriots, Seahawks on Super Bowl Sunday

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn't be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren't for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final

Serena Williams came up with a big service winner to close out the tiebreaker, and bounced around behind the baseline like she'd won a title.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN - NCAA men: Maryland at Ohio State.

7 p.m., ESPU - NCAA men: Dayton at Massachusetts.

7 p.m., FS1 - NCAA women: Oklahoma at Texas.

7 p.m., SNY - NCAA men: Saint Louis at George Mason.

7 p.m., YES - NCAA women: Clemson at Wake Forest.

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

8 p.m., TNT - NBA: Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies.

9 p.m., ESPN - NCAA men: Kentucky at Missouri.

9 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: Eastern Kentucky at Murray State.

9:30 p.m., FS1 - NCAA men: Colorado at Southern California.

10 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA men: Utah at UCLA.

10:30 p.m., TNT - NBA: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers.

11 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA men: San Francisco at Brigham Young.

Golf

5:30 a.m., Golf Channel - European PGA: Dubai Desert Classic from United Arab Emirates.

11 a.m., Golf Channel - LPGA: Coates Championship from Ocala, Fla.

3 p.m., Golf Channel - PGA: Phoenix Open from Scottsdale, Ariz.

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

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN - NHL: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders.

7 p.m., NBCSN - NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers.

10 p.m., NBCSN - NHL: Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks.

Tennis

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

CT SUN

Sun welcome Little, Stricklen from Seattle

The Connecticut Sun acquired forward Camille Little and guard/forward Shekinna Stricklen from the Seattle Storm on Wednesday in exchange for guard Renee Montgomery and the No. 3 and 15 overall picks in this year's WNBA Draft.

Ogwumike will miss start of Sun's season

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