Jones gleans wisdom from mentors to join CGA's 4,000-yard passing club

Coast Guard Academy senior Ryan Jones became only the fourth quarterback in school history to pass for more than 4,000 career yards during the Bears' 33-8 win at Maine Maritime last Saturday. Coast Guard hosts MIT on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

One of the first people to serve as a mentor when Ryan Jones arrived at the Coast Guard Academy was quarterback Derek Victory. Victory, Coast Guard's all-time leader with 7,513 career yards, was a senior when Jones was a freshman.

Is Brady planning his exit from Patriots? 'I don't know what the future holds'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up prior to Wednesday's practice in  Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Shortly before the Patriots played the Jets on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter restarted the clock on speculation about Tom Brady's future, noting that Brady and his close friend and trainer have "For Sale" signs on their homes.

UConn's Auriemma adjusting to having zero All-Americans

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, left, chats with assistant coach Chris Dailey, along with ex-UConn great and current Celtics guard Kemba Walker during UConn's annual First Night celebration on Oct. 18 in Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

For those who have said Geno Auriemma has had it easy the past decade or so coaching All-American after All-American with the UConn women's basketball team, this is your year.

Local roundup: Waterford volleyball rallies to beat East Lyme

Old Lyme goalie Ryan Tetreault punches the ball away while colliding with Bacon Academy’s Nick Janus in front of the goal during Wednesday’s non-conference match at Old Lyme. The two teams battled to a 1-1 draw. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Ryleigh Gonyo recorded 22 kills and 22 digs as Waterford avenged an early-season loss to East Lyme with a 3-1 victory over the rival Vikings in a high school volleyball match on Wednesday night.

Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals celebrates in the dugout after his fourth-inning home run against the Houston Astros during Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday in Houston. The Nationals hung on to win 5-4. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Juan Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Washington Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 Tuesday night in the...

UConn's Bouknight faces multiple charges for vehicular incident

UConn's James Bouknight participated in the First Night celebration for the Huskies' men's and women's basketball teams Friday night in Storrs. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

UConn freshman James Bouknight is facing multiple charges after being involved in a vehicular incident on campus on Sept. 27.

UConn's Edsall sounds off on trying to coach this generation of players

UConn football coach Randy Edsall works the sidelines during Saturday's 24-17 loss to Houston at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (Stephen Dunn/AP Photo)

Randy Edsall sounded like an old-timer sitting in a porch rocking chair complaining about the younger generation on Tuesday.

HIGH SCHOOL

East Lyme girls win fourth straight ECC cross country championship

East Lyme freshman Izzy Pazzaglia nears the finish and places third during Monday's ECC cross country championships at the Norwich Golf Course, leading the Vikings to their fourth consecutive team title. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

With two major events in a six-day span, East Lyme's Mike Flynn wasn't demanding a peak performance from his girls' cross country team. But that doesn't mean winning a fourth straight Eastern Connecticut Conference championship wasn't a priority.

East Lyme boys win third ECC cross country title in a row

East Lyme's Luke Anthony holds a lead coming off the last hill over Woodstock Academy's Ethan Aspiras during Monday's ECC boys' cross country championship at the Norwich Golf Course. Aspiras came back to ege Anthony by one second to win the race. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

East Lyme's boys' cross country team won the ECC championship meet Monday, edging Griswold 49-60, while Woodstock junior Ethan Aspiras was the individual winner in 17:13.

Stonington boys clinch share of ECC Division I title with shutout of East Lyme

Rosters change every season, but expectations rarely do for the Stonington High School boys' soccer team.

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COLUMNS

I would rather lose than tie ... and the St. Bernard girls agree

A wise guy sportswriter once said that soccer is the only game where the coach can get his (or her)...

The Lonesome Polecat (local variant): Fitch backs step up in Deichler's absence

The only thing that might have given Fitch head coach Mike Ellis more agita about fullback James...

ON THE AIR

Baseball

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — World Series: Washington Nationals at Houston Astros in Game 2.

Basketball

7:30 p.m., NBCSB, ESPN — NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers.

7:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets.

8:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs.

10 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers.

Golf

11 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Zozo Championship from Tokyo.

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning.

Soccer

12:55 p.m., TNT — Champions League: Chelsea at Ajax.

3 p.m., TNT — Champions League: Borussia Dortmund at Inter Milan.

7 p.m., FS1 — MLS playoffs: Toronto FC at New York City FC.

10 p.m., FS1 — MLS playoffs: Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Pepperdine at Santa Clara.

Tennis

7 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Ertse Bank Open from Vienna, Austria; Swiss Indoors from Basel, Switzerland.

1:30 a.m. (Thursday), Tennis Channel — WTA: Elite Trophy from Zhuhai, China.

Volleyball

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

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Mississippi at Georgia.

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Local college notes

A weekly look at former athletes who are competing for colleges outside the region:

Local roundup: East Lyme girls' soccer finishes unbeaten in ECC Division I

Waterford's Emily Gates, back, hugs teammate Khay Hatcher, front, after Hatcher's game-winning goal in a high school girls' soccer game Tuesday in Ledyard. Waterford won the game 1-0. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Groton — East Lyme High School's girls' soccer team finished unbeaten in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over Fitch.

PROFESSIONAL

Pats' WR Gordon placed on IR with knee, ankle injuries

The New England Patriots placed receiver Josh Gordon on injured reserve Wednesday with knee and ankle injuries.

Giants sign LB Bucannon, waive Tuzar Skipper

The New York Giants have signed veteran linebacker Deone Bucannon and waived linebacker Tuzar Skipper, a Norwich Free Academy graduate.

Reports: Patriots acquire WR Mohamed Sanu from Falcons

A person within the NFL says the Atlanta Falcons have traded receiver Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick in 2020.

Patriots blitz Jets, gain more confidence with Browns next

Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) recovers the ball fumbled by New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, left, after Darnold was sacked during the first half of New England's 33-0 victory on Monday night in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The New England Patriots have thrived this season thanks to a defense that's limited opponents' abilities to get in the end zone and an offense that's found ways to adjust to injuries.

Falcons trade receiver Mohamed Sanu to Patriots

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu pauses (12) during an NFL football game against Arizona. The eight-year veteran was traded to the New England Patriots on Tuesday for a 2020 second round draft pick. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

The New England Patriots traded a second-round draft pick in 2020 to the Atlanta Falcons for eighth-year veteran wide reciever Mohamed Sanu, the teams announced Tuesday.

Cole, Astros face Scherzer, Nats in World Series opener

Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole speaks during a news conference Monday for the World Series, which begins Tuesday night in Houston with Cole starting against the Washington Nationals and Max Scherzer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Gerrit Cole rattles off the names of the pitching greats with ease, featuring the same command he shows with his vaunted four-seam fastball.

Edmonds runs wild as Cardinals beat Giants in Barkley's return

Arizona's Chase Edmonds (29) runs for one of his three touchdowns during the Cardinals' 27-21 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Chase Edmonds rushed for career highs of 126 yards and three touchdowns and Arizona defense sacked Daniel Jones eight times and forced three turnovers in a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

UCONN

Police: UConn player who fled crash had odor of alcohol

The UConn basketball player facing charges after fleeing from a car accident smelled of alcohol at the time of the crash, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday.

UConn football suffers painful loss to Houston

UConn running back Art Thompkins (1) scores despite being chased by Houston linebacker Terrance Edgeston (42) during the second half of Saturay's AAC game in East Hartford. Houston beat the Huskies 24-17. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

Some UConn football losses are tougher than others. Place Saturday's 24-17 defeat against Houston in that painful category.

First Night all about having fun for UConn basketball teams

Former UConn men's basketball player Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics, right, embraces UConn women's head coach Geno Auriemma Friday during the annual First Night celebration for the men's and women's basketball teams. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

First Night is a time for the UConn basketball teams to cut loose and have some fun before the serious season begins.

COLLEGES

Clifford's four TDs lead No. 7 Penn State over No. 16 Michigan

Penn State wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) and quarterback Sean Clifford celebrate Saturday's 28-21 win over Michigan State College, Pa. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

Sean Clifford threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead No. 7 Penn State to a 28-21 win over No. 16 Michigan on Saturday night.

Illinois stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on last-second FG

Illinois' Josh Imatorbhebhe celebrates with teammates including Donny Navarro after scoring a touchdown in the second half of Saturday's game against Wisconsin in Champaign, Ill. The Illini stunned the sixth-ranked Badgers, 24-23. (Holly Hart/AP Photo)

James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and Illinois pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23.

Top 25 football roundup

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa walks off the field early against Tennessee during the first half of Saturday's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tagovailoa didn't return. Top-ranked Alabama won, 35-13. (Vasha Hunt/AP Photo)

With Tua Tagovailoa hurt, No. 1 Alabama turned to the defense and Najee Harris to pull out a 35-13 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night.