True freshmen are already contributing for UConn football

UConn head coach Randy Edsall works the sidelines during the season opener against Holy Cross on Aug. 31 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

When evaluating young players, UConn coach Randy Edsall can tell a lot by looking into their eyes.

Coast Guard defensive backs Goldsworthy, Coco learned well on the fly

Coast Guard Academy sophomore Mike Goldsworthy, right, starting his first career game, intercepts a pass Saturday against Nichols, one of three interceptions for the Bears in a 13-0 victory. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Despite being newcomers to the lineup, Michael Goldsworthy and Colby Coco each had interceptions last week as the Coast Guard Academy football team blanked Nichols.

High school roundup: Fitch rallies past NFA for victory in volleyball

Olivia Carney had 35 assists and Nora Ryan had 16 kills and 15 digs as Fitch rallied to edge Norwich Free Academy on Wednesday, 25-21, 23-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-10, in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls' volleyball match.

Sale reaches 300 Ks as Red Sox beat Orioles 9-0 for sweep

Chris Sale of the Red Sox throws a pitch in the second inning of Wednesday night's game against the Orioles at Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Chris Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Boston Red Sox moved to the brink of clinching a playoff berth by beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Gregorius tops Jeter HR total, Yankees top Twins for sweep

Didi Gregorius of the Yankees celebrates with Gary Sanchez, left, after Gregorius hit a three-run home run during the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Twins at New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Didi Gregorius took away one of Derek Jeter's titles.

HIGH SCHOOL

NFA boys sweep quad meet and run winning streak to 59

NFA's Reno Sebastian approaches the finish line with teammate Nate Lieske trailing during a meet against Ledyard, New London and Tourtellote at Mohegan Park in Norwich on Tuesday. NFA ran its winning streak to 59 straight by sweeping the quad-meet. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Norwich Free Academy's boys' cross country team, having already given up the top two spots in the race to Ledyard at rainy, windswept Mohegan Park on Tuesday, came filing across the finish line, red jersey after red jersey. And suddenly the outcome...

Killingly beats Waterford in early-season matchup of unbeatens

Waterford's Olivia Pacheco passes the ball to a teammate during Monday's 3-0 loss to Killingly in an early-season matchup of ECC Division II unbeatens in Waterford. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Senior Ally Conde had 13 kills, four blocks and two aces as a veteran Killingly girls' volleyball team gave inexperienced Waterford its first loss of the season on Monday, 25-17, 25-12, 25-21.

Day state coaches' poll: No. 1 Darien hosts No. 2 St. Joseph on Saturday

Darien is the unaimous number one team in The Day state coaches' poll. It plays host to No. 2 St. Joseph on Saturday in a must-see game.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Steele leads Conn past Coast Guard

Valerie Hines (11) of Coast Guard and Zoe Stublarec of Connecticut College, right,  both go up to head the ball during Wednesday's women's soccer game at Conn's Silfen Field at New London. Conn won 1-0.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Lauren Steele scored in the 59th minute as host Connecticut College remained unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Coast Guard in a nonleague women's soccer match on Wednesday.

Local roundup: Mitchell men earn double overtime win

Andrew Storton scored his second goal at 106 minutes, 17 seconds to give the Mitchell men’s soccer team a 2-1 double overtime win over Albertus Magnus on Tuesday.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

Meet and greet our latest creation: The BosConn College .500s

Yes. The time has come for warring factions UConn and Boston College to form a football co-op.

Lonesome Polecat: South Windsor rising, a bajillion game notes, and, adios, Brain

Dave Hodge knows how to rebuild a program. He quickly took Weaver from the basement to two state...

BLOGS

ON THE AIR

Baseball

1 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies.

4 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Cleveland Indians at Los Angeles Angels.

7 p.m., FS1 — MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers.

8 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers.

Football

7:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Temple at South Florida.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: South Carolina State at North Carolina Central.

8:25 p.m., NFL Network, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers.

Golf

6:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Portugal Masters from Vilamoura.

11 a.m., Golf Channel — Web.com: DAP Championship from Beachwood, Ohio.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA Tour Championship from Atlanta.   

Hockey

7:30 a.m., NBCSN — NHL preseason: Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings from Shanghai.

7 p.m., NESN — NHL preseason: Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins.

Soccer

7 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Florida State at Louisville.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: St. Petersburg Open from Russia, Moselle Open from Metz, France.

PROFESSIONAL

Young girl hospitalized by 105 mph foul at Yankee Stadium

Yankees third base coach Joe Espada reacts after a young girl was hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Twins at New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against Minnesota, leading some players to call for protective netting to be extended.

Giants ignoring the boos and naysayers after 0-2 start

Detroit' s Ameer Abdullah rushes during the first half of Monday's game against the Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. The Lions won, 24-10. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

Halfway through their home opener, the New York Giants left the field to a cascade of boos. By the end of the game, MetLife Stadium was practically deserted. Few fans stayed to watch the Detroit Lions leave with a 24-10 win that sent the Giants to a...

Pats look to get healthier as they host Texans

New England's Tom Brady performs field drills during Wednesday's pratcice in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

The New England Patriots appear to be getting healthier as they head toward Sunday's home game against the Houston Texans.

Federer, Nadal may play doubles at Laver Cup

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup team tennis tournament, expectations are running high about the chance of seeing the two as doubles partners.

UCONN

Virginia routs UConn 38-18

Virginia linebacker Malcolm Cook tackles UConn quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (4) during the Cavaliers' 38-18 victory over the Huskies on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP)

Kurt Benkert passed for a school-record breaking 455 yards and Virginia avenged a heartbreak loss last season with a 38-18 victory over Connecticut on Saturday

Wichita State to make AAC debut at UConn

Wichita State will plays its first game in the American Athletic Conference against UConn when the Huskies host the Shockers on Saturday, Dec. 30, in a noon game at the XL Center in Hartford.

COLLEGES

FBS sees huge spike in targeting penalty enforcement so far

Hawaii wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo drops the ball and gets leveled by UCLA linebacker Josh Woods and hit from behind by defensive back Mossi Johnson during the second half of a Sept. 9 game in Pasadena, Calif. Woods was penalized for targeting and ejected. College football’s Bowl Subdivision has seen a 73-percent increase in the number of targeting penalties enforced through the first three weeks of the season compared with the same point in 2016. (Alex Gallardo/AP Photo)

Football Bowl Subdivision sees 73-percent increase in targeting penalties enforced through comparable point in 2016

Nichols at Coast Guard football capsule

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Where: Cadet Memorial Field, New London. Records: Nichols 2-0 overall, Coast Guard 1-1. Players to...

CT SUN

Sun extend Miller's coaching, GM contract through 2021

Curt Miller, who guided the Connecticut Sun to their first WNBA playoff berth since 2012, was awarded a contract extension by the franchise on Tuesday as head coach and general manager through 2021. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun announced Tuesday that head coach and general manager Curt Miller has been signed to a contract extension through the 2021 season.

The Sun began to shine a year early

Connecticut Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller, who expected his young team to turn the corner in 2018, was pleasantly surprised by the Sun’s playoff run in 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun occupy a more comfortable seat this year, certainly more cushy compared to this time in 2016.