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Battle Of The Undefeated

On Monday afternoon UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said “There’s no matchup for Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd. I don’t think anybody in the country has figured out how to guard those two. And I’m not sure we’re going to be able to guard them either.” Maryland thought they had a plan but Notre Dame dispatched them easily with an 87-61 victory. Now two undefeated teams will compete for the national championship Tuesday night. For Lori Riley’s story on the rivalry click here:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Kayla McBride (21) drives up court as Maryland Terrapins guard Laurin Mincy (1) reaches in for the ball during the first half of the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville, TN., Sunday night. McBride scored 28 points and Notre Dame easily advanced with an 87-61 victory.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Kayla McBride (21) drives up court as Maryland Terrapins guard Laurin Mincy (1) reaches in for the ball during the first half of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville, TN., Sunday night. McBride scored 28 points and Notre Dame easily advanced with an 87-61 victory.

Notre Dame and UConn did not play each other this year and the rivalry has become more intense over the years so Tuesday nights game should be a beauty. For more photos of how the two teams reached the final click here:

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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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Guns Rights Rally

Mike Damiano, 38, of Clinton wears a mask synonymous with anonymity and the fight against tyranny at a gun rights rally at the Capitol in Hartford on Saturday afternoon. The idea for the mask, also worn by others in the crowd, comes from the movie "Vi For Vendetta". Patrick Raycraft | praycraft@courant.com

Mike Damiano, 38, of Clinton wears a mask synonymous with anonymity and the fight against tyranny at a gun rights rally at the Capitol in Hartford on Saturday afternoon. The idea for the mask, also worn by others in the crowd, comes from the 2005 film “V For Vendetta”.  Patrick Raycraft | praycraft@courant.com

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Here fishy, fishy, fishy…

It didn’t feel like spring, but local fishermen and women took to the pond at Manchester Coon and Fox Club in Coventery Saturday for the group’s annual fishing derby.

Machester Coon and Fox Club's Annual Fishing DerbyCoventry, CT – 04/05/14 – Emily McCrystal, 4, of Vernon, makes a dramatized, sad face after discovering that her hook has no fish on it. Looking on is her brother Kyle McCrystal, 9. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com.

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Trinity Hip Hop Festival

A hip hop dance workshop was held April 4  at the Ninth Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford. The class was taught by Black Noise, a hip hop crew from South Africa. The festival continued Saturday. Performers included Talib Kweli, Black Noise, Haitian-Canadian emcee Vox Sambou and others. There were

Trinity College student Nicole Lim of California dances during a hip hop dance workshop Friday at the Ninth Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford. The class was taught by Black Noise, a hip hop crew from South Africa. The festival continues Saturday. Performers include Talib Kweli, Black Noise, Haitian-Canadian emcee Vox Sambou and others. There are also lectures, workshops, films and urban art exhibitions, including a live graffiti exhibit, all free and open to the public.

Trinity College student Nicole Lim of California dances during a hip hop dance workshop Friday at the Ninth Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford. 

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also lectures, workshops, films and urban art exhibitions, including a live graffiti exhibit, all free and open to the public.