Nurse’s competitive spirit all in the family

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Athletics have always been a family affair for Kia Nurse.

Her father, Richard, was a wide receiver for the Hamilton TigerCats of the Canadian Football League. Her mother played college basketball in Canada and her older sister, Tamika, played at the University of Oregon and Bowling Green. Her brother, Darnell, was Edmonton’s first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and had a brief stint with the Oilers earlier this month.
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Connecticut's Omar Calhoun scores two points during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Concordia, in  Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

UConn men: Calhoun has MCL sprain

UConn junior guard Omar Calhoun sustained a knee injury to his right knee and will be out of practice for a minimum of a week according to the school

Calhoun injured the knee on Sunday and had an MRI on Monday evening with results showing that he has a sprain of the MCL. He is right now being monitored day-to-day, but will likely be out at least a week.

John F. Silver

Calhoun came to preseason camp as a junior in excellent shape after a 2013 season that saw him end up at the end of the bench after never quite getting physically right after hip surgery.

Calhoun, from Christ The King in New York, played a key role as a freshman in 2012-13 when he averaged 11.1 points per game and playing 32 minutes a night. He had hip surgery following the season and never recovered his strength or explosiveness.

Calhoun started early in the season and was force fed minutes, but never quite got going averaging 3.8 ppg. and shooting 30 percent from the floor and 24 percent from 3-point range.

He came back noticeably leaner this camp and by all reports had his explosion and lift back as well as a quick first step. The Huskies are loaded in the backcourt with Ryan Boatright, Terrence Samuel, Rodney Purvis and Sam Cassell Jr., but none are the kind of wing scorer that Calhoun can be. The concern going forward would be if the injury lingers and Calhoun loses explosiveness and conditioning, which derailed his sophomore season.

Tuesday presser: Young corners on an island

Oct 23, 2014; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) catches a 1st quarter touchdown pass against the Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jhavon Williams (6) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 23, 2014; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) catches a 1st quarter touchdown pass against the Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jhavon Williams (6) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — it wasn’t by design that players such as Jhavon Hadley, Brice McAllister, John Green and Jamar Summers were going to play key roles on the UConn defense.

Back in June, right after school got out, Hadley and Summers were on the fringe of the depth chart, Green was a wide receiver and McAllister was at Suffield Academy.

In a perfect world, none would play.

Things happen to a roster in college football and that makes your standing in the pecking order tenuous.

In the summer, the Huskies lost two corners in Tyree Clark and David Stevensen, who both left for undisclosed reasons in August. Who cares about your 4th and 5th corner? At the time, it went under reported and faded from memory.

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Dailey thrilled that Grentz is back in the game

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Chris Dailey is entering her 30th season with Geno Auriemma on the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s coaching staff.

But the Huskies’ associate head coach never forgets the people who were her role models when she was a collegian and young coach. And one has returned to the game after a brief hiatus.
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Chong confident she has more to give

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Saniya Chong got the ending she wanted in her freshman year with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team but the journey to the finish line wasn’t all she had hoped for.

Chong played only the last 43.9 seconds of UConn’s 79-58 national championship game rout of Notre Dame at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, April 9. Coach Geno Auriemma used her for just the final 1:01 of the Final Four semifinals against Stanford, the last 43 seconds of the Elite Eight contest against Texas A&M, and the final 48 seconds in the Sweet 16 showdown versus Brigham Young. After getting nine points in the Huskies’ NCAA tournament opener against Prairie View A&M, she would not reach the scoring column again.
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Silver’s Top 25 ballot

Oct 25, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Trey Quinn (8) crowd surfs after fans stormed the field following the Tigers 10-7 victory agains the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 25, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Trey Quinn (8) crowd surfs after fans stormed the field following the Tigers 10-7 victory agains the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

It wasn’t a consequential week, but with the CFB playoff committee coming out with their initial projections it is going to be a historic week. As far as my ballot, I found the LSU-Ole Miss game on Saturday absolutely intoxicating. I loved that 10-7 game more than most games I’ve watched this year. Take TCU and their 82 points. What’s so impressive about that? Bad defense isn’t fun to watch, and it’s why I am down on Baylor. There is no drama, to me, when defenses can’t stop offenses. What’s the point? There’s no drama in those games, just who has the ball last. I thought LSU and Ole Miss played a terrific game. I didn’t drop Ole Miss much for the loss, and I brought LSU into the top 15.

As far as my ballot, it’s a snapshot. It’s still in flux because the SEC West is going to knock each other out as the season goes by. I predict at the end, only the SEC champ will be left standing. Right now, I would have 3 SEC teams in the playoff, they’ve been the most impressive, but they play each other so we’ll find out who the best team is. If I had to guess, the SEC survivor, Florida State, Michigan State and Oregon are the 4 with a strong push from Notre Dame if there is any slip up.

I also like to look at the Group of 5. East Carolina, Marshall and right Colorado State are the 3 vying. I don’t think a MAC or Sun Belt team is in the mix. East Carolina had the inside track, but barely beating UConn and showing a suspect defense is going to knock those guys down. Marshall may go undefeated, but schedule. Colorado State’s only loss right now is to Boise State. Boise, at 6-2, should get back in the discussion for that G5 access bowl bid. Right now, it’s East Carolina’s to lose. On strength of schedule, they get it over undefeated Marshall and Colorado State.

Silver’s Top 25 ballot

1. Miss State

2. Florida State

3. Alabama

4. Auburn

5. Ole Miss

6. Notre Dame

7. Michigan State

8. Oregon

9. Georgia

10. TCU

11. Kansas State

12. Ohio State

13. Nebraska

14. LSU

15. Baylor

16. Arizona State

17. Arizona

18. Utah

19. Oklahoma

2-. West Virginia

21. East Carolina

22. Marshall

23. Clemson

24. UCLA

25. Colorado St.

NBA Scout: UConn is ‘Better Than You Think’ & Loaded With NBA Prospects

Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

BrimahA veteran NBA scout who recently visited UConn’s practice told SNY.tv that the Huskies are “better than you think” and are loaded with NBA prospects.

“I was shocked at how good they were,” the scout said. “I never expected them to be like this.”

The reigning NCAA champions lost several key players, including star point guard Shabazz Napier and athletic forward DeAndre Daniels, but the scout counts Amida Brimah, Daniel Hamilton and Ryan Boatright as potential future pros.

The scout also counted Sam Cassell Jr., Rodney Purvis, Omar Calhoun and Phillip Nolan as prospects to watch.

Here’s the scout’s breakdown of a few guys:

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