PRO SPORTS

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.

Heat top Cavaliers in return of LeBron

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer.

Business as usual for Pats

The New England Patriots wore pads as they practiced hard in the rain inside their stadium Wednesday.

Cavaliers’ Varejao out for season with torn tendon

Anderson Varejao’s season has ended, dealing a major blow to the Cavaliers’ NBA title hopes.

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...

PRO FOOTBALL

NFL notes

Rex Ryan still pictures himself raising the Lombardi Trophy as a Super Bowl champion. Whether he gets another opportunity to try to deliver that title with the New York Jets remains to be seen.

Giants rookie Wynn positions for big 2015

Kerry Wynn says he doesn't know whether he's earned a shot to start on the defensive line for the New York Giants next year.

Broncos, Cowboys lead Pro Bowl selections

The AFC West champion Denver Broncos led the NFL with nine players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

Bengals beat Broncos 37-28 to reach playoffs

Cincinnati — With everything on the line, the Bengals picked off Peyton Manning in the closing minutes — twice, no less — and ran themselves right back into the playoffs.

PRO BASEBALL

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...

PRO BASKETBALL

NBA roundup

Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 102-96 on Tuesday night.

Celtics doomed by horrible start

Tobias Harris scored 19 points and the Orlando Magic hung on to beat the Boston Celtics 100-95 Tuesday night. The Magic were outscored 35-15 in the fourth quarter, but never trailed.

NBA roundup

Tony Parker scored 26 points in his return from a five-game absence, igniting the San Antonio Spurs to a season-high 37 assists and a 125-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

PRO HOCKEY

New OT rule in minor-league hockey generating buzz

This rookie just may be called up from the American Hockey League after catching everyone’s attention in an impressive debut.

NHL roundup

Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece and Patrice Bergeron had three assists for the Boston Bruins in a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

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.

MORE PRO SPORTS

Cruz already dreaming about playing with Odell

Watching rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. running past and around opponents is fueling Victor Cruz’s comeback from knee surgery.

Peyton Manning intends to return for 18th season in 2015

NFL fans and fantasy football owners debating Peyton Manning’s prowess and problems can continue that discussion well into the new year.

Patriots, Spurs follow similar winning paths

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are aiming for their fourth Super Bowl title. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are going for their sixth NBA championship. Different sports. Similar dynasties.

Patriots need to play better than that

Tom Brady was sacked four times and had a poorer passer rating than Geno Smith. New England’s offense gained just 52 yards in the first half. It took a late surge to eke out a one-point win over one of the NFL’s worst teams.

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.