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Big Papi elected to Hall of Fame; Bonds, Clemens, Schilling left out

Boston Red Sox designated David Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, his first year on the ballot. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

David Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first turn on the ballot, while steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied entry to Cooperstown in their final year under consideration by the Baseball Writers’...

Quartet of NFL playoff classics featured greatest toes on turf

The Rams' Johnny Hekker (6) celebrates after kicker Matt Gay (8) kicked a game-winning field goal against the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers to end Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game in Tampa, Fla. The Rams won, 30-27. (Mark LoMoglio/AP Photo)

It was a scintillating weekend of NFL playoff football and all four games came down to clutch kickers splitting the uprights as the clock hit all zeroes

Bills OC Brian Daboll has second interview with Giants

Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll during pre-game warmups before Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. Daboll had his second interview for the New York Giants head coaching job on Tuesday. (Reed Hoffmann/AP Photo)

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has had his second interview for the New York Giants head coaching job

Tatum, Brown lead Celtics in 128-75 laugher over Kings

Boston forward Jayson Tatum passes the ball while pressured by Sacramento forward Marvin Bagley III during the first quarter of Tuesday's game at TD Garden. Boston won, 128-75. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Jayson Tatum scored 36 points and Jaylen Brown had 30 points and 10 rebounds before both rested the entire fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics routed the Sacramento Kings 128-75

James has 33, Lakers beat Nets 106-96 in Davis' return

The Lakers' LeBron James drives past Brooklyn's James Johnson (16) as Cam Thomas (24) watches during the first half of Tuesday's game at Barclays Center. The Lakers won, 106-96. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

LeBron James welcomed Anthony Davis back with a lob pass for the game’s first basket, then turned to this own offense to score 33 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 106-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets

Siakam and Trent Jr. lead Raptors past Hornets, 125-113

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives at Charlotte guard James Bouknight during the first half of Tuesday's game in Toronto. The Raptors won, 125-113. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pascal Siakam had 24 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-best 32 for the Toronto Raptors in a 125-113 victory over the Charlotte Hornets

Parise's third-period goal lifts Islanders past Flyers, 4-3

Islanders left wing Zach Parise celebrates his go-ahead goal with defenseman Scott Mayfield, left, during the third period of Tuesday's game against Philadelphia in Elmont, N.Y. The Islanders won, 4-3. (Corey Sipkin/AP Photo)

Zach Parise scored the tiebreaking goal with just over eight minutes left in the third period and Ilya Sorokin made 14 saves as the New York Islanders edged Philadelphia 4-3 on Tuesday night

Pavelski leads Stars past Devils 5-1 for fourth straight win

Dallas center Jacob Peterson reacts after scoring against New Jersey goaltender Akira Schmid during the first period of Tuesday's game in Newark, N.J. Dallas won, 5-1. (Adam Hunger/AP Photo)

Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists, and the Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils

NHL roundup

Carolina's Sebastian Aho (20) skates the puck up the ice with teammate Teuvo Teravainen (86) trailing on the play during the second period of Tuesday's game against Vegas in Raleigh, N.C. Aho scored his second game in overtime to give Carolina a 3-2 win. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP Photo)

Sebastian Aho’s second goal of the game 3:49 into overtime gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights after blowing a two-goal lead late in regulation

Death toll in Cameroon stadium crush at eight as security blamed

CAF president Patrice Motsepe speaks during Tuesday's press conference in Yaounde, Cameroon. (Themba Hadebe/AP Photo)

The death toll has risen to eight following a crush outside a game at the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in Cameroon

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Big Papi elected to Hall of Fame; Bonds, Clemens, Schilling left out

Boston Red Sox designated David Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, his first year on the ballot. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

David Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first turn on the ballot, while steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied entry to Cooperstown in their final year under consideration by the Baseball Writers’...

MLB drops arbitration cuts after union holds on free agents

Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Dan Halem arrives for Monday's meeting between locked-out baseball players and management in New York. (Craig Ruttle/AP Photo)

Major League Baseball withdrew its plan for more limited salary arbitration a day after the union withdrew its demand for greater free agent eligibility

MLB negotiators meet in person for first time since Dec 1

Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Dan Halem, center, arrives for a meeting on Monday in New York for the first in-person baseball negotiating session since the MLB lockout began. At far left is Patrick Houlihan, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Labor Relations at Major League Baseball, second from left is Colorado Rockies owner Dick Montfort, and behind Halem is executive vice president Morgan Sword. (Craig Ruttle/AP Photo)

Locked-out Major League Baseball players have withdrawn their proposal for more liberalized free agency and lowered their proposed decrease in revenue sharing

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Bills fight valiantly in another playoff loss in Kansas City

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen walks off the field after an Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to the Chiefs in an AFC divisional round playoff game in Kansas City, Mo. (Ed Zurga/AP Photo)

Josh Allen walked off the field inside Arrowhead Stadium a year ago juggling the disappointment of an AFC tile game loss to the Chiefs with a profound sense of optimism about the future of his up-and-coming Buffalo Bills

Tom Brady's return to the Bucs next season isn't a lock

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) tries to block a pass by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

If Tom Brady played the last game of an unprecedented career he ended with one of his toughest losses after a stunning comeback

Gay's 30-yard FG lifts Rams over Bucs 30-27

Los Angeles Rams' Matt Gay (8) kicks a 30-yard field goal to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Matthew Stafford threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Gay’s 30-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Los Angeles Rams to a 30-27 divisional playoff victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Niners knock off Packers on Gould's game-winning FG

San Francisco 49ers' Robbie Gould celebrates after making the game-winning field goal during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. The 49ers won 13-10 to advance to the NFC Chasmpionship game. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Robbie Gould continued his playoff perfection and moved the San Francisco 49ers one step away from their second Super Bowl appearance in three seasons

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Tatum, Brown lead Celtics in 128-75 laugher over Kings

Boston forward Jayson Tatum passes the ball while pressured by Sacramento forward Marvin Bagley III during the first quarter of Tuesday's game at TD Garden. Boston won, 128-75. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Jayson Tatum scored 36 points and Jaylen Brown had 30 points and 10 rebounds before both rested the entire fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics routed the Sacramento Kings 128-75

James has 33, Lakers beat Nets 106-96 in Davis' return

The Lakers' LeBron James drives past Brooklyn's James Johnson (16) as Cam Thomas (24) watches during the first half of Tuesday's game at Barclays Center. The Lakers won, 106-96. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

LeBron James welcomed Anthony Davis back with a lob pass for the game’s first basket, then turned to this own offense to score 33 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 106-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets

Siakam and Trent Jr. lead Raptors past Hornets, 125-113

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives at Charlotte guard James Bouknight during the first half of Tuesday's game in Toronto. The Raptors won, 125-113. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pascal Siakam had 24 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-best 32 for the Toronto Raptors in a 125-113 victory over the Charlotte Hornets

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Parise's third-period goal lifts Islanders past Flyers, 4-3

Islanders left wing Zach Parise celebrates his go-ahead goal with defenseman Scott Mayfield, left, during the third period of Tuesday's game against Philadelphia in Elmont, N.Y. The Islanders won, 4-3. (Corey Sipkin/AP Photo)

Zach Parise scored the tiebreaking goal with just over eight minutes left in the third period and Ilya Sorokin made 14 saves as the New York Islanders edged Philadelphia 4-3 on Tuesday night

Pavelski leads Stars past Devils 5-1 for fourth straight win

Dallas center Jacob Peterson reacts after scoring against New Jersey goaltender Akira Schmid during the first period of Tuesday's game in Newark, N.J. Dallas won, 5-1. (Adam Hunger/AP Photo)

Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists, and the Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils

NHL roundup

Carolina's Sebastian Aho (20) skates the puck up the ice with teammate Teuvo Teravainen (86) trailing on the play during the second period of Tuesday's game against Vegas in Raleigh, N.C. Aho scored his second game in overtime to give Carolina a 3-2 win. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP Photo)

Sebastian Aho’s second goal of the game 3:49 into overtime gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights after blowing a two-goal lead late in regulation

CT SUN

Connecticut Sun re-sign reserve forward Beatrice Mompremier

Connecticut Sun forward Beatrice Mompremier (1) raise over Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson to score two points during the WNBA semifinal playoffs on Sept. 30, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Beatrice Mompremier, a 6-foot-4 forward, signed a one-year qualifying offer to remain with the Connecticut Sun, head coach and general manager Curt Miller announced on Tuesday.

Sun re-sign reserve point guard Natisha Hiedeman

Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman (2) shoots over New York Liberty forward Natasha Howard during a 2021 game at Mohegan Sun Arena. Hiedeman signed a qualifying contract offer on Monday to return in 2022. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Natisha Hiedeman, a reserve point guard the last three seasons, has signed a qualifying contract offer to remain with the Connecticut Sun, head coach and GM Curt Miller announced on Monday.

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NHL roundup

Carolina's Sebastian Aho (20) skates the puck up the ice with teammate Teuvo Teravainen (86) trailing on the play during the second period of Tuesday's game against Vegas in Raleigh, N.C. Aho scored his second game in overtime to give Carolina a 3-2 win. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP Photo)

Sebastian Aho’s second goal of the game 3:49 into overtime gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights after blowing a two-goal lead late in regulation

Death toll in Cameroon stadium crush at eight as security blamed

CAF president Patrice Motsepe speaks during Tuesday's press conference in Yaounde, Cameroon. (Themba Hadebe/AP Photo)

The death toll has risen to eight following a crush outside a game at the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in Cameroon

MLB drops arbitration cuts after union holds on free agents

Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Dan Halem arrives for Monday's meeting between locked-out baseball players and management in New York. (Craig Ruttle/AP Photo)

Major League Baseball withdrew its plan for more limited salary arbitration a day after the union withdrew its demand for greater free agent eligibility

San Diego's finest: Jon Rahm back at friendly Torrey Pines

Jon Rahm reacts to making his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the U.S. Open on June 20, 2021 in San Diego. The world No. 1 player returns to the site of his U.S. Open victory this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament he has also won before. (Gregory Bull/AP Photo)

Jon Rahm is a Spaniard who lives in Arizona, but he occupies a prominent place in San Diego’s modern golf landscape

Nadal fends off Shapovalov, advances to semis in Australia

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand return to Denis Shapovalov of Canada during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Rafael Nadal fended off Denis Shapovalov in five sets to reach the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time and keep his bid on track for a men’s-record 21st Grand Slam singles title

Epic playoffs show new wave of quarterback talent

Rams outside linebacker Von Miller strips the ball from Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady during the second half of Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game in Tampa, Fla. The Rams beat the defending Super Bowl champions, 30-27. (John Raoux/AP Photo)

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers both ended up losers on a playoff weekend that might have been the most entertaining ever

Love, Garland help Cavaliers hold off Knicks 95-93

The Cavaliers' Kevin Love shoots against New York's RJ Barrett in the first half of Monday's game in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won, 95-93. (Tony Dejak/AP Photo)

Kevin Love scored 20 points and Darius Garland had 12 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers survived a late rally by New York to beat the Knicks 95-93

NBA roundup

Suns guard Devin Booker drives against Utah during the first half of Monday's game in Phoenix. The Suns won, 115-109. (Matt York/AP Photo)

Devin Booker scored 33 points, Chris Paul had 15 of his a season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 115-109 win over the short-handed Utah Jazz

ON THE AIR

Basketball

5 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: College of Charleston at Northeastern.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Florida at Tennessee.

6:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Providence at Xavier.

6:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Creighton at Butler.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Vanderbilt at South Carolina.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Boston College at North Carolina.

7:30 p.m., ESPN, MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at Miami Heat.

8 p.m., SNY — NCAA women: UConn at DePaul.

8 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Oklahoma at West Virginia.

8:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Virginia Commonwealth at Davidson.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Marquette at Seton Hall.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Tulsa at Tulane.

9 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: North Carolina State at Notre Dame.

10 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz.

10:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: San Diego State at Utah State.

11 p.m., CBSSN — Women: Athletes Unlimited from Las Vegas.

Golf

4:30 p.m., Golf Channel — NCAA: Southwestern Invitational from Westlake, Calif.

12:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Farmers Insurance Open from San Diego.

2:30 a.m. (Thursday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Dubai Desert Classic from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7:30 p.m., TNT — NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings.

10 p.m., TNT — NHL: Boston Bruins at Colorado Avalanche.

Soccer

2:45 p.m., CBSSN — Scotland Premiership: Celtic Glasgow at Heart of Midlothian.

Tennis

3:30 a.m. (Thursday), ESPN — Australian Open from Melbourne.