Cheverus cross country, track standout gives verbal commitment to Connecticut

Cheverus High senior Emily Durgin of Standish will continue her running career at the University of Connecticut.

A former New England cross country champion and a four-time Class A runner-up at the state championships, Durgin said Sunday she has verbally accepted an athletic scholarship to UConn, where she will compete in cross country and indoor and outdoor track.

“I went down (to Storrs) for an official visit the week before Thanksgiving,” she said. “I liked it a lot.”

Durgin said she plans to major in nutrition and minor in exercise science. UConn offers a five-year program for students who, upon graduation, become registered dieticians.

A former Foot Locker national finalist in cross country, Durgin missed this fall’s regional qualifier because of a minor fracture in her foot. She said she recently returned to running and will officially sign with UConn on Feb. 1.

“College is a whole new level,” she said, “and I’m excited for that.”


MAJOR LEAGUES: Reliever Jason Frasor was traded back to Toronto, just five months after the Blue Jays dealt him to the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox received minor league right-handers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.


ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City gave its title rivals renewed hope by suffering its second defeat of the season, conceding a goal with four seconds left in stoppage time in a 1-0 loss at Sunderland.

At the season’s halfway point, Manchester City (45 points) leads on goal difference over Manchester United. Tottenham is third with 39 points, followed by Arsenal with 36.


BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL: Kim Clijsters began preparation for the defense of her Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Simona Halep in the first round at Brisbane, Australia.

HOPMAN CUP: Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova in a mixed doubles third-set tiebreaker to give Spain a 2-1 victory over Australia at Perth, Australia.


WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Canada capped a perfect run through the preliminary round with a 3-2 victory Saturday night over the United States at Edmonton, Alberta.

Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for Canada, which will face Russia or the Czech Republic in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker scored for the U.S., which was already out of medal contention.


— From staff and news services