Gostkowski Credits Mound Presence As Pitcher For Kicking Success

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Stephen Gostkowski went to the University of Memphis with thoughts of pursuing a life in professional sports. But Gostkowski, the Patriots’ kicker for the past nine seasons, saw himself pitching off a major league mound. It was a baseball scholarship that drew him from his Mississippi high school to Memphis, and he […]

Mercy Looking For Strong Showing In Sectional Meet

Last season, Mercy High of Middletown won the SCC West sectional meet over eventual State Open champion Wilbur Cross of New Haven. The Tigers scored 98 points. Wilbur Cross had 82. On Thursday, a repeat of last year’s performance might not be good enough, and first-year Mercy coach Kathryn Schumann knows it. “The first team […]

Josh McDaniels Hopes To For Another Shot As Head Coach

PHOENIX — At 32, Josh McDaniels was a rising star in the NFL coaching world. McDaniels parlayed a run as Patriots’ offensive coordinator to the head coaching job in Denver, where he won his first six games. But he lost 17 of his next 23 and was fired after the Broncos were punished by the […]

Friendly Fire: Browner Out To Smack Ex-Teammates In Seattle

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Brandon Browner has a Legion of Boom tattoo on his arm. He calls it a tribute to his brothers. At the same time, the Patriots cornerback has no problem encouraging his teammates to break Richard Sherman’s arm and Earl Thomas’ shoulder in the Super Bowl. “Last year, one of my buddies back […]

Bridgeport Mayor Threatened After Appearing With Al Sharpton On MSNBC

BRIDGEPORT — The mayor received threats after appearing on MSNBC on Monday, a city spokesman said. Mayor Bill Finch appeared on the show PoliticsNation for an interview about the weather conditions in the city during the blizzard. According to city spokesman Brett Broesder, Finch thanked the show’s host, Rev. Al Sharpton, for his leadership on […]

At Hard-Hit Shoreline, Picturesque Communities Struggle With Snow

The snow that blanketed the state Tuesday turned Connecticut’s shoreline communities into quaint picture postcards. But hours of drifting snow and gusting winds made it nearly impossible for some shoreline towns to keep their roads clear, especially in some of the historic downtown areas, such as the Borough of Stonington, where narrow streets don’t leave […]

Minor Derailment At Grand Central Delays New Haven Line

A minor derailment at Grand Central Terminal delayed Metro-North’s New Haven Line costumers coming in and going out, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority. MTA said about 8 p.m. the delays were about five to 10 minutes because of congestion caused by the derailment. The minor derailment had blocking train equipment. MTA said Hudson and […]

Man Dies In Accident At Stanley Access Technologies

FARMINGTON — A man was killed at a local business on Wednesday afternoon when a load of steel and aluminum fell on him, officials said. The man, described by officials as a truck driver, was found about 2:45 p.m. and was not responsive. CPR was performed on him at the scene and he was taken […]

Aaron Hernandez Trial Starts Thursday

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Opening statements are scheduled to begin Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, delayed two days by a blizzard that dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on this southeastern Massachusetts city and coming three days before his former team plays in the Super Bowl. […]

After 2-Year Delay, Claims Commissioner Allows Wrongful Death Claim Against DCF To Proceed

After more than two years, there is finally movement in the $20 million wrongful death claim filed by the father of child-abuse victim Athena Angeles against the state Department of Children and Families. Twenty-seven months after the claim was first filed, Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., on Monday dismissed a state motion to have […]

Gampel Goodies

Tim Tolokan, special assistant to the athletic director at UConn and an authority on UConn basketball, provides a few tidbits about Gampel Pavilion: Various design concepts (including a flat-roof arena complex with an artificial turf field on the roof) were designed and discussed from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, but continual cost overruns delayed […]

Sun Ship Montgomery To Seattle For Little, Stricklen

By the time the Connecticut Sun determined that Chiney Ogwumike, the 2014 WNBA rookie of the year and their leading scorer and rebounder, would miss the first half of the coming season after knee surgery, the entire dynamic of their offseason had already changed. lRelated UConn Women’s BasketballUConn Women’s Insider: Catching Up With Kelly Faris, […]

United Financial Reports 4th Quarter Earnings

United Financial Bancorp Inc. — in its second quarter as the merged Rockville and United banks — reported fourth-quarter profits boosted by loan growth and lower operating expenses but offset partly by merger-related costs. Net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31 was $1.4 million, or 3 cents a diluted share. The results for the […]

Alexion Hires BioXcel Data Analysis Firm to Help Identify Disease Targets

The company says its tool can guide drug development based on how severe the disease is, current drug pipeline for the disease, and approaches that might work. BioXcel, a company headquartered in Branford that provides big data analysis, has signed a contract with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Connecticut’s most successful biologics company. BioXcel has a database of […]

New Britain School Board To Vote On $136 Million Request

NEW BRITAIN — The school board is scheduled to decide Thursday night whether to request a massive budget increase, even though the city’s leadership has made clear that there won’t be more money available. Superintendent Kelt Cooper proposes hiring more than 40 new teachers and pursuing other initiatives with a $13 million budget increase. That’s […]