Garoppolo ready for new starring role with Patriots


Jimmy Garoppolo spent the first two years of his NFL career firmly in the background of the Tom Brady Show, a role as the understudy least likely to be used. Soon, he will be used.

Giants optimism is well founded with new coach and changes

After missing the playoffs the past four seasons, the New York Giants have a right to be optimistic

AP source: Jets, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick agree to one-year deal

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed to a one-year deal worth $12 million, ending months of speculation and uncertainty surrounding the team's quarterback spot

Patriots report, prepare for four games without Brady

The New England Patriots are getting ready for the season and the prospect of playing four games without quarterback Tom Brady

COLUMNS

The Torre and Zimmer of Waterford, Laffey and Jones, get the kids back to the World Series

We’ve all heard them. Seen them. Youth sports horror stories. Festering rivalries.

Elliott keeps on rolling through golf's peaks and valleys

John Elliott, the former NFA star, divides time living between Westerly and Jupiter, Fla., but his...

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Seahawks agree to contract extension with coach Pete Carroll

The Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll have agreed on a contract extension keeping the oldest head coaching in the NFL locked up beyond the 2016 season.

NFL notes

Star return specialist Devin Hester was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday following an injury-shortened 2015 season.

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

The NFL has cleared former Broncos QB Peyton Manning after a seven-month probe into allegations made in an Al-Jazeera America documentary.

NFL notes

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis. Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Gordon in a letter that he is suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season, but he can join the Browns...

UCONN

UConn AD preparing pitch and waiting to hear from Big 12

UConn's new athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out for an official pitch to join the conference

UConn looks at Maui Invitational as potential springboard

Few things can make a group of college basketball coaches more giddy about the upcoming season then talking about playing in the Maui Invitational.

COLLEGES

East Carolina wants everyone to know it hopes to join Big 12

East Carolina joins other American Athletic Conference schools in expressing interest in joining the Big 12

College football abandons plan to play most of its semifinals on Dec. 31

The College Football Playoff is moving the dates of future semifinals to ensure the games will be played either on a weekend or a holiday

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Waterford headed to Iowa for Babe Ruth 13 World Series

Waterford is headed to the Babe Ruth 13-year-old baseball World Series again, for the second time in three years, following a 10-3 win over Keene, N.H., in Thursday’s New England championship game.

Local roundup: Ryan Ramiz leads offensive explosion for Schooners

Ryan Ramiz (Seton Hall) had three of Mystic's 14 hits as the Schooners defeated the Keene Swamp Bats, 8-1, on Thursday in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game.

Black Wolves assistant coach Kelusky on NLL Hall of Fame ballot

New England Black Wolves assistant coach Tracey Kelusky was named Thursday as one of five finalists for the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.

PROFESSIONAL

McIlroy can't make a putt and now tries to make the cut

Two holes into the final major of the year, Rory McIlroy was starting to lose patience

Mirim Lee shoots 10-under 62 to tie Women's British Open

Mirim Lee shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday to match the Women's British Open record and open a three-stroke lead at tree-lined Woburn Golf Club

ON THE AIR

Baseball

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

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Tri-City ValleyCats at Connecticut Tigers.

8 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers. 

10 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels.

Football

9 p.m., ESPN2 — CFL: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Edmonton Eskimos.

Golf

4:30 a.m., Golf Channel — Women's British Open from Milton Keynes, England.

1 p.m., TNT — PGA Championship from Springfield, N.J.

5 p.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Kings Cup from Pattaya, Thailand. (taped today) 

Soccer

7:30 p.m., ESPN — MLS All-Star Game from San Jose, Calif.

Tennis

11 a.m., Tennis Channel — Rogers Cup from Montreal and Toronto.

1 p.m., ESPN2 — ATP: Rogers Cup from Toronto.

6:30 p.m., ESPN2 — ATP: Rogers Cup from Toronto.

CT SUN

Sun would like to keep their momentum following Olympic break

The Connecticut Sun are enjoying some well-deserved time off after playing their best basketball before the Olympic break.

WNBA president on rescinded fines: We needed to move forward

WNBA President Lisa Borders says she hopes that rescinding the fines the league imposed over black warmup shirts worn in solidarity for shooting victims will lead to a fresh start on social activism for the players and their union