ECC likely to have only two teams in state football playoffs

Fitch's Pedro Monica (44) fights for extra yardage during the Falcons' 42-6 win over Windham last Thursday. The Falcons, who have already qualified for the Class L state playoffs, can put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season and enhance their chances of earning a quarterfinal home game with a win over rival Ledyard on Thanksgiving Day at Ledyard. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Fitch and Killingly have qualified for the CIAC playoffs. They should also be the Eastern Connecticut Conference's only representatives, the lowest for the league since the CIAC expanded to a 32-team field in 2010.

Vital emerges from slump, sparks UConn men to comfortable win

Christian Vital of UConn gestures after making a three-point basket during the first half of Sunday's game against Boston University at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Christian Vital, a sophomore guard, felt bad about his performance in the first two UConn basketball games. He was disappointed that he failed to live up to his role as a spark off the bench.

UConn women rout No. 15 Maryland, 97-72

UConn's Crystal Dangerfield goes by Maryland's Blair Watson (22) and Sarah Myers during Sunday's game at the XL Center in Hartford. No. 1 UConn beat No. 15 Maryland 97-72. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Kia Nurse scored 21 points to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed No. 15 Maryland 97-72 on Sunday.

Brady picks apart Raiders in Patriots' 33-8 win in Mexico

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) and holder Ryan Allen, right, are greeted by long snapper Joe Cardona (49) after Gostkowski made a 62-yard field goal during the first half of Sunday's game against the Raiders at Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Tom Brady felt right at home in his first appearance in Mexico by throwing for 339 yards and three touchdowns, to the delight of an adoring crowd, in the New England Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Rosas' FG in overtime gives Giants unexpected win

Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis, right, catches a pass in front of Phillip Gaines of the Chiefs (23) during overtime in Sunday's game at East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Roger Lewis Jr. made a spectacular catch to set up the winning 23-yard yard goal by Aldrick Rosas in overtime and the New York Giants responded from weeks of adversity to beat the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs 12-9 on a blustery, cold Sunday.


No. 8 Middletown at No. 5 Windsor highlights H.S. football's holiday feast

Some of the best football games in the biggest week of the regular season will involve teams ranked in The Day's Top 10 state coaches' poll, among them No. 8 Middletown playing at No. 5 Windsor on Wednesday night.

Old Lyme girls beat Holy Cross 2-1 in 2 OTs to win Class S soccer title

Old Lyme's Mya Johnson, right, and Caroline Wallace embrace as the Wildcats celebrate their 2-1 double overrtime win over Holy Cross in Saturday's CIAC Class S state championship girls' soccer game at Middletown High School. Johnson scored off a header in overtime to give the Wildcats their third consecutive state title. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Old Lyme won its third straight CIAC Class S girls' soccer championship on Saturday, rallying from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Holy Cross 2-1 in double overtime.

Rivera learned on the job, then thrived in goal for state champion Wildcats

Old Lyme goalie Emily Rivera leaps to deflect the ball out of the penalty area after a Holy Cross corner kick during Saturday's CIAC Class S state championship girls' soccer game at Middletown High School. Rivera, a senior who never played in the goal until this season, made three saves to help the Wildcats win their third straight title with a 2-1 double overtime win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

To be on the field for Saturday's Class S girls' soccer championship meant a lot to Old Lyme senior Emily Rivera. She even learned to play goalie.


Local roundup: Veitner leads UConn to NCAA field hockey title

The UConn field hockey team won its third national title in five years, beating Maryland 2-1 on Sunday to finish off an unbeaten (23-0) season.

Local roundup: CGA's Mooney finishes fourth at NCAA cross country championships

Kaitlyn Mooney ran to a fourth-place finish, the best in Coast Guard Academy history, during Saturday's NCAA Division III women's cross country championships.



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2:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Virginia Commonwealth vs. Marquette in Maui Invitational from Hawaii.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Wichita State vs. California in Maui Invitational from Hawaii.

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

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M in Legends Classic from New York.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: UCLA vs. Creighton in Hall of Fame Classic from Kansas City, Mo.

7 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks.

8:30 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Hampton at Xavier.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Notre Dame vs. Chaminade in Maui Invitational from Hawaii.

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Baylor vs. Wisconsin in Hall of Fame Classic from Kansas City, Mo.

11:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: North Carolina at Stanford.

11:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Louisiana State vs. Michigan in Maui Invitational from Hawaii.


8:30 p.m., ESPN, WCBS (880-AM) — NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks.


8:05 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: New Jersey Devils at Minnesota Wild.


3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Stoke City at Brighton & Hove Albion.


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

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


NFL roundup

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) lunges for yards as Broncos free safety Bradley Roby (29) comes in to make a hit during the first half of Sunday's game at Denver. The Bengals won 20-17. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Luke Elliott to a head injury, and the Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East with a 37-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with 1st NASCAR title

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup race on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.  (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Martin Truex Jr. capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR's champion.

Dimitrov wins ATP Finals, Grand Slam his next target

Grigor Dimitrov plays a return to David Goffin during their ATP World Tour Finals singles final on Sunday at London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Grigor Dimitrov's talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win — but he needed more than that to get over the line.

Golf roundup

Lexi Thompson won $1 million for the CME Race to the Globe and left so much more behind Sunday in the LPGA Tour's final event.


Speeding up tempo UConn's goal against Boston University

UConn's Jalen Adams glides to the basket and is fouled by Stony Brook's Tyrell Sturdivant, center, during the Huskies' 72-64 win on Tuesday night. UConn hosts Boston University on Sunday night in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn looks for its third straight home win of the young season when the Huskies welcome Boston University to the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday night.

Dillon, Boston College run over UConn in Fenway Gridiron game

UConn linebacker Cameron Stapleton (10) and defensive back Anthony Watkins (29) attempt to bring down Boston College running back AJ Dillon (2) during the second quarter of Saturday night's game at Fenway Park. Dillon, who grew up in New London, rushed for 200 yards on 24 carries and scored a pair of TDs to lead the Eagles to a 39-16 win. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

AJ Dillon, Boston College's standout true freshman from New London, piled up 200 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles past UConn 39-16 at Fenway Park on Saturday night.

UConn's Stevens ready to step in if Samuelson misses Maryland game

UConn's Azura Stevens (23) goes by California's Kristine Anigwe (31) during Friday night's 82-47 win over the Bears. Stevens, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Duke, could move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Maryland if Katie Lou Samuelson can't play because of a foot injury. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

UConn's Geno Auriemma has a pretty good option in Azurá Stevens if All-American Katie Lou Samuelson misses Sunday's game against Maryland with a foot injury suffered during Friday's win over California.


Texas Tech wins tourney title at Mohegan Sun

Keenan Evans scored 25 points to lead Texas Tech over No. 20 Northwestern 85-49 on Sunday in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

UCLA fires football coach Jim Mora

UCLA fired football coach Jim Mora on Sunday with one regular-season game left in his sixth season.

Top 25 college football roundup

Michigan's Brandon Watson breaks up a pass intended for Wisconsin's Danny Davis III during the second half of Saturday's game at Madison, Wis. No. 5 Wisconsin beat No. 19 Michigan 24-10. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Malik Rosier threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 2 Miami pulled off its biggest comeback in five years, by holding off Virginia 44-28 on Saturday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 15 games.


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