<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 03 Dec 2016 21:14:22 -0500Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:14:22 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[UConn’s Larrier Out for Rest of Season With Torn ACL]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:14:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16320097638265.jpg

UConn forward Terry Larrier will be out for the rest of the season after he injured his left knee against Oklahoma State.

Officials from UConn said Larrier, a redshirt sophomore, has a torn left ACL. Recovery for this type of injury generally takes around eight months.

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<![CDATA[Samuelson Drops 28 on LSU in 76-53 UConn Win]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:36:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn_LSU.jpg

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson recognized early on that LSU was exhibiting little respect for her long-range shooting. So the 6-foot-3 sophomore made the Lady Tigers pay with the most prolific game yet in her very promising career.

"She lit us up from the 3-point line," LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. "I didn't feel like we had the awareness that we needed to play somebody of her caliber as far as shooting the 3."

Samuelson hit seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 28 points, Kia Nurse added a season-best 15 points along with eight assists, and No. 3 UConn handed LSU its first loss of the season, 76-53 on Sunday night.

"I was shooting well and my teammates were getting me the ball, so I was going to keep shooting the 3s," Samuelson said. "I'm pleased with how I shot today and I just hope that'll carry on to the next game."

Crystal Dangerfield added 10 points and Gabby Williams grabbed 10 rebounds for UConn (3-0), which extended college basketball's longest active winning streak to 78 games. Yet Huskies coach Geno Auriemma didn't sound too pleased about how his team looked in its most lopsided victory of the young season. He cringed at UConn's 20 turnovers, 17 personal fouls, and six-minute stint without a field goal in the third quarter.

"Today was a struggle," Auriemma said. "The ball was flying all over the place."

Samuelson, who was widely seen as one of the nation's best freshmen last season, hit seven of her eight made shots from 3-point range and also sank all five of her free throws.

Nurse called it a "huge luxury" to know she could look for Samuelson anywhere on the offensive end and be confident she would hit open shots.

Raigyne Moncrief scored 15 points for LSU (3-1), which trailed by 21 at halftime and struggled to get much closer than that for much of the second half. Alexis Hyder added 11 points for the Lady Tigers.

UConn began to pull way on consecutive 3's by Nurse and Samuelson, which opened a 10-0 run that pushed the Huskies' lead to 31-16.

Later in the period, Samuelson hit a 3 from the right wing while being fouled by Hyder, completing a four-point play which made it 40-23. Samuelson added a couple free throws to give her 14 points in the first half, and Dangerfield's jumper made it 46-25 at halftime.


UConn: UConn's winning streak is the third longest in college basketball history, behind only its own program record of 90 straight from 2008-10 and the UCLA men's record of 88 consecutive victories from 1971-74. ... UConn has now beaten 110 straight unranked opponents since losing by a point to then-unranked St. John's on Feb. 18, 2012.

LSU: The Lady Tigers were off to their best start since their 9-0 beginning to the 2009-10 season and their struggles against a juggernaut like UConn doesn't mean this season's LSU squad won't be competitive in most games. "I thought we did some good things defensively," Fargas said, noting that her team played UConn tight for all but the second quarter. "We did some things for three quarters that really allowed us to show the potential of this team." ... Senior guard Rina Hill made her season debut after missing the first three games because of a hip injury. She played 15 minutes and had a rebound and an assist.


The Huskies have now won five straight against LSU and improved to 8-1 all-time in the series, with the lone loss coming in the 2007 NCAA tournament regional finals to a Lady Tigers squad led by current WNBA and U.S. national team player Sylvia Fowles. After the game, Auriemma ran into another former LSU great, Seimone Augustus, outside the UConn locker room, and they chatted about the state of the Lady Tigers compared to about a decade ago.

"The talent level is just completely different. It's not even night and day," Auriemma said. "So from where it was, to where it is today, it's not even the same program. You can't even put it in the same category from back then. I don't know all the reasons why, but when that happens it takes a while to get it back."


UConn defeated second-ranked Baylor on Thursday, and by winning convincingly at LSU, the Huskies did nothing to dissuade voters from moving them up at least one spot.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: UConn Does #MannequinChallenge]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:53:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/204*120/UConn+mannequin+challenge+basketball+capital.JPG

You’ve probably seen the Mannequin Challenge several times over because it‘s been trending on social media, but UConn fans showed up early to show what the Mannequin Challenge looks like combined with Husky pride. 

Cheerleaders, Johnathan the Husky, the band and fans filled lots of seats and froze in an epic show of Husky pride that’s been viewed more than 200,000 times since last night.

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<![CDATA[Ray Allen on How He Wants to Be Remembered]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:50:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ray_Allen_on_How_He_Wants_to_Be_Remembered_1200x675_800184387677.jpg Former UConn great and now retired NBA player Ray Allen talks about how he would like to be remembered as a player.]]> <![CDATA[Ray Allen Thanks Connecticut for His Start]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:47:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ray_Allen_Thanks_Connecticut_for_His_Start_1200x675_800180803629.jpg A day after announcing his retirement from the NBA, former UConn great Ray Allen told NBC Connecticut's Kevin Nathan that he has a special place in his heart for the people of Connecticut.]]> <![CDATA[UConn's Jonathan the Husky Appears in ESPN's Cubs Promo]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:21:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+jonathan+husky_1200.jpg

Just minutes after the Chicago Cubs ended their 108-year drought with a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians, ESPN tweeted video of a promo to mark the occasion.

But included in the promo about the Cubs' historic win, is UConn's own Jonathan the Husky.

You can watch the video below.

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<![CDATA[2 UConn Football Players Suspended After Arrests]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:54:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Nazir+Williams+and+Felton+Blackwell+mug+shots.jpg

Two 19-year-old UConn football players have been suspended from the team after police stopped the car they were in Wednesday night and found marijuana, a BB gun and an open container of vodka in the car, according to UConn police and school officials.

Police arrested 19-year-old Nazir Williams, of Bridgton, New Jersey,  a red-shirt freshman linebacker; and Felton Alfonzo Blackwell III, 19, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, a red-shirt freshman defensive lineman, after stopping the silver Chevy Malibu Williams was driving, according to police.

Police made the traffic stop on Bolton Road, on the edge of campus, after police noticed it had only one working headlight and saw Williams cross the double line, according to reports from police.

When police approached the car, they smelled marijuana, according to a report from UConn police. 

When officers searched the car, they found four grams of marijuana and a loaded BB gun that looked like a real gun, police said. The report says it was within Williams’ reach and police also found an open container of vodka. 

Police said Blackwell was in possession of a loaded BB gun that looked real. 

“University of Connecticut Director of Athletics David Benedict and head football coach Bob Diaco are aware of the incident that took place Wednesday night and take these allegations very seriously," UConn Athletics said in a statement. "The safety of our student-athletes and University community is of the utmost concern for the UConn Division of Athletics. UConn football student-athletes Felton Blackwell and Nazir Williams have been immediately suspended. The UConn Division of Athletics will work with the University during the investigation process until the situation is resolved.”

Williams was arrested at 10:30 p.m. and charged with first-degree possession, weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor. Bond was set at $2,000 and he is due in court on Nov. 1. 

Blackwell was charged with weapons in a motor vehicle and bond was set at $1,500. He is due in court on Nov. 1.

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<![CDATA[Breanna Stewart Wins WNBA Rookie of the Year Award]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:09:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stewart-AP_447032369589.jpg

UConn grad Breanna Stewart is the WNBA rookie of the year. 

The league announced Thursday that Stewart received 38 of the 39 votes from a national media panel. San Antonio's Moriah Jefferson got the other vote. 

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Connecticut, Stewart averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, becoming the sixth player in league history to reach those averages in the same season. 

She helped the Seattle Storm reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013. 

It's the second consecutive season a Storm player won the award, marking the first time in the league's 20-year history that the same team has back-to-back winners. Jewell Loyd was the rookie of the year in 2015. 

The 6-foot-4 Stewart scored in double figures 31 times and had 12 double-doubles. She has a season-high 38 points in a win against Atlanta on July 10.

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<![CDATA[CT fastrak Launches Rentschler Flyer to UConn Home Games]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:32:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/101715+uconn+football+2+1200.jpg

CTfastrak will begin offering direct bus service to UConn home football games starting on Saturday. 

The "Rentschler Flyer" Route 120 bus service will take fans to Pratt & Whitney Stadium In East Hartford for all Saturday University of Connecticut home football games.  

Buses will leave from Bay E at Downtown New Britain Station every 15 minutes, beginning two hours before kickoff, and make stops at all CTfastrak stations. 

Buses will leave from downtown Hartford at Main Street and Atheneum Square every 15 minutes, starting 90 minutes before kickoff. 

The last trip to Rentschler Field will leave downtown New Britain Station one hour before kickoff and it will leave downtown Hartford 30 minutes before kickoff. 

Travel time to Rentschler Field is around 45 minutes from downtown New Britain Station and around 15 minutes from downtown Hartford. 

The first return trip from Rentschler Field will leave 10 minutes after the end of the third quarter and buses will return from Rentschler Field as needed after the game, with two scheduled return trips leaving Rentschler Field 30 and 60 minutes after game ends. 

UConn plays Virginia this Saturday. Kick-off is at 1:30 p.m. 

<![CDATA[Diaco on Practicing for Navy Offense]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:13:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Diaco_on_Practicing_for_Navy_Offense_1200x675_759536707759.jpg UConn coach Bob Diaco said Tuesday that preparing his team to face Navy on Saturday is different than preparing them for just about any other team.]]> <![CDATA[Shirreffs Has Grown Into Starting Role: Diaco]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:08:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shirreffs_Has_Grown_Into_Starting_Role_Diaco_1200x675_754342979703.jpg Coach Bob Diaco discusses what separates Bryant Sherriffs from other quarterbacks on the Huskies.]]> <![CDATA[Diaco Excited About Start of Season]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Diaco_Excited_About_Start_of_Season_1200x675_754316867943.jpg Coach Bob Diaco says his team has worked very hard to prepare for the upcoming season.]]> <![CDATA[UConn Basketball Stars Help Team USA Overwhelm Canada]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 10:55:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_846396073363.jpg

Just after the United States routed Canada by 40 points, Geno Auriemma and his UConn greats posed for a group photo on the court.

The five former UConn players, who helped the Huskies win 10 of their 11 national championships, received one last rousing ovation from the crowd. A fitting send off for the team from their adoring Connecticut fans.

Auriemma gave those same fans an opportunity to cheer their former stars early on, starting all five. It was virtually the same starting lineup he used in a win over France on Wednesday. The only change was putting Breanna Stewart into the group instead of Elena Delle Donne.

The Hall of Fame coach said it was the right thing to do.

"I hadn't had the same starting five in any games we played," he said after the 83-43 victory Friday night. "I thought to myself, I asked Cheryl (Reeve), if you were head coach instead of me, you'd do it, because it's the right thing to do. She said OK. I'm not going to worry about it and did it. It was fun for the kids and the fans."

The players really didn't notice it until the opening tip.

"When you look at it, you have a good piece of history out there with Sue (Bird) and Diana (Taurasi) representing the early success and then Stewie on the other end," said Maya Moore, who helped the Huskies win two titles. "It was really cool and really cool for the fans."

The U.S. will aim for an unprecedented sixth consecutive gold at the Olympics. The Americans have one more exhibition game Sunday at Madison Square Garden against Australia, which beat France 76-67 on Friday night.

Taurasi, Bird, Moore, Stewart and Tina Charles struggled a bit offensively when they were in, but defensively they shut down Canada. After struggling in their first two exhibition games in the first half, the Americans jumped all over their neighbors to the north.

The U.S. only had a three-point lead on the select team in their pre-Olympic tour opener Monday and led France by one Wednesday at the half. The Americans wouldn't let that happen against Canada.

The Canadians missed 13 of their first 14 shots and couldn't recover from the slow start, trailing by 13 after one quarter and 24 at the half.

"I thought defensively we were about as good as we can be given the short amount of work that we've done," Auriemma said. "That kind of led to a bunch of other things."

Taurasi scored 14 points, and Delle Donne added 12 to lead the U.S.

Auriemma had always seemed to shy away from playing all his UConn players at the same time during the 2012 London Olympics and the last two world championships. He rarely had five UConn players on the court in either of those major championships.

But just as he did starting Delle Donne in Delaware on Wednesday, he gave the fans one more opportunity to cheer the local favorites. The loud crowd gave the former Huskies a great ovation in pregame introductions and then cheered every one of their plays.

"When we get to Rio, the best five players for that situation will be on the floor regardless of where they come from," Auriemma said.

The offensive highlight of the first half came from Delle Donne, who threw a nifty no-look pass to Taurasi for a layup.

Canada finished fifth in the world championship in 2014 and will look to improve on that in Rio. The Canadians have never won a medal at the Olympics in women's basketball and hope to change that with a nice mix of veterans and youth.

One of those talented young players is Kia Nurse, who is a junior at UConn. Nurse help lead Canada to the gold medal at the Pan-Am Games last summer. She got a nice hand from the crowd in pregame introductions, but had a rough game. She was scoreless in 25 minutes, missing all three of her shots.

This was Nurse's second game back for Canada. She had sports hernia surgery after helping UConn win a fourth consecutive national championship in April.

"I can't say how impressed and pleased we are that she's come back as well as she has," Canada coach Lisa Thomaidis said. "She's such a competitor, so tough, nothing surprises us anymore with her."

Canada will play France in the opener at the Garden on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[US Women's Basketball Team Has a Decidedly UConn Flavor]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:24:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GenoStewart-GettyImages-468853790.jpg

Coach Geno Auriemma wanted to have the best talent available to him.

So it was no coincidence that when the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team was constructed, those in positions of responsibility within basketball operations were able to find a five-person unit with whom Auriemma had long-standing ties.

When the team attempts to win its sixth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio, the squad will have a decidedly University of Connecticut flair. 

Five members — Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart — played for Auriemma at UConn. All won titles with the Huskies. Bird, Charles and Moore each won two titles; Taurasi was a three-time National Champion while Stewart won championships in all four of her years at Storrs, Connecticut.  

"They’re on the team because they’re really good," Auriemma said at the White House in May, according to USA Today. "They’re five of the best players in the world, and no matter who is coaching, they’d be on the team. I’m just fortunate enough to be the one coaching them."

The five are significant components for their WNBA squads. Bird (12.5 points and six assists per game) and Stewart (19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game) play together on the Seattle Storm; Charles averages 21.4 points and 9.6 rebounds for the New York Liberty. Moore has complied a 19.4 points /5.2 rebounds/4.4 assist slash line for the the Minnesota Lynx, while Taurasi, a star for the Phoenix Mercury, is averaging 18.9 points and 4.3 assists.  

Four of the five have represented America in Olympic competition. 

The Rio Games will be the fourth Olympics for Bird and Taurasi and the second straight Olympics for Charles and Moore

Stewart is the only member of the Huskies' Olympic outfit to never participate in the games, according to her Team USA profile. It bears noting that she's 21 and was selected first overall by the Storm in April.

"Well, first of all when I saw that [U.S. Women's Basketball National Team Director Carol Callan] was calling, I had a mini heart attack. Because I'm like, 'What's going to happen? I don't know! I don't know!' And then I answered it. … When she congratulated me, I was speechless. I did not know what to say," Stewart told The Hartford Courant after the Olympic team was announced in April.

"I've had a lot of great things happen throughout my career, but when you look at this and when you look at the opportunity to be able to go to the Olympics, that was my biggest goal in basketball," she said.

"It was the highest goal that I had set for myself. … Winning a fourth national championship, getting drafted, going to the Storm, and now this." Stewart added. "It's really amazing. I can't wait to get going and see what happens."

While his most recent star is looking forward to Rio, Auriemma’s focus is twofold:

Winning gold and enjoying the Olympics.

"It's only one game, it's not best of five, it's not best of seven. You have to play great every night and all it takes is one night where the other team plays better and you come home with something less than a gold medal," Auriemma told the Courant in July. 

"The [2012 London Summer Olympics] I was so fixated on, 'We have to win the gold medal, we have to win the gold medal,' and probably didn't really experience as much as I could have throughout the rest of the tournament," he said. "Going in this time, I want to do a much better job of playing it one day at a time and taking it one day at a time."

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<![CDATA[Bobby Puyol on Wuerffel Trophy Watch List]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:43:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

University of Connecticut senior kicker Bobby Puyol has earned a spot on the 2016 Danny Wuerffel Trophy Watch List.

The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS football player who “best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement.” It is the only major college football award that has the majority of voting focused on community service.

Puyol, a North Palm Beach, Florida native, has been UConn’s primary kicker for the last two seasons and connected on 16 of 18 goal attempts and 21 of 24 PATs last year. He connected on seven of his last eight field goal attempts that season, including a career-long 52-yard attempt to set a St. Petersburg Bowl record.

Puyol is a member of the UConn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and president of UConn campus chapter of Athletes in Action. He is also involved in the Goal Line Project, a program where football student athletes mentor elementary school students in academics and athletics.

Puyol was also named to the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List.

Three others Huskies were named to watch lists this preseason – Jamar Summers for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, redshirt senior Justin Wain for the Ray Guy Award and redshirt sophomore Ryan Crozier for the Rimington Trophy.

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