UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn women's basketball team finalizes its schedule

The UConn women's basketball team has finalized its 2017-18 schedule as announced by head coach Geno Auriemma on Wednesday.

Lobo enters Hall of Fame 15 minutes from where she grew up

Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rebecca Lobo, right, the former UConn All-American, adjusts her jacket as it is presented to her by Hall of Fame president and CEO John Doleva during a news conference Thursday in Springfield, Mass. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Rebecca Lobo was back home Thursday preparing to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

UConn women release nonconference schedule

UConn announced its 2017-18 nonconference women's basketball schedule on Tuesday, a 13-game test that includes seven games against teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

Wichita State to make AAC debut at UConn

Wichita State will plays its first game in the American Athletic Conference against UConn when the Huskies host the Shockers on Saturday, Dec. 30, in a noon game at the XL Center in Hartford.

UConn basketball newcomers adjusting to life as Huskies

"It's real different," said Kwintin Williams, one of eight newcomers on the UConn men's basketball roster. "The lingo is real different. Everybody talks different. It's hard to understand everybody's slang and stuff. But we eventually get it right."

Four-star point guard picks UConn

James Akinjo, a 6-foot point guard from California, commited to the UConn men's basketball program on Monday.

Wilson officially joins UConn basketball program

Sidney Wilson is officially a member of the UConn men's basketball program.

COLUMNS

This all-magnet plan for New London schools is concerning

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UCONN FOOTBALL

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

UConn, AAC rework football schedule in wake of Hurricane Irma

The American Athletic Conference has juggled its football schedule to make up a game between South Florida and UConn, which was cancelled as a result of Hurricane Irma

New and improved Diggs eager to return to action for UConn

UConn linebacker Vontae Diggs attempts to tackle Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. during last year's game in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

UConn's Vontae Diggs is beyond thrilled to be back from a knee injury that kept him sidelined since preseason, and he is eager to make his season debut on Saturday at Virginia.

COLLEGES

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

Coast Guard defensive backs Goldsworthy, Coco learned well on the fly

Coast Guard Academy sophomore Mike Goldsworthy, right, starting his first career game, intercepts a pass Saturday against Nichols, one of three interceptions for the Bears in a 13-0 victory. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Despite being newcomers to the lineup, Michael Goldsworthy and Colby Coco each had interceptions last week as the Coast Guard Academy football team blanked Nichols.

FBS sees huge spike in targeting penalty enforcement so far

Hawaii wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo drops the ball and gets leveled by UCLA linebacker Josh Woods and hit from behind by defensive back Mossi Johnson during the second half of a Sept. 9 game in Pasadena, Calif. Woods was penalized for targeting and ejected. College football’s Bowl Subdivision has seen a 73-percent increase in the number of targeting penalties enforced through the first three weeks of the season compared with the same point in 2016. (Alex Gallardo/AP Photo)

Football Bowl Subdivision sees 73-percent increase in targeting penalties enforced through comparable point in 2016

LOCAL ROUNDUP

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.

PROFESSIONAL

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

Justin Thomas tied for Tour Championship lead

Justin Thomas putts on the 17th hole Friday during the second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Justin Thomas shares the lead and nudges ahead in the race for $10 million FedEx Cup

ON THE AIR

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 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 qualifying from Sparta, Ky.

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

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

Baseball

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)

Boxing

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

Football

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. 

Golf

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 — Web.com: DAP Championship from Beachwood, Ohio.

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

Hockey

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

Running

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

Soccer

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.

Tennis

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