There was very little change in the top 10 of the latest Connecticut boys basketball top 10 rankings, with minor shuffling in the middle of the list and just one new entry at the bottom.,Sacred Heart, East Catholic, Windsor and Bassick retained the top four spots.,Here are the top 10, with first-place votes and last week's ranking in parentheses, as well as all other teams receiving votes.,Voters: Paul Augeri, Middletown Press; Bill Bloxsom, Milford/Trumbull Pubs; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Dave Grant, WATR-AM; Larry Kelley, Norwich Bulletin; Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal; Mike Madera, GameTimeCT; Kyle Maher, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Keith O'Brien, Game Day CT Sports; Joe Palladino, Republican-American; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; John Pierson, WTNH; Marc Robbins, CT Sports Now; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Ben Talbott, Bird's Eye Sports; Richard Zalusky, The Chronicle; Joe Zone, WFSB.,To sign up for free, local breaking news alerts from more than 100 Connecticut communities, click here.

The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.,Despite one of the league’s top win-loss records in the past decade, the team’s value was unchanged in the past year at $460 million, a middling No. 18 in the league and a low No. 110 out of 123 pro teams.,Take the average league-wide team values: football is No. 1 at $2.5 billion, followed by the National Basketball Association at $1.65 billion; Major League Baseball at $1.64 billion and the National Hockey League at $620 million.,Expenses such baseball’s long season and the lower stadium costs of indoor sports juggle the rankings by “profit margin” — operation income vs. sales: football’s still No. 1, averaging 23 percent, then there’s basketball at 21 percent and hockey at 16 percent before baseball’s 9 percent.,The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.

In their first season in Indianapolis, head coach Frank Reich, left, and offensive coordinator and Jamestown native Nick Sirianni have guided the Colts into the playoffs.,Father Fran, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, coached Southwestern High School from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s; brother Mike is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College where he has compiled one of the best winning percentages in the NCAA; and brother Jay coached Southwestern to a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2009.,Once the youngest Sirianni arrived at the University of Mount Union, he played for Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 11 national championships in his career.,Upon his graduation, Sirianni began his climb up the coaching ranks with stops at Mount Union, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Kansas Chiefs and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Reich’s staff in Indianapolis last February.,“One of the reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is because of the successful coaches I’ve been around, starting with growing up in a coach’s house, learning how to coach with my brothers, and then, obviously, playing for the most successful coach in NCAA football history in Larry Kehres,” he told The Post-Journal last October.

CT 28, BV 13 DAVIDSVILLE — Mya Poznanski scored 15 points to power Conemaugh Township to a 28-13 win over Blacklick Valley in girls junior high basketball Thursday.,Meyersdale 33, Berlin 29 MEYERSDALE — Meyersdale edged Berlin, 33-29 in girls junior high basketball Thursday.,Rockwood 26, Salisbury 18 ROCKWOOD — Rockwood beat Salisbury, 26-18 in girls junior high basketball, Thursday.,Thursday indoor golf REELS CORNER — The Thursday Indoor Golf League at The Alley week eight low score was Mike Visinsky with 36 and the low net was Scott Hollern with 31.,Senior indoor golf REELS CORNER — The Thursday Senior Indoor Golf League scramble at The Alley this week was won by the team of Bill Zubek, Bob Becony, Mike Harber and Barry Craig with a score of 15-under par.

Today, Charlie and I not only live close to each other — we work in the same industry, have offices on the same block in downtown Tallahassee, and share a passion for Florida State University athletics.,“Court filing suggests Ron DeSantis may not challenge ruling on smoking medical pot” via Arek Sarkissian of POLITICO Florida — In a questionnaire, known as a “docketing statement,” filed with the court, House general counsel Adam Tanenbaum held out the “possibility” that the Department of Health “will not defend” a provision in the state medical cannabis law that banned patients from smoking the drug.,Well, duh — “School choice a priority for DeSantis, Richard Corcoran” via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics — DeSantis‘ Education and Workforce Development Committee continued deliberations … A previous meeting of the group emphasized school choice and accountability, concepts that jibe with the reform agenda of incoming Education Commissioner Corcoran.,Meanwhile … “ ” via Jeff Schweers of the Tallahassee Democrat — The Florida Commission on Ethics will hold a probable cause hearing Jan. 25 to decide on a recommendation from the state prosecutor assigned to the case, said Tallahassee businessman Erwin Jackson, who filed the complaint against Gillum.,“ ” via Danny McAuliffe of Florida Politics — Fried, a Democrat, notably opted to hire the agency’s Deputy Commissioner Alan Edwards, who serves in his current capacity under Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican.

Already in are NFC division winners Dallas (East), New Orleans (South), Chicago (North) and the Los Angeles Rams (West).,AFC divisions clinched belong to New England in the East and, well, nobody else.,New England, the only unbeaten team at home this year, would get the first seed with a victory and losses by the Chiefs and Chargers.,If the Texans fall at home to Jacksonville, the winner of the Colts at Titans game in Tennessee takes the AFC South, and the Texans become a wild card, joining either the Chiefs or Chargers.,The AFC division often looked at as the toughest has been the North, which, not surprisingly, has come down to Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh.

Already in are NFC division winners Dallas (East), New Orleans (South), Chicago (North) and the Los Angeles Rams (West).,AFC divisions clinched belong to New England in the East and, well, nobody else.,New England, the only unbeaten team at home this year, would get the first seed with a victory and losses by the Chiefs and Chargers.,If the Texans fall at home to Jacksonville, the winner of the Colts at Titans game in Tennessee takes the AFC South, and the Texans become a wild card, joining either the Chiefs or Chargers.,The AFC division often looked at as the toughest has been the North, which, not surprisingly, has come down to Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh.

Have the USC and UCLA football and basketball teams ever been collectively worse?The Sparks won the citys most recent title in 2016, but that coach is gone.,Yasiel Puig needed to be traded, but he also deserves a nice farewell, and heres hoping he hears it on his first game back with the Cincinnati Reds.For USC football, gritNow that Clay Helton has kept his job and addressed his offense with the hiring of noted passing guru Kliff Kingsbury, there is a bigger hurdle to clear, one that can only come from within.Its time for the program to get tough again.That attitude must start with Helton, who, even in these turbulent times, has remained the Nicest Man on the Planet.,The infamously dour coach often acted like a grump, and sometimes it seemed like his players werent having much fun.Kelly doesnt seem interested in selling the city on UCLA football beyond coaching its team, and thats too bad.,Theyre good enough, if only they can stay upright for long enough.For UCLA basketball, coachingMaybe Steve Alford can turn this surprising mess of an early season into a Sweet 16 appearance like hes done before with far less talented teams.But if he cant, heres guessing Bruin athletic officials, who showed their deep pockets with Chip Kelly, are going to pay for somebody who can.UCLA guard Kris Wilkes (13) drives to the basket against USC guard Shaqquan Aaron on March 3.,For LAFC, repeatThis towns newest sports franchise did everything right in its first year, including opening a sparkling new stadium and building a passionate new fan base.They need to just keep doing it, and maybe this time, throw in a playoff win?For the Galaxy, Zlatan IbrahimovicThats more than enough, thank you.For this column, an endingHappy holidays!

Last week, Floyd Mayweather shocked the world when he announced he would be coming out of retirement to face off against 20-year-old phenom Tenshin Nasukawa in a special rules bout at Rizin’s New Year’s Eve show.,The speculation about what those “special rules” might be didn’t last long though as just a few days later, Mayweather shot down the fight, saying the he was mislead to believe it would be a small, private exhibition match and that he never agreed to any kind of official bout.,Either way, it’s a bad look for “Money” Mayweather, at least, so says MMA analyst and fighter Chael Sonnen.,“Huge miss here by Floyd Mayweather,” Sonnen said on the ESPN+ show he hosts with Ariel Helwani, Ariel and the Bad Guy.,He was last seen competing against Conor McGregor in “The Money Fight,” a crossover event that sold over 4 million PPV buys and earned Mayweather a reported $300M.

Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts strikes out with fans after autograph signing no-show, event host says

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left more than 200 fans “devastated” this weekend after he was a no-show at an autograph-signing event some paid $200 to attend, the company hosting the event said.,Bogaerts, a 2016 All-Star who has been with the Red Sox since 2013, was scheduled to appear at Luxe Autos in Bayonne at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to take photos and sign autographs for fans.,Fans invited to loaded schedule of UFC ‘International Fight Week’ events in Las Vegas read more