BOSTON (AP) - The Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic Division as the 8-12 team hosts Denver tonight. The 11-7 Nuggets are third in the Northwest. Boston is 32-7 all-time at home against the Nuggets, winning the last three while averaging 112 points.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The Patriots return home to face the Browns on Sunday. There's the possibility that 9-and-3 New England can clinch the AFC East for the 10th time in 11 seasons. Last week's loss to Jacksonville all but ended (4-8) Cleveland's slim postseason hopes.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is scheduled to appear in a Nebraska courtroom today. Dennard will be arraigned on a July drunken-driving charge. His arrest and subsequent admission of drinking and driving already have resulted in an extension of his probation and jail sentence in another case.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire has fired women's hockey coach Brian McCloskey. The action comes after an investigation into inappropriate physical contact with a player on the bench during a home loss to Ohio State on Nov. 30. Athletic Director Marty Scarano says the university has "zero tolerance" for unsportsmanlike behavior.
STORRS, Conn. - UConn's football team will say goodbye to its seniors and likely its coaches tomorrow. That's when the Huskies (2-9) face Memphis (3-8) in the final game of what has been a disappointing season for both teams. Athletic Director Warde Manuel will hold a news conference an hour before the game to discuss the future.
HARTFORD, Conn. - No. 12 Connecticut hosts Maine in men's basketball tonight. The Huskies are coming off a last-second win over Florida. It's the last game before a 12-day break for finals. The Lady Huskies host Marist.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Denver at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL:
Maine vs. UConn at Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.
Fairfield at Quinnipiac, 8:30 p.m.
COLLEGE MEN'S HOCKEY:
Air Force at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
American International at RIT, 7:05 p.m.
Niagara at Connecticut, 7:05 p.m.
Harvard at Brown, 7 p.m.
St. Lawrence at Clarkson, 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.
Dartmouth at Yale, 7 p.m.
New Hampshire at Boston College, 7 p.m.
Boston University at Merrimack, 7 p.m.
Massachusetts at Notre Dame, 8:05 p.m.
Providence at Northeastern, 7 p.m.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:
Marist at Quinnipiac, 6 p.m.
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