Laird Takes 3-Shot Lead In Phoenix; Woods Shoots Career Worst 82

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For all his birdies Saturday, two big pars kept Martin Laird in control at the Phoenix Open. Laird made 10-footers for par on the 16th and 18th holes and had a 3-under 68, giving him a three-shot lead going into the final round over a new pair of the next generation. Hideki […]

Williams Beats Sharapova Again, Wins 19th Grand Slam Title

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed “C’mon,” careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th straight win over Maria Sharapova and her sixth Australian Open championship when she was docked a point […]

UConn vs. Houston: Notes and Quotes From The Lobby

HOUSTON – The problem with “must win” games is … what happens if you don’t win?  Nearly all games are must win, for one reason or another, but win or lose the season goes on … and on. So here the Huskies are, in Houston. They lost that “must-win” game at Cincinnati, but the season […]

UConn’s Bob Diaco Hopes To Expand Role Of Preferred Walk-Ons

The UConn football program needs players. It needs scholarship players, and it needs preferred walk-ons. The latter are now being recruited under second-year coach Bob Diaco. “We’re recruiting, actively recruiting, players,” Diaco said. “In the past it was just an afterthought, and it was like a revolving door of guys. They’d have 15 guys show […]

On The Fly: Serena Williams Fights Cold, Shakes Off Sharapova Again

It’s hard to imagine that Tom Brady’s Super Bowl week cold was worse than what Serena Williams was battling during the Australian Open. Williams was sick for the past week and she couldn’t shake the cold, right up until the finals on Saturday. But she didn’t use garlic, Brady’s remedy, to dispose of Maria Sharapova […]

A Healthy Gronk Is An Even Happier Gronk

— The first sign came at the 2010 NFL draft, when the Patriots selected Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski with the 42nd overall pick Cameras caught Gronkowski celebrating with family and friends, huddling in a circle and dancing. Gronkowski later carried a Patriots helmet to the stage for his pose with commissioner Roger Goodell, as if he […]

True Or Not, Cheating Label Sticks To Patriots

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Rob Gronkowski, one of those savage workout beasts and natural party animals who inevitably reach the point in life where two roads diverge, credits two men with helping him choose the one wiser traveled. “What makes Tom Brady so impressive is that he’s in the lead every single year, not a one-year […]

Tom Brady & Russell Wilson: Different Styles, Similar Results

— In his first three seasons as a starting NFL quarterback, the Patriots’ Tom Brady won 34 of 46 regular season games and two Super Bowls. He passed for 10,227 yards, 69 touchdowns and 38 interceptions and was 9-0 in the playoffs. At age 26, he was being mentioned as an all-time great. The Seahawks’ […]

NBA ‘Exile’ Source Of Strength For Houston’s Sampson

HOUSTON — Kelvin Sampson returned to college basketball with a new perspective, new chapters to a coaching manual written by some of the masters. “I learned a lot in the NBA,” said Sampson, who was with the Spurs, Bucks and Rockets. “Everything about it, I liked. Pace of play, pick-and-roll defense, packages for figuring out […]

Bullet Hits Hamden Home

HAMDEN – Police are searching for the suspect or suspects who fired a shot that hit a residence on Wilmot Road Wednesday afternoon. The homeowner told police that she heard a “loud bang” at her Wilmot Road home at approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Several hours later, the homeowner noticed that a singled bullet had […]

State Police Urge Caution On Super Bowl Sunday

State police and the governor are asking people to act responsibly and use caution on Sunday after the big game. State police said Super Bowl Sunday can be one of the most dangerous days on the road because of impaired driving related accidents. State police suggest people designate a sober driver before the game starts […]

Trinity Defeats Bowdoin In Overtime

Junior guard Rick Naylor scored 13 of his 16 points after halftime and four in overtime to lead the Trinity men’s basketball team to a 67-66 victory against Bowdoin on Friday night in Hartford. Jaquann Starks also scored 16 and Ed Ogundeko had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for Trinity (15-5), which takes […]

State Hoops: Hawks Fall To Vermont; Nwakamma Injured

Kurt Steidl scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, and Vermont held Hartford to its lowest point total of the season in a 65-46 America East men’s basketball win on Saturday at Chase Arena. Hawks senior forward Mark Nwakamma, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, sustained a right knee injury and played […]

2 Metro-North Derailments Raise New Concerns From Regulators

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two Metro-North derailments in New York have renewed concerns among federal regulators over the commuter railroad’s focus on safety. No one was injured after trains left the tracks at Grand Central Terminal and White Plains, New York, on Wednesday. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating, Hearst Connecticut Media reported. “While both […]

Hartford Police To Hold DUI Checkpoint Friday Night

HARTFORD – Police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday night in the area of 809 Asylum Street from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Police said the checkpoint, which will be supervised by the department’s traffic division, is part of the department’s expanded DUI enforcement program and funded through a grant by the Connecticut […]