Fairfield ends losing streak, rolls past Niagara 104-85

BRIDGEPORT — Where the heck had that been hiding all season?

Struggling at both ends of the court and in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the Fairfield University men’s basketball team needed, to put it bluntly, a kick in the pants. They needed to find some positive vibes and get back on the winning track in the MAAC.

Boy, did they find something.

Sparked for the second straight game by sophomore point guard Aidas Kavaliauskas, the Stags ended a five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, posting five players in double figures and leading from start to finish in a 104-85 rout of a solid Niagara team that came into the game with a five-game winning streak and six consecutive wins on the road.

from Sports http://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Fairfield-ends-losing-streak-rolls-past-Niagara-12512498.php

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Ridgefield hands Trumbull its first loss

TRUMBULL — Up by a point on undefeated Trumbull with less than a second remaining, the thoughts of Ridgefield senior Caroline Curnal — and Tigers’ coach Thomas DiMarzo — temporarily flashed back to a similar situation two seasons ago when the Eagles defeated them via a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

History didn’t repeat itself for the Tigers Saturday afternoon, as Trumbull’s last-second 3-point attempt bounced off the back rim, allowing Ridgefield to hang on to a 33-32 road victory.

The Eagles’ first loss of the season prompted an jubilant celebration by the Tigers, who won their seventh straight game.

“We’ve never beaten them in my four years,” said Curnal, the team’s lone senior. “It’s unreal we could do it with such a young team.

from Sports http://www.ctpost.com/highschool/article/Ridgefield-hands-Trumbull-its-first-loss-12512488.php

Determined Notre Dame senior Noreaga Davis has ambition to become neurosurgeon

BRIDGEPORT — Ann Hall has seen that look before, that expression of sincere disbelief in which eyes pop and jaws drop. It is the look strangers give her nephew, Noreaga Davis, when he shares with them his aspirations beyond high school.

Of course, that’s if he feels like talking.

“Noreaga’s shy. He’s quiet,” Hall said. “He’ll talk to you if he feels like talking. But if he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t talk.

“He could be sitting in the house with me all day and he might say two or three words. I’m just used to it.”

Nobody knows Davis better than Hall. She is the one who raised him when both of his parents were in jail. They are so close that he calls her Mom.

from Sports http://www.ctpost.com/highschool/article/Determined-Notre-Dame-senior-Noreaga-Davis-has-12512470.php

New Haven Coliseum Imploded – Today in History: January 20

On January 20, 2007, the 35-year-old New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum—better known as the New Haven Coliseum—met its end at approximately 8 o’clock in the morning as crews imploded the partially dismantled structure. Engineers used 2,000 pounds of explosives to bring down the structure and 15,000 rented tires to absorb its impact. An estimated 20,000 people attended the Coliseum’s demise. The implosion caused a brief 60-mph wind gust, and flying debris caused the temporary closure of Route 34, knocked down a utility pole on George Street, broke windows, and damaged the nearby Knights of Columbus building.

Designed by architect Kevin Roche (who also planned the Knights of Columbus building), the New Haven Coliseum was built to replace the New Haven Arena, the city’s former sports and entertainment venue. Construction on the modernist-style Coliseum began in 1968, at the tail end of New Haven’s massive urban renewal program, and was completed in 1972. Roche designed one of the coliseum’s most prominent features—its parking structure—to sit atop the Coliseum. Patrons accessed parking via a helical, or corkscrew-shaped, traffic ramp that measured a quarter-mile in length and gave dramatic form to the building’s profile.

The New Haven Coliseum could hold almost 12,000 people at a time and hosted sports games and concerts, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, over the years. In its heyday hundreds of thousands of people attended events there each year.

from ConnecticutHistory.org https://connecticuthistory.org/new-haven-coliseum-imploded-today-in-history/