Taggart boldly taking on challenge of rebooting Oregon


Willie Taggart realizes he only has the keys to Oregon's football machine because it broke down last season

USC QB Sam Darnold adjusting to life in the spotlight

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold was the brightest star at the Pac-12 Conference's two-day countdown to the upcoming season

Buckeyes eager to rid themselves of last season's bad taste

Ohio State opens training camp still stinging from the humiliating season-ending loss to eventual national champion Clemson

Huskies, Buffs taking next step after surprising Pac-12 runs

Washington and Colorado are returning to defend their Pac-12 division titles with the knowledge that they've lost the element of surprise

Lane Kiffin ready for start of his first camp at FAU

Lane Kiffin's first training camp as coach at FAU is set to begin, and he'll be in more of a CEO capacity

COLUMNS

Can't we stop with the self-entitlement and teach the kids?

Sports resonate for many reasons, not the least of which is their metaphorical richness.

Tennis legend Ivan Lendl appreciates the game of golf and other tournament tidbits

Ran into Ivan Lendl in the Shennecossett Golf Course pro shop on Monday after the International...

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

NCAA rule ending two-a-days forcing teams to adjust

NCAA rule change barring two-a-days causes teams to alter practice schedules while they hope decision reduces preseason injuries

Mississippi's Luke earns his dream job, but in a tough spot

Mississippi's Luke earns his dream job, but in a tough spot

Dantonio vows Spartans will 're-establish ourselves'

Spartan coach Dantonio says program rocked by tragedy and dogged by disciplinary issues ready to move on

'Wrecking' Nall leads inspired group of Oregon State backs

Ryan Nall leads an inspired group of running backs at Oregon State, including Thomas Tyner, formerly with the rival Oregon Ducks

UCONN FOOTBALL

Edsall expresses concerns, optimism as UConn football camp opens this week

Coach Randy Edsall gets excited just thinking about bringing his UConn football family together this week. The players report on Thursday and the first practice is Saturday.

AAC Media Day: UConn football has nowhere to go but up

Leave it to veteran linebacker Junior Joseph to put UConn's low ranking in the American Athletic Conference preseason media poll in perspective.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Schoepfer gives back to her hometown and Waterford soccer

Katie Schoepfer stood on Spera Field, the very same place that her love affair with soccer took root years ago, on Thursday.

Black Wolves extend contract of head coach Glenn Clark

The New England Black Wolves announced on Thursday that head coach Glenn Clark has signed a three-year contract extension.

Local roundup: Schooners win their eighth straight

The Mystic Schooners stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 6-4 win over the Winnipesaukee Muskrats on Thursday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Padres knock off Mets 7-5 behind rookies Margot, Coleman

Manuel Margot came within a triple of the cycle and fellow rookie Dusty Coleman hit his first major league home run, leading the San Diego Padres past the New York Mets 7-5

Rangers' Adrian Beltre on the brink of 3,000th career hit

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the brink of his 3,000th career hit

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

8 a.m., NBCSN — Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix practice from Budapest, Hungary.

Noon, FS1 — NASCAR Truck Overton's 150 practice from Long Pond, Pa.

2 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Overton's 150 final practice from Long Pond, Pa.

5 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity U.S. Cellular 250 practice from Newton, Iowa.

6 p.m., FS1 — ARCA ModSpace 150 from Long Pond, Pa.

6:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity U.S. Cellular 250 final practice from Newton, Iowa.

11 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals qualifying. 

Baseball

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Kansas City Royals 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., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Vermont Lake Monsters at Connecticut Tigers.

8 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers. 

10 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners.

Basketball

7 p.m., CSN, NBA TV — WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics.

10 p.m., NBA TV — WNBA: Dallas Wings at Seattle Storm.

Football

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — CFL: British Columbia Lions at Edmonton Eskimos.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: European Open from Hamburg, Germany.

7 a.m., Golf Channel — Senior British Open Championship from Bridgend, Wales.

9:30 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Ladies Scottish Open from North Ayrshire, Scotland.

11:30 a.m., Golf Channel — Senior British Open Championship from Bridgend, Wales.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Canadian Open from Oakville, Ontario.

3 p.m., FS1 — USGA U.S. Girls' Junior Championship from Augusta, Mo.

Swimming

11:30 a.m., NBCSN — World Championships from Budapest, Hungary.

Tennis

5 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: German Championships from Hamburg.