<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:23:35 -0400 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:23:35 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[49ers' Ray McDonald Arrested]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:44:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg
The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the...

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<![CDATA[UConn Begins New Season]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:52:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/UConnBYU+-+28.jpg
UConn took on BYU in its season opener at Rentschler Field on Friday, Aug. 29.

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<![CDATA[49ers' Aldon Smith Out for 9 Games]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:24:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/aldon-smith-preason-2014.jpg
The NFL has suspended San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on substance abuse and personal...

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<![CDATA[Samuelson, Collier, Boykin Win 3x3 Tourney]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:17:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/geno-auriemma-pat-summitt.jpg
It won't be long before Geno Auriemma and his 2014-15 squad begin the process of defending their national title. Given the strength of this roster -- starting with junior Breanna Stewart -- and it's...]]>
<![CDATA[UConn Women Finalize 2014-15 Schedule]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:18:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP290728914291.jpg
The two-time defending national champion UConn women's basketball team finalized the dates for its 014-15 schedule Thursday.

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<![CDATA[UConn Men Release AAC Schedule]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:27:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/483304481.jpg
The defending national champion UConn men's basketball team announced its 2014-15 American Athletic Conference schedule Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Auriemma on US Team, Stewart]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:52:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/breanna-stewart-nd-finals.png
One new face with a chance to earn a roster spot on the US Team: Breanna Stewart, the rising UConn junior who has a good case for the best player -- male or female -- in college basketball.]]>
<![CDATA[Danny Kanell Weighs in on Huskies]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:47:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rentschler-field-2012-umass-uconn.jpg
Former Florida St. quarterback Danny Kanell now makes his living as a color commentator for ESPN. He'll be in the booth Friday night when UConn opens its season against BYU, and Kannell can't wait to see...]]>
<![CDATA[Weist Waiting for Next Opportunity]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tj-weist-uconn.jpg
A year ago, T.J. Weist was supposed to be the guy who was going to save UConn's offense from George DeLeone. Instead, Weist, originally hired as the offensive coordinator after the 2012 season, found himself as...]]>
<![CDATA[Tim Wright Has High Upside]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:36:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tim-wright-patriots.jpg
Not a lot was known about Tim Wright when he was named as the other player in the trade that sent offensive guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay. In exchange, the Pats got Wright, the undrafted second-year tight end...]]>
<![CDATA[USC Player Suspended for Lie]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:21:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/USC+Josh+Shaw.jpg
Holding his firstborn child in his arms should be the happiest time of Derek Ellison’s life. But seeing the baby’s mother in his son’s face brings a mix of emotions – a feeling he describes as "a gift and...

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<![CDATA[Patriots Trade Mankins to Buccaneers]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:40:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/logan-mankins-traded.jpg
Offensive guard Logan Mankins arrived in New England in 2005 and has been a starter ever since. Up until Tuesday, anyway, when the Patriots shipped him to Tampa Bay for a 2015 fourth-round pick and tight end Tim...]]>
<![CDATA[Soccer Star to Play Last Game With Team at Rentschler]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:49:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_landondonovan.jpg
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he dropped Landon Donovan from the World Cup roster because other forwards in the player pool surpassed him in the months before the American team gathered for its pre-tournament...

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<![CDATA[Rookie Garoppolo to Start for Pats Thursday]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:27:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jimmy-garoppolo-ryan-mallett.jpg
Rookie second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo has been a pleasant surprise this preseason. So much so that there has been speculation that should the Patriots keep two quarterbacks, former third-round pick...]]>
<![CDATA[Hernandez Evidence to Be Tossed]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP296842589971.jpg
A Massachusetts judge has allowed some evidence to be suppressed in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, court documents show. The former star Patriots tight end had asked the court to suppress the evidence — an...

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<![CDATA[Cochran Says BYU Will be a Challenge]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:55:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/casey082614.jpg
UConn QB Casey Cochran talks about this week's opponent BYU.]]>
<![CDATA[Diaco Looking for Focus in Opener]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:04:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rentschler-field-2012-umass-uconn.jpg
Four days and counting until the Bob Diaco era officially begins. BYU is coming to Rentschler Field Friday and the hope is that these Huskies, who have gone just 13-21 the last three seasons, can show signs of a...]]>
<![CDATA[Huskies' Nnamdi Amilo Awarded Scholarship]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:01:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/483304481.jpg
On Monday, coach Kevin Ollie announced that junior Nnamdi Amilo, who spent last season as a walk-on, has been awarded a scholarship.

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<![CDATA[Diaco Looking to DeLorenzo for Leadership]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:59:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/max-delorenzo-2013.jpg
Ready or not, the season is upon us and the Huskies are about to find out exactly where they stand after three seasons of mediocrity. And ready or not, junior running back Max DeLorenzo, a backup since...]]>
<![CDATA[Diaco Talks About Expectations]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:58:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/diacopic082514.jpg
UConn head coach Bob Diaco was even-keeled during his weekly news conference until some of his players walked in. Then Diaco was asked what he wanted from the Huskies.]]>
<![CDATA[Tapping Out for a Cause]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:36:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/jitsu082514.jpg
Jon Thomas is the founder and CEO of Tap Out Cancer, a non-profit organization that is using the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to eradicate the deadly disease. Born from personal tragedy, it is a concept that is...]]>
<![CDATA[Pats' Gostkowski Nails 60-yard vs. Panthers]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:25:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/stephen-gostkowski-panthers.jpg
There was plenty to like in New England's 30-7 victory over the Panthers Friday night. Tom Brady looked like, well, Tom Brady, tossing two touchdowns, the defense didn't allow a point for 58 minutes, and kicker...]]>
<![CDATA[Whitmer: 'I Will Be Ready When They Call My Number']]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:23:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/whitmer_michigan.jpg
For the last two seasons, Chandler Whitmer began the season as the Huskies' starting quarterback. Now under new coach Bob Diaco, the redshirt senior is a backup behind Casey

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<![CDATA[Players Embrace Cochran's Mullet]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:20:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cochran-mullet-casey.jpg
The Huskies' 2014 season begins in earnest Friday when BYU comes to Rentschler Field and quarterback Casey Cochran will be under center when the offense takes the field for the first

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<![CDATA[Diaco: Can't Wave Magic Wand for Huskies]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:05:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rentschler-field-2012-umass-uconn.jpg
Ideally, a new coach brings a new philosophy and with it a renewed commitment to winning. The reality is that programs are rarely turned around in just a few months, something coach Bob Diaco fully...]]>
<![CDATA[Ledecky Sets World Record in 1,500 Freestyle]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP973055938873%281%29.jpg
Katie Ledecky lowered her own world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle to win the Pan Pacific championships title in 3 minutes, 58.37 seconds on Saturday. Ledecky was under world record pace for much...

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<![CDATA[Dan Marino Returning to Dolphins]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:26:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DanMarino14.jpg
Chicago's Jackie Robinson West All-Stars took the U.S. title in the Little League World Series with a 7-5 win over Las Vegas' Mountain Ridge Saturday. The team started off strong, matching Nevada's...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Beats Las Vegas in LLWS]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:56:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/245*120/jrw+win+us+title.jpg
A 3-year-old boy in New Jersey was born with only one arm, but that hasn't stopped him from teaching himself to become an excellent golf player. “It’s such a difficult game with two hands, two arms," said...]]>
<![CDATA[Boy With 1 Arm Is Golf Prodigy]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:48:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/one+arm+3+year+old+tommy+morrisey.jpg
A 2-year-old girl was left in a car overnight outside a sports bar in Bristol, Connecticut, while the mother spent the evening in the hospital because she was intoxicated, police]]>
<![CDATA[Red Sox Sign Cuban OF Rusney Castillo]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:32:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rusney.jpg
Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday and will succeed Bud Selig in January. A labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox...

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<![CDATA[Browner Surprised by Increased Flags]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:38:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20131028-Seattle-Seahawks-St-Louis-Rams2.jpg
Patriots Coach Bill Belichick hopes to answer some questions about his team in the third preseason game game on Friday night against the Panthers. But one issue the coach has no control over is the...

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<![CDATA[UConn Adds Series With Ohio St., Arizona]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:35:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kevin-ollie-2014.jpg
UConn announced this week that its men's basketball team will have home-and-home series against Ohio State and the University of Arizona which will take place over the next four]]>
<![CDATA[Maya Moore Named WNBA MVP]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:32:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/184006367.jpg
Before there was Breanna Stewart there was Maya Moore, the best player in college basketball who was the WNBA's first-overall pick in 2011. Now she's been named the league's most valuable player for 2014.

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<![CDATA[QB Coach Talks Cochran, Whitmer]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:05:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Casey+Cochran+1200.jpg
The Huskies' opener is a week away, and then the team takes the field for the first time under Bob Diaco to face BYU next Friday, redshirt sophomore Casey Cochran will be under center.]]>