Respect abounds as Patriots host Steelers in AFC title game

Either New England or Pittsburgh has been a part of 10 of the 17 Super Bowls since 2000, capturing six championships between them

Top-ranked New London beats Waterford with dominating second half

The New London girls' basketball team concluded its first week as the state's No. 1 team with a dominant second half to put away Waterford on Saturday night, 60-34.

UConn's been buoyed by Samuelson's all-around offensive improvement

It seems rather fitting that the picture in the UConn women's basketball media guide next to Katie Lou Samuelson's game-by-game statistics from her freshman season is her picture-perfect form while firing up a 3-pointer.

UConn men return home with a chance to build momentum

Maybe, just maybe, this is the favorable stretch that UConn desperately needs to finally gain some traction.

H.S. roundup: No. 9 Ledyard wrestlers go 4-0 at own Watkins Duals

Ledyard High School's wrestling team swept all four matches while hosting the Jerry Watkins Colonel Duals on Saturday.


Former UConn QB Hernandez named new football coach at Ledyard

Former UConn quarterback and Southington head coach Jonathan “D.J.” Hernandez has been named the new head football coach at Ledyard High School, athletic director and assistant principal Jim Buonocore said Friday afternoon.

NFA trio scores all of its points in 51-46 win over Bacon Academy

MacKenzie Burke, Hailey Conley and Makayla Poirier-Vaughters scored all of Norwich Free Academy's points as it upset 10th-ranked Bacon Academy on Friday, 51-46.

H.S. basketball roundup

Kate Hall had 26 points and six steals in Stonington's 69-64 overtime victory Friday night over Ledyard in a high school girls' basketball game. The teams were tied 58-58 at the end of regulation.


Ex-Waterford star Martucci has grown on and off the court at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac University women's basketball coach Tricia Fabbri has had a front-row seat for the significant growth of Waterford High School graduate and two-time Quinnipiac captain Adily Martucci, something she calls “the greatest joy you see...

Local colleges: No. 9 Conn women complete weekend sweep of Williams

Cassie Hunter scored 11 seconds into the game, helping No. 9 Connecticut College complete a weekend sweep of Williams College with a 4-1 victory in a New England Small College Athletic Conference women's hockey game at Dayton Arena on Saturday.

College basketball: Reserves lift Mitchell women past Becker 51-44

Mitchell College received a vital contribution from its reserves in a 51-44 victory over Becker College on Saturday in a New England Collegiate Conference women's basketball game.



Hernandez is not his brother's keeper, making Aaron irrelevant to D.J.'s hiring

I'll be assigned many opportunities in the coming months to write about D.J. Hernandez and the...




Noon, FS1 — NCAA men: St. John's at Seton Hall.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA women: Notre Dame at North Carolina.

12:30 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Virginia at Pittsburgh.

1 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: Tulane at UConn.

1 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: George Mason at Richmond.

2 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Georgetown at Xavier.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Saint Louis at Dayton.

2 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: La Salle at Virginia Commonwealth.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Louisville at South Florida.

2:30 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Miami at Syracuse.

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Rutgers at Maryland.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Central Florida at Memphis.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Vanderbilt at Tennessee.

5 p.m., SNY — NCAA women: George Mason at Richmond.

6 p.m., CBSSN, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: East Carolina at UConn from Hartford.

6:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Virginia Tech at Clemson.

8:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Arizona State at Southern California. 

Figure Skating

4 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — U.S. Championships men's free skate from Kansas City, Mo.


3 p.m., Ch. 61, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL playoffs: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons in NFC Championship Game.

6:40 p.m., Ch. 3, WFAN (660-AM), WMOS (102.3-FM) — NFL playoffs: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.


Noon, Golf Channel — The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: CareerBuilder Challenge from La Quinta, Calif.


12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NHL: New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings.

3 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins.


4 p.m., NBCSN — FIS Alpine World Cup men's slalom from Kitzbuehel, Austria. (taped today)


7 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Leicester City at Southampton.

9:15 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Burnley at Arsenal.

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Hertha BSC at Bayer Leverkusen.

11:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Hull City at Chelsea.


9 p.m., ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

3 a.m. (Monday), ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

Winter Sports

3 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — U.S. Grand Prix Snowboard Cross from Solitude, Utah. (taped today)


Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals at Australian Open

Venus Williams has returned to the quarterfinals for the ninth time at the Australian Open, where she first made the last eight on debut in 1998.

NBA roundup

Damian Lillard had a three-point play with 47 seconds left in overtime and finished with 28 points to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 127-123 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, snapping their four-game losing streak.

Falcons look to rewrite history vs. Packers

The Atlanta Falcons are playing as well as they have all season. Ditto for the Green Bay Packers. It should be quite a shootout when they meet Sunday in the Georgia Dome's final game, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Makarova defeats Cibulkova at Australian Open

After leading by a set and two breaks, Ekaterina Makarova needed three sets and almost three hours to finally beat WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in the third round at the Australian Open.


SMU beats UConn men's basketball team 69-49 for 16th straight home win

Shake Milton made five 3-pointers and had 23 points and six assists to lead SMU past UConn 69-49 on Thursday night for the Mustangs' 16th straight home win

Huskies' Adams responding to expanded role

With season-ending injuries to three players, including two starters, UConn coach Kevin Ollie has turned to Jalen Adams to carry a heavy load. Adams has responded with an All-American Athletic Conference type season.

UConn wins 92nd straight behind Samuelson's career-high 34 points

Katie Lou Samuelson scored a career-high 34 points to help No. 1 UConn beat Tulsa 98-58 on Tuesday night for the Huskies' 92nd consecutive victory


Top 25 college basketball roundup

Kristian Doolittle scored six of his 12 points in overtime and Jordan Woodard's layup with 2.2 seconds left lifted Oklahoma to an 89-87 victory over No. 7 West Virginia on Wednesday night

No. 7 Creighton's goals intact even with Maurice Watson out

Creighton returned to practice Wednesday with the same aspirations it had before Maurice Watson Jr. was lost with a season-ending knee injury

Seven-foot Mahmoud making presence felt for No. 12 Cardinals

Anas Mahmoud is making his presence felt at both ends of the court for No. 12 Louisville