UConn football determined to send seniors out on a high note

UConn coach Randy Edsall hopes to be able to send his seniors off on a high note when the Huskies close their 2017 season on the road against Cincinnati on Saturday at Nippert Stadium. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

UConn ends its first season during Randy Edsall's second go-around on Saturday when the Huskies visit Cincinnati an an American Athletic Conference game.

CIAC football playoff pairings

Following are the 2017 state high school football playoff pairings, which were certified and officially announced by the CIAC on Friday:

2017 ECC football award winners

Following is the list of 2017 Eastern Connecticut Conference football all-stars, sportsmanship award and scholar-athlete honorees:

Fitch completes perfect regular season and will host Masuk in Class L quarterfinals

Fitch's Tyler Andrews (24) breaks free for an 86-yard touchdown run during the Falcons' 27-19 victory over Ledyard on Thanksgiving morning. The Falcons put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season and will host Masuk in a Class L state playoff quarterfinal game on Tuesday night. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Fitch survived a late scare from Ledyard to defeat the Colonels 27-19, a win that secured the Colonel Ledyard Sword for another year, clinched the program's first unbeaten regular season since 2001, and earned the Falcons' a home state playoff game...

Whalers rally for dramatic 26-22 win over NFA

New London's Elijah Parker leaps over NFA's Shea McManaway (9), Nazaiah Paul (11) and Caleb Parker (10) to catch the game-winning touchdown pass with 3.3 seconds remaining, completing a dramatic comeback from a 22-0 deficit and lifting the Whalers to a 26-22 win over the Wildcats on Thanksgiving morning in the 156th renewal of the oldest high school football rivalry in the nation. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Elijah Parker caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Owen George with 3.3 seconds left as New London rallied from a 22-point, second-half deficit to beat Norwich Free Academy 26-22 on Thanksgiving morning.

HIGH SCHOOL

OL girls place three on Class S all-state team; EL's named Sorrentino MVP of Senior Bowl

Old Lyme High School, which won its third straight Class S state title a week ago, had three players named to the Connecticut Girls' Soccer Coaches Class S All-State team.

Roman resigns as New London football coach

Juan Roman huddles with his players prior their final drive against NFA on Thanksgiving morning. The Whalers would go 90 yards to beat the Wildcats 26-22. After the game Roman told his players he was stepping down as head coach after two seasons. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Juan Roman resigned as New London's head football coach after the Whalers' 26-22 Thanksgiving Day win over Norwich Free Academy.

H.S. football: Fitch finishes perfect season and will host Maloney in Class L quarterfinal

Fitch completed a perfect regular season and clinched a Class L state football home playoff game with a 27-19 victory over Ledyard on Thanksgiving morning.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Montville falls to Windham, 36-29

Montville's fourth-quarter rally came up short as the Indians lost to Windham 36-29 in a high school football game on Wednesday night.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

Roman: A truly decent man who belonged around games our kids play

I had no idea that Juan Roman's last game at New London had just happened a few hours earlier. Wish...

BLOGS

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

8 a.m., NBCSN — Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice from United Arab Emirates.

Basketball

11 a.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: Missouri vs. St. John's in AdvoCare Invitational semifinal from Orlando, Fla.

Noon, YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Brooklyn Nets.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA men: Villanova vs. Northern Iowa in Battle 4 Atlantis final from Paradise Island, Bahamas.

1:30 p.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: Saint Mary's vs. Washington State in Wooden Legacy semifinal from Fullerton, Calif.

2:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Tennessee vs. North Carolina State in Battle 4 Atlantis third-place game from Paradise Island, Bahamas.

3 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Portland State vs. Butler in PK80 Invitational motion bracket from Portland, Ore.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: North Carolina vs. Arkansas in PK80 Invitational victory bracket semifinal from Portland, Ore.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Central Florida vs. West Virginia in AdvoCare Invitational from semifinal Orlando, Fla.

5:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Xavier vs. Arizona State in Las Vegas Invitational final.

5:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Duke vs. Texas in PK80 Invitational motion bracket semifinal from Portland, Ore.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Georgia vs. San Diego State in Wooden Legacy semifinal from Fullerton, Calif.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Virginia vs. Rhode Island in NIT Tip-Off final from New York.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Texas Christian vs. New Mexico in Emerald Coast Classic from Niceville, Fla.

7:30 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks.

8 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Cleveland Cavaliers.  

8 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: George Washington vs. Kansas State in Las Vegas Invitational third-place game.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Stanford vs. Ohio State in PK80 Invitational motion bracket from Portland, Ore.

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Oregon vs. DePaul in PK80 Invitational victory bracket from Portland, Ore.

9:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Maryland vs. St. Bonaventure in Emerald Coast Classic from Niceville, Fla. 

9:45 p.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: Vanderbilt vs. Seton Hall in NIT Tip-Off third-place game from New York.

10:30 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors.   

11:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Florida vs. Gonzaga in PK80 Invitational motion bracket semifinal from Portland, Ore.

Midnight, ESPN, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: UConn vs. Michigan State in PK80 Invitational victory bracket semifinal from Portland, Ore.

Football

11:30 a.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Western Michigan at Toledo.

Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: Miami at Pittsburgh.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Navy at Houston.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA: Baylor at Texas Christian.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA: Northern Illinois at Central Michigan.

2:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Missouri at Arkansas.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: South Florida at Central Florida.

3:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: New Mexico at San Diego State.

4 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Iowa at Nebraska.

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Texas Tech at Texas.

8 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Virginia Tech at Virginia.

10:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: California at UCLA.

Golf

8 p.m., Golf Channel — Australasia PGA: Australian Open from Sydney.

1 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Hong Kong Open from Fanling.

Hockey

1 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins.

4 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers.

7:05 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: Vancouver Canucks at New Jersey Devils.

7:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: Minnesota at Notre Dame.

Rugby

5:30 p.m., NBCSN — English Premiership: Gloucester at Newcastle. (taped today)

Soccer

3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Leicester City at West Ham.

Tennis

8 a.m., Tennis Channel — Davis Cup: Belgium at France in final from Lille.

3 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: Hawaii Open from Honolulu.

11 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: Hawaii Open from Honolulu.

Winter Sports

Midnight, NBCSN — Women's Bobsled from Whistler, British Columbia. (taped today)

PROFESSIONAL

Redskins beat Giants 20-10 in turkey of a Thanksgiving game

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time.

Rivers, Chargers beat fading Cowboys 28-6

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) scrambles out of pocket under pressure from Joey Bosa of the Chargers (99) in the second half of Thursday's game at Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers are on the move. Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are fading fast.

Keenum-led Vikings beat Lions 30-23, adding to division lead

Vikings running back Latavius Murray (25) rushes for a two-yard touchdown during the second half of Thursday's game against the Lions at Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Case Keenum stood in the pocket to take a hit, dipped his right shoulder to slip out of a sack and shuffled his feet in the pocket to give his receivers more time to get open.

Heat top Celtics 104-98, snap Boston's 16-game win streak

Kyrie Irving of the Celtics stands on the court during the second half of Wednesday night's game against the Heat at Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Dion Waiters watched his 3-point try bounce off the rim, ricochet off the top of the backboard, then hit the rim again and somehow drop through the net.

UCONN

UConn pulls away late to surprise Oregon 71-63

UConn guard Alterique Gilbert, right, steals the ball from Oregon forward Keith Smith, left, during the Huskies' 71-63 win at the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday night in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen)

Terry Larrier scored 18 points, Alterique Gilbert and Jalen Adams both added 16 points each, and Connecticut knocked off Oregon 71-63 in the opening round of the PK80 Invitational

UConn's goal: Make a statement at PK80 Invitational

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie calls out instructions to his team during the second half of Sunday's game against Boston University at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The journey begins with a first round match-up with Oregon (4-0) at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Moda Center. The Huskies will face with No. 4 Michigan State or DePaul in the second round on Friday and complete tournament action on Sunday.

No. 1 UConn routs No. 5 UCLA 78-60 for 39th road win in row

UConn forward Napheesa Collier (24) past UCLA guard Chantel Horvat during Tuesday night's game in Los Angeles. The top-ranked Huskies routed the No. 5 Bruins 78-60. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Napheesa Collier scored 23 points and No. 1 UConn routed fifth-ranked UCLA 78-60, snapping the Bruins' 32-game home winning streak

COLLEGES

NCAA men's basketball top 25 roundup

Rhode Island's Jeff Dowtin (11) pokes the ball away from Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington (0) during the first half of Thursday's game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Trevon Duval had 22 points and top-ranked Duke pulled away for a 99-81 victory over surprisingly tenacious Portland State on Thursday to open the Phil Knight Invitational.

Texas Tech wins tourney title at Mohegan Sun

Keenan Evans scored 25 points to lead Texas Tech over No. 20 Northwestern 85-49 on Sunday in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora

UCLA fired football coach Jim Mora on Sunday with one regular-season game left in his sixth season.

CT SUN

Jackpot! Las Vegas wins WNBA draft lottery

Las Vegas won the WNBA draft lottery and will have the No. 1 pick

Sun assistant Nicki Collen named head coach of Atlanta Dream

Nicki Collen, an assistant coach with the Connecticut Sun the past two seasons, is leaving to become head coach of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Former Connecticut Sun assistant coach Nicki Collen named coach of Atlanta Dream