Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

The Alpaca Gnomes have been fortunate enough to headline several shows at Infinity Hall(Norfolk, CT) The Warehouse(Fairfield, CT) Garcia’s at the Cap(Port Chester, NY) The Acoustic(Bridgeport, CT) BRYAC(Bridgeport, CT) Levitt Pavillion(Westport, CT) and have also appeared at such venues as Toad’s Place(New Haven,CT) Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT) Electric Haze(Worcester, MA) Mexicali Blues(Teaneck, NJ), Arlene’s Grocery(NY, NY) Alchemy(Providence, RI) and many others.,The gnomes have also found themselves at home on several festival lineups such as Pleasantville Music Festival(NY), Rock n Roll Resort (Kerhonksen, NY) International Festival of Arts & Ideas(New Haven, CT) Blues,Views, & BBQ(Westport,CT) Two Roads Brewery Road Jam(Stratford, CT) Riverfront Revival Music Fest(Shelton, CT) Soupstock Music & Arts Festvial(Shelton, CT) and more.,Greenwich Winter Sale & Giving Days to Benefit Think Greenwich - Downtown Greenwich, Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich

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Born from humble beginnings in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT The Alpaca Gnomes cut their teeth in the neighborhood bar scene by playing marathon shows filled with originals and a wide array of songs that were influential to each band member.,The Alpaca Gnomes have been fortunate enough to headline several shows at Infinity Hall(Norfolk, CT) The Warehouse(Fairfield, CT) Garcia’s at the Cap(Port Chester, NY) The Acoustic(Bridgeport, CT) BRYAC(Bridgeport, CT) Levitt Pavillion(Westport, CT) and have also appeared at such venues as Toad’s Place(New Haven,CT) Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT) Electric Haze(Worcester, MA) Mexicali Blues(Teaneck, NJ), Arlene’s Grocery(NY, NY) Alchemy(Providence, RI) and many others.,The gnomes have also found themselves at home on several festival lineups such as Pleasantville Music Festival(NY), Rock n Roll Resort (Kerhonksen, NY) International Festival of Arts & Ideas(New Haven, CT) Blues,Views, & BBQ(Westport,CT) Two Roads Brewery Road Jam(Stratford, CT) Riverfront Revival Music Fest(Shelton, CT) Soupstock Music & Arts Festvial(Shelton, CT) and more.,Greenwich Winter Sale & Giving Days to Benefit Think Greenwich - Downtown Greenwich, Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich

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— “The biggest thing is to try and get in front of it,” said Fairfield Township Road Supervisor Mel Miller.,All four road crewmen, Miller, the longest tenured, John Rankin, a crewman since 1999, Shawn Butler, a five-year veteran, and Kevin Rice, the junior and newly hired member, were busy preparing for the winter blast that forecasts a 50 percent chance of over 10 inches of snowfall in the area, along with rain, ice and wind.,Miller said, “We’re fortunate we’re able to have four trucks out,” and immediately attributed that to township voters who support the road levies.,Miller, with the township since 1987, served as assistant road supervisor from the mid 1990’s through 2011.,Miller said that anytime there is a power outage or car off the road they clean up the area and “try to make it easier” for first responders, utility crews and tow trucks.

The Rams have broken hearts and left behind bitter fans in two different cities — in St. Louis, where the team spent 21 years, won a Super Bowl and then split town in a nasty divorce, and in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city and team’s home from 1946 to 1995, where the Rams built and lost a fan base before returning three seasons ago.,A win over the Saints on Sunday and the prospect of a football championship for Los Angeles could bring Rams fever to a boil and carve out a place for the team in the city’s crowded sports scene.,The Rams didn’t have to work quite as hard to build loyalty in St. Louis, where football-starved fans snatched up tickets early in 1995 and were rewarded four seasons later when an unknown backup quarterback named Kurt Warner and tailback Marshall Faulk turned their offense into the so-called “Greatest Show on Turf” and won a dramatic Super Bowl championship in 1999.,A couple of weeks ago, Saints coach Sean Payton hauled in the Lombardi trophy and a big stack of greenbacks to show his team what was at stake…

Tony Hernandez, a third-generation Rams fan from east of Los Angeles, said half of his uncles and many of his friends gave up on the Rams after they moved away.,Hernandez said he briefly quit watching the team during the 1995 season in protest of the move, but soon was back to watching every game and even flying to St. Louis to cheer in person. read more

Red Sox great Ortiz to make special announcement as part of Foxwoods 2018 World Champions Weekend

David Ortiz, Red Sox great and Fox Sports analyst, will be appearing at Foxwoods Saturday, Jan. 19, for an announcement during the casino’s 2018 World Champions Winter Weekend.,Ortiz’ 11 a.m. appearance in the Panera Food Court during the 5th annual Baseball Winter Weekend will feature an announcement regarding the Red Sox icon and the resort.,During the weekend, fans will be able to get up close to Red Sox players and get photos, attend baseball insider panels, as well as enjoy games and activities, including testing your fastball at the speed pitch, taking some swings in the batting cage and experiencing Sox Virtual Reality.,Throughout the day on Saturday, Red Sox coaches and alumni will host a variety of Kids Clinics in the Celebrity Ballroom.,Catch NESN’s live broadcast of Winter Weekend with special appearances from Red Sox players and executives on Saturday. read more