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.

'Musical Mitch' Conrad is a pretty good blocker, too, for Valley/Old Lyme

Senior Mitch Conrad, a co-captain of the Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team, is a man of many passions, among them smashing defenders as a guard and portraying Horton in the school musical "Seussical."

COLUMNS

Celebrating the 60th birthday of Larry Legend

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

UCONN

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

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

COLLEGES

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

Rhule facing big task as Baylor's coach after Temple success

Matt Rhule is taking on a Texas-sized challenge at Baylor after leading Temple to unprecedented success

Utley enters College Football Hall of Fame with no regrets

Mike Utley, paralyzed in NFL game 25 years ago, enters College Hall of Fame with no regrets

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.

PROFESSIONAL

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

Bradley, Celtics roll to 117-87 victory over Magic

Avery Bradley scored 23 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 117-87 victory over the Orlando Magic

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.