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

October 11, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES

COLLEGE TESTING

Yale University and Quinnipiac have joined a growing number of colleges in changing their application process to allow students to self-report SAT and ACT test scores, rather than pay to have those sent to the schools. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— ELECTION 2018-CONNECTICUT STATE SENATE: Republican political action committee is ramping up spending on several Connecticut state Senate races. SENT.

— YALE-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Yale University student acquitted in March of sexual assault charges involving a female student has been suspended by the Ivy League school following allegations of sexual assault by a former male friend. SENT.

— CONTRACTOR DEATH: Police say a contractor who fell while working on the roof of a Connecticut warehouse has died. SENT.

— TWO WOMEN SHOT: Police say one woman was killed and another was injured in an early morning shooting in Connecticut. SENT.

— LAWYER-THEFT CHARGE: Police say a Bridgeport lawyer fled to New Jersey after stealing nearly $10,000 from a client. The 61-year-old attorney was arraigned Wednesday and charged with second-degree larceny. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

CALHOUN-RADIO DEAL

The University of Saint Joseph, the tiny DIII school in Connecticut that hired Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun to coach its new men’s basketball team, has announced a deal that will have its home games broadcast on a 50,000-watt Hartford radio station. SENT.

ALCS-ASTROS-RED SOX

Alex Cora led Boston to a victory over the hated Yankees. Next up for the first-year Red Sox manager: The team he left after winning a World Series as a bench coach last season. An infielder who spent 14 years with six big league teams, Cora was in Houston for one year before the Red Sox made him the first minority manager in franchise history — and one of its youngest, too. His first season is already a success, with a franchise-record 108 victories, a third consecutive AL East title and the team’s first playoff series win since 2013. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ALCS-RED SOX

The Red Sox were bounced from the postseason in the division round each of the last two seasons. They took advantage of home-field advantage this time around to get past the Yankees. Now Boston is hoping it pays off again in its AL Championship Series matchup with Houston. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.

ALCS-ASTROS-SUPER SPRINGER

Ask Houston manager AJ Hinch to name the best thing about Connecticut native George Springer and he rattles off a laundry list of qualities he admires in the outfielder. “I’m not sure there’s a perfect player,” Hinch said. “But he’s pretty close.” Last year’s World Series MVP hit three homers in the ALDS and the Astros look for him to continue his hot hitting as they prepare for Boston’s powerful offense in the ALCS beginning Saturday. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

CHIEFS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has been the most electrifying quarterback in the NFL this season. Next, he’ll get to be on the field opposite Tom Brady, who will retire as possibly the best to ever play the position. Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes and has won each of his first six NFL starts, dating back to his lone start last season. With a win on Sunday night at New England, Mahomes would become the sixth quarterback since 1970 to win each of his first seven career starts. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos. For Weekend Use.

With: Chiefs-Patriots Preview Capsule

EAGLES-GIANTS

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2016 when they visit MetLife Stadium for a Thursday night game against the struggling New York Giants. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:20 p.m.

JETS-CROWELL’S ENCORE

Isaiah Crowell had the game of a lifetime last Sunday, running for a New York Jets-record 219 yards. He was named the AFC’s offensive player of the week, and Crowell is looking to build off his big performance. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLTS-JETS PREVIEW

Joe Namath will be in the building Sunday, and so will the rest of the only Super Bowl-winning Jets team. It’s the 50-year anniversary of that squad, and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will take on the Indianapolis Colts — the same franchise that was stunned by New York in that historic game — looking for the first winning streak of his young NFL career. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

OILERS-BRUINS

The Edmonton Oilers play the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW

Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are the popular favorites to win the Eastern Conference, but several teams could challenge for the conference title, including Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 900 words, photos by 1 p.m.

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