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Hitting The Links, 8/14: A new job for Jim Calhoun, Rising recruit cuts his list, and soccer season starting

UConn Soccer season has arrived, a rising recruit reveals loaded final five, and UConn Football news and notes from practice.

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Men's Basketball

UConn Men's Basketball: Huskies in Wenyen Gabriel's Final Five

Rising star Wenyen Gabriel recently released his Final Five. The five schools include UConn, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, and Providence. Gabriel has visited UConn twice and is planning visits to Duke, Kentucky, and Maryland.

Wenyen Gabriel cuts list to five; how would he fit each program?

"No player during Ollie's tenure compares to Gabriel, so the idea of him playing alongside Daniel Hamilton on the perimeter has to have Husky fans salivating."

Thanks To Calhoun, Another UConn Hoops Reunion On Golf Course

"It's like a reunion," Calhoun said before teeing off at his Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday. "I say to Rip [Hamilton], 'I need you to come up.' Why? Because I haven't seen you in six months."

Jim Calhoun could be even busier at ESPN this season

"Jim Calhoun said ESPN would like him to do even more games this season. There has been talk of him doing mostly Big Ten games, as that’s the one major conference he says he doesn’t have a great feel for yet."

USA Basketball announces roster for 2015 mini-camp

The Huskies are represented by Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond.

EbLens Turns To Veteran Players, Advances To Pro-Am Semifinals

Amida Brimah had a nice game collecting 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Brimah Comes Up Big, Delivers EbLens To Pro-Am Finals

"Brimah, going into his junior season at UConn, has spent nearly the entire summer in Connecticut. In the Greater Hartford Pro-Am, he has really let his game hang out. In the semifinals Monday night, Brimah had 24 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks as Team EbLens earned a hard-fought 108-104 victory over Pauly Chute Slamm, the best team in the league throughout the summer."

Women's Basketball

UConn women’s basketball champions to be honored at Connecticut Open on UConn Night

"The UConn women’s basketball national champions will be honored on UConn Night at the Connecticut Open on Aug. 25 at the Connecticut Tennis Center."

UConn’s Kia Nurse has put international competition on notice with Team Canada

After an offensive explosion in the Pan-Am Finals, the fans around Team Canada are excepting big things from Kia Nurse.

How UConn, Geno Auriemma Dominate Women's College Basketball

"What we’ve done against our peers is as good if not better than anybody else has done in their sport against their peers. I don’t care whether it’s harder in that sport or this sport or that sport. But given the rules that we play with, with all the people we compete against, I’m pretty proud we’ve done it the way we’ve done it for as long as we’ve done it."

Football

Unheralded Massachusetts RB turns heads at regional showcase

"So far Santos has attended camps at UConn and a number of FCS schools across New England. He was invited to a few more, but was unable to attend for various reasons. He credits his successful junior campaign to an off-season spent working on his understanding of the game and making a commitment to being the best he can be. If he can take another leap as a senior, he should improve significantly on his numbers from last year and see more colleges come calling."

UConn Football Recruiting Recap: July 2015

"So far, UConn has beaten N.C. State, Illinois, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Temple, Wyoming, Toledo, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Buffalo, Wake Forest, Army, and Hawaii, among others, for recruits. The class is expected to be small, with only 13 seniors leaving the program, so UConn is actually in pretty good shape with six very strong verbal commitments on the board."

Archer leaves Denmark, becomes American football star

"My best friend joined a football team in my town, and said to me, "You should come, this is great,'" Knappe said. After winning the "Mermaid Bowl" as a member of the Triangle Razorbacks of the Danish American Football Federation, Knappe bought a helmet and a set of pads. He left with a scout in 2012 to attend some football camps in America, hoping to find a place to play."

UConn's Walsh, Vann Pushing To Make Each Other Better At LB

"I'm a lot younger than Marquise; he's a great player," Walsh said. "I'm learning a lot from him. It's like learning from the old guy with all the wise tales."

QB Shirreffs Looks Comfortable In Leadership Role At UConn

Bryant Shirreffs has emerged as the leader to land the staring QB job this season. In recent practices he has looked calm in the pocket, and comfortable in general.

Huskies Have Two Practices On Wednesday

"The University of Connecticut football team was on the field on Wednesday morning for its sixth practice of preseason camp. Wednesday is the first of five days during camp that are two-a-days."

Baseball

Siena Earns Nod as 2015 New York-Penn League All-Star

"Former UConn baseball infielder Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) will represent the Brooklyn Cyclones, the short-season Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, in the New York-Penn League All-Star game on Aug. 18."

George Springer hopes doctor visit will offer timetable for wrist-strengthening activities

"That’s what I’m told (about a rehab assignment), but I also have to strengthen my hand back up," Springer said. "Hopefully, I get the clearance to start to get strong again and then one step at a time from there."

Soccer

Men's Soccer Opens Exhibition Play Against Rider on Sunday

"The UConn men's soccer team is set to play its first of two exhibition matches on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. when it welcomes Rider to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The contest will be open to the public and free-of-charge."

Two Late Goals Push Boston College Past UConn

"Two late second half goals from Hayley Dowd led Boston College to a 2-1 victory over UConn in the team's first preseason match on Monday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. "

UConn Named as Favorite in Preseason Coaches’ Poll

"The UConn women’s soccer team was voted as the favorite in the 2015 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, earning a total of 76 points. The reigning AAC champions were awarded four first-place votes from the leagues 10 head coaches. Junior forward Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) was also unanimously chosen as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year."

Huskies Take on Montreal in Second Exhibition Match

"The UConn women’s soccer team will face off against the University of Montreal in its second preseason match Friday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium."

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