The Wire: Dramatic Torrington tie; Suffield equals mark;
HS sports wrap; New GameTime tonight

OCTOBER 9, 2014 on the CPTV Sports Wire: Torrington High boys soccer christens new turf field by tying NVL rival Naugatuck 1-1 — both goals were scored in OT (see it Saturday at 7:00pm); Suffield High boys soccer ties state record with 43rd consecutive win (featured on GameTime tonight at 7); Lyman Hall football coach fired, Wednesday’s HS sports wrap and more on tonight’s GameTime lineup..

The Wire, CPTV Sports’ radio initiative featuring reports by Francesco Graziano Jr. can be heard on our exclusive radio partners, sports stations ESPN 97.9 FM and Fox Sports Radio 1410 in Hartford.

Connecticut Cycling Festival

For one weekend in September, the cycling world turned its attention to Hartford and the Connecticut Cycling Festival. Some of the best professional and amateur cyclists come to Hartford for the season’s most anticipated late-season race events on Sept. 20-21.

CPTV Sports is proud to partner with the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program and show the broadcast premiere of our coverage of the event Thursday Oct. 2 at 9:00pm.

The one-hour program will highlight the 50-mile criterium through the streets of Hartford. The show will also feature pieces highlighting the status of biking in Connecticut and the preparation that goes into putting on a large event such as this.

The event featured professional races, amateur competitions and 45- and 100-mile recreational rides. Repeat airings are Sunday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., Wed. Oct.  8 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. It’s also available on YouTube (above).

“We were so excited to be able to cover the Connecticut Cycling Festival this year,” said Bob Yalen, director of CPTV Sports. “In addition to the race coverage, we’ve included in-depth interviews, cycling tips and more in the show, which we think will really excite cycling fans.”

The Connecticut Cycling Festival is the cornerstone event of the CCAP, whose goal is to see youth and the sport of cycling thrive in the United States. While focused on Connecticut, the CCAP is creating a model to share with the rest of the country. Every year the Connecticut Cycling Festival brings professional and amateur cyclists to downtown Hartford for a variety of cycling and non-cycling events.

The Wire: HS football kicks off; big 1st day in HS fall sports;
Conard hat trick; 500th win for Branford coach; Barnes update

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 on the CPTV Sports Wire: The high school football season kicks off Wednesday night with CPTV Sports’ first LIVE game of the season at 6:00pm as Ridgefield visits Cheshire; high school soccer, field hockey and girls volleyball gets under way as Branford field hockey coach Cathy McGuirk earns her 500th career victory; Former UConn and Bethel High pitcher Matt Barnes makes big league debut with Red Sox. Continue reading

The Wire: CT Tigers lose; UConn to honor Howard

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 on the CPTV Sports Wire: The Connecticut Tigers lose to Tri-City in their New York-Penn League playoff opener in Norwich and now must win two in Troy, N.Y., to advance; UConn announces plans to honor football player Jasper Howard,li who was killed in an on-campus stabbing i 2009; high school football preview continues tonight; check out our Training Camp special on YouTube. Continue reading

The Wire: UConn Men’s Soccer, Cats Win; BTB Tonight

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 on the CPTV Sports Wire: The UConn men’s soccer team recovers from an opening loss to defeat Stony Brook, 3-0; The Rock Cats finish the Eastern League season with a walk-off win; join new host Joe D’Ambrosio Tuesday at 7:00pm as Beyond The Beat kicks off its third season. Joe and The Courant’s Jeff Jacobs and Dom Amore will discuss UConn’s loss in the football season opener and more. Continue reading

Saturday Aug. 12 10:30am LIVE:
Little League Challenger Exhibition Game

CPTV Sports will show the Little League Challenger Exhibition Game LIVE from Williamsport, Pa., Saturday August 23 at 10:30am. The broadcast will be produced by WVIA Public Media in Pittston, Pa.

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League that enables boys & girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy baseball.

Since 2001, two Little League Challenger Division teams have been invited to play an exhibition game at the Little League World Series, which concludes this weekend. The first three years the teams came from local programs. Since then, teams from nine states, from as far away as Arizona, have participated. The teams playing in the Challenger game as part of the World Series are representing more than 30,000 Challenger players in more than 900 leagues worldwide.

The 2014 teams are Clinton Valley Little League from Detroit and Little Mountain Little League from Vancouver, B.C.

This year is Little League’s 75th anniversary and the Challenger Division’s 25th anniversary. It will also be the first international Challenger Game.

Osgood Shootout Boys HS, Open Championship Games

Weaver High-based Team Green won the boys high school title and the TJ Mathis All-Stars the men’s open championship in the Osgood Shootout basketball tournament Aug. 17 in New Britain. CPTV Sports will show the broadcast premieres of the games Wednesday Aug. 19 starting at 7:30pm with the high school final followed at 8:30pm by the open final.

Read features stories on the event from the New Britain Herald’s Matt Straub here and here. For more information on the event, go to the Osgood Shootout facebook page here. YouTube highlighs of the high school final above and the open division below.