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East Lyme's Stabach retires following 21 straight ECC girls' swimming titles

East Lyme's Jack Stabach, who coached the Vikings to 21 straight ECC girls' swimming championships, has announced his retirement. (Day file photo)

East Lyme girls' swimming coach Jack Stabach has announced his retirement, leaving with 21 ECC championship meet victories in a row, one for each year the event has been held.

Stonington boys' soccer coach Paul deCastro resigns after two straight state titles

Stonington High School boys' soccer coach Paul deCastro accepts the championship trophy after the Bears defeated Ellington in the CIAC Class M state championship game Nov. 20 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford. DeCastro, Stonington's coach for the last 14 seasons, announced his resignation Wednesday, leaving with two straight state titles. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Paul DeCastro, who led Stonington to its second straight state boys’ soccer championship late last month, retired from the program Wednesday.

Killingly wins Class M quarterfinal

Top-seeded Killingly downed the eighth-seeded Gilbert/Northwestern/Housatonic co-op on Tuesday night, 49-14, in a CIAC Class M football quarterfinal.

NFA football coach Bakoulis steps down

NFA head coach Jason Bakoulis huddles his team during a timeout against New London in Thanksgiving Day high school football action on Nov. 25 at Cannamela Field in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Bakoulis cited responsibilities as a husband and father for his reasons to step down Monday as Norwich Free Academy's football coach.

New Canaan new No. 1 in Day coaches' poll

New Canaan has usurped Darien as the number one team in The Day Top 10 state coaches' poll after beating the latter on Thanksgiving, 12-7. Darien, Fairfield Prep and St. Joseph all received number one votes, too.



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Abdominal injury sidelines UConn's Sanogo indefinitely

UConn's Adama Sanogo (21) watches Michigan State's Gabe Brown (44) falls to the court during a Nov. 25 game in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Head coach Dan Hurley said Friday his big man is dealing with an abdominal injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)

With Tyrese Martin already on the sidelines, UConn added to its injury woes with the news that fellow starter Adama Sanogo will be out for an extended period.

UConn's Fudd to miss at least two weeks with foot injury

UConn's Azzi Fudd in the second half of a game against Arkansas at the XL Center in Hartford on Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Second-ranked UConn (3-1) opens Big East play Friday at Seton Hall.

UConn women open Big East play tonight at Seton Hall

The UConn women's basketball team opens Big East Conference play on Friday night at Seton Hall.


Take 2: Oregon, Utah meet again with Pac-12 on the line

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising gestures to his bench during the second half of a Nov. 20 game against Oregon in Salt Lake City. (Alex Goodlett/AP Photo)

Utah will be seeking the Pac-12 championship and its first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl on Friday night when the team faces Oregon in Las Vegas

Big Ten tilt: Michigan chases playoff bid, title vs. Iowa

Michigan running back Hassan Haskins celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 42-27 win over Ohio State on Nov. 27 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP Photo)

No. 2 Michigan faces No. 15 Iowa in the Big Ten championiship game in Indianapolis this weekend

Top 25 women's basketball roundup

Indiana's Nicole Cardano-Hillary, left, and North Carolina State's Diamond Johnson vie for a loose ball during the second half of Thursday's game in Bloomington, Ind. The second-ranked Wolfpack beat No. 6 Indiana, 66-58. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Reserve Diamond Johnson scored 19 points, and No. 2 North Carolina State used an 11-2 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 66-58 win over No. 6 Indiana


Auto Racing

8:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Saudi Arabia Grand Prix practice from Jeddah.

11:55 a.m., ESPNews — Formula One Saudi Arabia Grand Prix qualifying from Jeddah.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Cup Series Award Show from Nashville, Tenn.


6 p.m., FS2 — PBL: Gigantes de Carolina at Indios de Mayagüez.


Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA men: Memphis at Mississippi.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Robert Morris at Milwaukee.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA men: Saint Joseph's at Villanova.

Noon, FS2 — NCAA men: Nyack at Seton Hall.

Noon, NESN — NCAA men: Harvard at Massachusetts.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Marquette at Wisconsin.

1 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: San Diego State at Michigan.

1 p.m., MSG — NBA: Denver Nuggets at New York Knicks.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Rhode Island at Providence.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Louisville at North Carolina State.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Yale at Auburn.

2 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Tennessee at Colorado.

2 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Bucknell at Hofstra.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Brigham Young at Missouri State.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Penn at Temple.

4 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Loyola of Chicago at DePaul.

4 p.m., FS2 — NCAA men: Grambling State at UConn.

4 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Drexel at Princeton.

6:30 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Wagner at Stony Brook.

7:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Alabama at Gonzaga from Seattle.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Missouri at Baylor.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Iowa State at Creighton.

9 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Buffalo at St. Bonaventure. (taped today)

10 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Boston Celtics at Portland Trail Blazers.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — High school boys: St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) vs. Sierra Canyon (Calif.) from Los Angeles.


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

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Northern Illinois vs. Kent State in Mid-American Conference championship from Detroit.

3 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Utah State at San Diego State in Mountain West Conference championship.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Appalachian State at Louisiana-Lafayette in Sun Belt Conference championship.

4 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Alabama vs. Georgia in Southeastern Conference championship from Atlanta.

4 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Houston at Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference championship.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Prairie View A&M at Jackson State in Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.

8 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Wake Forest vs. Pittsburgh in Atlantic Coast Conference championship from Charlotte, N.C.

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Iowa vs. Michigan in Big Ten Conference championship from Indianapolis.

11 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Southern California at California.


5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: South African Open Championship from Sun City.

Noon, Golf Channel — PGA: Hero World Challenge from New Providence, Bahamas.

2:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — PGA: Hero World Challenge from New Providence, Bahamas.

Midnight, Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Phuket Championship from Choeng Thale, Thailand.

5 a.m. (Sunday), Golf Channel — European PGA: South African Open Championship from Sun City.


1 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: St. Louis Blues at Florida Panthers.

2 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Cornell at Northeastern.

7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins.

7 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators.

8 p.m., MSG — NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at New York Rangers.

Mixed Martial Arts

7 p.m., ESPN — UFC Fight Night preliminaries from Las Vegas.

10 p.m., ESPN — UFC: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo in a bantamweight bout from Las Vegas.


4:50 a.m., FS1 — FIFA Arab Cup: Jordan vs. Morocco from Al Rayyan, Qatar.

7:25 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Chelsea at West Ham United.

7:50 a.m., FS1 — FIFA Arab Cup: Lebanon vs. Algeria from Al Wakrah, Qatar.

9 a.m., CBSSN — Serie A: Salernitana at AC Milan.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Burnley at Newcastle United.

10 a.m., USA — Premier League: Liverpool at Wolverhampton.

Noon, CBSSN — Serie A: Inter Milan at AS Roma.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — Premier League: Manchester City at Watford.

1:50 p.m., FS1 — FIFA Arab Cup: Palestine vs. Saudi Arabia from Al Rayyan, Qatar.

6:30 p.m., FS1 — MLS playoffs: Real Salt Lake at Portland Timbers.


9 p.m., CBSSN — International Swimming League final from Naples, Italy. (taped today) 

Winter Sports

1 p.m., NBCSN — World Cup Skiing from Beaver Creek, Colo.

5 p.m., Ch. 30 — World Cup Skiing from Beaver Creek, Colo. (taped today)

9 p.m., NBCSN — Big Air Skiing from Steamboat Springs, Colo. (taped today)

2 a.m. (Sunday), NBCSN — World Cup Biathlon from Oestersund, Sweden. (taped today)


Conn College men advance to NCAA Div. III soccer final with 2-1 OT win

Connecticut College's MT Tshuma, center, celebrates his match-tying goal with Jorge Mendo, left, and Matt Scoffone during Friday night's NCAA Division III men's soccer semifinal in Greensboro, N.C. The Camels rallied to beat Washington & Lee 2-1 in sudden death to reach Saturday's final final. (Photo courtesy of Carlos Morales/Conn College)

Steve Yeonas scores in sudden death to send Connecticut College into the NCAA Division III men's soccer final.

Local roundup: Waterford's Crocker named head coach of new Div. III program

Waterford's Billy Crocker, who served as defensive coordinator at UConn for two seasons, was named head coach at Eastern University (Pa.), a new Division III program that will begin play in 2022. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Waterford's Billy Crocker was named head coach at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, which will begin a new Division III program in 2022.

Conn College plays in Div. III semifinals on Friday

In this Nov. 7 file photo, Conn College defender Alessandro Horvath Diano (6) tackles the ball away from Tufts midfielder Liam Gerken (2) in the NESCAC tournament championship game on Freeman Field in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Sixth-ranked Connecticut College (17-4-1) faces No. 1 Washington & Lee (18-1-2) at 5 p.m. Friday.


Manfred, Clark divergent views point to lengthy lockout

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference on Thursday in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hours into Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage in 26 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark presented diametrically opposed views of each side’s negotiating positions that point to a lengthy lockout

Defense lifts Dallas to a 27-17 victory over sinking Saints

Dallas wide receiver CeeDee Lamb runs against the Saints during the first half of Thursday's game in New Orleans. Dallas won, 27-17. (Brett Duke/AP Photo)

CeeDee Lamb had 122 yards from scrimmage, Tony Pollard had a 58-yard touchdown run and the Dallas defense produced timely sacks and turnovers in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the New Orleans Saints

DeRozan, LaVine help Bulls hang on to beat Knicks 119-115

Chicago forward DeMar DeRozan shoots a three-pointer over New York guard Evan Fournier in the second half of Thursday's game at Madison Square Garden. Chicago won, 119-115. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each added 27, and the Chicago Bulls held on for a 119-115 victory over the New York Knicks