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H.S. girls' volleyball: Players and coaches are happy for the season that almost wasn't

In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Waterford's Angela Colonis (9) tips the ball past Seymour's Jacey Cosciello in CIAC Class M volleyball tournament final at East Haven High School.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Waterford High School girls’ volleyball team found out fast that the sport doesn’t go well with tennis courts.

CIAC adjusts schedule to include traditional football in March and April

The CIAC Board of Control voted Tuesday morning to adjust dates and establish an alternative season for traditional football in 2021.

2020 H.S. volleyball preview capsules

In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, Montville's Maya Hillman (9) hits a ball across the net to Ledyard's Paige Perkins (22) and Kaitlin Flynn (14) during a match at Ledyard High School. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A preview of the area's high school girls' volleyball teams.

H.S. girls' soccer: Coaches thankful for chance to get season started

East Lyme's Meredith Healy (12) puts a move on Ledyard's Kate English during last year's Class L second round girls' soccer game at Ledyard. Healy and English return to lead their teams this fall. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The only constant this offseason was change, inspiring high school coaches across the region to adopt the words "uncertain" and "uncertainty" as their anthems du jour.

2020 H.S. girls' soccer preview capsules

Old Lyme's Emily DeRoehn (15) moves around Northwest Catholic's Nina Singer (9) during last year's Class S semifinal girls' soccer tournament game at Xavier High School in Middletown. DeRoehn returns to lead the Wildcats this fall. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A preview look at the 2020 H.S. girls' soccer season.

COLUMNS

Do we really all live in the same country?

Mason-Dixon line creates such stark boundaries and outlooks

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UCONN

UConn's Martin receives waiver from NCAA and can play this season

Transfer Tyrese Martin received a waiver from the NCAA, making him eligible to play this season for the UConn men's basketball team.

Kevin Freeman is happy to be back at UConn

In this Oct. 14, 1999, file photo, President Clinton receives a commemorative jersey presented by University of Connecticut basketball players from left Kevin Freeman, Jake Voskuhl, Ricky Moore and UConn coach Jim Calhoun during a ceremony honoring the team at the White House. UConn beat a heavily favored Duke team to win the NCAA title a few months earlier. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)

Kevin Freeman knows all the shortcuts driving around Storrs from his days as a player and basketball staff member at UConn.

Freeman returning as UConn assistant; Hurley promotes Kimani Young

Kevin Freeman, right, is returning to the UConn bench as an assistant coach after spending the last two seasons at Penn State. (AP file photo)

Former UConn basketball player Kevin Freeman is joining Dan Hurley's staff as an assistant coach after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Penn State.

COLLEGES

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Big Ten back in poll, not on field

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask looks to pass during the second half of a Sept. 26 game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Florida won, 51-35. (Thomas Graning/AP Photo)

There was no way this was going to turn out anything but odd, and it’s not going to get easier

No. 2 Alabama's electric WR Waddle taking on bigger role

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, center, pulls down a reception between Missouri's Tyree Gillespie, right, and Ishmael Burdine during the first quarter of a Sept. 26 game in Columbia, Mo. Alabama won, 38-19. (L.G. Patterson/AP Photo)

Jaylen Waddle can expect more of a starring role in Alabama's offense, and he appears ready for it

STAT WATCH: Baylor's versatile Ebner makes Big 12 history

Baylor running back Trestan Ebner, left, scores past Kansas safety Nate Betts in the second half of a Sept. 26 game in Waco, Texas. Baylor won, 47-14. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald/AP Photo)

Trestan Ebner turned in a once-in-a-quarter-century performance for Baylor over the weekend

ON THE AIR

Baseball

Noon, ESPN — NL playoffs: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves in wild-game game.

1 p.m., ESPN2 — AL playoffs: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins in wild-card game.

2 p.m., Ch. 8 — NL playoffs: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs in wild-game game.

3 p.m., ESPN — AL playoffs: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics in wild-card game.

4 p.m., TBS — AL playoffs: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays in wild-card game.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NL playoffs: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres in wild-card game.

7 p.m., ESPN — AL playoffs: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians in wild-card game.

10 p.m., ESPN — NL playoffs: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers in wild-card game.

Basketball

9 p.m., Ch. 8 — NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 from Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Bowling

7 p.m., FS1 — PBA: Elias Cup championship finals from Centreville, Va.

Soccer

7:30 p.m., WCTX — USL: Hartford Athletic at Philadelphia Union II.

8 p.m., FS2 — Liga MX: Juárez at Tijuana.

Tennis

5 a.m., Tennis Channel — French Open from Paris.

5 a.m. (Thursday), Tennis Channel — French Open from Paris.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Montville LL keeps playing into autumn, takes Section 3 title

It's not the usual backdrop for Little League baseball, September fading into October, the leaves changing, weekend-only games to avoid playing on school nights.

Local calendar

BASEBALL/SOFTBALLWaterford Babe Ruth baseball annual meeting — Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Babe Ruth field. Election of officers and board of directors. Anyone interested in helping the league contact...

PROFESSIONAL

LeBron and the Heat, together again at the NBA Finals

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) voices his opinion after a play in the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron James wants to beat the Miami Heat

Snell sharp, Margot HR, Rays beat Blue Jays 3-1 in opener

Tampa Bay's Manuel Margot celebrates his two-run home run off Toronto relief pitcher A.J. Cole with Joey Wendle during the seventh inning of Game 1 of a wild card series playoff game on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tampa Bay won, 3-1. (Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)

Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning for Houston after a two-out error by Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco, and the Astros took Game 1 of the best-of-three AL wild card series 4-1

Giolito dazzles, Abreu slugs White Sox past A's in opener

The White Sox's Lucas Giolito pitches against the Athletics during the fourth inning of Game 1 of an American League wild-card series on Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. Giolito pitched six perfect innings in the White Sox's 4-1 win. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

Lucas Giolito dazzled in his postseason debut, stymieing the Oakland Athletics through six perfect innings and sending the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory in the opener of their best-of-three wild-card series