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Celebrating the 60th birthday of Larry Legend

Not that we need another reason to feel older, but … Larry Bird turned 60 on...

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UCONN

No. 1 UConn beats No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 for 83rd win in row

Napheesa Collier scored 20 points, Gabby Williams had 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 on Wednesday night for its 83rd straight victory

No. 2 Notre Dame women eager to face top-ranked UConn women

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw figures top-ranked Connecticut should provide a good measuring stick to see just how good her second-ranked Fighting Irish are

UConn fights through adversity to score dramatic win over Syracuse at Garden

UConn overcame an 11-point second-half deficit and some self-inflicted wounds down the stretch to seize a huge 52-50 victory Monday in the Tire Pros Classic before 15,347 noisy fans at Madison Square Garden.

COLLEGES

Top 25 college basketball roundup

Brenton Scott made 1 of 2 free throws with 0.8 seconds left and finished with 25 points Wednesday night to help Indiana State upset No. 16 Butler 72-71

Oregon hires Willie Taggart as new head football coach

Oregon has hired Willie Taggart, who spent the last four seasons as head coach at South Florida, to take over as coach of the Ducks following the dismissal of Mark Helfrich

Stanford's Christian McCaffrey to leave school for NFL draft

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft

HIGH SCHOOL

Mistakes cost Valley Regional/Old Lyme in 28-7 loss to St. Joseph

St. Joseph used a blocked punt and a sack to force a fumble to scored 28 unanswered points in the second half and beat Valley Regional/Old Lyme on Monday, 28-7, in a CIAC Class M semifinal.

O'Brien has 'arrived' for Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team

Sophomore Jason O'Brien was being embraced by Valley Regional/Old Lyme assistant coach Steve Woods following Monday's 28-7 playoff loss to St. Joseph. Before Woods walked away, he left O'Brien with a few final words: “You have arrived.”

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Merchant Marine men push past Coast Guard from the free throw line

Merchant Marine Academy earned bragging rights over Coast Guard Academy in the men's basketball rivalry, sinking four free throws in the final 16 seconds to post a 50-47 victory Wednesday.

College roundup: Emerson holds off Conn in women's basketball

Charlie Boyle finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Emerson College women's basketball team to a 63-57 victory Tuesday night at Connecticut College.

Black Wolves to kick off the 2017 NLL season with special Fan Fest

The New England Black Wolves will host a Fan Fest at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, Dec. 17 to kick off the 2017 National Lacrosse League season.

PROFESSIONAL

Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag'

New Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale says he isn't worried that he might not be the ace of the pitching staff after being traded from the White Sox to Boston

Special teams could play big role for Patriots vs. Ravens

When the Ravens and Patriots have met in New England in recent years, it has usually been a close affair

ON THE AIR

Basketball

6:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Fordham at St. John's.

7 p.m., TNT — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Toronto Raptors.

7:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Iowa State at Iowa.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: Texas A&M at Texas Christian.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Nicholls at Florida State.

9:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls.

Football

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: College Football Awards Show from Atlanta.

8:25 p.m., Chs. 10, 30, NFL Network, WCBS (880-AM) — NFL: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs. 

Golf

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Franklin Templeton Shootout from Naples, Fla.

9 p.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Hong Kong Open.

4 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — Ladies European PGA: Dubai Masters from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins.

7:35 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens.

8 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at Winnipeg Jets.

Soccer

5:20 a.m., FS1 — FIFA Club playoffs: Kashima vs. Auckland City at Yokohama, Japan.

1 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Europa League: Manchester United at Zorya Luhansk.

3 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Europa League: Hapoel Beer-Sheva at Southampton.

Swimming

6:30 p.m., NBCSN — World Swimming Championships from Windsor, Ontario.