Promising LB Darrian Beavers growing into new position at UConn

UConn coach Randy Edsall is happy with the attitude of freshman linebacker Darrian Beavers, who is talented, but still evolving.

UConn and Providence to play exhibition at Mohegan Sun Arena

UConn and Providence will renew their New England men's basketball rivalry by playing an exhibition game on Oct. 25 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

UConn women enter season motivated by shocking Final Four loss

UConn women's basketball Geno Auriemma takes in a WNBA game between the Sun and Mercury on August 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

From coach Geno Auriemma's point of view, UConn's stunning upset loss in the Final Four last season was a blessing.

UConn men's expectations higher than AAC preseason pick

UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie speaks during a news conference on March 18, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Don't be fooled by UConn's preseason ranking in the American Athletic Conference men's basketball poll.

UConn men and women find motivation in different places

Women's team is preseason pick to win AAC; men are picked fifth in 12-team league.

COLUMNS

Dillon and Whalen have done it the old-fashioned way ... they earned it

A.J. Dillon (college football player) and Cam Whalen (high school soccer player) appear to share...

The Lonesome Polecat: ST. JOSEPH TRAILED BY 25 POINTS AND WON

There's other stuff, but, really, you want to read about St. Joseph.

UCONN

UConn football gains confidence from win over Temple

UConn's Tre Bell, right, catches a pass in front of Temple's Linwood Crump in the second quarter of Saturday's game at Philadelphia. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

UConn returned home from its road trip Saturday night armed with more confidence than it left with a day earlier.

Defense rises to occasion as UConn upsets Temple 28-24

UConn's Arkeel Newsome, center, shakes free from Temple's Delvon Randall to score a touchdown during the Huskies' 28-24 victory over the Owls on Saturday in Philadelphia. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

UConn, fresh off a humiliating 70-31 loss to Memphis, bounced back in a big way on the road Saturday, holding off Temple 28-24 in Philadelphia.

COLLEGES

Gamecocks' rise, Lady Vols' fall reflect SEC's major changes

South Carolina players Tyasha Harris, left, and A'ja Wilson dance while holding posters of themselves after finishing their news conferences during Thursday's Southeastern Conference women's basketball media day in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

Rise of South Carolina, fall of Tennessee reflect major changes to impact SEC women's basketball

Georgia, Alabama duos stand out at SEC's midseason point

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts runs for a touchdown during the first half of a Sept. 16 game against Colorado State in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Southeastern Conference has produced upsets, letdowns, blowouts and frantic finishes, and it's only the midway point of the season. (Brynn Anderson/AP Photo)

Georgia's Kirby Smart and Jake Fromm as well as Alabama's Jalen Hurts and Minkah Fitzpatrick stand out at the midway point of the season in the Southeastern Conference.

HIGH SCHOOL

East Lyme, Montville's Whittaker rule the day in ECC girls' cross country race

Montville's Mady Whittaker holds a strong lead towards the end of the ECC girls' cross country championship meet on Thursday at the Norwich Golf Course. Whittaker won the individual title and East Lyme won the team title.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Mady Whittaker had just caught her breath after the race of her life Thursday afternoon, knowing that she wasn’t merely the Eastern Connecticut Conference champion, but a sudden historical figure within Montville High School lore and legend.

Whittaker leads Vikings to ECC boys' cross country crown

East Lyme's Sam Whittaker leads as he approaches the finish line at the ECC boys' cross country championship meet on Thursday at the Norwich Golf Course. Whittaker won the individual title and led the Vikings to the team title. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

There is inherent pressure in the task: one day, one race, one chance and a whole lot of people to defeat. Then there was the plight of Sam Whittaker, who not only ran the risk of losing Thursday but also to get needled about it from the family.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Coast Guard rallies past Conn in volleyball

Makenna Martin had 32 assists and 14 digs as Coast Guard rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat host Connecticut College in a nonleague volleyball match on Thursday night.

No. 14 Conn College's thrill ride continues with 2-1 overtime win

Every season is like one long amusement park ride for the Connecticut College women's soccer team. It is full of twists and turns.

Local roundup: Hutchins, Colonels top Vikings in Division I boys' soccer

Trevor Hutchins had a goal and an assist as the Ledyard High School boys' soccer team beat East Lyme 2-1 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I game Wednesday.

PROFESSIONAL

The Yankee Greeter: Judge always the last man off for NY

The Yankees' Aaron Judge reacts after hitting an RBI double during the eighth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against Houston on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

Aaron Judge is the Yankee Greeter, waiting outside the dugout at the end of every defensive inning for his teammates to pass so he can complement them or give them a kind word

Raiders eke out 31-30 win over Chiefs on Carr's late TD pass

The Raiders' Michael Crabtree catches a touchdown pass in front of Kansas City's Terrance Mitchell during the second half of Thursday's game in Oakland, Calif. The Raiders won, 31-30. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)

Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

11 a.m., NBCSN — Formula One United States Grand Prix practice from Austin, Texas.

1 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Hollywood Casino 400 practice from Kansas City, Kansas.

5 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 practice from Kansas City, Kansas.

6 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Hollywood Casino 400 qualifying from Kansas City, Kansas.

Baseball

8 p.m., FS1, WFAN (660-AM), WXLM (980-AM) — ALCS: New York Yankees at Houston Astros in Game 6.

Basketball

7 p.m., CSN — NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers.

7 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks.

7:30 p.m., YES, WCBS (880-AM) — NBA: Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans.

Football

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Western Kentucky at Old Dominion.

6:30 p.m., theday.com — High school: New London at Killingly.

6:30 p.m., WJJF (94.9-FM) — High school: East Lyme at Ledyard.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Marshall at Middle Tennessee State.

7:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA: Princeton at Harvard.

9:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Air Force at Nevada.

10:15 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Colorado State at New Mexico.

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Valderrama Masters from Sotogrande, Spain.

12:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Taiwan Championship from Taipei. (taped today)

2:30 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Dominion Charity Classic from Richmond, Va.

10 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: The CJ Cup from Jeju Island, South Korea.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Stockholm Open from Sweden.