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The night the 'Sports Doctor' was 'Coach O'Brien'

Published: June 24, 2021 | Mike DiMauro

GameDay's O'Brien coaching hoops this summer

Who's busier than Dr. Leah Champ Burdick? Nobody, that's who

Published: June 23, 2021 | Mike DiMauro

New London's Leah Champ Burdick finds the time to live a busy life.

Happy retirement, Ann Miller: Nobody else did it better

Miller retires after 39 years in NL public schools

Of Gerrit Cole, Paul Menhart, spin rate and soft contact

One needn't throw 100 mph to be an effective pitcher

St. Germain, Gleason: The best (and funniest) at what they did

Recently retired Old Lyme coaches always left us laughing.

H.S. football in our state remains a land of unequal opportunity

CIAC's continues to perpetuate a caste system

Teachers, coaches, ADs: a heartfelt thank you (and other thoughts)

Clearing out the spring sports notebook ...

A loss in the present but a win for the future in East Lyme

East Lyme reminded us all over again that sports are at their best with a rattle and hum in the atmosphere.

RIP Dave Pesapane: Educator, football coach ... and just a regular guy

There aren't many stories from the great old days at St. Bernard that, directly or tangentially, didn't involve Dave Pesapane, who sadly died at his home last month in Raleigh, N.C.

Mocking a bunch of high school kids is unbecoming

Adults could learn a lot from the kids

Connor Podeszwa: What, him worry?

Life is hectic and fun in the Podeszwa house this spring.

Of Peter, Curtis, "Those People" and good in the wake of tragedy

"Those People" shows how this country works best when we include everyone of all colors, religions, ancestries and orientations who learn with, play with, sing with and learn about each other.

Bono, CCSU baseball: Play for keeps and groundskeep, too

Old school values propel Bono, CCSU into NCAA baseball tournament.

We're not bumpkins, so let's keep the grass green

Our accomplishments and attractions shine the spotlight on other aspects of life here

Fitch's Mireault: patron saint for us fading baseball traditionalists

Fitch pitcher Ethan Mireault sustains all the habits of a good crafty lefty.

Who at the the University of Hartford has the courage to compel change?

'The Neighborhood' must unite and save UHart.

Liz Cambage and the double standard that's not going away

WNBA star Liz Cambage gets away with threats because she can.

If we have to apologize for advocating sportsmanship, I'll need therapy

Unwritten rules of baseball exist for a reason.

Biden's visit to city can't hold a candle to reopening of Dutch Tavern

The city's 81-year-old Grande Dame is open again

Sun's 'engagement level' couldn't be higher

Sun play with inspiring effort in win over Phoenix

Black son, Black daughter, Cambodian brother and White parents

The Miskiewicz family of Norwich is quite the cultural blend

No more confidentiality for users of the N-word

At some point, we need to start teaching kids about consequences, accountability, responsibility and the fallout for abdicating personal decency.

Lesson learned: Shut up and be grateful

Sometimes, we're reminded of what truly matters with lessons we won't soon forget.

From grounders at Ocean Beach to 'dogpiles' on the Mitchell turf

Championships keep rolling in at Mitchell College

Dr. I: Sometimes, nothing says it better than profanity

Random thoughts from the sports world

MLB: 1,092 more strikeouts than hits. So let's fire Chili Davis

Baseball has an approach problem. Not a hitting coach problem.

The XL Center is far too valuable to become a parking lot

It's time to renovate a building with wide-ranging cachet.

Two outs in the ninth and ... 'Yankees suck!'

The Mets and Sox, enemies from back in '86, found solidarity amid anxiety.

Sara Buscetto: stealing bases, feeding faces, selling places

Sara Buscetto finds the time to work, earn a real estate license and steal bases.

Judge's gutless dismissal of transgender lawsuit kicks the can down the road

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit that would prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls' high school sports in CT

Is the UConn athletic department guilty of violating Title IX?

Rowing team member Erica Bushey: "We just want UConn to treat us like their male athletes."

University of Hartford supporters can't let 'The Big Lie' fool them

Synergy between academics, athletics has always existed

A chance to remember and celebrate the life of Ryan Marshall

Friends, family to gather May 1 to remember Ryan Marshall's life.

Villazante: 39 radiation treatments ... then a 67 at Shenny

Frank Villazante doesn't let radiation treatments for cancer hold him back

University of Hartford leadership fails its athletes, coaches and alums

The cheers from the men's basketball first foray into March Madness had barely softened to echoes when news leaked of the University of Hartford's alleged fiscal woes and dubious future in Division I athletics.

Wear a mask, root for your kid and try not to be a nuisance

ECC reserves the right to remove spectators who do not wear masks this spring

What does Waterford have over East Lyme? Try everything

As Waterford thrives, East Lyme's sports facilities don't compare

Separated at birth: Downtown NL and the 2004 Red Sox

Downtown's potential can only be realized with more police presence

Is it time for H.S. coaches to ban in-season social media posts?

Hitting the 'send' button can imperil seasons, lives

The 'new' Big East: Is that all there is?

Move to Big East requires more of UConn men's basketball.

Tough night, but a good season for 'immature' Huskies

The freshmen lead UConn only so far in 2021.

Of '60 Minutes,' Dave Kindred and a life affirmation

Sunday's '60 Minutes" feature on Dave Kindred shows the power of high school sports.

The night the women were more interesting than the men

They're talking women's basketball. It doesn't matter what they're saying.

Making the Final Four is hard (and it sure was Monday night)

Just because UConn makes the Final Four every year doesn't mean it's easy.

It's time for CIAC to stop giving the shaft to H.S. coaches

Connecticut needs to adopt policy allowing coaches out-of-season access

Gomez and her Wildcats have the respect of the whole state ... and Scarlata

And it all began 25 years ago this March.

Matt Harvey shining a light on the analytical revolution

Former Fitch great Harvey diving into analytics with the Orioles

UConn is back in the Sweet 16 ... thanks to the guiding hand of CD

This was Chris Dailey at her core. No big deal. We got this. Her calmness, assuredness and understated command illustrated once again why she belongs on the mythical women's Rushmore in the history of our state.

Hurley, Huskies get their mulligan

Disappointing end to UConn's season.

'Bulkeley Boys' made history 70 years ago this week

Bulkeley won the NE basketball title in March of 1951

Pacheco does the Greenleaf name proud at St. Bernard

Scholarship winner close to ending career at St. Bernard.

'Neighborhood' feel at Hartford stretches to our corner of the world

University of Hartford grads in the region rejoicing this week

Bouknight is not program royalty just yet

Bouknight must be better in NCAAs next week for UConn to advance.

Wentworth inspires a path of total inclusion at NFA

NFA athletic director inspired by Floyd's death to enact change

RIP to Sean Lowe, always the toughest guy in the room

Sean Lowe, a Hall of Fame athlete at Ledyard High, was 44 last week when he died last week.

Can the UConn men handle the burden of the program's history?

The Huskies have awakened the echoes. Now can they deliver?

They're playing hockey again in Norwich

Hockey's popularity growing in region.

Is it possible to survive the Human Comments Section?

Our words are getting meaner

Bubble, schmubble. Huskies find their salvation in Newark

UConn's win over Seton Hall solidifies tourney berth

We will miss Guisti's one-liners (and red shoes)

NFA coach leaves his mark on his school, program

Dr. I: If you won't let them in, at least let them watch

Random thoughts from the sports world

Preka sustaining the 'people's coffee shop'

City coffee shop stays alive during pandemic

Why won't NL ever consult people who know what they're talking about?

City needs input from people on the front lines who work with the kids and know them the best

The life of Ronde Ford, as told by mentor Dom Griffin

There is no place to dissect a kid's life in the wake of his death.

Bouknight: good enough for the NBA, but is he ready?

Is James Bouknight, who has appeared in all of eight games this year and 39 in his college career, ready for NBA rigors?

Gold stars to ECC for adhering to COVID protocols

High school basketball season a success - so far

Give me NFA, New London over a prep school, thanks

You grow up in your town, played in your community, play for your school and with your friends.

Bouknight case shows why honesty is such a lonely word

There's no reason for such secrecy over an elbow injury.

Who knew boredom could get so interesting?

Zoom calls becoming quite popular for two downstate attorneys.

No such thing as 'just a role player'

An ode to role players everywhere

Now you see why Paige is all the rage at UConn

Huskies don't need aesthetics to win.

Seton Hall was wrong team at wrong time for UConn

Better days coming for frustrated Huskies

Strecker leaves Lancers in a better place

Recently retired coach leaves long legacy

Dear H.S. athletes: sports or a social life, but not both

New guidelines offer hope for high school sports.

NL Community Center needs more specifics, less cheerleading

Proposed community center has potential

Dr. I: Does Tom Brady get credit for discovering the COVID vaccine, too?

Random thoughts from the sports world.

Curt Schilling vs. the morality clause. Hmmm ...

Baseball Hall of Fame voters have tougher decisions than ever.

Etess belongs on the state's Rushmore of sports

Former Mohegan Sun CEO leaves quite a legacy.

Biden's new mandate on transgender athletes swings and misses

Feds should take the lead on transgender issues

Praise the Lord and pass the Mylanta until Bouknight returns

UConn men need an offensive coordinator.

UConn-Tennessee 'not a big deal' anymore? Says who?

History a key to women's basketball's best rivalry.

Of hoops, masks and BU's unwillingness to help

BU program unwilling to help shed light on masks and basketball