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The Best Of The Year In Sports For State, Region In 2013

Say goodbye to the Big East Conference and say hello to the American Athletic Conference. Say goodbye to Paul Pasqualoni and say hello to Bob Diaco. Say goodbye to the legendary Mariano Rivera. Say hello to a group of scruffy, bearded World Series winners. It was year of transition for sports fans in Connecticut. Locally, UConn navigated through the turmoil of conference realignment and emerged in a new home. Meanwhile, none of the conference drama touched Geno Auriemma — his team won its eighth national title, reaffirming its place as an elite program regardless of league affiliation. Kevin Ollie settled nicely into his job and a new football coach arrived from the Golden Dome. Fans of the Red Sox were rewarded with a title; fans of the Yankees watched one of their favorites leave the stage. The Giants missed the playoffs, the Patriots endured off-the-field drama. Greater New Haven became the center of the college hockey world, just as the state university was boosting the program in Storrs. As 2013 ends, keep an eye on the college rinks in 2014. Let's review the year that was in state and regional sports, 2013 (Text by The Courant's Paul Doyle): By PAUL DOYLE pdoyle@courant.com
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