ECC's five future Div. I schools considering 'district football model' with SCC

Southern Connecticut Conference commissioner Al Carbone, Hand High School athletic director Craig Semple and East Lyme High School athletic director Steve Hargis are discussing a potential scheduling model — in football only — that...

East Lyme football, looking to turn things around, hits the field on opening day

Seniors Andrew Brown and Travis Franco look to bring leadership — and more wins — to the East Lyme High School football team this year.

Ledyard Football Hall of Fame to add six

Ledyard High School will honor the six new members of its football hall of fame during halftime of the Colonels' Thanksgiving Day game against Fitch on Nov. 26 and formally induct them on Jan. 31 at the football team's awards night at Lake of Isles.

COLUMNS

This was a win UConn desperately needed ... and deserved

You want art? Go to the Louvre. This is football. This was a victory.

UCONN

UConn comes alive in second half to beat Villanova 20-15

Granted, it's a small sample size. Still, there were signs of progress in UConn's season-opening 20-15 victory over Villanova Thursday night before 26,113 fans at Rentschler Field.

UConn football ready to take important first step

Thursday night's game is more important than perhaps any season opener in recent years for the UConn football program. "It's everything," coach Bob Diaco said.

UConn women's basketball team loads up nonconference schedule

UConn’s quest to become the first Division I women’s basketball team to win four straight national titles will feature some early-season traveling.

COLLEGES

Coast Guard routs Anna Maria 34-6 in opener

Mike Clancy, in his first game as Coast Guard's starting running back, carried the ball 14 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns — 96 yards in the second half — as the Bears topped Anna Maria 34-6 Thursday on opening night.

Victory Lane: Coast Guard quarterback readying for his third season as starter

And so Coast Guard begins the season Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Anna Maria at Cadet Memorial Field, the Bears' first night game since 1996. Derek Victory, a junior, will be the starting quarterback, the way he has been for the last 17 games.

In all seriousness, Coast Guard football is ready for opener

The Coast Guard Academy football team, with 19 seniors on its roster and 16 returning starters, opens the season at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Anna Maria, the Bears’ first night game since 1996. Coach Bill George, in his 17th season, has...

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PROFESSIONAL

Battle of the new 'Big 3' at Deutsche Bank

Who's No. 1? McIlroy, Spieth, Day get to state their case at the Deutsche Bank Championship

House speaker: PawSox stadium less likely to move forward

House speaker says PawSox stadium less likely to move forward, cites $10M price tag from Brown

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Auto Racing

8 a.m., NBCSN — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

11 a.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Sprint Cup Bojangles Southern 500 practice from Darlington, S.C.

1 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 practice from Darlington, S.C.

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Sprint Cup Bojangles Southern 500 practice from Darlington, S.C.

Baseball

2 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs.

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM), WXLM (980-AM) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Brooklyn Cyclones at Connecticut Tigers.

8 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals.

Basketball

8 p.m., wnba.com/sun — WNBA: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Stars.

Football

3:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Charlotte at Georgia State.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Baylor at Southern Methodist.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Michigan State at Western Michigan.

10:15 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Washington at Boise State.

Golf

10 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Russian Open from Moscow.

2:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship from Norton, Mass.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., FS1 — European qualifier: Germany vs. Poland from Frankfurt, Germany.

7:30 p.m., FS1 — Men's exhibition: United States vs. Peru from Washington, D.C.

Talk Show

6:05 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — Sports Talk with Bill Donovan.

Tennis

1 p.m., ESPN — U.S. Open from New York.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — U.S. Open from New York.