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...

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...

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 there’s some kind of...

MORE PRO FOOTBALL

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.

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.

UCONN

UConn's Hamilton has his game back on track

Daniel Hamilton ran into the freshman wall a couple of weeks ago.

Huskies' Jefferson has found her shot

During a three-game stretch in December, it all caught up to Moriah Jefferson.

COLLEGES

College basketball roundup

Devin Booker scored 18 points, Aaron Harrison added 13 and No. 1 Kentucky matched its best start under coach John Calipari with a 58-43 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Abdullah leads North to 34-13 win over South in Senior Bowl

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving while leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Swarm have too much firepower for Wolves

The New England Black Wolves spent the first two weeks of their inaugural National Lacrosse League season as the irreverent young team, quick in transition, ready to take on the world. The Black Wolves even beat three-time defending league champion...

Local college roundup: Conn women edge Wesleyan in OT

Cassie Hunter scored with eight seconds left in overtime to lift Connecticut College past Wesleyan, 3-2, in Saturday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference game women’s hockey game.

PROFESSIONAL

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.

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.

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)

CT SUN

Ogwumike will miss start of Sun's season

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