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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.

Louisville: Freshman Brian Bowen will not play for Cardinals

Louisville says freshman forward Brian Bowen will not play for the school. The 6-foot-7 Bowen signed with the Cardinals in June but has been held out of practice and games since the school announced it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of bribery in college basketball. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Louisville says freshman Brian Bowen will not play, have parted ways with assistant Kenny Johnson in wake of corruption probe

Miami gets bump to No. 2 behind Alabama in playoff rankings

Miami head coach Mark Richt walks off the field following a 44-28 win over Virginia on Saturday. The Hurricanes moved past ACC rival Clemson and into second place in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four

HIGH SCHOOL

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.

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.

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.

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-Cal State Fullerton winner vs. San Diego State-Sacramento State winner 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: Florida-Stanford loser vs. Ohio State-Gonzaga loser in PK80 Invitational motion bracket from Portland, Ore.

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Oregon vs. Michigan State-DePaul loser 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-Stanford winner vs. Ohio State-Gonzaga winner in PK80 Invitational motion bracket semifinal from Portland, Ore.

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

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)