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Connecticut officials say they expect the state’s prison population will decline over the next year, but at a slower rate than in the recent past. An annual report from the state Office of Policy and Management predicts the state will have about 310 fewer inmates in the system a year from now, a drop of about 2.3 percent. SENT: 330 words.
SPORTS BETTING-SUPER BOWL
Fans of the New England Patriots are gearing up for the big game by betting on their team_ the first time they can do so legally in New England. Rhode Island is the only state in the region that has launched sports betting so far. Casino operator Twin River says it’s ready for the fans, and state officials are eager to cash in. Rhode Island gets 51 percent of the revenue from sports betting, the most of any state that has legalized it. By Jennifer McDermott. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
_ NEW LONDON-STATE PIER: New London says the city will receive 10 percent of the Connecticut Port Authority’s share of revenue from State Pier. SENT.
_ FROZEN LAKE DEATH: The death of a Connecticut man whose body was pulled from a partially frozen lake near his home has been ruled an accident. SENT.
_ HACKED MONEY RECOVERED: A Connecticut city says it has recovered more than half the money stolen from city accounts during a 2016 hacking scheme. SENT.
_ SCHOOL SECURITY GUARD ASSAULT: Hartford police have arrested two adults and one teen accused of assaulting security guards at a school. SENT.
_ EARNS-CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS: Stamford-based Charter Communications Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $296 million. SENT.
_ NO SEAL SELFIES: The federal government is reminding New Englanders that attempting to take a selfie with a seal or a seal pup is a very bad idea. SENT.
The UConn women visit Louisville in a nationally televised matchup of the nation’s 2-3 teams. The Cardinals aim to end a 17-game losing streak against the Huskies. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.
The UConn men play UCF at CFE Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
The Philadelphia Flyers visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils will renew their rivalry for the first time this season when they meet at the Prudential Center. It will be the first of four games between the teams. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
SUPER BOWL-QB CONTRAST
The wide-eyed, talented Jared Goff will try to lead his Rams past the grizzled, 41-year-old Tom Brady, who is looking to guide the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl victory. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SUPER BOWL-72 DOLPHINS
Yes, it’s time for another story about the Patriots trying to accomplish something nobody has done since the 1972 Dolphins. But not THAT story. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 680 words, photos.
SUPER BOWL-DEVELIN’S IMPACT
James Develin has been fully focused on football the past nine years, powering the way for the Patriots’ running game as the bruising, bulldozing fullback who smashes holes through defensive lines. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 970 words, photos.
SUPER BOWL-WADE’S GOLDEN YEARS
Wade Phillips had more swag than his players when he stepped off the Los Angeles Rams’ plane to the Super Bowl wearing his own 10-gallon cowboy hat and a sheepskin coat famously owned by his late father, Bum. The 71-year-old mastermind defensive coordinator with the millennial boss is quoting Drake and Future, pretending to be good at Fortnite and altogether making the most of his second Super Bowl in four years after going just once his first four NFL decades. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.
SUPER BOWL-PAUL NEWBERRY-KAEPERNICK
There’s an exhibit at the High Museum, not far from the Super Bowl stadium, dedicated to Tommie Smith and his courageous stand for social justice at the 1968 Olympics. Talk about symmetry. Smith raised a fist, Colin Kaepernick took a knee, and both paid an enormous price for doing the right thing. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST.
The idea that experience pays off in the most-pressurized situations sports offer is nothing new. Does it for this Super Bowl? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 500 words, graphic, by 5 p.m.
The NFL Players Association gets its chance to present its side of many issues with a news conference. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
OTHER MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
St. Francis Brooklyn at CCSU, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.
Sacred Heart at Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.
Fairfield at Manhattan, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.
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