On The Fly: Rebecca Lobo Night At Gampel On Friday By Lori Riley
all of Famer Rebecca Lobo will be honored Friday night before UConn’s home opener against Cal at Gampel Pavilion. Lobo, who was the first UConn women’s player to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September, will have a banner unveiled before the game. There will be an opportunity for fans to sign a sign to be given to Lobo after the game between 5:30-6:40 p.m. in Section 221 at Gampel. … More UConn women: The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a bobblehead commemorating the 11-time NCAA champion UConn women’s basketball team. If you’re a bobblehead collector, you’ll want one and it’s only $40 (plus $8 for shipping and handling). … Olympians Bernard Lagat and Molly Huddle will headline the field at the 81st annual Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving Day. It will be Lagat’s first appearance at the 4.748-mile race. Huddle last ran at Manchester in 2007. A five-time Olympian, Lagat won the bronze medal in the 1,500 meters in the 2000 Games and the silver medal in the same event at the 2004 Games. He also won four world championships and his 3:26.34 in the 1,500 is the second-fastest time ever run in the event.
At age 99, Bobby Doerr was the oldest Baseball Hall of Famer and the oldest living major league player until his death Monday in Junction, Ore. Doerr was a nine-time All-Star for the Red Sox from 1937-51, hitting .406 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1946 World Series, which the Red Sox lost in seven games. He remained friends with his teammates Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio throughout their lives. He was awarded a World Series ring in 2004 when Boston finally won the Series. “I thought that was quite a nice gesture for them to do that,” Doerr said at the time. “We had our chance in ’46, ’48, ’49.” … E.O. Smith lost its first game in boys soccer this season, 1-0, to Masuk Monday night in the Class L semifinal, but the Panthers had a memorable season. Senior Cooper Knecht, who is heading to play at Fairfield, scored a team-record 104 career goals and had 46 this season, one short of a decades-old school single-season record.
LeBron James suggested that he was the “King” of New York in an Instagram post Tuesday after the Cavs rallied from a 23-point second-half deficit to beat the Knicks 104-101 Monday, and the Knicks were not amused. There had been words before the game and after Knicks center Enes Kanter said, “I don’t care … what you call yourself. King, Queen, Princess, whatever you are. You know what, we’re going to fight and nobody out there [is] going to punk us.” James responded, “I’m the King, my wife is the Queen and my daughter is the Princess.” And followed it up on Instagram with a photo of him walking across the Knicks logo, saying, “You’re welcome. [Crown emoji] of New York. #myfavoriteplayground #striveforgreatness.” Things should cool down by April 9, the next time the two teams face each other.