Big East turns on the bright lights to welcome back UConn

A sign outside Madison Square Garden in New York welcomes UConn's return to the Big East Conference on Thursday. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Big East Conference commissioner Val Ackerman laid out the welcome mat UConn during a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York.

UConn Board of Trustees votes to leave AAC and join Big East

University of Connecticut Board of Trustees members, from left, Denis Nayden, Andy Bessette, UConn President Susan Herbst and interim board chairman Tom Ritter, attend a public board meeting on Wednesday in Storrs. The board accepted an invitation to move most of the school's athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference to the Big East. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, as expected, voted Wednesday to accept an invitation to return its athletic programs to the Big East Conference.

Big East votes to extend invitation to UConn

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma speaks to reporters during his charity golf event on Monday at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. UConn is expected to announce this week that it will leaving the American Athletic Conference and rejoin the Big East for basketball and other sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

UConn took another significant step toward rejoining the Big East Conference. Big East presidents voted to extend an invitation to UConn during a conference call on Monday, according to CBS Sports Network.

UConn reportedly close to rejoining Big East Conference

UConn's Kemba Walker, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning shot to beat Pittsburgh in the 2011 Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Huskies are reportedly on the verge of of returning the conference in 2020-21. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UConn is in the process of finalizing plans to return to the Big East Conference


UConn men's basketball team gets probation for NCAA violations under Ollie

In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during the second half a game against Tulsa in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

UConn's men's basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and former coach Kevin Ollie has been sanctioned individually for violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.

Hurley says recruiting getting a bump from Big East move

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley talks with Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman last week in New York prior to the announcement that the Huskies are re-joining the Big East. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Men's basketball coach Dan Hurley says he's already seen benefits on the recruiting trail from UConn's decision to move back to the Big East

Return to the Big East a game changer for UConn men's basketball

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley talks with Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman on Thursday in New York before the announcement that the school is re-joining the Big East Conference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

No sport at UConn will benefit more from the move than men's basketball.


Strecker's trying to drum up interest in football and dispel some myths

Example: A concussion is inevitable, if one decides to partake of high school football.


Local roundup: Ledyard wins Senior League softball state title

Kevin Shea of Waterford tees off on the second hole during first round of the Connecticut Senior Open on Monday at Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Ledyard rolled to the Senior League (ages 13-16) softball state title with a 15-5 win over Bristol on Sunday night, winning the mercy-rule game in five innings.

Newest Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame inductees announced

In this Jan 27, 2010, file photo, Coast Guard's Melissa Martinelli shoots in a game against MIT at New London. (Day file photo)

Coast Guard Academy will add five members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet held in the Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence as part of Homecoming Weekend.

Mystic gets all the pitching it needs and then some, captures District 10 Little League title

Mystic players including Dylan Joyce, right, celebrate after winning the District 10 Little League 10-12 championship game over East Lyme on Sunday at Calvin Burrows Field in Groton.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Dylan Joyce, throwing darts for fastballs along with a sweeping curve, pitched a three-hitter Sunday as Mystic won the district Little League baseball (ages 10-12) title 7-1 over East Lyme.


Molinari returns claret jug, faces long odds getting it back

2018 British Open winner Francesco Molinari talks to the media during a press conference at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Fifty-one weeks after he won the British Open and gazed at his name etched on the silver claret jug, he had to return it.

Old Nets think Durant, Irving can succeed where they didn't

Brooklyn's Caris LeVert defends against Golden State's Kevin Durant during the first half of a Oct. 28, 2018  game at Barclays Center. Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Nets two big victories in one night. In the first hours of free agency, the team added two of the best players available to a young roster that made the playoffs, giving them hope of not only contention for an NBA title, but to be the biggest basketball team in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Brooklyn Nets two big victories in one night

Clarke's double-double leads Grizzlies to Summer League title

Memphis' Brandon Clarke, right, fouls Minnesota's Jordan McLaughlin during the first half of Monday's NBA Summer League championship game in Las Vegas. Memphis won, 95-92. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the championship game of the NBA Summer League on Monday



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