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UConn Men No Match For No.1 Villanova, Fall 81-61Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

To the surprise of no one, Villanova showed it has separated itself from UConn by more than just a conference, more than just miles. It was painfully clear Saturday that an ocean separates these once fierce Big East rivals now, oceans in terms of talent, relevance and any other category, as Villanova,...

Hartford Public Honors Three Of Its Best: Camby, Nash, AdamsSat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

The two taller visitors to the Hartford Public High School boys’ locker room looked the part of professional basketball players, but Michael Adams, he had some explaining to do. “You went D-I?” a Hartford Public player asked the diminutive guard standing in front of him during the pregame meeting....

UConn's Napheesa Collier Says Freshman Year Is 'Terrible For Anyone'Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

UConn’s play Thursday in a 78-60 victory over Tulsa, and perhaps Geno Auriemma’s blunt assessment that followed, clearly left players slightly uncomfortable. Senior Kia Nurse, junior Azura Stevens and junior Napheesa Collier sat in a Gampel Pavilion hallway, waiting for Auriemma’s postgame press...

All-Courant: Best Of The Fall High School Sports SeasonSat, 20 Jan 2018 11:59:00 PST

The All-Courant players of the year, teams and more from the 2017 area high school sports season.

Former Capital Prep Hoops Star, USC Transfer Kahlil Dukes Shining At NiagaraSat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Nearly 1,300 people showed up for the Niagara at Quinnipiac basketball game at TD Bank Center Thursday night. Among them were Capital Prep students and alums there to see Niagara’s high-flying, high-scoring point guard Kahlil Dukes. "Lot of family friends, close friends I grew up with," he said....



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Pats Plan B If Brady is Hampered by Injured HandFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:07:59 -0500

With Tom Brady listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jaguars, the Patriots will consider adjustments if the quarterback is not capable of a Brady-like performance.Brady finally spoke with reporters this afternoon after canceling his press conference each of the last two days. Asked if he’ll be playing on Sunday, Brady replied, “we’ll see.” He wore red receiver’s gloves on each of his hands during his trip to the podium, hiding any signs of potential damage on his right hand. Brady Listed as Questionable for Sunday's Game Brady was listed as a limited participant in today’s official practice report, along with LaAdrian Waddle, Alan Branch, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. All five players are listed as questionable for Sunday; all players aside from Brady are dealing with knee injuries.No matter how healthy Brady is, New England’s stable of running backs will take on an added level of importance on Sunday.“It’s always important,” Dion Lewis said of the running game. “We’ve just got to be balanced. The run helps the pass and the pass helps the run. We’ll definitely want to be as balanced as possible and the more success we have early, the more we’ll stick with it.”Some combination of Lewis and James White – plus Burkhead and Gillislee, if they can play – should be able to exploit a soft spot in Jacksonville’s defense, if there is one. The Jaguars gave up the fewest yards in the league to wide receivers this season and fourth-fewest to tight ends (granted, they didn’t face Rob Gronkowski).Per Pro Football Reference, Jacksonville was a bit more towards the middle of the pack when it came to covering running backs in the passing game. The Jaguars were 12th in receptions allowed to running backs and 10th in receiving yards given up to players out of the backfield.Jacksonville had the 21st ranked rushing defense, surrendering 116.3 yards per game. It was 26th in terms of opponents’ yards per carry, at 4.3.Neither Burkhead nor Gillislee were active for last week’s game against the Titans.Should the unthinkable occur and Brady can’t go on Sunday, Brian Hoyer will get the start under center.“I don’t know,” was all Belichick had to say when asked if Brady’s status complicated his planning process.Plenty of Brady’s teammates on each side of the ball sounded confident that No. 12 will be ready to go for his 12th career AFC Championship Game on Sunday.“Tom always tends to show up in big games,” Danny Amendola said. “This is a big game.”“He looked pretty good to me,” Malcolm Butler said of Brady at practice today. “Throwing pretty good. Laughing and joking like he always does.”Hoyer has started against the Jaguars four times in his career. He’s 2-2, each win coming during his time as a starter with the Houston Texans. Each win also came before Jacksonville’s revamped defense began to form in 2016.Hoyer started one playoff game during his time with Houston, a loss in the AFC Wild-Card round in 2015 to the Kansas City Chiefs. Hoyer was 15 for 34 passing for 136 yards and four interceptions as the Texans were eliminated, 30-0.It warrants mentioning that at the media portion of practice today, held just before noon, there were only two quarterbacks seen: Brady and Hoyer. No emergency third-stringer – or backup for Hoyer – had been added to the roster.The last quarterback to start a postseason game for the Patriots other than Tom Brady was Scott Zolak in the 1998 wild-card round vs. the Jaguars.Recent history doesn’t provide much of a glimpse into what to expect on Sunday afternoon from the Jacksonville Jaguars.We know all about the three-day joint practice sessions the teams held this summer prior to a preseason game, but New England and Jacksonville haven’t met in a game that’s counted since Week 3 of the 2015 season: a 51-17 win for the Patriots.Not much has changed for New England, save for an additional Lombardi Trophy.The Jaguars?2015 was actually the best season record-wise for Jacksonville in Gus Bradley’s nearly four-year tenure as head coach of the franchise… at 5-11. Most of the pieces that made up the NFL’s No. 2 defense this past season were either still in college or playing elsewhere in the league.The Jaguars have been ridiculed, rightfully so, for past personnel moves that sent the team spiraling into irrelevance for the better part of a decade. Drafting a punter in third round of the 2012 draft, five picks ahead of quarterback Russell Wilson, is just the tip of the iceberg.General Manager David Caldwell took over in 2013 and after a few so-so drafts, he completely nailed his 2016 selections: cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the first round at No. 5 overall, linebacker Myles Jack in the second round and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in the third. Caldwell also signed defensive tackle Malik Jackson away from the Denver Broncos in March 2016.The makeover continued this past offseason, with Tom Coughlin added to the front office as Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Defensive end Calais Campbell was signed as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals and tied for second in the NFL in sacks, with 14.5, while cornerback A.J. Bouye defected from the Houston Texans and tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions.“He’s good at everything,” Belichick said of Campbell. “He’s long, he’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s quick, he’s very instinctive, he’s a smart player, uses his hands well, and he’s one of the best defensive linemen in the league.”In addition to giving up the second-fewest yards per game (286.1) and second-fewest points per game (16.8), Jacksonville had the second-most takeaways in the league with 33 (21 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries) and sacks (55). The Jaguars surrendered the fewest passing yards per game, at 170.Of course, Jacksonville never faced an offense quite like New England’s in the regular season. The Patriots led the league in total yards and scored the second-most points.The Jaguars faced two top-10 offenses and won each game, first against the Pittsburgh Steelers (30-9, Week 5) and the San Diego Chargers (20-17, OT, Week 10). Much of the rest of their schedule was filled with underwhelming attacks featuring quarterbacks such as Josh McCown, DeShone Kizer, T.J. Yates, Blaine Gabbert and old friend Jacoby Brissett (twice).Jacksonville’s .434 opponents winning percentage was tied for worst in the league with the Tennessee Titans in the regular season.Down the stretch of the regular season, the Jaguars could be seen giving up 44 points to another old friend in Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16 (San Fran’s offense accounted for all but one of the touchdowns). Jacksonville deserves all the credit in the world for going into Pittsburgh and upsetting the Steelers in last week’s divisional round, but the fact remains Pittsburgh dropped 42 points on the vaunted Jags defense.

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Halladay Had Morphine in System When His Plane CrashedFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:25:25 -0500

All-star Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay had traces of morphine and other drugs in his system when his experimental plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in November, toxicology results showed.The Pasco County, Florida coroner said Friday that test results found traces of three drugs in his blood at the time of the 40-year-old's death. Morphine, amphetamine, and a generic form of Ambien, a drug used to treat insomnia, were detected. 'I Hate You, Americans': ISIS Leader Who Grew Up on NJ Shore Halladay died in November when his two-seater ICON A5 amphibious plane nose-dived into shallow water off New Port Richey, Florida, which is near Tampa. The plane flipped over after hitting the water.Witnesses told authorities the plane was climbing, diving, and flying close to the water surface shortly before impact. The ISIS Soldier Who Grew Up at the Jersey Shore Halladay died on impact. The coroner ruled the cause of death as blunt trauma.Halladay, known as "Doc," pitched four seasons with the Phillies before retiring after injuries cut short his 2013 season. He won the 2010 National League Cy Young Award and pitched a perfect game while winning 21 games in his first season with the Phillies. He went on to pitch a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 divisional series.He started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, before he was traded to the Phillies ahead of the 2010 season.Halladay picked up flying after retiring from Major League Baseball. He had about 700 hours of flight time after getting his license in 2013. He started flying the aircraft, which has wings that can be folded and a body that can float, a month before the crash.Photo Credit: Getty Images/Christian Petersen, File

Jets WR Threatened to Sexually Assault Cop's Wife: PoliceFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:15:35 -0500

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson allegedly threatened to sexually assault a South Florida police officer's wife early Friday after authorities said he was caught driving a Jaguar more than 100 mph.Anderson, 24, also accused the arresting officer of trying to "ruin his fun" after the stop on North Flamingo Road in Sunrise about 2:15 a.m. on Friday, according to a police report.  Police Body Cam Video Shows Hannibal Buress' Arrest in Miami According to the report, the officer clocked Anderson's Jaguar going 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer wrote in the report that the vehicle was all over the road, ran two stop lights and refused to stop when he began to pursue the car with lights and sirens on. Once the officer finally got the vehicle to stop, Anderson declined to answer any questions and asked for a lawyer, according to the report. The cop and another officer then detained the man and tried to put him in the car, but Anderson reportedly refused to obey their commands. 'Jersey Shore' Star Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Case According to the report, Anderson threatened the officer's wife and his family once he was in the patrol car. He also allegedly bragged about how much money he had.Anderson was arrested on multiple charges including resisting an officer without violence, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, disobeying a red light and failure to drive in a single lane, records showed. He was booked into Broward County jail on $7,000 bond and was released Friday afternoon.In a statement, a Jets spokesperson said the team was aware of the situation."This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment," the spokesperson said.Attorney information for Anderson wasn't immediately available. But about 45 minutes before the arrest he tweeted, "I’m flaming right na man I swear."It's the second arrest for Anderson in South Florida in the past year. He was charged with resisting an officer with violence after an alleged confrontation with a Miami police officer outside the Rolling Loud Music Festival in May.A graduate of South Plantation High School, Anderson played college football at Temple before he was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He finished the 2017 season as the team's leading wide receiver, with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office / AP File Photo This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Red Sox Head to Foxwoods for Annual Winter WeekendFri, 19 Jan 2018 14:59:17 -0500

Before heading to Florida for Spring Training, the Boston Red Sox will be at Foxwoods this weekend, meeting with fans during the annual Winter Weekend.The event goes from today through Sunday, but you have to already have tickets to go because it’s already sold out. Former Classmate of Tortured Child Recalls Him as 'Famished' Fans can get autographs from and photos with players and alumni. You can also attend baseball insider panels, a town hall meeting with Red Sox owners and managers who will take questions from fans about the upcoming season. Blood Test to Detect 8 Cancers Early Gives Promising Results Wish you could be a baseball player? Test your fastball or take some swings at the batting cage.Children and their families can enjoy breakfast with Wally and his sister Tessie. Government Shutdown Takes Effect After Senate Talks Fail Ballpark food will also be available at the event.The Red Sox Winter Weekend is at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket.Photo Credit: Getty Images