US, Canada preparing for NHL-less Olympics very differently

Former Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins, who will be Team Canada's head coach for the 2017-2018 season, speaks at a July 25 news conference in Calgary, Alberta. The United States and Canada are taking drastically different approaches in the lead-up to the 2018 Olympics without NHL players. Hockey Canada hired a full-time coach and has already begun playing exhibitions with five tournaments on the docket before February, while USA Hockey picked a college coach with an everyday job and figures less is more with pre-Olympic completion. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The United States and Canada are preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics without NHL players very differently


This all-magnet plan for New London schools is concerning

Choosing a high school in this region has become a walk through the buffet line, children and their...

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...



Stars sign Radulov to richest free agent deal of offseason

Alexander Radulov celebrates his overtime goal during Montreal's game against the Tampa Bay on April 1 in Tampa, Fla. Dallas signed Alexander Radulov on Monday to a $31.25 million, five-year deal that's the richest given to an unrestricted free agent this offseason. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

The Stars signed Alexander Radulov to a $31.25 million, five-year deal that's the richest given to an unrestricted free agent this offseason

NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era

Karl Alzner of the Capitals skates during a game against the Coyotes on March 31 at Glendale, Ariz. Alzner signed with the Canadiens on Saturday.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20-plus-million contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era.

Buyouts make Panthers, Devils even bigger free agent buyers

Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk works with the puck during a game against the Bruins on April 8 at Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was already talking about getting aggressive in the free agent market.Now he has some extra room to do that.


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.

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


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...

A lenient NCAA imposes two-year probation on Rutgers

In this Dec. 10, 2013, file photo, Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, right, and head football coach Kyle Flood, listen during an NCAA college football news conference in New York.  The NCAA on Friday has placed Rutgers on two-year probation and publically reprimanded and censured the university for failing to monitor its football program over a five-year period between 2011 and 2015.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The NCAA has placed Rutgers on two-year probation and publically reprimanded and censured the Big Ten Conference university for failing to monitor its football program over a five-year period between the 2011-12 academic year and the fall of 2015


Local roundup: NFA edges Ledyard in boys' soccer

Nathan Cherenzia assisted on both goals as the Norwich Free Academy boys' soccer team held off Ledyard 2-1 Thursday in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I game.


Ryan Goins' hidden-ball trick, slam lead Blue Jays over Yanks

Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts Friday after giving up a grand slam to Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins, rounding the bases, during the sixth inning in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ryan Goins successfully pulled off a hidden ball trick and hit his second career grand slam, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees 8-1 and ensuring New York had to wait at least one more day to clinch a playoff berth

Red Sox rally for 5-4 win over Reds, extend AL East lead

Boston's Rafael Devers hits a three-run homer Friday off the Reds' Sal Romano during the fourth inning in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox extended their AL East lead to four games by overcoming Scooter Gennett's fourth grand slam of the season for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds


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.


Auto Racing

9 a.m., CNBC — NASCAR Monster Cup ISM Connect 300 practice from Loudon, N.H.

10 a.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck UNOH 175 qualifying from Loudon, N.H.

1 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck UNOH 175 from Loudon, N.H.

5:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity 300 qualifying from Sparta, Ky.

8 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity 300 from Sparta, Ky.

1:30 a.m. (Sunday), FS1 — NHRA Dodge Nationals qualifying from St. Louis. (taped today) 


1 p.m., Ch. 61 — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers.

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

4 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cincinnati Reds.

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

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

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers. (joined in progress)


10 p.m., HBO — Jorge Linares vs. Luke Campbell in a lightweight bout from Inglewood, Calif.


Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: North Carolina State at Florida State.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M from Arlington, Texas.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA: Texas Tech at Houston.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA: West Virginia at Kansas.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA: Army at Tulane.

Noon, NESN — NCAA: Harvard at Brown.

1 p.m., SNY — NCAA: Georgetown at Columbia.

2 p.m., WXLM (980-AM) — NCAA: Coast Guard at Norwich University.

3 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Central Florida at Maryland.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Alabama at Vanderbilt.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Southern California at California.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Texas Christian at Oklahoma State.

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Boston College at Clemson.

3:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Duke at North Carolina.

3:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Cincinnati at Navy.

4 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Michigan at Purdue.

6 p.m., SNY — NCAA: Elon at Richmond.

6:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Oklahoma at Baylor.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Mississippi State at Georgia.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Syracuse at Louisiana State.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: San Diego State at Air Force.

7:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Penn State at Iowa.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Auburn at Missouri.

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Notre Dame at Michigan State.

10 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Washington at Colorado.

10:15 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Hawaii at Wyoming.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: UCLA at Stanford. 


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

12:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA Tour Championship from Atlanta.

2:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — PGA Tour Championship from Atlanta.

2:30 p.m., Golf Channel — DAP Championship from Beachwood, Ohio.

5:30 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Pure Insurance Championship from Pebble Beach, Calif.   


7 p.m., MSG — NHL preseason: New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils.


3 a.m. (Sunday), NBCSN — Berlin Marathon.


7:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham at West Ham.

10 a.m., CNBC — Premier League: Chelsea at Stoke City.

10 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Crystal City at Manchester City.

12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — Premier League: Liverpool at Leicester City.

3:30 p.m., Lifetime — NWSL: Portland Thorns at Orlando Pride

5 p.m., CSN — MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution.


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