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If it has to do with New Haven and sports, you'll read about it here. Yale, Quinnipiac, New Haven, Southern Connecticut, Albertus Magnus, high schools, the New Haven Open, and Walter Camp to name a few. Plus we'll give you a look at the best to see each day.

Monday, June 6, 2011

$1 tickets for New Haven Open on sale

Daily tickets for the New Haven Open at Yale to be held August 18-27, 2011 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale are on sale. The tournament, which will feature World No. 1 and three-time

defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, will once again offer fans a special $1 ticket promotion. Until midnight on Wednesday, Middle Tier tickets for the first evening session on Monday, August 22, which typically are $18, are available for $1. Last year, more than 5,000 tickets were sold through this promotion last year. For more information about tickets, fans can call 1-855-4-NHTENNIS or visit


Strike 3 Foundation dinner

Trumbull's Craig Breslow, who pitched at Yale and is now a member of the Oakland Athletics,  has done an exceptional job with his Strike 3 Foundation,  "a charitable agency that heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for childhood cancer research."

The Strike 3 Foundation will host the Second Annual NYY Steak Luncheon at Yankee Stadium on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

Enjoy an elegant lunch with your favorite players from the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics. Proceeds benefit childhood cancer research & treatment.

MLB guests (subject to change) include Oakland A's players Brett Anderson, Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow, Trevor Cahill, Brian Fuentes, Gio Gonzalez, Kurt Suzuki, and Hideki Matsui, and New York Yankees players Eric Chavez and Joba Chamberlain.

Tickets are $500 per guest or $4,500 for a table of ten guests. Ticket sales end at 11:00PM ET on Friday, July 15, 2011. Game tickets are not included.

$500 each Individual Tickets (tickets for 1-9 guests)

$4,500 Full Table (includes 10 tickets for guests)

For more information on the dinner and the organization, you can visit:

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Joe Tessitore and John Scully on Chad Dawson-Bernard Hopkins fight

Click here to listen to Joe Tessitore and John Scully discuss Bernard Hopkins, who will fight Chad Dawson later this year.

They specifically discuss Dawson and how they see him stack up against Hopkins at about the 7:30 mark of the podcast.

SCSU baseball ranked top team in East

The Southern Connecticut State University baseball team, which won a program record 45 games this year, finished the year ranked No. 1 in the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association East Region poll.

The Owls won the Northeast-10 Conference regular season title for the second year in a row and made their second trip to the College World Series. Along the way, they defeated No. 1 Grand Valley State and No. 11 Sonoma State to reach the national semifinals.

Southern Connecticut finished the season with an overall record of 45-9-1.


Celtics-Knicks to play in Hartford Oct. 22

The Boston Celtics will return to the XL Center Saturday, October 22 for a preseason game against the New York Knicks.

Last year, the Celtics and Knicks played before more than 15,000 fans at the XL Center. The Celtics won 97-84.

Ttickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. In addition, tickets can be purchased online by logging on to the XL Center website at  or the Ticketmaster website at 

Tickets will be available at the XL Center Ticket Office beginning Monday at Noon.

Tickets are $140.00, $100.00, $75.00, $45.00, $35.00 and $25.00, plus any applicable fees or surcharges.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Haven's Shannon Gagne DII track athlete of year

University of New Haven senior Shannon Gagne was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II National Women's Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season.

The Lyman Hall graduate also earned the award after an impressive indoor season, becoming the third Division II student-athlete to be named the indoor and outdoor national track athlete of the year.

The Meriden native recently added two more championship titles to her historic senior season by claiming the 200 and 400 meter dashes at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She also earned points in the long jump with a fifth place finish. Her three performances earned the Chargers a ninth place finish at the national championship meet in Turlock, Calif.

Earlier this year, she won three national titles at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships meet and became just the third student-athlete in Division II history to win five national titles across both the indoor and outdoor season.

Gagne has earned several accolades throughout the 2010-11 indoor and outdoor seasons. The many honors include East Region Athlete of the Year, Northeast-10 Conference Track Athlete of the Year in both indoor and outdoor seasons.

She was named one-of-three finalist for the Northeast-10 Conference Women of the Year Award and earned Capital One Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA.

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Shea to speak at Diamond Club dinner

Southern Connecticut State University head baseball coach Tim Shea will serve as a guest speaker at the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club dinner on Sunday, June 5 at Monticello’s Restaurant in Meriden. Shea has led the Owls to their finest season in school history, one that includes a trip to the Division II World Series.

The Owls are currently 45-8-1, which marks the highest single-season win total in school history. Southern Connecticut also reached the College World Series for the second time in school history, having also qualified in 2005. The Owls won the Northeast-10 Conference regular season title for the second year in a row and have reached as high as No. 5 in the national polls.