CIAC football playoffs / Championship Saturday roundup

Timothy Herget had two touchdown catches and two interceptions and Quinn Fay had four of his team’s eight sacks as Darien routed Ridgefield on Saturday, 28-7, to win its second straight CIAC Class LL title.

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.”

CIAC football playoff semifinals / Monday's final scores

CLASS LL No. 1 Darien 38, No. 4 Southington 7 No. 7 Ridgefield 44, No. 6 Shelton 41 CLASS L No. 1 Windsor 40, No. 4 Middletown 14 No. 2 New Canaan 20, No. 6 Notre Dame-West Haven...

Valley Regional/Old Lyme vs. St. Joseph should be an air battle

Valley Regional/Old Lyme has allowed just one passing touchdown this season. The Warriors will face their toughest challenge on Monday against St. Joseph's prolific passing game in the CIAC Class M football playoff semifinals.

COLUMNS

Celebrating the 60th birthday of Larry Legend

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

UCONN

Ohio State outlasts short-handed UConn men 64-60

Trevor Thompson's matching double-double _ 17 points and 17 rebounds _ pushed Ohio State past Connecticut, 64-60 on Saturday night

Gabby Williams taking advantage of her opportunities

It's easy to watch Gabby Williams display the eye-opening athleticism that made her an Olympic-caliber high jumper before she was able to legally drive a car and think of the UConn junior forward merely for her rather remarkable athletic...

UConn packs a positive attitude for its road trip to Ohio State

UConn will step on the court at Ohio State's Value City Arena in Columbus on Saturday feeling significantly better than it did early last week.

COLLEGES

Osborne (Roxbury), LaFrance Boyce (Avery Point) chose the junior college route to chase the dream

Charee Osborne of New London wore the black Roxbury (Mass.) Community College No. 21 on Saturday afternoon for a junior college game at UConn Avery Point. Taty LaFrance Boyce of Stonington had the home uniform, Avery Point's white jersey No. 13.

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

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local colleges: Hot-shooting Conn men beat Mitchell 95-75

Connecticut College shot a blistering 69 percent in the first half en route to a 95-75 victory at Mitchell College in a men's college basketball game Saturday at the Yarnall Athletic Center.

Local roundup: UConn beats UMass 3-1 in Hockey East

Sophomore Tage Thompson scored a pair of goals as UConn ended the first half of its season with a 3-1 Hockey East victory over UMass at the XL Center.

PROFESSIONAL

Lowry scores 34 as Raptors rally past Celtics 101-94

Kyle Lowry scored 21 of his season-high 34 points in the second half to help the Toronto Raptors hold on for a 101-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night

Avalanche beat Bruins in Boston again

Matt Duchene scored his 10th goal and John Mitchell got his first, lifting the Colorado Avalanche over the Boston Bruins 4-2

ON THE AIR

Basketball

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Mississippi at Virginia Tech.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA men: Brooklyn vs. St. John's from New York.

2 p.m., FS1, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: UConn at Kansas State.

3 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Kentucky vs. Hofstra from New York.

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

4:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: Tennessee at Texas.

5 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Tennessee at North Carolina.

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Alabama at Oregon.

7 p.m., CSN — NBA: Boston Celtics at Oklahoma City Thunder.

9:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers.

Bowling

1 p.m., ESPN — PBA World Championship from Reno, Nev.

Figure Skating

8:30 p.m., NBCSN — Grand Prix of Figure Skating from Marseille, France. (taped today) 

Football

1 p.m., Ch. 3 — NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills.

1 p.m., Ch. 61 — NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles.

4:25 p.m., Ch. 61 — NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers.

8:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30, WFAN (660-AM), WTIC (1080-AM) — NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants.

Golf

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Father/Son Challenge from Orlando, Fla.

3 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — PGA: Father/Son Challenge from Orlando, Fla.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers.

Soccer

5:20 a.m., FS1 — FIFA Club playoffs: Kashima (Japan) vs. Mamelodi (South Africa) in a quarterfinal from Osaka, Japan.

7 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: West Bromwich at Chelsea.

9:15 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham at Manchester United.

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Mainz at Borussia Monchengladbach.

11:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: West Ham United at Liverpool.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Wake Forest vs. Stanford in Division I tournament final from Houston.

Swimming

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