COLUMNS

ECC basketball, deservedly so, has state's attention again

More than 20 years after Harold Pressley and Tyson Wheeler graduated, basketball has become our...

The Lonesome Polecat (state variant): BRACKETOLOGY~!

Only one more week of this self-inflicted damage.

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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

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan hold steady in CFP

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs carries the ball during the second half of a Nov. 10 game against Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week

Louisville fires football coach Bobby Petrino

University of Louisville Athletic Director Vince Tyra speaks to the media during a press conference on Sunday at Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Louisville's seven-game skid was bad enough. Worse were the large margins of defeat and opponents' apparent ease in lighting up the scoreboard.

Conn's season comes to an end with 1-0 loss in NCAA tourney

It was a 1-0 loss, made even more difficult for the Connecticut College men's soccer team Sunday by the fact the Camels kept watching the ball tantalizingly pinball around in front of the opposing goal, actually hitting the left post with about...

HIGH SCHOOL

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.

Immaculate ousts Stonington 4-3 in OT in Class S field hockey semis

Stonington’s Ellie Korinek hugs teammate Keegan Donohue (6) after the Bears were beaten by Immaculate, 4-3 in overtime, in Tuesday night’s CIAC Class S field hockey semifinals at Wethersfield High School. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

No. 3 Immaculate edged No. 2 Stonington 4-3 in overtime in the Class S state tournament field hockey semifinals Tuesday ... but it was a Stonington team which achieved a great deal, finishing 17-2-2.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

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.

Local roundup: East Lyme finishes fourth in Class M swimming championships

Freshman Nikki Hahn placed in three events to help East Lyme to a solid fourth-place finish in the CIAC Class M swimming and diving championships at Wesleyan University on Tuesday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Mets' deGrom, Rays' Snell win Cy Young Awards

In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom smiles after getting the win as the Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-0 in New York. DeGrom won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets has easily won the National League Cy Young Award, and Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays has edged out two past winners for the American League prize

Steinbrenner on Machado comments: 'That ain't going to sell'

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner speaks to reporters on Wednesday in Atlanta prior to the start of a two-day baseball owner's meeting. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Yankees owner Hal Steinrenner says Manny Machado's comments that he's "not the type of player that's going to be Johnny Hustle" needs are troubling to New York "because that ain't going to sell where we play baseball."

Oakland's Melvin, Atlanta's Snitker voted top managers

Oakland manager Bob Melvin poses for a portrait on Feb. 22, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz. Melvin was voted Manager of the Year on Tuesday for the third time, winning the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major league. (Chris Carlson/AP Photo)

Oakland's Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor, and Atlanta's Brian Snitker won the National League award

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

6 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR K&N Pro Series from Daytona Beach, Fla.

Basketball

11:30 a.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Ball State vs. Virginia Tech in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

11:30 a.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Saint Joseph's vs. Wake Forest in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Alabama vs. Northeastern in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Purdue vs. Appalachian State in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

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

7 p.m., ESPN2, WXLM (980-AM) — NCAA men: UConn vs. Syracuse from New York.

7 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Ohio State at Creighton.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Monmouth vs. West Virginia in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

8 p.m., TNT — NBA: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Penn State at DePaul.

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Oregon vs. Iowa from New York.

10:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers.

11:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Texas A&M at Gonzaga.

Football

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Toledo at Kent State.

8 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Tulane at Houston.

8:20 p.m., Ch. 61, NFL Network, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks.

9:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Florida Atlantic at North Texas.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: DP World Championship from Dubai.

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

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

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at New York Islanders.

Soccer

2:45 p.m., ESPNews — Nations League: Iceland at Belgium.

Tennis

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

1 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Finals from London.