On Saturday, UConn All Americans and fan favorites Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley were honored at Senior Day ceremonies before a packed house at Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus. Each player was escorted into the arena by their parents to thunderous applause and cheering by the faithful fans and students. Hartley, grinning from ear to ear, hoisted her framed jersey as she enjoyed the adulation at the close of her stellar UConn career. Dolson, ever the cut-up, came out dancing in her inimitable style to the roar of her adoring fans. Then the two got to work: Hartley scored 20 points and Dolson surpassed the 1,000 rebound mark in UConn’s 72-35 trouncing of Rutgers. They made it look easy, as usual, in their final regular season home game under the dome. (They will play again in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament starting the weekend of March 22 at Gampel.) To read about their final home game, see John Altavilla’s story here.
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.
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!
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will play for the NFL Championship at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February, 2, 2014. The week leading up to big game turns into a media circus and for the football fan the NFL has created the largest “Fan Festival” by blocking off over a dozen city blocks in Times Square with a variety of events. I will try give a glimpse of the things I encounter along the way with a series of Instagram photos.
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Behind a strong second half performance by Shabazz Napier, the Huskies held on for victory in New Jersey Saturday night. Up by five points at the half, UConn gave up their advantage early in the second half. After a slow start, Napier heated up late to help the Huskies regain the lead and finish as high scorer with 26 points.
— Piscataway, NJ 01/25/14 – UConn’s Shabazz Napier gets a shot off in the second half against Rutgers at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
UConn took on the Temple Owls at Webster Bank Arena Saturday afternoon. Bria Hartley led all scorers with 19 points and Kiah Stokes pulled down 18 rebounds. The Huskies improved to 17-0 before heading to Texas for Monday’s game against Baylor.
– Bridgeport, CT – 01/11/14 - UConn’s Breanna Stewart battles Temple’s Natasha Thames for a loose ball during the first half of Saturday’s contest at Webster Bank Arena. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | email@example.com
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.
The UConn women’s basketball team added another game to the win column when they visited the University of Central Florida Knights at UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida, on New Years Day. In UConn’s second game playing in the new American Athletic Conference, they moved into the Knight’s house, with a large Husky fan section in tow, and rolled to a 77-49 victory. Stefanie Dolson rang in the new year with a 25 point, 12 rebound performance. Read John Altavilla’s game story here.
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.
Offensively the UConn women started off slowly in the first half of their matchup with California at Madison Square Garden Sunday. But as the game wore on, the Huskies proved to be far superior to their west coast adversaries. Breanna Stewart led the way with 29 points (in only 27 minutes) and 10 rebounds.
New York, NY – 12/22/13 – UConn players, left to right: Brianna Banks, Bria Hartley, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson celebrate on the bench after a basket by Tierney Lawlor (not pictured) against California in the Maggie Dixon Classic Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
We all have “Bucket Lists”, mine included Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of the “Cameron Crazies”, which open in 1940 on the West Campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It has been the site of many memorable basketball games, Tuesday night pitted the #1 UConn Huskies women’s basketball team against #2 ranked Duke. When the dust settled from the wood bleachers one thing was certain, UConn has few teams that can play 40 minutes at their level…
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.
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.
Living in an increasingly divided, tumultuous and complicated world, the Thanksgiving holiday offers an opportunity to truly reflect on our personal blessings. For many, the value of these blessings is even more treasured as they reflect on times of struggle. To some, adversity came long ago. Others are in the midst of difficult challenges today. Yet finding genuine reasons to be thankful can help us to persevere. There is a time to focus on our troubles for it helps us to recognize them, confront them and, with luck, overcome them. But our nature also demands time for reflection, which helps us establish our priorities, realize how much we depend upon each other, and remain humble. Here we offer you the stories of a few individuals who have faced challenges in their lives, and their brief reflections on what makes them grateful.
I asked one question “What are you thankful for?”
Dan Crowley, Simsbury
On April 9, 1942, U.S. General Edward King surrendered to the Japanese army after a battle on the Philippine peninsula of Bataan. Dan Crowley and a group of other soldiers didn’t obey that order — they fought on. Swimming to the small island of Corregidor, in Manila Bay, Private Crowley somehow dodged the artillery for nearly a month before being forced to surrender. The horrific World War II event that followed is now known as the Bataan Death March. U.S. and Philippine soldiers suffered unspeakable atrocities, and later, Crowley was enslaved 2,000 feet underground in a copper mine until Japan finally surrendered in September of 1945. Through the years, Crowley shared those memories with a fellow P.O.W. and best friend, Harry Johnson, who also survived the experience after being lucky enough to be dug out of a pile of corpses when someone heard him moan. That friendship ended three years ago at the passing of that kindred soul. Over the last year or so, Crowley also lost his wife of sixty-six years to cancer, and has been pre-deceased by his sixty-two-year-old son.
Crowley answers my question about thankfulness and shares his stories with so much passion and perspective.
“I’m thankful to be alive. Thankful that I was somehow chosen to still be alive. All my friends, who I was with in the rotten Japanese slave labor camps are dead,” he says sitting in the drivers seat of his bright red 1997 Mustang Cobra sports car. “I savor life, the Simsbury resident says. “I was in bad shape for a while. No corporation would hire us, when we got home. I went out and sold on my own for straight commission.” Crowley is also grateful for his family, especially his father who he learned so much from, and his wife, who’s parting advice to him was to find a young woman and enjoy life. So what is he doing with the life he is lucky to keep living? “Eat, sleep and make love,” he punctuates with a hearty and sustained laughter.
At 2:00 p.m. on December 7, the state of Connecticut is dedicating a bridge in the Weatogue section of Simsbury the “Bataan Corregidor Memorial Bridge.” Crowley will be communication with the pilots to perfectly time the military fly-over.
“I’m thankful that finally recognition is being given to the memory of the men of Connecticut and throughout the United states,” he says. Crowley has led the effort for years, saying, “his is not about veterans, it’s about those who died in the battle and aftermath as prisoner slave laborers. They must not be forgotten.”
With only five players seeing over 20 minutes of playing time, and only seven players playing, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team beat Penn State University at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. by a score of 71 to 52.
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With two players injured and unable to play, the number one ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team played eighth ranked University of Maryland Friday night. Junior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and sophomore forward, Morgan Tuck could only watch from the bench. After a close first half, UConn played tough defense in the second half and won the game by a score of 72 to 55 to retain their number one ranking.
Please Click Here to read John Altavilla’s game story on how the short handed Huskies, held off the Terps.
Please Click Here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column about Moriah Jefferson’s Sweet Moves being the difference.
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Down two games to zero, Farmington came back to beat Ledyard in dramatic fashion in the first Class L girls volleyball semifinal at New Britain High School Thursday night. In the second semifinal match, RHAM held on to defeat Bristol Eastern in an emotional five-game victory. After semis this competitive and exciting, the final will have some big shoes to fill.
New Britain, CT – 11/14/13 – The RHAM bench celebrates at the conclusion of their victory over Bristol Eastern in the Class L girls volleyball semifinal match at New Britain High School Thursday night. BRAD HORRIGAN | email@example.com
STORRS — Most times, it happens just once a season. But for some strange reason, the sight of Stanford-UConn doesn’t seem to generate the kind of national excitement it seemingly should.
Then again, sometimes in the midst of a hard-fought game between two elite programs, the fire and joy of what transpires is overshadowed.
Not by disinterest, but by the concern for a young woman injured in its pursuit.
No. 1 UConn beat No. 3 Stanford, 76-57, on Monday at Gampel Pavilion, their first meeting at Geno Auriemma‘s castle in the cow pasture since 1993, when national championships were just a dream for him. For the rest of John Altavilla’s story click here:
Omar Calhoun poured in a game high 18 points. Niels Giffey hit multiple three point baskets and scoring 15 points in the first half. And all the while, Senior guard Shabazz Naapier, was the one passing them the ball, pulling down the rebounds, and scoring a few points of his own. When the final buzzer sounded, Napier had tallied 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for a rare triple double. It was only the tenth time in UConn history that feat had been accomplished, and now two of those belong to Napier.
Last week, the Conard and Hall field hockey teams — crosstown rivals — played to a tie.
That was unsatisfying to both teams.
They got another chance to face each other Wednesday night in a first-round game in the Class L state tournament, this time with no chance to tie.
But ninth-seeded Conard didn’t want to take any chances. The Chieftains scored seven minutes into the game and then twice more to beat No. 8 Hall, 3-1. For Lori Riley’s complete story click here:
The defending national champion UConn women’s basketball team dispatched Philadelphia University with a lopsided score of 93-28 in a fast-paced exhibition game at the XL Center Tuesday night. It was the second of two pre-season games in which UConn easily rolled over lesser opponents before the new season gets underway on Saturday when they meet Jen Rizotti’s Hartford Hawks. No. 3 Stanford rolls into town on Monday. Read John Altavilla’s game story here.
The Boston Red Sox are World Champions again! And for the first time since 1918, they won it at Fenway Park. Fitting for the occasion, David Ortiz took a World Champions banner and waved it over home plate, facing the Fenway Park sign, and all the past divisional and series pennants displayed below it.
Ortiz was named Series MVP, and seemed to will this team to victory, especially in the crucial Game 4, but the win was a true team effort, with everyone contributing something to the special win. As in most winning teams, the chemistry of the players was as important as the talent on the field.
The atmosphere at Fenway was magical as fireworks exploded behind the Green Monster, and smoke filled the stadium. Fans rushed on the field to stand on home plate, pitch from the mound, and capture a little of the infield dirt for a souvenir.
There were no ninth inning heroics or controversial calls in this game. Both starting pitchers, Adam Wainwright, for St. Louis and Jon Lester, for Boston, lived up to their reputations and this game was a classic pitchers dual. Boston scored one run in the first inning, and Lester gave up a towering home run to straight away center field by Matt Holliday in the fourth, but that was score, 1 to 1 until Boston took the lead for good in the seventh inning, scoring two runs, one on an Ellsbury RBI single.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara came into the game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and retired all four batters he faced, and the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 3 to 1. The teams now head back to Boston for Game 6 Wednesday night, with Boston holding a commanding three games to two games advantage in the best of seven series.