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...

COLUMNS

The best seat in the houses

It was happenstance. Complete happenstance. But because of it, I considered giving the Lou Gehrig...

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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Padres trade Hahn to Athletics

Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for righties Jesse Hahn, the former Fitch High School star, and R.J. Alvarez...

Cashman: A-Rod's now a full-time DH

Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most.

Headley 'promised' third-base spot with Yankees

Alex Rodriguez appears to be returning to the New York Yankees as a man without a position. Chase Headley agreed Monday to a $52 million, four-year contract and said the Yankees assured him the third-base job was his.

UCONN

Onward and upward: UConn men respond to Duke loss with top shooting performance of the year

The UConn men's basketball team had its best shooting game of the season, hitting season highs in field goal percentage (.571), 3-point field goal percentage (.563) and 3-pointers made (nine) while posting a much-needed 80-65 victory.

UConn’s Stewart, Williams honored by ACC

UConn women’s basketball junior forward Breanna Stewart was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, while teammate Gabby Williams was selected as the league’s Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday.\n

COLLEGES

TCU's Patterson honored by the AP again

TCU coach Gary Patterson embraced changed and joined an exclusive club.

Mariota named AP's top player

The only thing left for Marcus Mariota to win at Oregon is the national championship. The Ducks’ star quarterback is The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding yet another honor to his spectacular season.

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PROFESSIONAL

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.

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

Geno Smith is unfazed by all the critics and doubters.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

1 p.m., CSN, YES, WFAN (660-AM) - NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics.

Football

1 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech in Heart of Dallas Bowl.

4:30 p.m., ESPN, WFAN (660-AM) - NCAA: Rutgers vs. North Carolina in Quick Lane Bowl from Detroit.

8 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: North Carolina State vs. Central Florida in St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl.

Soccer

7:40 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: West Ham at Chelsea.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Newcastle at Manchester United.

12:25 p.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Queens Park at Arsenal.

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.