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.

NBA roundup

Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Pats aren't dwelling on their last loss in Arizona

The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago.

GM John Schneider has been architect of Seahawks' success

Give Pete Carroll the opportunity to campaign for someone or something he believes in and he'll gladly jump at the chance. Usually it's for a player, or a cause. But Carroll's drive this year was getting recognition for general manager John...

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

Seattle's Lynch true to his (few) words

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

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.

Patriots' Browner gets a second chance at a Super Bowl ring

Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title.

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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.

'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.

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Kobe Bryant has surgery, denies career is over

Kobe Bryant is officially done for the season after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday.\nThe Los Angeles Lakers also made it official that their superstar doesn’t believe his career is finished.

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.

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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

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.

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NFL notes

Marshawn Lynch found a new way to say nothing.

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.

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 — and with a full set of teeth.

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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.