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Hungry Huskies Win Fourth Championship

After the game, UConn senior guard, Shabazz Napier, explained to the crowd at AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas how UConn defeated the odds, and some of the country’s highest ranked teams, to win their fourth national title. They were hungry. They were the “Hungry Huskies.” UConn left it all on the floor as they beat an extremely talented Kentucky team by a score of 60 to 53.

Click here to read Dom Amore game story and click here to read his story about how this championship will be a goldmine for recruiting, and a new contract for the coach. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs column on how the Huskies won the championship by climbing one step at a time.

UConn Huskies guard Shabazz Napier, 13, reacts after the game.

UConn Huskies guard Shabazz Napier, 13, reacts after the game.

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UConn Men Advance To NCAA Championship Game

The game ended much differently than it started. Midway through the first period, UConn was down by twelve points, 16 to 4. But after a called timeout UConn roared back to score 11 unanswered points, which saw DeAndrea Daniels hit the three-point- shots. When UConn ended the first half with a three point lead, the tide had turned, and the Huskies had the waves at their back the rest of the way. UConn defeated the Florida Gators Saturday night to advance the the NCAA Division I Championship game against Kentucky Monday.

Click here to read Dom Amore’s game story. Click here to read Paul Doyle’s story on Shabazz Napier, the kid from Roxbury. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column about UConn being one game away from redemption. Click here for Dom Amore story on UConn brimming with confidence.

DeAndre Daniels signals #1 after scoring a 3-pointer in the 2nd half as UConn pulled ahead.

DeAndre Daniels signals #1 after scoring a 3-pointer in the 2nd half as UConn pulled ahead.

 

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UConn Men Defeat MSU Spartans, Advance to Final Four

The University  of Connecticut men’s basketball team continued their tradition of creating remarkable memories for Connecticut fans on the wooden planks of the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”  They started off strong against the powerful Michigan State University Spartans, but finished even stronger. In between, however, they created a little drama by  falling behind by as many as nine points in the second half. But when the final buzzer sounded, the Huskies ended up defeating the Spartans by a score of 60 to 54 in the NCAA Division I East Regional at Madison Garden in New York. They will now travel to Dallas Texas to play in the Final Four.

Shabazz Napier led the Huskies in points, 25, and bloody nose’s, 1, as UConn fought hard in front of a Connecticut friendly crowd. Former UConn players from past Championships were in the audience.

Click here to read Dom Amore’s game story. Click here, to read Paul Doyle’s story on Boatright’s defense. Click here to read Jeff Jakobs’ column on Kevin Ollie taking the stairs. 

In the closing seconds of the game, UConn Huskies guard Shabazz Napier, 13, flashes a four finger salute possibly signifying a trip to the Final Four. It will be Napier's second trip to the "Big Dance," as he was a member of the Championship team of 2011.

In the closing seconds of the game, UConn Huskies guard Shabazz Napier, 13, flashes a four finger salute possibly signifying a trip to the Final Four. It will be Napier’s second trip to the “Big Dance,” as he was a member of the Championship team of 2011.

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UConn Is Great!!!… 8

The University of Connecticut Huskies added to their long string of impressive victories in “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” with a hard fought victory over the Iowa State Cyclones by a score of 81 to 76, on their way through the NCCA’s Division One tournament. By winning the game, UConn left the Sweet Sixteen and embraced the Great Eight, and a chance to battle Michigan State for a trip to the Final Four.

For further coverage, please click here to read the game story by Dom Amore, click here, to read Paul Doyle’s story, and click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column. And please click here, or the link below, to see more photos from the game made by myself, and Courant colleague Brad Horrigan.

UConn Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels, 2, reacts after hitting a three-point shot as Iowa State Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane, 50, looks away during the second half.

UConn Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels, 2, reacts after hitting a three-point shot as Iowa State Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane, 50, looks away during the second half.

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UConn Loses To Louisville

The University of Connecticut didn’t play bad, they just ran into a very hot Louisville team. UConn was able to slow Louisville’s offense by with their own good defense, but Louisville’s defense was stifling at times. Especially in the closing seconds of the first half, which saw them score five quick points, the last basket off a steal. UConn lost to the University of Louisville Cardinals in the championship game of the American Athletic Conference at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday night by a score of 71 to 61.

Click here to read Dom Amore’s game story and click here to read his story about the zone.

Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ story on why Louisville is the team no one wants to play in the NCAA tournament.

University of Connecticut Huskies guard Ryan Boatright, 11, reacts to a referees call giving the ball to Louisville during the second period.

University of Connecticut Huskies guard Ryan Boatright, 11, reacts to a referees call giving the ball to Louisville during the second period.

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UConn Hangs On To Beat Cincinnati 58-56

The game was physical as expected, with UConn’s big men taking control under the basket when it mattered most, in the closing seconds of the game. Ryan Boatright hit critical back-to-back three-point shots and a couple clutch free throws and UConn defense held the Bearcats scoreless for stretches of the second half. In the end, the University of Connecticut beat the University of Cincinnati in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Friday night by a score of 58 to 56. UConn will face the University of Louisville in the AAC Championship game Saturday night at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

Click here to read Dom Amore’s game story on how they did it. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs explain how to motivate.

After a couple of missed baskets in the final seconds and loosing an opportunity to tie the game, Cincinnatti came up short as time expired.

After a couple of missed baskets in the final seconds and loosing an opportunity to tie the game, Cincinnatti came up short as time expired.

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POTUS Photos

06.27.2008 - Unity, NH - Barack Obama worked the crowd and still had time to smile for the cameras following his appearance in Unity, N.H. Friday afternoon with Hillary Clinton. Photograph by Stephen Dunn | sdunn@courant.com

06.27.2008 – Unity, NH – Barack Obama worked the crowd and still had time to smile for the cameras following his appearance in Unity, N.H. Friday afternoon with Hillary Clinton. Photograph by Stephen Dunn | sdunn@courant.com

Photographers show up hours before POTUS is to arrive. We must pass security. That takes time. We get wanded by magnetometers and inspected by bomb sniffing dogs. We are ushered, guided, and ordered by secret service and handlers. And then we wait.

On some Connecticut visits Courant photographers are designated “pool photographers” granting them better access to the president on the condition that we share whatever we photograph with other media. We join the traveling press corps and ride in the official motorcade. The status grants us closer and more fluid movement around the president. Somewhat closer that our colleagues standing in the back of the room.

Presidents arrive in a flash of activity like a midsummer thunderstorm . The police, secret service, politicians and the traveling press arrive at once. Then POTUS arrives. And as quickly as he arrives, he leaves. The police, secret service and traveling press leave too.

My first experience photographing President Jimmy Carter was not a success.

12.10.1978 - Hartford, Ct - President Jimmy Carter waves among a gaggle of politicians outside the Hartford Hilton. MICHAEL McANDREWS | mmcandrews@courant.com

12.10.1978 – Hartford, Ct – President Jimmy Carter waves among a gaggle of politicians outside the Hartford Hilton. MICHAEL McANDREWS | mmcandrews@courant.com

 

I knew President Jimmy Carter liked to press the flesh. He would wander up to shake, squeeze, wave, touch and smile his way down along line of fans pressed against the barricades, eager to be close to the most powerful man in the country. I’ve seen it. I wanted to photograph that ritual up close when he came to Hartford December 10th, 1978.

I planted myself at the fence hours before he was to arrive. The crowds grew. So did the excitement. Soon people were standing 4 deep behind me.

We all waited together.

He got out of his limo surrounded by politicians and Secret service and raised his right hand in a wistful way to acknowledge the crowd. Then he was gone, ushered into the Hartford Hilton in one swift smooth motion. The idea for the picture didn’t work this time.

I got a picture of his arm and the back of his hand. That was my first attempt at photographing a visiting president.

19.16.1980 - Hartford, CT - President Jimmy Carter, from the roof of his limo, waves to fans outside the Old State House in Hartford. MICHAEL McANDREWS | The Hartford Courant

19.16.1980 – Hartford, CT – President Jimmy Carter, from the roof of his limo, waves to fans outside the Old State House in Hartford. MICHAEL McANDREWS | The Hartford Courant

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Serving The President

Rob Chivoloni, owner/chef of Café Beuregard, stands wit his wife, Alice Bruno, behind the counter of his New Britain Café. Behind them, sitting on top of a soda cooler, is the chair that President Barack Obama sat in yesterday while eating at their New Britain sandwich shop.

Owner Chef Rob Chiovoloni, of Café Beauregard, stands with his wife, Alice Bruno, behind the counter of his New Britain café. Behind them, sitting on top of soda refrigerator, is the chair that President Barack Obama sat in yesterday while eating at their New Britain sandwich shop.

Owner Chef Rob Chiovoloni, of Café Beauregard, stands with his wife, Alice Bruno, behind the counter of his New Britain café. Behind them, sitting on top of soda refrigerator, is the chair that President Barack Obama sat in yesterday while eating at their New Britain sandwich shop.

About a week ago, Chiovoloni was told that the Governor may stop by for lunch. But he and his employees knew from press reports that the President would be in town for a rally on the minimum wage issue, so they were excited. However, as the week went on, and no one said anything more, he figured it wasn’t going to happen. But some interesting customers, ordering large take out orders, and asking probing questions, piqued their curiosity. Then late Wednesday morning his wife told them that a Secret Service agent was at the counter asking if the President could stop by for lunch.

Chiovolini, a graduate of the class of 1968 from the Culinary Institute of America, has some experience serving Presidents. He was the executive chef at the Madison Hotel in Washington D.C. for both of President Reagan’s Inaugural balls. He’s worked in restaurants since, but only recently opened this restaurant in December of 2013.

A couple hours after the agent arrived, President Obama, four Governors and the Sec. of Labor walked through the door. Obama looked at the menu, then asked Chiovoloni what he would recommend. To Chiovoloni, it was obvious. He suggested the Spicy Korean BBQ Steak, which is a marinated thinly sliced New York Strip steak. “I don’t know of anywhere else you can get such a fine sandwich.” he said. Obama must have liked it, since he ate the whole sandwich, a bowl of chili, a couple of Amaretti cookies, and shared a slice of Tarte Tatin.

While sitting in the main dining room, and before the food was served, Obama talked about the importance of a higher minimum wage, and mentioned that Chiovolini, paid all his workers over $10.00 an hour. Chiovoloni, doesn’t know why the President choose his restaurant over others, but that, and the fact that he and his wife live in New Britain, may have played a role. “They could have chosen anywhere to eat,” he said.

But through his long career serving customers, this is very special. “It’s the coolest feeling to the world. Looking into the dining room and seeing the President and four governors, enjoying your food. Not just eating it, but enjoying it,” said Chiovoloni.

When the group was finished eating, the President offered to pay, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said since the President was a guest, Malloy would pick up the tab. And since the café doesn’t accept tips, that wasn’t an issue.

Chiovoloni doesn’t know what they will do with the chair. They took it out of circulation just so they have some options. But he’s reluctant to use the fact that President ate at his restaurant as a marketing tool. He’s not sure yet even to change the name of the sandwich. “I’m in the minority, but the majority of the opinion thinks it should be called the Presidential BBQ. But I’m just honored that the president came here and enjoyed the food. There might be a tasteful way to memorialize his visit without slapping his name on a sandwich,” he said, adding, “It is the single coolest thing that has ever happened to me.”

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President Obama Visits New Britain

President Barack Obama chose New Britain, Conn. to make an important policy speech on raising the minimum wage. He brought four New England governors along with him to stress the importance of the issue. But before heading over to Central Connecticut State University, the President brought the governors and Sec. Of Labor to a New Britain restaurant for a quick lunch. One of the reasons he said he chose Cafe Beauregard was because he heard the owners of the restaurant pay  their employees above the minimum wage. 

Please click here, to read a report by Chris Keating, Jenny Wilson, and Daniella Altimari.

From left, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, President Barack Obama, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Tom Perez, Sec. of Labor, and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, sit together for lunch at Cafe Beauregard, in New Britain, before heading over to CCSU for Obama's speech on the minimum wage.

From left, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, President Barack Obama, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Tom Perez, Sec. of Labor, and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, sit together for lunch at Cafe Beauregard, in New Britain, before heading over to CCSU for Obama’s speech on the minimum wage.

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Paschal Chukwu Helps Keep Fairfield Prep Undefeated

Xavier High School’s gymnasium was filled Tuesday night, as many in the crowd came to see Fairfield Prep’s big man. The Jesuits Senior 7-foot center, Paschal Chukwu, did not disappoint, with a couple of monster dunks, some blocked shots, and in general, creating a traffic jam under the Xavier basket. Fairfield Prep, won the game by a score of 78 to 63.

Fairfield Prep's Paschal Chukwu, 44, reacts after scoring on a dunk during the fourth period as Xavier High School's Joe McCormack, 10, looks on.

Fairfield Prep’s Paschal Chukwu, 44, reacts after scoring on a dunk during the fourth period as Xavier High School’s Joe McCormack, 10, looks on.

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Gov. Malloy’s State Of The State Address

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presented his State Of The State address to a joint senate-house session in the House chamber of the State Capitol Thursday night. The beginning of the 2014 legislative session was delayed a because of the snow storm that hid the state yesterday. Malloy spoke for the better part of an hour, with his speech being interrupted by applause dozens of times.

Please click here to read the story by Chris Keating and Jenny Wilson.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reacts to applause after being introduced to a joint senate-house session to present his state of the state address at the beginning of the snow-delayed 2014 legislative session on Thursday. Behind are Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, left, and Senetor and President Pro Tempore, Donald Williams.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reacts to applause after being introduced to a joint senate-house session to present his state of the state address at the beginning of the snow-delayed 2014 legislative session on Thursday. Behind are Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, left, and Senetor and President Pro Tempore, Donald Williams.

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Lady Huskies Destroy SMU Mustangs

On the eve of a forecast winter storm, the University of Connecticut Women’s basketball team created their own weather pattern inside Gampel Pavilion. The winds started suddenly at the tip off, and only picked up speed from there. The total team effort saw five players score in double digits, and led by Stefanie Dolson, they had a combined 14 blocked shots. The game was a college women’s version of this years Super Bowl.

For a better understanding of the game, please read John Altavilla’s game story by clicking here!

University of Connecticut Huskies guard Moriah Jefferson, 4, is fouled on her way to the basket as Southern Methodist University guard Keena Mays, 23, left, and Southern Methodist University guard Korina Baker, 10, try to stop the break away during the first half.

University of Connecticut Huskies guard Moriah Jefferson, 4, is fouled on her way to the basket as Southern Methodist University guard Keena Mays, 23, left, and Southern Methodist University guard Korina Baker, 10, try to stop the break away during the first half.

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Ancient Egypt Revealed at CT Science Center

The Connecticut Science Center’s latest exhibit, “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” will be on view to the public from February 1, though May, 4. The show offers interactive exhibits on translating Egyptian hieroglyphics, doing an archaeological dig, as well as having a real mummy on display.

Exhibit Highlights: 

  • A real human mummy and a life-size rapid prototype, displaying the mummy in a stage of  “unwrapping”, plus scans and forensic facial reconstructions of mummies
  • Animal mummies, plus scans and information about animals in ancient Egypt
  • Art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt
  • Connections to real scientists working on projects in Egypt, including video interviews, written graphics, objects and photographs from the field
  • Connections to the scientific process used by archaeologists and other scientists, including hands-on challenges, interactive exhibits and technology
  • Connections to how ancient Egyptian people and culture relate to us today
Lexi Prieto, of Waterbury, playing the part of Cleopatra, poses for a visitors to take a photo in front of a model camel she called "Sandy." Preto, who works for Powerstation Events out of Cheshire, said she has done other events at the Science Center, but has never before played the part of Cleopatra.

Lexi Prieto, of Waterbury, playing the part of Cleopatra, poses for a visitors to take a photo in front of a model camel she called “Sandy.” Preto, who works for Powerstation Events out of Cheshire, said she has done other events at the Science Center, but has never before played the part of Cleopatra.

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UConn Huskies Defeat Memphis Tigers

It wasn’t just a win, it was a big win. It was a victory road win in an unfriendly arena over the nationally ranked Memphis Tigers. This victory meant much more than one just one more mark in the win column, it seemed to send a message that this team is the real deal. DeAndre Daniels scored 18 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead the way, and Shabazz Napier contributed 17 points, 10 assists, and gritty determination in the closing minutes to seal the win. And for Ryan Boatright, the win must have helped in briefly taking his mind of the loss of a close cousin, who was killed Monday night. The letters “AW,” for Arin Williams, were written on his left cheek for the game, as he played with little sleep. But he played hard, and he played aggressive.

Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column on Ryan Boatright.

And click here to read Dom Amore’s game story on the UConn win.

From left, University of Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah, 35, University of Connecticut Huskies guard Ryan Boatright, 11, and University of Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Niels Giffey, 5,  react after the game.

From left, University of Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah, 35, University of Connecticut Huskies guard Ryan Boatright, 11, and University of Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Niels Giffey, 5, react after the game.

 

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Visits Connecticut

One of six Oscar Mayer Wienermobile’s is visiting Connecticut this week, driven by two self-described Hotdoggers whose job it is, is to spread brand awareness across the country. The vehicle is a corporate icon that dates back to the 1930’s, and serves to spread not only company brand awareness, but according to the two drivers of the unique vehicle, also spreading “miles of smiles.” “You can’t help but to smile or laugh when you see it, says Sam Blum, one of the two drivers.

Becoming a “Hotdogger,” which is what a driver is called, is competitive, says Blum. Over 1,200 recent college graduates apply during a recruitment drive by the company. The twelve drives win a one year contract, to travel with another driver, and travel the country promoting the brand.  One of the drives, Cokie Reed, a graduate of the University of Texas, says she likes seeing so much of the country. Reed said she played basketball in college, and had the “pleasure,” of guarding UConn’s Tina Charles, when the teams played in San Antonio.

The Wienermobile has been in the state for a few days, and their last stop in Connecticut will be Saturday January 11, from 10am to 3pm, at the New London Commissary on 484 Crystal Lake Rd, in Groton.

Russell Guerin, of West Hartford, gets his photo taken by Sam Blum, one of the two drivers of the Wienermobile. Blum, of Maryland and a recent graduate of The University of Maryland, volunteered to use Guerin's own camera so he could have a souvenir of himself with the unique vehicle. Blum, a self described Hotdogger, works for Oscar Mayer, traveling the country and spreading brand awareness.

Russell Guerin, of West Hartford, gets his photo taken by Sam Blum, one of the two drivers of the Wienermobile. Blum, of Maryland and a recent graduate of The University of Maryland, volunteered to use Guerin’s own camera so he could have a souvenir of himself with the unique vehicle. Blum, a self described Hotdogger, works for Oscar Mayer, traveling the country and spreading brand awareness.

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Hartford Mathletes First Competition

A group of Hartford Math teachers celebrated their inaugural after school math club by holding a day long competition. Called, Hartford Mathletes, allows any Hartford high school to host its own team, consisting of students interested in improving their math skills. The only requirement is a teacher in each school to agree to organize their team. In their initial year, five schools participated.

Today’s competition consisted of approximately thirty students from three of the five schools. One of the creators of the program, Nicole Selmanie, a math teacher at Hartford Public Law and Government Academy, said the program is more than a fun club and enrichment for students that are already good in math, it also serves as an intervention for students below grade level. She said they hope to expand the program in the coming years.

Bryan Figueroa, left, an alumni of Hartford Public, and on semester break, instructs the high school students during one of their morning competitions. Tajay Edwards, 14, center, and Sebastian Cerna, 14, both students at High School Inc., prepare to start their timed test.

Bryan Figueroa, left, an alumni of Hartford Public, and on semester break, instructs the high school students during one of their morning competitions. Tajay Edwards, 14, center, and Sebastian Cerna, 14, both students at High School Inc., prepare to start their timed test.

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UConn Heats Up A Cold Night

The temperature outside was 5 degrees, but the UConn woman created their own heat early in the game and beat the University of Houston Cougars by a score of 90 to 40. The starters sat for long portions of the game or the score would have been even more lopsided. The game was remarkable in that the women had a total of 17 blocked shots, tying a school record. Read John Altavilla’s game story here.

University of Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart, 30, blocks the shot of University of Houston Cougars forward Destini Texada, 12,  during the first half.

University of Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart, 30, blocks the shot of University of Houston Cougars forward Destini Texada, 12, during the first half.

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Cava Restaurant Decorates For Christmas

Every year, Cava Restaurant is a holiday attraction for more than just its food. The owners of the Italian restaurant, on West St. in Southington, have invested approximately $50,000 in seasonal decorations to make the dining experience unique and festive for the holiday season. Each room is decorated in a different theme, and each year the themes change.

The main hallway runs down the center of the restaurant. The doorway to the left leads to the fireplace room, and the center hall leads to the tavern, which is decorated in a winter white wonderland theme.

The main hallway runs down the center of the restaurant. The doorway to the left leads to the fireplace room, and the center hall leads to the tavern, which is decorated in a winter white wonderland theme.

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Connecticut’s First Snowfall of 2014

It didn’t take long for Connecticut to receive a decent snowfall in the new year. The snow started early Thursday morning and continued throughout the day into Friday morning, leaving much of the state covered with snow. The high winds and low temperatures are also a concern, as mentioned in this weather story by Christine Dempsey.

John Sassu clears the driveway of his Bristol home, as the wind works against him and also paints the trees white. The first storm of the new year hit Connecticut Thursday night and into Friday.

John Sassu clears the driveway of his Bristol home, as the wind works against him and also paints the trees white. The first storm of the new year hit Connecticut Thursday night and into Friday.

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East Catholic Boys Hoop defeat East Hartford

It was a close game throughout, even though the East Hartford boys basketball Eagles led for most of the game. But the East High School Hornets found a way to tie the game at the end of regulation and send it into overtime. The Eagles eventually went on to regain the lead in overtime and win by a score of 87 to 79,  in a battle between two strong neighboring town basketball teams. Both teams hit big baskets when needed, and tempers flew and technical fouls were doled out in the fourth period.

East Catholic High School guard, Winston Morgan, 5,  reacts after getting fouled with the score tied at 73 in the final seconds of the fourth period by East Hartford High School's, Rodley Adjei, 4, in the background. Morgan made both his shots, but East Hartford tied the score in the final seconds at 75 apiece to send the game into overtime.

East Catholic High School guard, Winston Morgan, 5, reacts after getting fouled with the score tied at 73 in the final seconds of the fourth period by East Hartford High School’s, Rodley Adjei, 4, in the background. Morgan made both his shots, but East Hartford tied the score in the final seconds at 75 apiece to send the game into overtime.

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High School Girls Basketball Beings

The 2013-2014 High School girls basketball season began this past week with Weaver High School playing on Farmington High School in Farmington. The game was a battle between two of last years best teams, with Weaver making it to the Class M semifinals, and Farmington winning the Class L championship. Although the Farmington Indians held a first-half lead of up to 12 points, the Weaver Beavers fought back to win the game by a score of 60 to 51.

Click here to read Lori Riley’s game story.

High School girls basketball kicked off its season this when the Farmington High School girls basketball team hosted Weaver High School in their gym in Farmington. Farmington High School's Mary Schoenerr, 2, passes to Farmington High School's Courtney Hofer, 22, as Weaver High School's Kamari Mack, 34, and Weaver High School's DeJane James, 3, play defense.

High School girls basketball kicked off its season this when the Farmington High School girls basketball team hosted Weaver High School in their gym in Farmington. Farmington High School’s Mary Schoenerr, 2, passes to Farmington High School’s Courtney Hofer, 22, as Weaver High School’s Kamari Mack, 34, and Weaver High School’s DeJane James, 3, play defense.

 

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Jacoby Ellsbury’s Last 6 Games With The Red Sox

By signing a seven-year $153 million contract with the New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury has switch sides in one of baseballs most bitter rivalries. Having recently covered the 2013 World Series, I thought it would be appropriate timing to look back at that series and his role in it. Below are photos from all six games, the last games Ellsbury will ever play with the Red Sox.

You can read a story about the deal by clicking here. Please click here to read Jeff Jacobs column on how the Yankees need arms, not legs, regarding their signing of Ellsbury.

Jacoby Ellsbury hits a double in the bottom of the fourth inning of game six of the World Series.   The Red Sox won game six by a score of 6 to 1 to win the 2013 World Series.

Jacoby Ellsbury hits a double in the bottom of the fourth inning of game six of the World Series. The Red Sox won game six by a score of 6 to 1 to win the 2013 World Series.

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80th Anniversary of Prohibition

If you’re in the mood for a drink, go ahead a grab a glass and toast to your ability to do so. This week, since it is the eightieth anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. According to this Wikipedia post, the “nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages,” lasted from 1920 to 1933. Below in this post are a series of photographs, gathered from various sources, from that era.

New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach (R) watches agents pour liquor into a sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition in an undated photo held by the Library of Congress. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters

New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach (R) watches agents pour liquor into a sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition in an undated photo held by the Library of Congress. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters

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77th Manchester Road Race

A beautiful, yet cold, Thanksgiving morning saw the successful running of the 77th Manchester Road Race. As is tradition, skilled and dedicated runners from around the country and world, were joined by local runners and walkers who ran the race in funny costumes.

The crowd at the start of the 2013 Manchester Road Race. (MRR Photo by John Long)

The crowd at the start of the 2013 Manchester Road Race. (MRR Photo by John Long)

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