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Making the playoffs was an added touch for Blue Jays, Walker

In this July 7, 2017, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker talks to starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez after Sanchez worked the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

"(Making the playoffs) meant a lot, to be honest with you," said Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach and Waterford resident Pete Walker of the 2020 season. "For what we went through and not really having a home, it was special in a crazy year."

Mitchell College's new turf field is a game-changer

Mitchell College baseball coach Travis Beausoleil hits infield during a practice on Tuesday on the school's new field in New London. (Gavin Keefe/The Day)

The athletic complex, which only needs a few finishing touches, is a significant upgrade for Mitchell and replaces the school's heavily used grass fields.

Kershaw pitches Dodgers to Game 1 win

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers left the Tampa Bay Rays stuck in neutral to start a most strange World Series played amid the pandemic.

Local roundup: Gustavsen leads Bacon past Stonington

Skylar Gustavsen scored twice as Bacon Academy beat Stonington 2-1 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' soccer game on Tuesday.

Labor Dept: Women basketball coaches at UConn were underpaid

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014, file photo, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma shares a light moment with his bench with associate head basketball coach Chris Dailey, left, and assistant coaches Shea Ralph, second from right, and Marisa Moseley during the second half of UConn's 102-41 victory over SMU in an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn. The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a total of just under $250,000 to seven women, including four members of Geno Auriemma's 2014 women's basketball coaching staff, after the U.S. Labor Department found they had been underpaid when compared with men in similar positions.  (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, File)

The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a total of just under $250,000 to seven women, including four members of Geno Auriemma's 2014 women's basketball coaching staff, after the U.S. Labor Department found they had been underpaid when...

Friedman's Series: Built Rays, then left to build Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman celebrate with the trophy after winning Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Andrew Friedman isn’t quite torn.

HIGH SCHOOL

The end result of 'virtual' meet between Waterford, Ledyard? Undecided

Waterford's Viv Martinez, competing earlier in the season, swam the 200-meter medley relay, the 100 butterfly, the 200 free relay and the 100 breaststroke in a dual meet against Ledyard. Because the meet was held at two different pools, the results of the

Walking up the stairs to the pool at Waterford High School on Monday afternoon, the first audible thing was the voice of Brett Arnold, coach of the Lancers' girls' swimming and diving team, speaking into a microphone.

Waterford boys' soccer returns from hiatus, beats Bacon 1-0

The Waterford High School boys' soccer team played their first game in nine days on Monday and beat Bacon Academy, 1-0, in an Eastern Connecticut Conference game.

H.S. soccer roundup: Montalto leads Stonington past Fitch 4-1

Stonington´s Sam Montalto (9) races down the field against Fitch´s Alex Bacchiocchi (4) during the Bears' 4-1 win over the Falcons on Saturday night in Stonington. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Sam Montalto scored three goals and had an assist as the Stonington boys' soccer team avenged its only loss of the season with a 4-1 win over Fitch in an Eastern Connecticut Conference game on Saturday night.

COLUMNS

Peart doing UConn football proud for Big Blue

UConn grad emerges as a key N.Y. Giant

ON THE AIR

Baseball

5:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Korean: Samsung Lions at KT Wiz.

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — World Series: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 from Arlington, Texas.

5:25 a.m. (Thursday), ESPN2 — Korean: KIA Tigers at Hanwha Eagles.

Soccer

8 p.m., FS2 — CONCACAF: CA Independiente vs. Antigua GFC from Panama City, Panama.

10 p.m., FS1 — Liga MX: Monterrey at Tijuana.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — WTA Ostrava Open from Czech Republic; ATP European Open from Antwerp, Belgium; ATP Cologne Championship from Germany.

Volleyball

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Mississippi State at Louisiana State.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Conway leads Wheeler boys' XC to victory

Wheeler freshman Cameron Conway won the race and depth carried the Lions to a 27-31 win over St. Bernard in an Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' cross country meet on Monday.

PROFESSIONAL

Column: Limited in play, Tiger returns to a course he ruled

FILE  - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the Zozo Championship golf tournament at the Accordia Golf Narashino country club in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan. Woods is the defending champion at a course where he has won five times. The Zozo Championship is the second Asia-based event to move to the United States this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

The Zozo Championship at Sherwood is his sixth tournament in the last eight months.

Indiana Pacers tab Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as coach

Indiana wanted its next coach to take the franchise in a new direction.

AP source: Tagovailoa replaces Fitzpatrick as Miami starter

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tua Tagovailoa now has a role to match his jersey number. He’s the Miami Dolphins’ No. 1 quarterback.

Rookie LB Crowder placed on IR days after scoring winning TD

Two days after scoring a game-winning touchdown in the final minutes, rookie linebacker Tae Crowder was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury by the New York Giants.

Man United wins again at PSG as Champions League play opens

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford leaps over a challenge by PSG's Presnel Kimpembe during the Champions League group H soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Another trip to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Another late winner for the Manchester United striker.

Inside the stable: A primer on the Rays' fearsome bullpen

Tampa Bay pitcher Peter Fairbanks celebrates his team's 4-2 victory over Houston in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 17 in San Diego. (Gregory Bull/AP Photo)

The Tampa Bay Rays crossed the desert on no-name horses. To reach the World Series, manager Kevin Cash leaned on a bullpen he describes as “a whole damn stable of guys who throw 98 miles per hour.”

Kershaw's latest World Series chance with Dodgers near home

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after leaving the game during the sixth inning in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against Atlanta on Oct. 15 in Arlington, Texas. (Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)

Clayton Kershaw, the Dodger ace with a losing postseason record, awaits his third start in a World Series opener. This one is close to his Dallas home.

UCONN

Huskies take first step in climb back into the Big East

UConn freshman Andre Jackson goes up for a dunk during the Huskies' first practice on Friday in Storrs. (Photo courtesy of UConn athletics)

Prior to UConn's first official basketball practice of the 2020-21 season, the Huskies received a brief history lesson.

UConn's Makurat a veteran at the ripe old age of 20

UConn's Anna Makurat (24) takes a shot over Cincinnati's Addaya Moore (14) during the AAC women's final on March 9 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Anna Makurat is a 20-year-old sophomore for the UConn women's basketball team. But if the Huskies are to be at their best, the Sierakowice, Poland, native can't play young.

COLLEGES

Harbaugh starts season with two years left on deal at Michigan

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh huddles with his players during a time out in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 16, 2019 game against Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Mich. Harbaugh enters his sixth season as Michigan's coach with just two years left on his contract, adding another layer of interest in the 18th-ranked Wolverines as they kick off the season this week at No. 21 Minnesota. (Tony Ding/AP Photo)

Jim Harbaugh enters his sixth season as Michigan’s coach with two years left on his contract. That adds another layer of interest to the Wolverines, who open their season this week at No. 21 Minnesota.

STAT WATCH: Offense name of game with scoring on record pace

Virginia Tech's Khalil Herbert (25) breaks away from North Carolina's Trey Morrison for a 5-yard gain in the third quarter of an Oct. 10 game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Herbert is the FBS rushing leader with 148 yards per game. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer/AP Photo)

Scoring and other offensive numbers continue to rise through seven weeks of the college football season, and the weekend showed why.

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Clemson poised for long stay at 1

Clemson slipped all the way to No. 4 without losing last year. This season, the Tigers seem poised to hold the top ranking if they keep winning.