Hitting the Links: 4/23

Darren McCollester

Yeah, we're doing links. And they'll be dropping every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Feel free to send us anything interesting you come across!

Baseball

UConn tops UMass in mid-week action, 8-5

Offensively, UConn was paced by Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) who went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) also had a big day, going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs. Bryan Daniello(Norwalk, Conn.) scored twice and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) drove in two runs in the victory.

QU Baseball Hosts UConn Today at 3pm

UConn enters Wednesday's game with a record of 20-19 overall and 5-6 in American Athletic Conference play. Bobby Melley (.380 (54-142, three homers, 11 doubles, 23 RS, and 31 RBI) and Blake Davey (.373 (50-134), six doubles, nine homers, 27 RBI, and 36 RS) lead the way offensively for the Huskies. Patrick Ruotolo (1-3, 1.42 ERA, and 37 SO in 31 2/3 innings pitched) and Andrew Zapata (2-1, 1.51 ERA, and 25 SO in 41 2/3 innings pitched) lead the pitching staff.

Womens Hoops

ESPN: Women's College Basketball Preseason Top 25

A full season of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis means the Huskies should have two first-team All Americans. Moriah Jefferson should be even better at the point, and healthy Brianna Banks and Morgan Tuck will mean a little more depth.

ESPNW, Dolson: Watch Out Fallon

Clearly flattered and impressed by her legendary dance moves, Fallon publicly challenged Dolson to come on an upcoming episode of his show. Dolson accepted and the two will soon compete in the most epic dance-off of all time.

CT Mirror: Do dual basketball titles = more donations?

The foundation reported in February, before the March Madness basketball tournament began, that the school was $8.5 million behind where it was at that time last year. On April 14, it was $7 million behind.

Mens Hoops

ESPN Insider: Which Team Will Draft Shabazz Napier?

In Chad Ford's latest mock draft, released on Tuesday, he listed Napier at No. 28, a spot in the draft where the 6-foot, 170-pounder could be targeted as a backup point guard on a contending team.

NESN, Shabazz Napier: UConn Winning NCAA Title 'Still Feels Surreal'

Before the University of Connecticut's two national championship teams were honored in a ceremony Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Roxbury, Mass., native Shabazz Napier stopped by "Red Sox First Pitch."

Courant: Shabazz Napier Throws Out First Pitch at Fenway

There were a lot of champions at Fenway Park on Tuesday. And if there is one thing one champion can appreciate, it's another.

Daniel Hamilton's scoring could help post-Shabazz Napier UConn

Incoming freshman Daniel Hamilton was one of the best scorers in the class of 2014, capable of getting off his shot against any defender and gets points in a variety of ways. He's extremely lanky, but his length and athleticism will be an asset at the next level.

Boneyard Recruiting: Busy Two Days on the Road for the Staff

Now we wait and see what surprises the UConn coaching staff has in store for us today. Today is the last day that in-home visits can occur before this recruiting period ends. Then on Friday an evaluation period begins and the coaches will once again be out watching recruits play as the EYBL will be starting and many other tournament will be held throughout the weekend.

Football

Best College Sports: Previewing 2014 UConn Huskies Football

Bob Diaco is now the man in charge after being lured from Notre Dame where he put together a defense that got the Fighting Irish into the 2013 (2012 season) National Championship game. We know that coach Diaco is a wizard with defenses, but the biggest problem the Huskies had last year was putting points up on the board. Trying to fix this problem will start with the quarterback position.

BC Interruption: Report: UConn WR Shakim Phillips visited BC campus, may transfer back

You may remember Phillips as a four star wide receiver who was recruited by Frank Spaziani but transferred before the 2011 season after our former head coach continued playing musical chairs with his offensive coordinators. Phillips, a 6-foot-2, 209 pound receiver had a relatively strong career up to this point with the Huskies, finishing third on the team in catches (28) and yards (406) in 2013.

General NCAA

Slive outlines plan for subdivision

In a keynote address, [SEC Commissioner Mike] Slive laid out seven goals for the new subdivision of Division I that will house the following conferences: SEC, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12.

SB Nation: Everything you need to know about the NCAA's coming major changes

On April 24, the NCAA Board of Directors is expected to approve a new governance model, including some major changes. And on April 25, Northwestern football players will vote on whether to form a union, now that they're legally employees

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