Respect abounds as Patriots host Steelers in AFC title game


Either New England or Pittsburgh has been a part of 10 of the 17 Super Bowls since 2000, capturing six championships between them

Falcons look to rewrite history vs. Packers

The Atlanta Falcons are playing as well as they have all season. Ditto for the Green Bay Packers. It should be quite a shootout when they meet Sunday in the Georgia Dome's final game, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

NFL notes

Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones cleared his final hurdle for Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay by practicing for the first time this week on Friday.

Packers OL aim to block "to infinity" when Rodgers on move

There goes Aaron Rodgers again, beating a defense with another brilliant throw outside the pocket.

COLUMNS

Hernandez is not his brother's keeper, making Aaron irrelevant to D.J.'s hiring

I'll be assigned many opportunities in the coming months to write about D.J. Hernandez and the...

LATEST VIDEO

MORE PRO FOOTBALL

Steelers hoping 'pressure' blueprint can slow down Brady

The constant variable in each of Tom Brady's AFC championship game losses has been when he's faced a defense that's managed to apply pressure up front and forced him into quick decisions in the pocket

Four remaining QBs have unique talents, but they also have flaws

As good as Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan are, they do make mistakes

Jackpot! Vegas looks to score big win by landing Raiders

First the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. Soon, maybe, the Las Vegas Raiders.

Versatile Hyde emerges as Packers playoff playmaker

Micah Hyde, the Green Bay Packers' jack-of-all-trades in the secondary, is assuming another new role this season _ playoff playmaker

UCONN

UConn's been buoyed by Samuelson's all-around offensive improvement

It seems rather fitting that the picture in the UConn women's basketball media guide next to Katie Lou Samuelson's game-by-game statistics from her freshman season is her picture-perfect form while firing up a 3-pointer.

UConn men return home with a chance to build momentum

Maybe, just maybe, this is the favorable stretch that UConn desperately needs to finally gain some traction.

COLLEGES

Ex-Waterford star Martucci has grown on and off the court at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac University women's basketball coach Tricia Fabbri has had a front-row seat for the significant growth of Waterford High School graduate and two-time Quinnipiac captain Adily Martucci, something she calls “the greatest joy you see...

Top 25 college basketball roundup

Kristian Doolittle scored six of his 12 points in overtime and Jordan Woodard's layup with 2.2 seconds left lifted Oklahoma to an 89-87 victory over No. 7 West Virginia on Wednesday night

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local colleges: No. 9 Conn women complete weekend sweep of Williams

Cassie Hunter scored 11 seconds into the game, helping No. 9 Connecticut College complete a weekend sweep of Williams College with a 4-1 victory in a New England Small College Athletic Conference women's hockey game at Dayton Arena on Saturday.

College basketball: Reserves lift Mitchell women past Becker 51-44

Mitchell College received a vital contribution from its reserves in a 51-44 victory over Becker College on Saturday in a New England Collegiate Conference women's basketball game.

Local roundup: Conn women rout Bates 87-69

Kyle Caouette scored 22 points as Connecticut College beat Bates College 87-69 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference women's basketball game on Friday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals at Australian Open

Venus Williams has returned to the quarterfinals for the ninth time at the Australian Open, where she first made the last eight on debut in 1998.

NBA roundup

Damian Lillard had a three-point play with 47 seconds left in overtime and finished with 28 points to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 127-123 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, snapping their four-game losing streak.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

Noon, FS1 — NCAA men: St. John's at Seton Hall.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA women: Notre Dame at North Carolina.

12:30 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Virginia at Pittsburgh.

1 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: Tulane at UConn.

1 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: George Mason at Richmond.

2 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Georgetown at Xavier.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Saint Louis at Dayton.

2 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: La Salle at Virginia Commonwealth.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Louisville at South Florida.

2:30 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Miami at Syracuse.

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Rutgers at Maryland.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Central Florida at Memphis.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Vanderbilt at Tennessee.

5 p.m., SNY — NCAA women: George Mason at Richmond.

6 p.m., CBSSN, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: East Carolina at UConn from Hartford.

6:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Virginia Tech at Clemson.

8:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Arizona State at Southern California. 

Figure Skating

4 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — U.S. Championships men's free skate from Kansas City, Mo.

Football

3 p.m., Ch. 61, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL playoffs: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons in NFC Championship Game.

6:40 p.m., Ch. 3, WFAN (660-AM), WMOS (102.3-FM) — NFL playoffs: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.

Golf

Noon, Golf Channel — Web.com: The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: CareerBuilder Challenge from La Quinta, Calif.

Hockey

12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NHL: New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings.

3 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins.

Skiing

4 p.m., NBCSN — FIS Alpine World Cup men's slalom from Kitzbuehel, Austria. (taped today)

Soccer

7 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Leicester City at Southampton.

9:15 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Burnley at Arsenal.

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Hertha BSC at Bayer Leverkusen.

11:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Hull City at Chelsea.

Tennis

9 p.m., ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

3 a.m. (Monday), ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

Winter Sports

3 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — U.S. Grand Prix Snowboard Cross from Solitude, Utah. (taped today)