On The Fly: Giants, Patriots Honor Newtown School Shooting Victims

The Hartford Courant

Our hearts will remain broken forever, as we try to deal with the horrific tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Across Connecticut, the nation and the world, there were some heartfelt signs of compassion Sunday. Here were two from the NFL. Twenty-six white flares —representing the 26 victims at the school — were lit before the 49ers-Patriots game Sunday night in Foxborough, Mass. ... Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wore the name of 6-year-old victim Jack Pinto on his gloves and cleats. Cruz talked to Pinto's parents to offer his condolences after hearing Jack was a Giants fan whose favorite player was Cruz. Cruz plans to drive to Newtown this week to give his cleats and gloves to Pinto's family.

•On the field, the Giants did not play like Big Blue against the Falcons. They were more like "Big Boo" in their 34-0 loss. Matt Ryan shredded the Giants secondary for 270 yards (23-for-28) and three touchdowns. The Giants' last shutout loss in the regular season was 16 years ago. And all of a sudden the Giants are tied with the Redskins and the Cowboys atop the NFC East at 8-6. The Skins, playing without injured quarterback RG III, still beat the Browns 38-21. The Cowboys triumphed 27-24 in overtime over the Steelers on Brandon Carr's 36-yard interception return that set up Dan Bailey's 21-yard field goal.

•The Hartford women's basketball team dealt Quinnipiac its first loss in eight games 67-61. Ruthanne Doherty scored 21 points to lead Hartford (8-2). There will be many more than the 2,126 fans who attended the game for Hartford's next home contest against UConn Saturday.

•Central Connecticut, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and the rest of the NEC got a boost to their men's basketball title hopes with the news that LIU forward Julian Boyd (18.5 points, 6.1 rebounds) reportedly has a torn ACL and is done for the season. LIU has won the last two NEC tournament titles.

•The next football coach at Temple will be Giants assistant Matt Rhule. He replaces Farmington native Steve Addazio, who recently took the Boston College position.

•The next time you see former Yankee Andruw Jones swinging a bat it'll be in Japan. He's a Rakuten Eagle after signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract. That's a lot of yen for a suspect DH whose outfield skills have eroded badly because of age and the extra pounds he's carrying.


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