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The Lonesome Polecat (BRACKETOLOGY variant): KA-BLAMMO

DOH — we could be in for a gonzo Thanksgrabbing.

We present the Second Annual Non-Football Fans' Guide To Surviving Thanksgiving

What if you are sitting in a room with people watching football on Thanksgiving and have no idea...

Ouellette's story resonates ... the way so many others have, too

Maddie Ouellette played with a broken left wrist, suffered in Tuesday's semifinal game, and still...

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UCONN

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

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

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.

Local roundup: Hynes leads Conn women to easy hoop win

Mairead Hynes scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Connecticut College to an 84-59 victory over FDU-Florham in a women's basketball game on Thursday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Redskins, Giants in Thanksgiving game between 2 losing teams

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the first half of Sunday's game against the Chiefs in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

With their losing records and their shaky defenses and their injury-depleted rosters, the Washington Redskins and New York Giants are not exactly ready for prime time, let alone for a national audience tuning in on Thanksgiving night.

Bruins top Devils behind Anton Khudobin, Charlie McAvoy

Devils goalie Cory Schneider dives to stop a scoring shot by Bruins center Patrice Bergeron during the first period Wednesday in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bruins top Devils behind Khudobin, McAvoy

ON THE AIR

Basketball

11:30 a.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Missouri vs. Long Beach State in AdvoCare Invitational from Orlando, Fla.

12:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Tennessee vs. Villanova in Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal from Paradise Island, Bahamas.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: St. John's vs. Oregon State in AdvoCare Invitational from Orlando, Fla.

2:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: North Carolina vs. Portland in PK80 Invitational victory bracket from Portland, Ore.

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Northern Iowa vs. North Carolina State in Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal from Paradise Island, Bahamas.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Virginia vs. Vanderbilt in NIT Tip-Off from New York.

4 p.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: Harvard vs. Saint Mary's in Wooden Legacy from Fullerton, Calif.

4:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Duke vs. Portland State in PK80 Invitational motion bracket from Portland, Ore.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Arkansas vs. Oklahoma in PK80 Invitational victory bracket from Portland, Ore.

5 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Xavier vs. George Washington in Las Vegas Invitational.

6:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Seton Hall vs. Rhode Island in NIT Tip-Off from New York.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Butler vs. Texas in PK80 Invitational motion bracket from Portland, Ore.

7:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Kansas State vs. Arizona State in Las Vegas Invitational.

8:30 p.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: West Virginia vs. Marist in AdvoCare Invitational from Orlando, Fla.

9 p.m., ESPNU, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: UConn vs. Oregon in PK80 Invitational victory bracket from Portland, Ore.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Florida vs. Stanford in PK80 Invitational motion bracket from Portland, Ore.

10:30 p.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: Georgia vs. Cal State Fullerton in Wooden Legacy from Fullerton, Calif.

11:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Michigan State vs. DePaul in PK80 Invitational victory bracket from Portland, Ore.

12:30 a.m. (Friday), ESPN2 — NCAA men: Ohio State vs. Gonzaga in PK80 Invitational motion bracket from Portland, Ore.

1 a.m. (Friday), ESPNU — NCAA men: Sacramento State vs. San Diego State in Wooden Legacy from Fullerton, Calif.

Football

9:45 a.m., WJJF (94.9-FM) — High school: Waterford at East Lyme.

9:45 a.m., WWRX (107.7-FM) — High school: Fitch at Ledyard.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 61, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions.

4:30 p.m., Ch. 3, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys.

7:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Mississippi at Mississippi State.

8:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: New York Giants at Washington Redskins.  

Golf

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

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

Soccer

1 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Europa League: Arsenal at Koln.

3 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Europa League: Atalanta at Everton.

Tennis

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

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