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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

January 17, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

OPIOID CRISIS-PHILANTHROPY

The Sackler name adorns walls at some of the world’s top museums and universities, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But the family’s ties to the powerful painkiller OxyContin and the drug’s role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis are bringing a new kind of attention to the Sacklers and their philanthropic legacy. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ YALE-CONTRACEPTION VENDING: Yale University has dropped plans to install a vending machine that dispenses birth control products at its largest residential college because it turns out it would violate Connecticut state law. SENT.

_ STABBING DEATH: A Connecticut man charged with fatally stabbing another man during a fight over a woman both dated has been held on $1 million bond. SENT.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING-TEENS ARRESTED: Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in New Britain. SENT.

_ ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: The former president of a rehabilitation nonprofit for pit bulls has been charged in connection with the death of five dogs. SENT.

SPORTS:

BLUES-BRUINS

The St. Louis Blues visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX

The World Series champion Red Sox gather for the 80th Boston BBWAA annual dinner. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words.

PATRIOTS-TOUGH ROAD

The Patriots were unbeatable at home this season, going 8-0 during the regular season and rolling past the Chargers in the divisional round. Going on the road has been a different story during the Tom Brady era. Brady is 8-4 all-time in AFC championship game with a 6-1 record at home. But he’s just 2-3 on the road, with both wins coming at Pittsburgh during 2001 and 2004 seasons. The Patriots will also have to deal with what could be the coldest temperature for a game in Arrowhead Stadium history. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.

CHIEFS-LONG WAIT

Joe Montana was the quarterback the last time the Kansas City Chiefs reached the AFC title game. Len Dawson was under center the last time they played in the Super Bowl. For one of the NFL’s proudest franchises, the wait to reach this weekend has been a long one, and the chance to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy _ named after the Chiefs’ founder _ has the city on the edge of its collective seat. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.

AFC MATCHUPS

A look at the matchups between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 1,000 words, photos

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Offense wins championships in the new NFL. For the first time since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002, none of the teams playing in the conference title game have a defense ranked in the top 10 in total yards. Only New England is among the top 10 in fewest points allowed. But, the Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams do possess the four most prolific offenses in the league. That’s the first time the four highest-scoring teams play for the conference championship during the Super Bowl era. SEN: 700 words, photos.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Fairfield at Monmouth (NJ), 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Canisius at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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