UConn comes up short against East Carolina 41-38

UConn placekicker Michael Tarbutt, top, and holder Jay Rose react after Tarbutt missed a 35-yard field goal in the final seconds of Sunday's game against East Carolina at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. East Carolina won 41-38. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Thomas Sirk threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns, and East Carolina held off UConn 41-38 on Sunday in the conference opener for both teams.

Brady rallies Pats by Texans in the final seconds

Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks, right, drags his toes as he makes the game-winning catch in the end zone for a touchdown in front of Texans safety Corey Moore, left, during Sunday's game at Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 36-33. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tom Brady connected with Brandin Cooks for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left, his fifth TD throw of the game, and the New England Patriots rallied to beat the Houston Texans 36-33 on Sunday.

Elliott's 61-yard field goal lifts Eagles over Giants, 27-24

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott celebrates after making a 61-yard game-winning field goal during Sunday's game against the Giants at Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 27-24. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jake Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal as the clock expired to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-24 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce AL East magic number to 3

Mookie Betts of the Red Sox reacts after hitting the game-tying three-run double in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Reds at Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Mookie Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds that moved them closer to the AL East title.

Schauffele wins Tour Championship, Thomas takes FedEx Cup

Xander Schauffele reacts after making a birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Tour Championship on Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Xander Schauffele ended his rookie season by winning the Tour Championship. Justin Thomas ended the best season with the FedEx Cup.

HIGH SCHOOL

Valley/Old Lyme improves to 3-0 with 41-13 win over Coginchaug/Hale-Ray

Valley Regional/Old Lyme's Ian Neviaser (77) drags down Coginchaug/Hale-Ray's Patrick Ladas (22) with the help from teammates Michael Cullina (13), Blair Allen (4) and Joshua Donahue (35) during the Warriors' 41-13 win on Saturday at Old Lyme High School. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Valley Regional/Old Lyme converts a late first half fourth down into a tie-breaking touchdown and the Warriors go on to defeat Coginchaug/Hale-Ray 41-13 on Saturday.

No. 1 Darien routs No. 2 St. Joseph 42-10

Darien's defensive line harassed St. Joseph all game Saturday, keeping the Cadets' explosive passing game in check in a 42-10 rout between the top two teams in The Day's Top 10 state coaches football poll.

H.S. roundup: Stonington boys survive soccer scare from Waterford

Jack Cullen converted a penalty kick with just under four minutes remaining as unbeaten Stonington survived a scare to beat Waterford 2-1 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II boys' soccer game on Saturday.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Conn College rallies past Amherst for 3-2 win in women's soccer

Kelly Brigham scored in the 89th minute to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Amherst in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game on Sunday.

Coast Guard begins play in new conference with comeback win

Ethan Goldcamp threw a game-winning 73-yard touchdown to Cam Cecchini and the defense completed its second straight game without allowing a touchdown, as the Coast Guard Academy football team topped Norwich 13-9.

Local colleges: Conn field hockey upsets No. 8 Hamilton 1-0

Meghan Lembo scored 47 seconds into the game and it held up as Connecticut College beat No. 8 Hamilton 1-0 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference field hockey match on Saturday.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

Bagos goes back to his past as the Vikings take to the ground

East Lyme had a 99-yard drive to score its first touchdown in Friday's 28-6 win over Stonington.

In his brief life, "Ski" provided contagious happiness

It is with unspeakable sorrow that hundreds and hundreds of friends and family members mourn the...

BLOGS

ON THE AIR

Baseball

1 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM), WXLM (980-AM) — MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees.

4 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets in a doubleheader.

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox.

8 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals.

11 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers. (joined in progress)

Football

8:30 p.m., ESPN, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL preseason: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers.

Soccer

2:55 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: West Bromwich Albion at Arsenal.

PROFESSIONAL

NFL roundup

Jets running back Bilal Powell celebrates after rushing for a touchdown in the second half of Sunday's game against the Dolphins at East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell ran for a score, and the Jets' defense frustrated Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins in a 20-6 victory Sunday in New York's home opener.

Kyle Busch gets NASCAR playoff win in New Hampshire

Kyle Busch smiles and holds up a giant lobster after winning the NASCAR Cup race on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kyle Busch earned a berth in the second round of NASCAR's playoffs with a dominant victory Sunday at New Hampshire Motorspeedway.

Sparks hang on to win Game 1 of WNBA Finals

Sparks center Candace Parker (3) celebrates with Nneka Ogwumike (30) after their team won 85-84 in Game 1 in the WNBA Finals against the Lynx on Sunday at Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Chelsea Gray got a sliver of daylight and let a 14-foot jumper fly — Game 1 of the WNBA Finals and what would have been a dubious piece of history for the Los Angeles Sparks hanging in the balance.

Scherzer, Nationals edge Mets 3-2 to clinch NLDS home field

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) loses the ball as Michael Taylor of the Nationals (3) slides safely into second on a stolen base during the fifth inning of Sunday's game at New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Max Scherzer struck out 10 and outpitched Jacob deGrom in a matchup of aces, and the Washington Nationals edged the New York Mets 3-2 on Sunday to clinch home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.

UCONN

UConn defense a concern heading into AAC football opener

Fixing the defense wasn't high on the list of major repairs while UConn prepared for the 2017 football season.

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.

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.

CT SUN

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.