COLUMNS

In his brief life, "Ski" provided contagious happiness

It is with unspeakable sorrow that hundreds and hundreds of friends and family members mourn the...

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...

UCONN

UConn defense a concern heading into AAC football opener

Fixing the defense wasn't high on the list of major repairs while UConn prepared for the 2017 football season.

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.

COLLEGES

Coast Guard begins play in new conference with comeback win

Ethan Goldcamp threw a game-winning 73-yard touchdown to Cam Cecchini and the defense completed its second straight game without allowing a touchdown, as the Coast Guard Academy football team topped Norwich 13-9.

Coast Guard at Norwich football preview capsule

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. Where: Sabine Field, Northfield, Vt. Records: Coast Guard 2-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC; Norwich 0-3 overall, 0-0. Players...

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local colleges: Conn field hockey upsets No. 8 Hamilton 1-0

Meghan Lembo scored 47 seconds into the game and it held up as Connecticut College beat No. 8 Hamilton 1-0 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference field hockey match on Saturday.

PROFESSIONAL

Patriots host the Texans on Sunday

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs for yardage in a game against the Bengals on Sept. 14 at Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots won't be the only winners on the field on Sunday when they play the Texans.

Desperate Giants have tough matchup at Eagles

Marvin Jones of the Lions, right, catches a touchdown pass as Eli Apple of the Giants defends during the first half of Monday night's game at East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Picked by many to win the NFC East, the New York Giants desperately need to win one game first.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

2 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup ISM Connect 300 from Loudon, N.H.

2 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Dodge Nationals from St. Louis.

5 p.m., FS1 — IMSA Monterey Grand Prix from Salinas, Calif. 

Baseball

1 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cincinnati Reds.

1 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM), WXLM (980-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays.

1 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets.

2 p.m., TBS — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers.

8 p.m., ESPN — MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros.

Basketball

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — WNBA Finals: Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx in Game 1.

Football

9:30 a.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars from London.

Noon, ESPNU, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA: East Carolina at UConn.

1 p.m., Ch. 3, WMOS (102.3-FM) — NFL: Houston Texans at New England Patriots.

1 p.m., Ch. 61, WCBS (880-AM) — NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — CFL: Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders.

4:25 p.m., Ch. 3 — NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers.

8:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins.

Golf

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

Noon, Golf Channel — PGA Tour Championship from Atlanta.

1:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — PGA Tour Championship from Atlanta.

1:30 p.m., Golf Channel — Web.com: DAP Championship from Beachwood, Ohio.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Pure Insurance Championship from Pebble Beach, Calif.   

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL preseason: St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins from Cranberry, Pa.

Rugby

10:30 p.m., NBCSN — English Premiership: Wasps at Exeter. (taped today)

Soccer

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Koln at Hannover.

11 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Newcastle at Brighton & Hove Albion.

5 p.m., Ch. 61 — MLS: Montreal Impact at Atlanta United.

8 p.m., FS1 — MLS: Orlando City SC at Portland Timbers.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Laver Cup from Prague, Czech Republic.

Volleyball

1 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Michigan State at Minnesota.

1 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Kansas at Kansas State.

3 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Michigan at Wisconsin.