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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.

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.

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PROFESSIONAL

So long, lady in black: Jeff Gordon faces Darlington finale

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Pats coach Belichick on having Brady back: 'He never left'

Patriots coach Belichick on having Brady back with NFL's suspension lifted: 'He never left'

ON THE AIR

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.

CT SUN

Sun visit San Antonio tonight

Two of the four teams vying for the No. 1 pick in the 2016s WNBA Draft play each other on Friday when the Connecticut Sun visit the San Antonio Stars (8 p.m., no TV).

Fever earn playoff bid while eliminating Sun

Fever beat Sun 81-51, reach playoffs for WNBA-record 11th straight year