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

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

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has hernia

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is going to miss the rest of the regular season after surgery to repair a sports hernia

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

Sold! Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox

All-Star ace Chris Sale joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, who dealt four prospects to the Chicago White Sox, including high-priced Yoan Moncada

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.”

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...

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.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

Celebrating the 60th birthday of Larry Legend

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

BLOGS

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: UConn at Notre Dame.

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

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Georgia Tech at Virginia Commonwealth.

7 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: California vs. Seton Hall from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

7:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: George Washington at Temple.

7:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., ESPN, MSG — NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks.

8 p.m., ESPNEWS — NCAA men: Texas Christian at Southern Methodist.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Davidson at North Carolina.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Howard at Maryland.

9:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Princeton vs. Hawaii from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers.

11 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Washington at Gonzaga.

Golf

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

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

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., ESPN2 — UEFA Champions League: Lyon vs. Sevilla.

2:30 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Champions League: Borussia Dortmund at Real Madrid.

PROFESSIONAL

Bradley, Celtics roll to 117-87 victory over Magic

Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Jae Crowder had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Boston Celtics routed the Orlando Magic 117-87 on Wednesday night.

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.

Raiders visit Chiefs with AFC West, playoff implications

The Raiders and Chiefs are such bitter foes that not even a late-season game between losing teams with no hope of a division title or playoff berth would take away the importance of a matchup.

Cowboys plan to keep on driving even if home field clinched

Rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott made the playoffs with four games to spare in Dallas.

UCONN

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.

UConn women replace Notre Dame as No. 1 team in AP poll

UConn is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, moving ahead of Notre Dame on Monday

Facey's inside presence contributes to UConn's win

UConn senior Kentan Facey spent the last few days battling a stomach virus.

COLLEGES

No longer the underdog, Oklahoma QB Mayfield still has fire

Baker Mayfield arrived on Oklahoma's campus as an unpredictable gunslinger with a chip on his shoulder

Former Army coach Bob Sutton: nothing a given in Army-Navy

Bob Sutton is still riveted by America's Game, even if he's far from the service academy world that once consumed him when he coached at Army

Top 25 college basketball roundup

Amile Jefferson had career highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to an 84-74 victory over No. 21 Florida in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden

CT SUN

Ogwumike has Achilles surgery, could miss season

Connecticut Sun post Chiney Ogwumike underwent successful Achilles surgery Wednesday on her left tendon at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. The timetable for recovery from such a procedure is typically six to nine months.