<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 23 Nov 2017 04:27:06 -0500Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:27:06 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[UConn to Honor Rebecca Lobo Friday Night]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:08:10 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17250727756083.jpg

Uconn will honor former Huskies star Rebecca Lobo before Friday night's home opener at against No. 20 California at Gampel Pavilion.

The two-time All-American and 1995 National Player of the Year is the first UConn women's basketball player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Uconn will unveil a banner commemorating Lobo's induction during the ceremony on Friday at 7 p.m.

Fans attending the game will get a commemorative poster of Lobo's banner as they walk through the doors at Gampel. The posters will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, according to the university.

There will also be a special banner for fans to sign that will be given to Lobo after the game. The banner signing will take place from 5:30-6:40 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Breanna Stewart Details Sexual Abuse in Powerful Blog]]> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:26:19 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/breanna-stewart-USA_1200.jpg

Former UConn basketball star and current forward for the Seattle Storm Breanna Stewart detailed in a blog post Monday that she suffered sexual abuse as a child.

Simply titled "Me Too," a nod to the social media movement started following abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Stewart wrote about a two-year period of sexual abuse that took place at a relative's house, beginning when she was 9 years old.

"I don't know how to say this part. I haven't told many people," she wrote. "I'm not the most vulnerable person - I don't talk about my feelings much - so this is uncomfortable."

The blog appeared Monday morning in The Players' Tribune, a website that allows professional athletes to connect with fans in their own words, according to the site.

Stewart included details of how the abuse would happen and how she felt helpless.

"I couldn't sleep. I was always on guard."

She talked about the night she decided, as an 11-year-old, to wake up her mother and tell her what had been happening to her.

Stewart's parents called police and the man, who she describes as a construction worker who smelled like cigarettes and dirt, confessed and was arrested, according to Stewart.

She said she immersed herself in basketball. In fact, the day of her predator's arrest, she told her father she wanted to go to basketball practice that night.

Her basketball skills took her from her home near Syracuse, New York, to UConn, where she won four National Championships and left as one of the most popular players in Huskies' history.

Now with the WNBA's Seattle Storm, Stewart says she still carries horrible memories with her.

"Even though I play in front of thousands of people or talk to reporters all the time, I have quiet moments every day that no one sees," she wrote. "That’s often when I think about it. I could be surrounded by my teammates or friends or complete strangers, living life as I normally would, and memories like lightning will strike."

She said after recently reading Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney's account of sexual abuse she feels "less alone."

Stewart said her father has always told her that one day she might be comfortable enough to talk publicly about what happened to her and that she may even save someone's life.

"That's why I'm writing this," she added. "This is bigger than me."

Stewart, the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, was named WNBA Rookie of the Year for the 2016 season.



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<![CDATA[Coach Auriemma to Launch 'Holding Court with Geno Auriemma' Podcast ]]> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:26:19 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Geno+Auriemma+podcast.jpg

UConn head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is launching a podcast, "Holding Court with Geno Auriemma." 

According to UConn’s athletics department, Auriemma is the host of the show and will be joined by a different guest each episode. 

The first episode of Holding Court includes Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving and former UConn great Sue Bird. 

Charles Barkley will be a guest on one podcast, as will Tiger Woods. The dates of the Barkley and Woods episodes have not yet been announced. 

UConn said the show will include some sports talk, but it will also focus on each guest’s biography, thoughts on current events, culture and entertainment. 

The podcast will be available on iTunes at 10 a.m. Friday. Fans can subscribe here. 




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<![CDATA[Springer Keeps UConn in His Sole for 1st World Series Game]]> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:52:10 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/george+springer+uconn+cleat.JPG

When the Astros play the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, Houston outfielder George Springer will be the fourth former UConn Huskie to play in the Fall Classic, joining Rollie Sheldon, Gary Waslewski and Charles Nagy.

On Tuesday, UConn baseball tweeted out a photo of Springer's cleats for the first game of the World Series. The picture shows an illustration of the one and only UConn Husky.

The New Britain native was drafted in the first round by Houston in 2011 after an All American junior season at UConn where he helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Super Regional.

Springer had the best season of his career this year, hitting a career-high 34 homers, driving in 85 runs and batting 283.

The 28-year-old was voted into the All-Star Game as a starter and did a live in-game interview during the national TV broadcast.

Springer was a prep school star at Avon Old Farms before attending UConn where he played for three years.

Joe D'Ambrosio contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Orlovsky Retires From NFL]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:27:23 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dan-orlovsky-retires-uconn.jpg

After a 12-year career in the NFL, Dan Orlovsky is retiring from football.

The former UConn star quarterback made the announcement in an emotional blog post on Wednesday.

"It's time for my journey as a football player to come to an end," Orlovsky wrote.

He said he has been playing the game since the age of seven, when he played his first game of flag football.

Orlovsky went on to star at Shelton High School before moving on to UConn.

"The game that made high school four of the most incredible years of my life. The game that sent me to college for free. The game that challenged me to play it at the highest level for 144 months," he said.

Drafted in the Fifth Round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Orlovsky mostly played as a backup quarterback for the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He began the 2017 pre-season with the Los Angeles Rams, but was cut before the regular season.

"I've been to incredible cities, met amazing people, played in every stadium. I've been part of some amazing wins, and some heart-shattering losses," he wrote. "I have had teammates that will one day be in the Hall of Fame, and teammates that are still to this day, my best friends. Football for me was a game I started as a kid, and it grew into my journey of life.

Orlovsky said he is unclear what will be next for him, including the possibilities of getting into coaching, TV or the business world.

"I'm not fearful of the future, but excited. I am excited to do things as a husband and dad, as a friend, an uncle or alumni, that I have never been able to do before. And I truly believe that football has equipped me so well for this next step," he wrote.

"I was so lucky to find something that at the age of 7 that, not only I fell in love with, but something that would shape me in every way possible. My prayer is that somehow my kids get to me as lucky as I was."



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<![CDATA[Jim Calhoun to Join Saint Joseph to Help Men's Basketball]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:22:39 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jim+Calhoun+Saint+Joseph.JPG

University of Connecticut's former basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, is coming out of retirement to be a consultant and help the University of Saint Joseph's first men's basketball program.

Calhoun is a Hall of Famer who led UConn's men's basketball team to three national championships and the announcement came Thursday morning that Calhoun will return to basketball in a part-time role.

"I terribly miss the coaching on a daily basis. I miss the association with the kids. I miss getting up at 6 in the morning, getting on that bus," Calhoun said.

Calhoun retired from coaching 2012 and now serves as special assistant to the director of athletics at UConn.

Calhoun will be a consultant for the university's Division III school men's team in West Hartford.

Calhoun would be responsible for helping create the school's first men's basketball program. The University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays are scheduled to begin playing in fall 2018 when the university admits full-time, traditional male undergraduate students for the first time.

Saint Joseph's was formerly an all-female school.

At his annual golf tournament in August, Calhoun talked about how much he missed coaching.

"It's not a great day. You go in and you play a game, you win it. It feels like 85 degrees, perfect weather and you get on that 'cause a group of us got up and worked for the last three or four months to get this and we did it. Together we did it, and that's the part that I really miss," Calhoun said.

The athletic director at Saint Joseph's, Bill Carderelli, coached with Calhoun in Storrs in 1986.

Calhoun built the UConn basketball program and would have to do it from scratch again at Saint Joseph's.

A press conference is scheduled at the school on Thursday.





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<![CDATA[Schedule for 2 UConn Football Games Altered Due to Irma ]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:32:51 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

Two changes have been made to UConn’s football schedule because of Hurricane Irma, which caused devastation in the south. 

The American Athletic Conference announced Thursday that UConn will now host East Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field at noon. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 4. 

The game will be on Sunday because Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field is unavailable Saturday because of a previously scheduled event.  

UConn will now host South Florida on Nov. 4 and play the game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 9. 

“I am grateful to the American Athletic Conference and its league members for their hard work and cooperation in making this change possible,” UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said in a statement. “Finding a way to play our complete schedule was very important to our team, our fans and we all appreciate the amount of time and effort spent over the past several days to get this accomplished. We look forward to seeing UConn Nation out in force at the Rent on September 24.” 

Tickets bought for the original East Carolina game will be honored on Sept. 24 and tickets for the original USF game will now be honored on Nov. 4. 

For additional ticket information about exchanges or any other transactions will be available via UConnHuskies.com and other UConn Huskies social media outlets. 

UConn will travel to Virginia this weekend for a Saturday, Sept. 16 contest against the Cavaliers. The game kicks off at noon.



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<![CDATA[UConn's Game Against University of South Florida Canceled]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:56:52 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+usf+football_fixed.jpg

UConn football was set to play the University of South Florida (USF) at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Saturday, but the game has been canceled. 

“Obviously we are disappointed for our team and our fans at the cancellation of a home game,” Director of Athletics David Benedict said. “Our thoughts are with USF and all of the areas in the path of this storm. We wish them all the best as they deal with this terrible storm and are here ready to assist in any way that we can.”

Officials from both schools and from the American Athletic Conference discussed options and originally decided to move the kick-off time to 10:30 a.m. from the original noon start time, according to a release from UConn. 

However, on Thursday, it was announced that the game was canceled. 

“I know both our team and USF were excited about a chance to play this weekend,” UConn head coach Randy Edsall said. “We certainly are disappointed, but clearly understand that this is something totally out of everyone’s control. I hope that Coach Strong, his team and the entire community impacted by this storm remain safe and know that we are thinking about them as they deal with this.”

UConn will provide details next week to all USF game ticket holders regarding future ticket options due to the cancellation.

USF is located in Tampa, Florida.



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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irma Impacts UConn Home Game Against USF]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:18:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+usf+football_fixed.jpg

UConn football is set to play the University of South Florida at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Saturday, but Hurricane Irma is affecting the game.

Officials from both schools and from the American Athletic Conference discussed options and have decided to move the kick-off time to 10:30 a.m. from the original noon start time, according to a release from UConn.

USF is located in Tampa, Florida.

Officials will keep an eye on any significant changes in Irma that could affect USF's travel plans.

Another option that was discussed was to cancel the game, but UConn and USF don't have a common bye week to reschedule, according to officials.

Tailgate lots will open at 6 a.m. for season ticket holders and at 6:30 a.m. for general ticket holders.



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<![CDATA[UConn Women's Non-Conference Schedule Includes Defending Champs]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:03:14 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/geno+auriemma+uconn+mississippi+state.jpg

The UConn women's basketball team announced its non-conference schedule for the season on Tuesday, and it includes current National Champions South Carolina.

The Huskies will play 13 non-conference games in all, according to the university.

They will open the season on November 12 against Stanford, one of only two teams to beat them in the past four years. The other team was Mississippi State, which beat UConn on a buzzer-beater in the Final Four in April. That loss ended Uconn's 111-game winning streak.

UConn faces Maryland on November 19 before heading out on a West Coast swing over the Thanksgiving holiday, which includes a game against UCLA on November 21.

The Huskies will square off against longtime rivals Notre Dame as part of the Jimmy V Women's Classic on December 3.

Defending national champion South Carolina will host UConn in Columbia, S.C. on February 1, 2018. UConn beat South Carolina during the regular season earlier this year before the Gamecocks went on to win the title in April by beating Mississippi State.

Here is a full list of non-conference games for 2017-2018:

  • November 12 - Stanford (Columbus, OH)
  • November 17 - California
  • November 19 - Maryland
  • November 21 - at UCLA
  • November 25 - Michigan State (Eugene, OR)
  • November 28 - at Nevada
  • December 3 - Notre Dame
  • December 8 - at Depaul
  • December 19 - Oklahoma (Mohegan Sun)
  • December 22 - Duquesne (Toronto, Ontario)
  • January 15 - at Texas
  • February 1 - at South Carolina
  • February 12 - Louisville



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<![CDATA[UConn Football Season Opens at Home Against Holy Cross]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:11:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

UConn football season is back and the Huskies play at home tonight against the Holy Cross Crusaders.

This also marks the return of Coach Randy Edsall, who led UConn’s football team from 1999 to 2010.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/083117aaa.html

This is UConn’s 119th season of football.



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<![CDATA[Chick-Fil-A Coming To 'The Rent' For UConn Football Games]]> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:50:28 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chick-FIl-A.png

UConn football fans will have some new food options at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field this season - including Chick-Fil-A.

The popular fast-food restaurant will have a concession booth on the concourse of the stadium, according to a release from Spectra Venue Management.

Chick-Fil-A will sell some of its signature items, including the Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Cool Wrap and Chick-Fil-A Waffle Chips.

Chick-Fil-A won't be the only new food this season. There are several new items being added to the menu at The Rent this year.

New offerings include a Husky Burger, Randy Edsall Burrito Bowl, Bacon Jalapeno Mac & Cheese, Fried Pickle Chips, a Mexi Bratwurst Sandwich, and a Fully Loaded Baked Potato.

Local favorite Chowder Pot will also be offering clam chowder.

UConn's first game is Thursday night against Holy Cross at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford.



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<![CDATA[5 Former UConn Huskies to Start WNBA All-Star Game ]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:51:24 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sue-Bird.jpg

Five former UConn Huskies have been named to start the 2017 WNBA All-Star game.

Sue Bird, of the Seattle Storm, has been named to her record-tying 10th All-Star selection. She now shares that distinction with Tamika Catchings.

Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Tiffany Hayes join Bird as the other former Huskies named to the All-Star starting lineups. Moore was the overall vote-getter among fans, according to a UConn news release.

Players are selected by fans, media and other WNBA players.

The WNBA All-Star game will be played on July 22 and KeyArena in Seattle.



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<![CDATA[No First Night Festivities for UConn Basketball This Year]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:14:01 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/uconn+fans+gampel.jpg

Uconn's annual First Night basketball activities won't be happening this year.

That's because of repair work that is being done on the roof and ceiling of Gampel Pavilion.

The $10 million upgrade project began just after UConn's commencement in May and will continue until the end of October, according to the university.

The repairs will be done in time for the start of the basketball season, but not in time for First Night, a date in mid-October when the NCAA allows official basketball activities to begin.

In the past, UConn has held joint festivities with both the men's and women's teams for fans who wanted to come and watch.

Gampel was built in 1990.

The building's roof was in need of repair to replace the roof and ceiling panels, which had become worn and the exterior sealant on the dome was wearing off, leading to some leaks, UConn said.

The women's volleyball team, which also uses Gampel, will play its home games at Guyer Gym in the Hugh S Greer Field House for the fall 2017 season.

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<![CDATA[UConn Football to Face BC at Fenway in Primetime]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:14:42 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520535618.jpg

UConn football will play Boston College in Primetime in the Fenway Gridiron Series this upcoming season.

The game will take place November 18 at 7 p.m. at Fenway Park, according to news releases from UConn and Fenway Sports Management.

"When we announced this event, we promised a first class experience for our alumni and fans," David Benedict, UConn Athletic Director, said. "This is a great opportunity for our fan base to show its support for the program, sell our complete offering of tickets, and turn Boston into UConn Nation."



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<![CDATA[Geno to Participate in Free Autograph Session at Mohegan Sun]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:12:28 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/468870330.jpg

UConn Women's Basketball Coach Geno Aureimma will participate in a free autograph session and Q&A discussion at Mohegan Sun on Thursday, May 25.  The Q&A session will be moderated by former UConn and now CT Sun star Morgan Tuck.

The event is part of Mohegan Sun's "Signings & Sightings" series of events.  The event with Geno starts at 6 p.m. at The Shops at Mohegan Sun concourse.

The session is first-come, first-serve with Geno able to sign one piece of memorabilia per person.  There will be headshots distributed at the event that he will be able to sign if you do not bring any memorabilia.

Geno will not be personalizing items or taking personal photos, according to the event's website.

Fore more information, visit the Mohegan Sun event page.



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