LeBron James’ new supporting cast got off to an impressive start. Surrounded now by Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson, James and the Cavaliers beat the Celtics in Boston, 121-99.
It was a statement for the Cavs, and a downer on the day the Celtics retired Paul Pierce’s number. … If the offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl runners-up leaves you at the head coaching altar, what do you do? If you’re the Colts, you get the offensive coordinator of the champs. A few days after Josh McDaniels backed out to stay with the Patriots, the Colts are ready to introduce Frank Reich, who ran the Eagles offense all the way to the top with backup quarterback Nick Foles, as their new head coach.
The UConn women play No.4 Louisville at Gampel Pavilion Monday night, and it will be interesting to see how the fans pull the “stripe-out” concept, with alternating sections wearing blue and white. If it works, maybe they can take it to the next level and do a “plaid-out” next year. … Though the UConn men lost at Wichita State 95-74 on Saturday, Kwintin Williams, in his 24 minutes, had a plus/minus of plus-14, adding a little more to the case for more playing time. … Former Husky Amida Brimah celebrated his 24th birthday with 15 rebounds in the Austin Spurs’ G-League victory over Iowa.
UConn’s softball team finished up its season-opening road trip with three wins in a row, beating Army 2-1 in Jacksonville, Fla. Senior Emma Stanley delivered the winning run with an RBI single in the seventh. … Kind of nice to be writing about hits and RBI again. The MLB pitchers and catchers are reporting this week. Can the Steamed Cheeseburgers be far behind? … Word is UConn lefty Anthony Kay, who was selected by the Mets in the first round in 2016 and had elbow surgery, is throwing in the mid-90s again and could start the season as high as Advanced Class A Port St. Lucie. … On this date, Feb. 12, in 1908, The Great Race began in Times Square, as drivers set off on a 22,000-mile trip to Paris, driving to Alaska, crossing the Bering Straits by ship and then through Siberia to Paris. George Schuster, driving “The Thomas Flyer” and representing the U.S. arrived 88 days later and was declared the winner when it was discovered the German team, which arrived four days earlier, had shipped its car by rail a good portion of the trip. Fortunately for the drivers, AAA was founded six years earlier, you know, just in case.