Boston College basketball schedule released

Boston College basketball schedule released

Sixteen league games, three games in the 2011 76 Classic and a home game against Penn State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge highlight the 2011-12 Boston College men's basketball schedule.

BC opens its season against New Hampshire in Conte Forum on Monday, Nov. 14. It will host Massachusetts (Dec.21), Boston University (Dec. 3), Bryant (Dec. 18), Sacred Heart (Dec. 21), Harvard (Dec. 29) and Rhode Island (Jan. 2), while traveling to Jesuit rival Holy Cross (Nov. 18) and former Big East foe Providence (Dec. 8).

The 2011-12 schedule features at least 10 nationally-televised contests. Additional dates could be added to this list.

The Eagles travel to the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif and open the tournament against Saint Louis, another Jesuit institution, on ESPNU at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24). BC will play either Villanova or UC-Riverside in the second round.

Boston College will host the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Nov. 30. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

The Eagles begin their December slate against Boston University, and then play at Providence. BC continues with consecutive home games against Stony Brook, Bryant and Sacred Heart before Christmas, and then Harvard and Rhode Island after the holiday.

Boston College opens ACC play at North Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 7.

14 (Mon.) New Hampshire 7:00 p.m.
18 (Fri.) at Holy Cross 7:30 p.m.
21 (Mon.) Massachusetts 7:00 p.m.
24 (Thurs.) Saint Louis (ESPNU) 2:00 p.m.
25 (Fri.) UC-RiversideVillanova
27 (Sun.) Washington StateOklahomaNew MexicoSanta Clara
30 (Wed.) Penn State (ESPNU) 7:15 p.m.

3 (Sat.) Boston University 2:00 p.m.
8 (Thurs.) at Providence 7:00 p.m.
11 (Sun.) Stony Brook 2:00 p.m.
18 (Sun.) Bryant 3:00 p.m.
21 (Wed.) Sacred Heart 7:00 p.m.
29 (Thurs.) Harvard 7:00 p.m.

2 (Mon.) Rhode Island 1:00 p.m.
7 (Sat.) at North Carolina 2:30 p.m.
12 (Thurs.) Clemson (ESPN or ESPN2) 7:00 p.m.
14 (Sat.) Virginia Tech TBA
19 (Thurs.) at NC State 8:00 p.m.
21 (Sat.) Wake Forest 12:00 p.m.
26 (Thurs.) at Virginia (ESPNU) 9:00 p.m.
29 (Sun.) Miami 1:00 p.m.

1 (Wed.) NC State 8:00 p.m.
4 (Sat.) at Georgia Tech (ESPNU) 1:00 p.m.
8 (Wed.) Florida State (ESPN3) 7:00 p.m.
12 (Sun.) at Virginia Tech (ESPNU) 6:00 p.m.
16 (Thurs.) at Maryland 9:00 p.m.
19 (Sun.) Duke (ESPNU) 6:00 p.m.
25 (Sat.) at Wake Forest 1:00 p.m.
29 (Wed.) Georgia Tech 7:00 p.m.

3 (Sat.) at Miami 2:30 p.m.
8-11 (Thurs.-Sun.) & ACC Championship

- ACC game
- Big TenACC Challenge
- 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.)
& - Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
All Times -- Eastern Time (subject to change)

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Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

After eight playoff-less seasons with the Rams, Chris Long came to his father's hometown town -- the Patriots -- in 2016 with one goal: To win a championship. And he did, even though he wasn't an every-down player for the first time in his career.

Now his goal is to play regularly again. So he's headed to the city where his father played collegiately -- Philadelphia -- to try and make that happen.

Long, 32, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long (a Charlestown native and Villanova product), signed a two-year contract with the Eagles Tuesday:

CSN Philly reports that Long isn't guaranteed a starting job on the Eagles' defensive line, but will be a valuable addition in any case:

The Eagles had a definite need -- and likely still do -- at defense end following the departure of Connor Barwin. . . . This signing doesn't mean Long will come in and start. The Eagles still have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry under contract. But, at the very least, this is a depth signing to bring in a veteran locker room presence, like the one they lost when Barwin left.

Long had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.