Nurse happy to hand off as Killingly's quarterback

Killingly's Jacob Nurse leads an offense that relies on the run, but his timely passing, too. The Red Hawks make their fifth straight trip to the CIAC playoff semifinals when they visit Waterford on Monday night in a Class M game. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Killingly quarterback Jacob Nurse spends most of the game handing the ball off in Killingly's run first (and second) offense. The senior is happy to do it.

Waterford wins first state playoff game in program history

Waterford's Luke Sokolski (42) and Jackson Harshberge, obscured, douse head coach John Strecker with the water bucket after the team defeated Granby/Canton in CIAC Class M football quarterfinal action Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  The second-seeded Lancers emerged with the 10-6 victory for the program's first ever playoff win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A old school night of defense lifted Waterford to its first state football playoff win in program history, a 10-6 win over Granby/Canton in the Class M quarterfinals.

NFA ousted by Newtown in LL quarterfinals

NFA's Jamal Vieira (10) and Xavier Marquez (18) console each other after a 35-0 loss to Newtown in a Class LL quarterfinal on Wednesday at Newtown High School. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Eighth-seeded Norwich Free Academy was held to five first downs and had quarterback Jayden Desilus knocked out of the game as it lost to top-seeded Newtown, 35-0, in Wednesday’s CIAC Class LL quarterfinal.

H.S. football / final CIAC quarterfinal playoff scores

Wednesday's CIAC football quarterfinal playoff scores.

Waterford hosts Granby/Canton in Class M football playoffs

Waterford head coach John Strecker and his second-seeded Lancers host No. 7 Granby/Canton in a CIAC Class M football playoff quarterfinal game on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Second-seeded Waterford, which has never won a CIAC football playoff game and hasn't hosted one since 2003, welcomes No. 7 Granby/Canton to town in a Class M quarterfinal game on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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The moment Waterford became Tuscaloosa

The universe hit the cosmic pause button for a moment Wednesday night at Waterford High, a scene we...

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UCONN

Taliek Brown a valuable resource to current UConn point guard Gilbert

UConn's Alterique Gilbert drives to the basket against Maine's Nedeljko Prijovic, center, and Stephane Ingo during Sunday's game in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Alterique Gilbert's value to the UConn basketball team can't be accurately measured by statistics alone.

Walker, Griffin lead unbeaten UConn women over Seton Hall

UConn guards Aubrey Griffin, right, and Anna Makurat celebrate after the No. 4 Huskies defeated Seton Hall 92-78 Thursday in South Orange, N.J. Griffin, a freshman whose father Adrian was a former Seton Hall star, finished with career highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds in the win. (Bill Kostroun/AP Photo)

Megan Walker scored 29 points and Aubrey Griffin added 25 as No. 4 UConn recovered from a slow start to defeat Seton Hall 92-78 on Thursday night.

UConn makes it three straight with 80-62 win over Iona

UConn's Christian Vital, left, shoots over Iona's Tajuan Agee during the Huskies' 80-62 win over the Gaels on Wednesday night in Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn won its third straight game with a soli 80-62 win over Iona on Wednesday night. Iona has been to the NCAA tournament four straight seasons.

COLLEGES

Classic SEC match-up: LSU's offense vs. Georgia's defense

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm throws a football during media availability at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Friday. (Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

The No. 1 Tigers (12-0, No. 2 CFP) are the second-highest scoring team in the land. The No. 4 Bulldogs (11-1, No. 4 CFP) have allowed fewer points than every team but one.

Men's and women's basketball roundup

Louisville forward Jordan Nwora goes in for a layup past the defense of Pittsburgh guard Au'Diese Toney during the second half of Friday's  game in Louisville, Ky. The top-ranked Cardinals beat Pittsburgh, 66-46. (Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

Jordan Nwora scored 19 points, Malik Williams had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and top-ranked Louisville beat Pittsburgh, 66-46, on Friday night.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Black Wolves begin sixth season looking for their fifth straight playoff bid

The New England Black Wolves, beginning their sixth season, will vie for their fifth straight playoff bid starting Saturday with their season opener against the Toronto Rock (7 p.m., Scotiabank Arena).

Local roundup: Conn goalie Marcucci a first-team All-American again

Connecticut College goalie AJ Marcucci leaps to control the ball over Thomas College's Benjamin Vigue (5) during a 2018 NCAA Division III tournament game in New London. Marcucci was named to the NCAA Division III All-American men's soccer first team for the second straight season on Thursday. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut College's AJ Marcucci was recognized as the nation's top goalkeeper in men's soccer for the second straight season when he was a repeat selection to the NCAA Division III All-America first team by the United Soccer Coaches' Association.

Local roundup: Wiley scores 31 to lift Mitchell women

Amina Wiley scored 31 points and had 17 rebounds as Mitchell College beat Lasell 78-75 in a nonleague women's basketball game Thursday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Patriots face Chiefs in AFC title rematch

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a pass during the first half of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders at Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Tom Brady wanted to make one thing clear: He did not injure his toe during a tryout to become the New England Patriots' new placekicker.

Knicks fire David Fizdale

New York Knicks coach David Fizdale reacts during the first half a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 29 in New York. (AP Photo/Steven Ryan)

The New York Knicks have made another coaching change, firing David Fizdale after barely 100 games on the job.

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Basketball

8 a.m., ESPNU — High school boys: Booker T. Washington (Okla.) vs. St. Louis Christian (Mo.) from Columbia, Mo.

10 a.m., ESPNU — High school boys: Tolton Catholic (Mo.) vs. Mehlville (Mo.) from Columbia, Mo.

Noon, Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Florida at Butler.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Arizona at Baylor.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA men: West Virginia at St. John's.

1 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Massachusetts at Harvard.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Boston College at Notre Dame.

2:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Nebraska at Creighton.

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Villanova at Saint Joseph's.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Illinois at Maryland.

5 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Cincinnati at Xavier.

5:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Memphis at Alabama-Birmingham.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Colorado at Kansas.

7 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Brown at Stony Brook.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks.

7:30 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers.

7:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Arkansas at Western Kentucky.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Missouri at Temple.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Marquette at Kansas State.

9:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Georgetown at Southern Methodist.

Boxing

9 p.m., Showtime — Jermall Charlo vs. Dennis Hogan in a middleweight bout from New York.

Figure Skating

9 p.m., NBCSN — ISU Grand Prix Final from Turin, Italy. (taped today)

Football

9 a.m., NBCSB — High school: Abington vs. Leicester in Massachusetts Division 7 final from Foxborough.

11 a.m., NBCSB — High school: Bishop Fenwick vs. Ashland in Massachusetts Division 6 final from Foxborough.

Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: Oklahoma vs. Baylor in Big 12 Conference Championship from Arlington, Texas.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State in Sun Belt Conference Championship.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA: Central Michigan vs. Miami (Ohio) in Mid-American Conference Championship from Detroit.

1:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Alabama-Birmingham at Florida Atlantic in Conference USA Championship.

1:30 p.m., NBCSB — High school: Swampscott vs. Amherst in Massachusetts Division 5 final from Foxborough.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Cincinnati at Memphis in American Athletic Conference Championship.

3:30 p.m., NBCSB — High school: Melrose vs. Plymouth South in Massachusetts Division 4 final from Foxborough.

4 p.m., Ch. 3, WFAN (660-AM) — NCAA: Louisiana State vs. Georgia in Southeastern Conference Championship from Atlanta.

4 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Hawaii at Boise State in Mountain West Championship.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Southern at Alcorn State in Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.

6 p.m., NBCSB — High school: Duxbury vs. Springfield Central in Massachusetts Division 3 final from Foxborough.

7:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Clemson vs. Virginia in Atlantic Coast Conference Championship from Charlotte, N.C.

8 p.m., Ch. 61, WFAN (660-AM) — NCAA: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten Conference Championship from Indianapolis.

8 p.m., NBCSB — High school: St. John's Prep vs. Catholic Memorial in Massachusetts Division 1 final from Foxborough.

Golf

2:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Mauritius Open from Bel-Ombre.

10 a.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Hero World Challenge from New Providence, Bahamas.

Noon, Ch. 30 — PGA: Hero World Challenge from New Providence, Bahamas.

3 p.m., Ch. 30 — Father/Son Challenge from Orlando, Fla.

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

2:30 a.m. (Sunday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Mauritius Open from Bel-Ombre.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins.

Mixed Martial Arts

7 p.m., ESPN — UFC Fight Night preliminaries followed by Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a heavyweight bout from Washington.

Rodeo

10 p.m., CBSSN — PRCA National Finals from Las Vegas.

Rugby

12:30 a.m. (Sunday), NBCSN — Champions Cup: Leinster at Northampton. (taped today)

Soccer

7:25 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Chelsea at Everton.

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Bayern Munich at Borussia Monchengladbach.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Liverpool at Bournemouth.

12:25 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Manchester United at Manchester City.

Swimming

7 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Open Finals from Atlanta.

Winter Sports

11 p.m., NBCSN — FIS Birds of Prey men's downhill from Beaver Creek, Colo. (taped today)