Pereira's organization helping vets become game officials

Organization founded by Fox football analyst Mike Pereira gets military veterans involved in officiating

NFL notes

It didn't take Danny Shelton very long to start toeing the New England Patriots' company line

Jets acquire No. 3 overall draft pick from Colts

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks during a press conference at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 28.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The New York Jets shook up the NFL draft on Saturday by soaring three spots to No. 3 overall in a stunning swap with the Indianapolis Colts.

The great QB Shuffle of 2018 is well under way

Newly signed Washington quarterback Alex Smith, right, and head coach, Jay Gruden listen during a March 15 news conference in Ashburn, Va. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

A dozen NFL teams have new quarterbacks for 2018 and another half dozen college passers could be selected in the first round of next month's draft


Lancer Nation: There's nothing quite like it

The smartest person in America Sunday morning would have been a burglar in Waterford. Because...



Could Vikings' guarantee for Cousins start an NFL trend?

New Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins addresses the media after he was introduced during Thursday's news conference after signing a three-year, $84 million contract in Eagan, Minn. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

The $84M guarantee the Vikings gave Kirk Cousins was long a goal, for the QB and his agent

Trade reunites McCourtys, brings Jason to Devin's Patriots

In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, NFL players Jason McCourty, left, and Devin McCourty pose at the VIP Reception hosted by the NFLPA in New Orleans. The McCourty twins are back together. The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots, reuniting him with his brother, Devin, on Thursday. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision for NFLPA/AP Images, via AP, File)

The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots, reuniting him with his brother, Devin.

Giants get offensive line help by signing ex-Pats star Solder

Nate Solder answers questions in the Patriots locker room during the 2016 season in Foxborough, Mass. The free agent offensive tackled will reportedly sign a four-year, $62 million deal with the New York Giants, making him in the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history. (AP Photo/File)

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Giants are expected to sign offensive tackle Nate Solder

Promises turn into paydays as NFL business year begins

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers (90) tackles 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer during a game on Sept. 10, 2017, at Santa Clara, Calif. The Panthers re-signed Peppers to a one-year contract. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began.


UConn pushing to make Hurley the program's next basketball coach

ESPN reported that Hurley talked to both UConn and Pittsburgh on Monday and he plans to make a decision after meeting with URI athletic director Thorr Bjorn on Tuesday.

State friend Quinnipiac up next for No. 1 UConn in NCAA tourney

Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri huddles with her team during Saturday's 86-72 win over Miami in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Storrs. The No. 9 Bobcats play top-seeded UConn in the second round on Monday night at Gampel Pavilion. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

Perhaps it's because he sees a little of himself in her that UConn coach Geno Auriemma has so much respect for his counterpart from Quinnipiac University, coach Tricia Fabbri, even going so far as to don a Quinnipiac T-shirt during last year's NCAA...


NCAA Sweet 16 has unexpected field after favorites ousted

Nevada guard Hallice Cooke (13) and forward Elijah Foster (12) celebrate after beating Cincinnati 75-73 in the NCAA tournament on Sunday at Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

After little went according to plan in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the bracket has a wildly different look for the Sweet 16 than many expected.

What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness

UMBC's K.J. Maura (11) and Jourdan Grant (5) celebrate the team's 74-54 win over Virginia in a first-round game in the NCAA tournament on Friday in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament: Madness. But even that's probably underselling it.


Local roundup: UConn baseball team beats St. John's 3-1

Issac Feldstein's two-run triple in the sixth inning helped rally UConn to a 3-1 baseball victory over St. John's on Sunday, helping the Huskies win the rubber game of a three-game weekend series with the Red Storm.

Avery Point women finish third in NJCAA Div. III basketball tourney

Tatyana LaFrance Boyce finished her UConn Avery Point career in style, scoring 26 points while adding 10 rebounds and eight steals as the Pointers rallied to beat Northland (Wis.) 90-84 in the third-place consolation game at the NJCAA Division III...

Local roundup: Fitch's Marcolina third in 50 free at Open to earn all-state honors

John Marcolina, a member of the Fitch/Stonington/Ledyard/Norwich Tech cooperative program, earned all-state honors with a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle during Saturday's State Open swimming championship meet at Yale University.


Major League Baseball notes

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the regular season on the disabled list because of an oblique injury that has kept him out of exhibition games since March 1

Winning makes McIlroy as good as he already was

Rory McIlroy celebrates after making a birdie on the 18th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday in Orlando, Fla. McIlroy won the tournament at 18-under-par. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo)

Column: Rory McIlroy's game is never far away, and it looks even better when he has a victory to show for it



1 p.m., MLB Network — Spring training: New York Mets at Houston Astros from Palm Beach, Fla.

4 p.m., MLB Network — Spring training: Chicago White Sox at Arizona Diamondbacks from Scottsdale, Ariz.

9 p.m., MLB Network — Spring training: Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers from Surprise, Ariz.


6:30 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: Quinnipiac at UConn in Division I tournament. (Channel will switch out to three other games)

7 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NIT men: Stanford at Oklahoma State.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks.

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

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Division I tournament coverage. (Channel will feature four games)

9 p.m., ESPNU — NIT men: Louisiana State at Utah.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NIT men: Washington at Saint Mary's.

11:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NIT men: Western Kentucky at Southern California.


2 p.m., NBCSN — Japan vs. United States in Women's World Championship from North Bay, Ontario.


7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins.

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild.


Poole named new Sun assistant

Brandi Poole was officially announced Tuesday as the new assistant coach for the Connecticut Sun. Poole, a Texas Tech assistant, was an assistant under Sun head coach Curt Miller for 13 years in the collegiate ranks.