Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.,Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls.,Detroit's Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16.,Ball hit a 3-pointer and Kuzma had five points before James came on the court to cheer his teammates during a timeout.,Lakers: James (left groin strain) is set to be re-evaluated Friday and won't travel with the team for its game in Utah.

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden Vikings outscored the Fairfield Falcons 17-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 60-49 victory in the Monticello Empire League boys basketball opener between former Solano County Athletic Conference rivals, Wednesday.,Both teams are at home Friday, with Fairfield hosting Rodriguez and Vanden playing Vacaville.,Wood 49, Rodriguez 48: At Vacaville, Jhalen Grayer grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the winning bucket with 20 seconds left in leading the Wildcats to a victory over the Mustangs in the MEL opener for both teams.,FAIRFIELD — Using four pins and six forfeit victories, the Rodriguez High wrestling team opened Monticello Empire League competition with a 60-24 win over MEL newcomer Vanden.,In other MEL games, Vacaville recorded a 4-1 victory over Armijo and Vanden blanked Fairfield, 8-0.

The Republican-American’s Capitol bureau chief, Paul Hughes, appeared on Fox61 following Gov. Ned Lamont’s inauguration on Wednesday.,Hughes spoke with Fox61’s Tim Lammers about tolls, legal marijuana, sports betting, the state’s budget deficit, taxes and more.

For Like Violet members, Caitlin Kalafus, 25, her 22-year-old sister, Carly Kalafus and bandmate Paul Valleau, 26, the crash changed their lives forever, according to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court here on Wednesday.,less

For Like Violet members, Caitlin Kalafus, 25, her 22-year-old sister, Carly Kalafus and bandmate Paul Valleau, 26, the crash changed their lives forever, according to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court here on ... more read more

For Like Violet members, Caitlin Kalafus, 25, her 22-year-old sister, Carly Kalafus and bandmate Paul Valleau, 26, the crash changed their lives forever, according to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court here on Wednesday.,less

For Like Violet members, Caitlin Kalafus, 25, her 22-year-old sister, Carly Kalafus and bandmate Paul Valleau, 26, the crash changed their lives forever, according to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court here on ... more read more

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While Connecticut is poised Wednesday to usher in a successive Democratic top executive, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has been insistent he represents a new beginning for the state.,The successful businessman, who has not previously held elected office beyond a two-year stint on the Greenwich Board of Selectman, has promised he will be different in many ways from fellow Democrat and outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, offering a unique perspective to solving the state’s continued budget woes while providing a new sense of optimism.,(Photo by Bob Falcetti/Getty Images)

Lamont, who turned 65 last week, will take the oath of office in a 12:30 p.m. ceremony at the Gov. William A. O’Neill State Armory in Hartford, becoming the state’s 89th governor.,Lamont told reporters he expects to convey a “spirit of optimism” when he speaks at his inauguration and to state lawmakers, hoping to persuade people to believe in Connecticut again.,Lamont is the first Democrat in 142 years to succeed a fellow Democrat for an open governor’s seat in Connecticut. read more

Colin McEnroe joins Hearst Connecticut as columnist

Popular radio show host, political analyst and humor writer Colin McEnroe will write a regular column for Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers, the company announced Tuesday.,McEnroe is moving his weekly column to the New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate and other Hearst newspapers in the state on Jan. 20 after a 35-year run in the Hartford Courant.,He joins a lineup of Hearst Connecticut Media voices that include state government/business columnist Dan Haar and sports columnist Jeff Jacobs, who left the Courant for Hearst in 2017 and early 2018.,Matt DeRienzo, vice president of news and digital content for Hearst Connecticut Media, said that McEnroe joining Hearst is an important announcement in a series of moves that will offer subscribers a premium lineup of distinctive Connecticut voices, more aggressive enterprise and investigative reporting, comprehensive guides to niche statewide topics, and the local news most vital to their communities.,Hearst Connecticut Media includes eight daily newspapers, the New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Norwalk Hour, Danbury News-Times, Torrington Register Citizen and the Middletown Press; Connecticut Magazine, 16 weekly newspapers, and a statewide high school sports site, GameTimeCT.com. read more

Aiming to jump-start the legislature’s consideration of sports betting, state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and other members of southeastern Connecticut’s legislative delegation announced Monday that they’ve submitted a bill that would allow the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to provide online and in-person sports betting at their casinos.,The measure also would authorize the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to operate online keno within the state “pursuant to agreements” with the tribes.,She said the proposed bill is likely to change as it moves through the legislative process and could authorize sports betting at other locations, although that would involve further negotiations with the tribes, who have maintained that their existing agreements with the state grant them the exclusive right to provide sports betting.,Ted Taylor, president of Sportech Venues, which operates the state’s off-track betting facilities, another potential provider of sports wagering, declined to comment on Osten’s bill.,In December, Osten and her southeastern Connecticut colleagues submitted a proposed bill that would eliminate the need for the Mashantuckets and Mohegans to secure federal approval of amended gaming agreements with the state before moving forward with an East Windsor casino project.

A bipartisan group of legislators from Connecticut’s southeastern delegation have submitted a bill that would establish online and in-person sports betting in the state.Under the proposed law, sports betting would be operated by the state’s casinos, while the CT Lottery would operate online Keno.Lawmakers are expected to address sports betting early on in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Wednesday.,Osten’s district includes Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, the two casinos that will likely host a large portion of sports betting in Connecticut.Sponsors of the sports betting bill include Sens. Osten, Steve Cassano, Heather Somers, Paul Formica, Sen.-elect Norm Needleman and eight state representatives (five Democrats and three Republicans).,Per a release, the bill would include age and location verification that would block access to anyone under age 21 or outside state lines.Even as states across the country have scrambled to legalize sports betting over the past eight months, lawmakers have been hesitant to embrace mobile gambling.,Only Nevada currently allows bets to be placed through phone apps, though other states have promised to look into mobile betting in the future.In addition to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, other potential sports betting operators in Connecticut include off-track betting sites and the CT Lottery.CT Lottery spokesperson Tara Chozet said in a statement that while the bill submitted Monday would chiefly benefit Connecticut’s casinos, lawmakers should consider other stakeholders as well.,“The CT Lottery would optimize the returns to Connecticut, and we should be included in the conversations alongside other potential operators as this discussion evolves," Chozet said.Despite some measure of bipartisan support in the legislature, sports betting has several key hurdles to clear before it becomes legal in Connecticut.

It is the first of two dates – the series will return Jan. 19 to Anaheim – and the first of five stops in the state and Arizona

It’s a season of change for the 12-round series.,NBC Sports begins its first season with the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday with live coverage of the season-opening event in Anaheim starting at 7 p.m. Ralph Sheheen will call the action, as he has done since 2005, and will be joined in the booth by five-time Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, host and former racer Daniel Blair, and reporter Will Christien.,He and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet will kick off the 2019 dirt-sprint seasons at Volusia Speedway in Florisa with the Dirt Car Nationals on Feb. 6.,Pit stops read more