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Dan Hurley remembered turning St. Benedicts Prep in Newark into a national program, recalled turning Wagner from a five-win program to a 25-win program, and bringing Rhode Island from 7-24 to the NCAA Tournament. How many games did we win last year, 14 asked Hurley, as he described his new...
The last time Nick Wright played football, he was a left tackle. That was back when he was 9 years old, in a youth football league. He was always one of the biggest kids on the field. But he dropped the sport after that and played everything else baseball, soccer and most notably basketball,...
Whats the biggest reason UConn football is 1-5 on the season and by some measures the worst team in the country Poor defense. Whats the reason for the Huskies poor defense Extreme youth. Whats the reason for the teams extreme youth Well, that gets complicated. As Randy Edsall has pointed...
After Cane Broome spent two years as a standout guard at Sacred Heart, having played himself into a national conversation and unique opportunity, he considered what could become of his final two seasons of NCAA eligibility. It was either stay and be a great player, or go somewhere else and try...
When UConn coach Geno Auriemma glanced down at his phone this summer, he saw he had a text from freshman Christyn Williams apologizing. She hadnt meant to come off the way she did at Auriemmas annual charity golf tournament when she said the words that eventually made headlines. Were going...
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There was an international buzz in East Hartford Tuesday night as soccer fans headed to Rentschler Field as the U.S. men took on Peru.For many it was a chance to see their favorite team from thousands of miles away. This was an exhibition game or friendly as the soccer world calls it, but the games status made little difference to the thousands of fans who were excited to be there in person for this rare matchup. Trump: Certainly Looks Like Saudi Writer Dead This was just the third time the two teams have faced off since 2000.Many Peru fans were thrilled at the chance to see the team from their native country thousands of miles away. Taliban Attack Kills Top Afghan Officials, US General Unhurt Its total excitement. From my house to here is five minutes. So what else could I want You know They came super close to me, said Maggie Villegas of East Hartford.We came to see our team, our countrys soccer team. We hope they win, said Jimmy Contreas of Hartford. StarKist Admits Fixing Tuna Prices, Faces $100 Million Fine While Peru seemed to win in numbers, USA fans held strong.The turnout and the enthusiasm are proof fans say of soccers growing popularity in the area.The more that we do this stuff up here the better. Weve got a great crowd no doubt, said Dave Blumes of New Britain.In the end, the U.S. and Peru tied 1-1.Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
Thousands are at Rentscher Field in East Hartford to watch the U.S. Mens National Soccer Team takes on Peru on Tuesday night.
Windham High School senior Barbosa Torres knew last football season he had a shot to make history.And then as I was getting closer, thats when it became a reality and it was time to get serious about it, the Whippets star running back said before their week seven match up against Griswold. Trump: Certainly Looks Like Saudi Writer Dead Because Torres also knows chances like this dont happen often. For the first time in 47 years, he will be the one to break Hank Reeds all-time rushing record at the school: 4,111 yards. Torres only needed 15 more last Friday night and the current record holder was there to see it.To see like the legacy passed down, Hank Reed told me, you know, hold it as long as I did or longer and I told him, I got you, said Torres. Im going to try to hold the record for a million years. Taliban Attack Kills Top Afghan Officials, US General Unhurt Reed isnt disappointed to see his record broken. Torres has earned it.I did the same thing, Reed said of the paths he and Torres took to the record books. I grew up here, played midget football, came up through the ranks, watched the team before me and followed them. StarKist Admits Fixing Tuna Prices, Faces $100 Million Fine Though Torres says he isnt done.Now we gotta go for the touchdown record. Im at 49 right now, said Torres. We gotta find out what that one is, Im going to break that one, too.Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
What looked like a blowout soon devolved into an epic disaster.As always, when the New England Patriots are involved, wait for the final whistle to blow before jumping to conclusions.Tom Brady and Co. overcame a resurgent Kansas City Chiefs offense -- as well as countless mistakes of their own -- to survive and pick up a crucial 43-40 win at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.We had control and then we let them back in the game, Brady said, going on to reference a fumble he lost in the third quarter. They were making plays on offense. We were making plays. We talked about competing for 60 minutes, and thats what it took. It took us right down to the last 3 seconds.The Patriots had a 15-point lead at the half, which was gone early in the fourth quarter when Tremon Smiths 97-yard kick return paved the way for a Tyreek Hill 1-yard touchdown catch from Patrick Mahomes II to help make it 33-30 with 8:38 left in regulation. It was Kansas Citys first lead since kicking a field goal on the opening possession of the game to go up 3-0.Brady led the Patriots back downfield on their very next drive, picking up 42 yards on a deep ball to Chris Hogan and rumbling into the end zone himself from 4 yards out to put New England ahead 37-33.There were some other things going on in that play, and he stayed alive, Brady said in reference to Hogans grab. Ive hit him on that a bunch over the last two-and-a-half years. Hes got enough speed to separate down the field, and I threw it up high enough to try to give him a chance to run under it.The game couldnt have been further from over, of course. The Patriots finally forced the Chiefs to punt on the series that followed, the first time either team had to do so all game.Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 50-yard field goal to put New England ahead 40-33, only to see Hill torch the Patriots once again with a 75-yard touchdown catch from Mahomes on the first place of Kansas Citys next drive.Tied at 40-40, New England embarked on a seven-play, 65-yard drive that would be enough to survive and advance. The key play was a 39-yard hookup between Brady and Rob Gronkowski, that got the Patriots from the outskirts of field goal range to right in the sweet spot.Gostkowskis kick sailed through the uprights with no time left on the clock, and New England is now 4-2 -- just one game back of Kansas City 5-1 in the AFC playoff picture.Brady finished with 340 yards through the air, his second game in a row north of 300 after falling short in New Englands first four games. He completed 24 of his 35 passes and threw for one touchdown, a 17-yard pass to Julian Edelman in the second quarter.New England had a 24-9 lead at halftime, with two rushing touchdowns for Sony Michel and a Gostkowski field goal accounting for the scoring. Kansas Citys five first half drives ended with three field goals and two interceptions -- one by Donta Hightower, one by Duron Harmon.Michel finished the game with 106 yards on the ground in addition to his pair of scores, good enough for the second game of his brief career with more than 100 yards rushing.Hill had seven catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs. Kareem Hunt, whom the Patriots passed on twice in the 2017 draft for Derek Rivers and Antonio Garcia, respectively, also had a monster game with 185 yards from scrimmage 105 receiving, 80 rushing.Josh Gordon had five catches for New England, the most hes had in a Patriots uniform. He was targeted nine times in all and racked up 42 yards.Asked after the game to describe Brady in the huddle during a potentially game-winning drive, Gordon noted his poise as what stood out.I think its overall, he just has a certain calmness to him in a high-pressure situation. Not everybody has that, Gordon said. I think when he displays that, other guys feel better about what theyre supposed to do knowing that were in good hands.The Patriots are on the road next week against the Chicago Bears. Its a two-game road swing in all, with a trip to western New York to play the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football the following week.New Englands next home game is on Sunday, Nov. 4 vs. the Green Bay Packers -- also on Sunday Night Football.Photo Credit: Getty Images
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