H.S. football / Week 12 preview capsules

Pedro Mojica (44) and the Fitch Falcons can complete a perfect regular season and take home the Colonel Ledyard Sword for the second straight year with a victory over Ledyard on Thanksgiving morning at at Bill Mignault Field. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Wednesday's Game Montville at Windham, 6:30 p.m. Records: Montville (4-5); Windham (2-7) Last week: Montville was idle; Windham lost to Fitch...

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.

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.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

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

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

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

Van Demark growing into his role on UConn football team

True freshman Ryan Van Demark regularly lines up against stronger and more experienced football players.

COLLEGES

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.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

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.

Patriots looking like themselves after slow start to season

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, talks with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr after Sunday's game at Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

The Patriots have rarely shown signs of vulnerability during Bill Belichick's tenure.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA men: Tennessee vs. Purdue in Battle 4 Atlantis from Paradise Island, Bahamas.

2:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Villanova vs. Western Kentucky in Battle 4 Atlantis from Paradise Island, Bahamas.

2:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: California vs. Chaminade in Maui Invitational seventh-place game from Hawaii.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Virginia Commonwealth vs. Michigan in Maui Invitational fifth-place game from Hawaii.

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: George Mason vs. Fresno State in Cancun Challenge third-place game from Mexico.

7 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Belmont at Providence.

7 p.m., YES, WCBS (880-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers.

7:30 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks.

8 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Marquette vs. Louisiana State in Maui Invitational third-place game from Hawaii.

8:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Louisiana Tech vs. Evansville in Cancun Challenge final from Mexico.

10 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Rice vs. Mississippi in MGM Grand Main Event third-place game from Las Vegas.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings.

10:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Wichita State vs. Notre Dame winner in Maui Invitational final from Hawaii.

12:30 a.m. (Thursday), ESPN2 — NCAA men: UNLV vs. Utah in MGM Grand Main Event final from Las Vegas.

Golf

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

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

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN, WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils.

7:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Champions League: Barcelona at Juventus.

Tennis

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

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