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Hatajik becomes "Barstool Athlete" while finishing football career at Georgtown

East Lyme's Dylan Hatajik, now a senior at Georgetown University, has seized an opportunity offered through the name, image and likeness rule (NIL) recently adopted by the NCAA, contracting with the digital media company Barstool Sports to become a

A 2018 East Lyme High School graduate, Dylan Hatajik is a senior wide receiver on the Georgetown University football team, which competes in the Patriot League at the FCS level. That makes him eligible, according to an NCAA policy enacted this...

Kaczor steps down as Old Lyme boys' basketball coach

Kirk Kaczor, who has guided the Old Lyme boys' basketball program for the past 20 seasons, is stepping down to spend more time with his family. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Kirk Kaczor has stepped down after 20 seasons as Old Lyme's boys' basketball coach to spend more time with his family.

H.S. football / Week 3 preview capsules

A preview look at this weekend's games involving local schools.

Local roundup: New London boys roll to 5-1 ECC soccer win over Lyman

New London´s Dooby Robert (11) fights for control of the ball against Lyman Memorial´s Gregory Toussaint (3) and goalie Joshua Person during Thursday's ECC Division III boys' soccer game at New London. The Whalers won 5-1. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jose Hernandez and Moise Sanchez-Melgar scored goals two minutes apart in the first half and New London used the quick burst as a springboard to Thursday's 5-1 victory over Lyman Memorial in an ECC Div. III boys' soccer match.

UConn announces 2021-22 Big East men's basketball schedule

UConn will be tested early and often during the 2021-22 Big East men's basketball season.

U.S. Ryder Cup team ready for the 'big one' at home

Team USA's Tony Finau gestures on the sixth hole during a practice day at the Ryder Cup at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The U.S. Ryder Cup team, featuring 11 of the top 16 players in the world, begins its quest to take the Cup back from Europe on Friday morning at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

HIGH SCHOOL

Mazzulli lifts East Lyme to 4-2 victory over Stonington in girls' soccer

East Lyme senior stopped Ella Mazzulli scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winner Wednesday as the Vikings topped Stonington 4-2 in girls' soccer.

This time, experience favors Stonington in ECC field hockey matchup with East Lyme

Stonington´s Sam Harris (9) celebrates her goal with Maddie Mendez (4) during Tuesday night's 3-0 ECC win over East Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Stonington field hockey didn't allow a shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over East Lyme, which was a rematch of last year's ECC tournament championship game.

Wednesday's Schedule

Wednesday's local sports schedule

   LOCAL SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

ON THE AIR

Australian Rules Football

5 a.m. (Saturday), FS2 — AFL playoffs: Melbourne Demons vs. Western Bulldogs in Grand Final from Burswood, Australia.

Auto Racing

4:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Russian Grand Prix practice from Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

7:55 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One Russian Grand Prix practice from Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

7 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Midwest Nationals qualifying from Madison, Ill.

9 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Victoria's Voice Foundation 200 from Las Vegas.

4:55 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN2 — Formula One Russian Grand Prix practice from Krasnodar Krai, Russia. 

Baseball

2 p.m., ESPN — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs.

7 p.m., Ch. 61, NESN, ESPN, WFAN (660-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Red Sox.

8 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers. 

10 p.m., ESPN — MLB: Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres.

Boxing

10:35 p.m., Showtime — Jarico O'Quinn vs. Saul Sanchez in a super flyweight bout from Broken Arrow, Okla.

Football

6 p.m., theday.com — High school: Fitch at New London.

6:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Middle Tennessee at Charlotte.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Wake Forest at Virginia.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Brown at Harvard.

10 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: UNLV at Fresno State.

10:30 p.m., ESPN2 — CFL: Saskatchewan Roughriders at British Columbia Lions.

Golf

8 a.m., Golf Channel — Ryder Cup from Kohler, Wis.

9 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: NW Arkansas Championship from Rogers. (taped today)

11 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Pure Insurance Championship from Pebble Beach, Calif. (taped today)

Horse Racing

12:30 p.m., FS2 — Racing from New York.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS2 — NRL playoffs: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Mangy-Warringah Sea Eagles from Milton, Australia.

Swimming

2 p.m., CBSSN — International Swimming League from Naples, Italy.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Moselle Open from Metz, France; WTA J&T Bank Open from Ostrava, Czech Republic; ATP Astana Open from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Ledyard knocks off Lyman in girls' soccer

St. Bernard’s Angelica Tompkins, center, celebrates her goal against New London with teammates Siena Sferrazza, left, Elizabeth Hannaford, right, and Alyssa Lazarou, back, in Wednesday's ECC girls' soccer game at Cannamela Field in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jess English had a goal and an assist as Ledyard knocked off unbeaten Lyman Memorial on Wednesday, 3-0, in a girls' soccer game.

Coast Guard men's soccer team off to a strong start

Coast Guard's Mike Daunt controls the ball during during a men's soccer game earlier this season. (Coast Guard athletics photo)

Seven games into the season, the Bears have proven they're a strong team. They're unbeaten, going 6-0-1 for their best start since 2014 when they went 13-3-3 and earned an NCAA tournament bid for the first time since 1981.

PROFESSIONAL

Darnold, defense lead Panthers past Texans; McCaffrey hurt

Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Texans during the first half of Thursday's game in Houston. Carolina won, 24-9. (Eric Christian Smith/AP Photo)

Sam Darnold threw for 304 yards and ran for two touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers eased past the Houston Texans 24-9 on Thursday night despite losing Christian McCaffrey to a hamstring injury early in the second quarter.

MLB roundup

Minnesota's Nick Gordon hits a three-run home run off Toronto pitcher Julian Merryweather in the fifth inning of Thursday's game in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 7-2. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

The Minnesota Twins beat Toronto 7-2 to bump the Blue Jays back in the AL wild-card race.

WNBA roundup

Mercury guard Sophie Cunningham reacts after scoring during the second half of Thursday's WNBA first-round playoff game against New York. Mercury won, 83-82. (Rick Scuteri/AP Photo)

Brianna Turner made the winning free throw with less than a second to play, giving Phoenix an 83-82 win over New York in a first-round WNBA playoff game on Thursday night.

NHL training camps open with several big-name stars missing

Pittsburgh goalie Alex D'Orio attempts to block a shot by Jason Zucker during Thursday's practice in Cranberry, Pa. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

From Nicklas Backstrom in Washington to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, Jack Eichel in Buffalo and Evander Kane in San Jose, training camps are underway around the NHL without a lot of big-name stars.

What will the 76ers do with Simmons? Philly guard wants out

Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons goes to the basket during a June 12 NBA playoff game against the Hawks in Atlanta. Simmons says he's taking his ball and going home. The 76ers say they still want their disgruntled All-Star guard. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

The 76ers can look to the past to figure out what to do with unhappy guard Ben Simmons. The Sixers once almost traded Allen Iverson because management was unhappy with his behavior.

Sport's biggest secret: Names in the envelopes at Ryder Cup

Team USA captain Steve Stricker smiles during Tuesday's practice day at the Ryder Cup at the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

It might be the best-kept secret in sports. Each Saturday at the Ryder Cup, captains have to submit one name that goes into a sealed envelope when they fill out the singles lineup.

Dahlberg: Not exactly a united U.S. team at Ryder Cup

Team USA's Brooks Koepka gets a club on the 10th hole during Wednesday's practice day at the Ryder Cup at the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis. (Ashley Landis/AP Photo)

The reputation of Brooks Koepka performing his best at the biggest events is an old narrative. Now it’s whether he needs a nap at the Ryder Cup, and how well he gets along with Bryson DeChambeau.

UCONN

Phommachanh earns right to lead UConn offense for second straight Saturday

True freshman quarterback Tyler Phommachanh will make his second straight start for UConn when the Huskies host Wyoming on Saturday at Rentschler Field.

Sources: UConn football coaching staff told they won't return in 2022

Sources at the University of Connecticut said Monday that the school administration informed UConn football coaches last week that they will not be returning next season.

UConn offense shows some progress in 52-21 loss at Army

Army beat UConn 52-21 Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York, taking a huge lead at halftime and coasting through the second half.

COLLEGES

College Football Playoff expansion enters negotiation stage

Alabama running back Jase McClellan returns a blocked punt for a touchdown against Mercer during the first half of a Sept. 11 game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AP Photo)

College Football Playoff expansion has entered the negotiation stage. The road to a new format for deciding major college football’s national champion took a detour this week.

CFP expansion stalls as commissioners sort through issues

In this Jan. 7 file photo, the trophy for the College Football Playoff championship game is displayed along Ocean Drive, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A plan to expand the College Football Playoff stalled Wednesday when a key committee was unable to reach consensus on whether to grow the postseason format from four to 12 teams.

AP Top 25 Reality Check: No. 1 rarely slips after ranked win

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young looks for a receiver during the first half of a Sept. 18 game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Top-ranked Alabama won, 31-29. (John Raoux/AP Photo)

Four powerhouse programs looked vulnerable in victory this past weekend. Three slipped in The Associated Press college football poll. Not No. 1 Alabama. The Crimson Tide were still an overwhelming top pick after winning at No. 11 Florida.

Stat Watch: Spartans' Kenneth Walker top rusher in nation

Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong runs the ball against North Carolina during the first half of a Sept. 18 game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia Tech won, 59-39. (/Gerry Broome/AP Photo)

The move to Michigan State has been a career booster for Kenneth Walker III, who leads the nation in rushing through his first three games with the Spartans.