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On The Fly: Revolving Door At Kentucky — It is hard to wrap your head around this one. A record seven Kentucky players announced they will enter the NBA draft: Willie Cauley-Stein , Andrew and Aaron Harrison , Karl-Anthony Towns , Trey Lyles , Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker .

Opening Day Comes Earlier, So Kids On Vacation Can Go Fishing — Opening Day of fishing season is Saturday, a week earlier than normal, which means stocking bodies of water in Connecticut has been going on for weeks. That, of course, provided a challenge. Most people look outside now and see little snow left on the ground, except for some unsightly piles around driveways and in parking lots.

Best UConn Women's Basketball Team Ever? These Huskies Are Right Up There — On March 29, 2002, The Courant ran a story with a headline of "The Best Starting Five Ever" accompanied by a photo of seniors Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Tamika Williams, and sophomore Diana Taurasi. We labeled them as such but also said don't take our word for it.

UConn's Stewart Makes AP All-America First Team; Mosqueda-Lewis, Jefferson On Second Team — UConn junior Breanna Stewart was named to the Associated Press All-America women's basketball first team Tuesday for the second straight year. Stewart had 23 points and 16 rebounds Tuesday night in a 91-70 victory over Dayton to get the Huskies to the Final Four and is averaging 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds.

On The Fly: Believe It Or Not, It's Baseball Season — Carson Cross of UConn is having a great season. He is 6-1 with a 1.49 ERA, 65 strikeouts, and teams are batting .178 against him. He was named AAC pitcher of the week for the second time this season. And Vinny Siena of Woodbridge had nine RBI and scored seven runs in five games last week.

On The Fly: Bet Against Tom Izzo At Your Own Risk — There he is again. Michigan State is in the Sweet 16. Betting against Tom Izzo this time of year is not the smartest thing, yet many of us did in our office pools. ... Writes Pat Forde on Yahoo Sports concerning the NCAA Tournament : "To understand how dead Cinderella is, consider this: the lowest-seeded team in the Sweet 16 is No.

On The Fly: UConn-Bound Enoch Connecticut Player Of Year — S teve Enoch of St. Thomas More School has been named Gatorade Connecticut boys basketball player of the year. He averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, had a 3.27 GPA and is headed to UConn on a basketball scholarship. ... Breanna Stewart of UConn is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy as the top women's college basketball player.

On The Fly: Chicagoans Have Good Reason To Cringe At Yard Goats Name — You can't blame people from Chicago if they cringed when hearing the name Hartford Yard Goats. The "Curse of the Billy Goat" long has served to explain why the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. ...

Ready For UConn Women's Basketball? 10 Things To Ponder — While we await the beginning of the NCAA Tournament, 10 things to ponder about the UConn women's basketball team as it goes after its 10th national title: 1. In what ESPN bills as its Presidential Bracket or Barack-etology, there is no huge surprise. President Obama picks UConn to win it all.

On The Fly: True Florida Gators — Some people golf when in Florida. Some might do some sightseeing. Now there's one-stop shopping so to speak: The Myakka Pines Golf Club, not far from the Everglades, says on a warm day gators are a guarantee, along with birds and other animals. Bring the kids. ...
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Apr 14, 2015

Loyd, Zahui B. Leaving Early Changes Thursday's WNBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015

RT @PaulDoyle1: Hello,Yard Goats.Goodbye, Rock Cats. ... Creator of Rocky feels like he's losing a friend

Mar 20, 2015

RT @josh_conrad: #UConn RT @WojYahooNBA: Phoenix will let go of Seth Curry and sign A.J. Price to a 10-day contract, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

Mar 17, 2015

RT @desmondconner: Auriemma: stopped playing for conf champs 10 yrs ago. We have so many dont know where they r. I no where 9 natl championship trophies are."

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