DC Quick Hits: Napier traded to Orlando, Larin nets hat trick


Miami Heat guard Shabazz Napier (13) steals the ball from Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black, right, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Here are the latest happenings in UConn sports:

Shabazz Napier traded to the Orlando Magic

Yahoo! Sports reports that two-time national champion Shabazz Napier was traded from the Miami Heat to the Orlando Magic over the weekend in exchange for a protected second round pick. Napier averaged 5.1 points and 2.5 assists in 51 games in his rookie season with Heat and will likely compete with newly-signed C.J. Watson to be Orlando’s first guard off the bench.

Former UConn soccer star Cyle Larin scores a hat trick against New York City FC

Cyle Larin did his best to keep Orlando City in Sunday’s match against New York. In a high scoring affair in which New York edged out Orlando 5-3, Larin scored in the 50th, 61st and 85th minute. Unfortunately for Orlando, it wasn’t enough.

Larin now has nine goals in his rookie campaign. His three goals Sunday completed his first career hat trick.

Maya Moore makes a fan’s wish come true

Former UConn standout Maya Moore visits 14-year-old Ariya Smith as part of the “My Wish” series on SportsCenter. Smith, who has systemic lupus, idolizes Moore, and the two got to meet and shoot around thanks to ESPN and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Moore wins WNBA All-Star MVP honors at Mohegan Sun on Saturday.

Five players with UConn ties put together strong showings in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star game at Mohegan Sun Arena. Sue Bird and Maya Moore led the West team to a 117-112 victory over the East thanks to 30 points from Moore, the game’s MVP. Tina Charles scored 13 points in 15 minutes for the East and rookie Stefanie Dolson scored four points in her All-Star game debut. Elena Della Donne, who originally committed to UConn before transferring to Delaware, scored 16 points as starter for the East.

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