UConn men upset No. 15 Syracuse behind Adams and Gilbert

UConn guard Tarin Smith (2) goes to the basket past Syracuse guard Tyus Battle (25) and forward Oshae Brissett (11) during the second half of Thursday's game in the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. UConn won 83-76. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert scored 16 points each to lead Connecticut to a 83-76 upset of No. 15 Syracuse in the first game of the 2K Classic Thursday night.

Boston's Betts, Milwaukee's Yelich win MVP Awards

In this July 13 file photo, Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after scoring on a single by Brock Holt during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles.

Hurley praises UConn basketball backcourt of the future

Dan Hurley looks on during his first game at UConn as head coach against Morehead State on Nov. 8 at Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn officially welcomed its backcourt of the future on Thursday after receiving national letters of intent from James Bouknight and Jalen Gaffney.

UConn rallies, advances in NCAA men's soccer tournament

UConn used a furious second-half rally to overcome Rhode Island in overtime, 4-3, in the first round of the NCAA Division I men's soccer championships on Thursday at Storrs.

UConn women thrash Southern Connecticut in exhibition final

Senior Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 to lead the second-ranked UConn women’s basketball team past Southern Connecticut State on Thursday night, 99-45, in the Huskies’ final exhibition game at the XL Center.

HIGH SCHOOL

CIAC moves soccer, field hockey finals to Sunday

The CIAC has moved all of Saturday's soccer and field hockey finals to Sunday in order to insure host facilities can properly clear their fields of snow.

No. 23 Plainville ousts No. 3 Stonington 2-1 in Class M boys' soccer semis

Plainville players celebrate as Stonington's Graham Johnstone (12) kneels to reflect after the No. 3 Bears were beaten by the Blue Devils 2-1 in Wednesday's CIAC Class M boys' soccer tournament semifinals at Xavier High School in Middletown. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Plainville scores the game-winning goal with less than seven minutes remaining to defeat Stonington 2-1 in the semifinals of the CIAC Class M boys' soccer tournament on Wednesday night.

Early troubles end New London football's playoff hopes

The New London football team had an awful start to Wednesday's game against Middletown and lost 37-12, ending the Whalers' chance at a CIAC Class L playoff berth.

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COLUMNS

Why does the CIAC allow this to keep happening?

Straight up: choice school Immaculate of Danbury and public school Old Lyme should never play for...

The Lonesome Polecat (state variant): BRACKETOLOGY~!

Only one more week of this self-inflicted damage.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

1 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 practice from Homestead, Fla.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 practice from Homestead, Fla.

3:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Ford EcoBoost 200 qualifying from Homestead, Fla.

5 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 final practice from Homestead, Fla.

6 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 qualifying from Homestead, Fla.

6 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Ford EcoBoost 200 from Homestead, Fla.

Basketball

11 a.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Northeastern vs. Virginia Tech in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

11 a.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Cal State Fullerton vs. Wake Forest in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

11:30 a.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Austin Peay vs. Central Connecticut State in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

1:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Central Florida vs. Saint Joseph's in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

1:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Alabama vs. Ball State in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Campbell vs. Florida A&M in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

4:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Ohio vs. South Florida in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

4:30 p.m., ESPN2  — NCAA men: Oregon vs. Syracuse in 2K Classic consolation from New York.

4:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Appalachian State vs. Wichita State in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

7 p.m., NBCSB, ESPN — NBA: Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Georgetown vs. Loyola Marymount in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

7 p.m., ESPN2, WXLM (980-AM) — NCAA men: UConn vs. Iowa in 2K Classic final from New York.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Davidson vs. Purdue in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

8 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at New Orleans Pelicans.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: West Virginia vs. Western Kentucky in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Little Rock at Nevada.

Football

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Boise State at New Mexico.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Memphis at Southern Methodist.

Golf

1:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: RSM Classic from Sea Island Resort, Georgia.

4:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: CME Group Tour Championship from Naples, Fla. 

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

3 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — European PGA: DP World Championship from Dubai.

Hockey

8 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., ESPNews — Nations League: Denmark at Wales.

Tennis

7 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Finals from London.

12:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Finals from London.

PODCASTS

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: NLL labor issues force Black Wolves opener to be canceled

Labor issues between the National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association was forced the NLL to cancel the first two weeks of the season.

Local roundup: Waterford's Dyjak swims to two runner-up finishes in Class S

Waterford's Ella Dyjak had a pair of second-place finishes during Wednesday night's CIAC Class S swimming and diving championship at Wesleyan University.

PROFESSIONAL

Wilson caps Seattle's rally past Green Bay for 27-24 win

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, blocks for running back Mike Davis as Davis rushes against Green Bay during the second half of Thursday's game in Seattle. The Seahawks won, 27-24. (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)

Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seattle Seahawks' 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

After taxing stretch, Brady to use bye to recharge, improve

New England's Tom Brady lies on the ground after being sacked by Tennessee in the first half of Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee won, 34-10. (James Kenney/AP Photo)

Subtle signs of decline or just a blip? Patriots' Tom Brady says self-assessment on tap during bye week.

Beckham not backing off Giants winning final seven games

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., center, scores in front of San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, right, and defensive back Antone Exum during the second half of Monday's game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Giants won, 27-23. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

Odell Beckham Jr. says more than a couple of people scoffed last week when he said the New York Giants could win their final eight games and make the playoffs.

Beauvillier scores three, Islanders hold off Rangers 7-5

Anthony Beauvillier of the New York Islanders (18) defends against Neal Pionk of the New York Rangers (44) during the second period of Thursday's game at New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Anthony Beauvillier had three goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders held off the Rangers 7-5 on Thursday night to keep up their recent mastery over their cross-town rival.

UCONN

Syracuse game a measuring stick for UConn basketball

It will never be just another game on the UConn basketball schedule. There's too much storied history, intensity and passion in the rivalry with Syracuse for a regular season meeting at Madison Square Garden,

Depth wearing thin at running back for UConn football

UConn's Zavier Scott (10) beats Shamel Lazarus (32) to the goal line during for a touchdown during the Huskies' annual spring game in April at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Scott, a reserve redshirt freshman running back, will miss the final two games after suffering a knee injury during Saturday's 62-50 loss to SMU. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Zavier Scott, a redshirt freshman running back, will miss UConn's final two games after suffering a serious knee injury during last week's 62-50 loss to SMU.

UConn notes: Hurley fondly recalls beating Kemba at Madison Square Garden

Dan Hurley pointed to a banner featuring UConn basketball legend Kemba Walker on the practice facility wall while fondly recalling his last time walking the sideline as a head coach at Madison Square Garden.

COLLEGES

No. 19 Cincinnati enjoying resurgence under Fickell

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton rolls out to throw a pass during the second half of Nov. 10 game against Navy in Orlando, Fla. Milton and the Knights have feasted on overmatched foes for much of the season, but they face one of their toughest challenges Saturday when they host Cincinnati. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo)

Coach Luke Fickell listens to country music while driving to work, so he might be unaware of the talk about how he's turned around Cincinnati football in a year. The Bearcats are contention for the American Athletic title, with No. 11 UCF up next.

Subway alums on board for Notre Dame return to New York City

Notre Dame's Emil Sitko (14) grabs a pass intended for Army's Bill West, center right, during the fourth quarter of a Nov. 9, 1946 game at Yankee Stadium. At left, Notre Dame quarterback John Lujack (32) holds out his hands for a possible lateral. The game ended in a scoreless tie. The Fighting Irish were regular visitors to the New York area during the first half of the 20th Century, when their wanderlust turned Notre Dame football into America’s team. (Harry Harris/AP Photo)

Notre Dame has deep roots in New York City, with a huge following of "Subway Alumni." The No. 3 Irish return to their home away from away Saturday to face No. 12 Syracuse.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Iowa's Tyler Cook goes to the basket against Oregon's Paul White, left, and Ehab Amin during the first half of Thursday's game at Madison Square Garden. Iowa upset the No. 13 Ducks, 77-69. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

Jordan Bohannon scored 16 points to lead Iowa to a 77-69 upset of No. 13 Oregon in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.