Black Wolves open season on Saturday at Georgia

Brett Manney, left, has been named captain of the New England Black Wolves, who open their 2018-19 National Lacrosse League on Saturday night in Atlanta against the Georgia Swarm. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The New England Black Wolves begin their season with a 7:05 p.m. game Saturday at Georgia, but will be minus leading scorer Kevin Crowley, who has not reported to the team.

Fitzpatrick stepping down as Coast Guard athletic director

Coast Guard Academy athletic director Tim Fitzpatrick is resigning to become president of the New York Youth Baseball Foundation.

Local roundup: Using leads Old Lyme to opening night win

St. Bernard's Zach Clark (23) knocks the ball way from Putnam's Jordan Marks (13) during Thursday's boys' basketball game at Montville. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Aedan Using scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds as Old Lyme beat Old Saybrook 69-67 in a Shoreline Conference boys' basketball game in opening-night action on Thursday.

Black Wolves name Manney team captain

The New England Black Wolves have named Brett Manney team captain while Stephan Leblanc and John LaFontaine will serve as assistant captains.

Local roundup: Ledyard outlasts Montville in wrestling opener

Ledyard's Tim Dorr spins around to take down Montville's Colt McCracken during their 220-pound match on Wednesday night at Montville. Dorr won 9-2 and helped the Colonels defeat the Indians 39-25 on opening night of the high school wrestling season. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Back-to-back pins by Brayden Grim and Adam Crawford helped Ledyard open its wrestling season with a 39-25 victory over Montville on Wednesday night.

COLUMNS

Cactus Jack Foundation continues to spread holiday cheer

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Ledyard's Samson adds national title to her amazing soccer journey

Ledyard High graduate Alyssa Samson, center, played a reserve role in helping the University of Bridgeport capture the recent NCAA Division II women's soccer championship earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Bridgeport athletics)

Pardon Alyssa Samson for still being a bit giddy a week after winning a Division II national championship.

Local roundup: Montville beats St. Bernard girls in ECC Div. IV opener

Maya Hillman had 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots as Montville opened its season with a 36-23 victory over St. Bernard in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV girls' basketball game on Tuesday night.

Black Wolves finalize roster for NLL season

Forwards Callum Crawford and Stephan Leblanc are among a core group of veteran players who have made the final roster for the New England Black Wolves, which was announced by general manager Rich Lisk.

UCONN

UConn's Hurley infusing a competitive spirit as part of his rebuilding plan

UConn head coach Dan Hurley reacts from sideline durint the first half of the Huskies' 79-71 loss to Florida State in Saturday's Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Part One of Dan Hurley's master rebuilding plan is devoted to infusing passion and energy into his basketball program. If accomplishing that plan requires Hurley be a fire-breathing dragon, so be it.

Pindell's MVP honor highlights UConn football team awards night

Senior quarterback David Pindell was honored as the team's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year during UConn football's annual awards night on Sunday.

COLLEGES

Second chance: FIU's Anthony Jones reflective after shooting

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, Florida International wide receiver Anthony Jones (2) sprints toward the end zone while Indiana safety Jonathan Crawford (9) and other Indiana players trail behind during an NCAA college football game in Miami. Jones and a teammate were hurt in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 6, 2018. Jones' wounds have healed and he's playing in the Bahamas Bowl on Friday, Dec. 21, as FIU takes on Toledo. (Daniel A. Verala/Miami Herald via AP, File)

'A second chance': FIU's Anthony Jones speaks out about shooting, and his return to the field

AP All-America team: Tide leads with four of 10 CFP players

Alabama defensive back Deionte Thompson celebrates after Mississippi State place kicker Jace Christmann (47) missed a field goal-attempt during the first half of a Nov. 10 game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Thompson was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team on Monday. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

Playoff semifinalists place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including four from No. 1 Alabama

PROFESSIONAL

Chargers can no longer be overlooked as Super Bowl contender

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) talks to fans following Thursday night's 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Los Angeles Chargers can no longer be overlooked, whether it is on the list of Super Bowl contenders or as a headline attraction in their own town.

Texans take on Jets with sights set on starting new streak

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during the first half of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Their nine-game winning streak set a franchise record and also raised expectations by the week. So, perhaps their 24-21 loss to Indianapolis last Sunday could, in some way, alleviate some building tension down the stretch.

Brady, Roethlisberger square off at Heinz Field on Sunday

In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) meet on the field following a game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Tom Brady had no reason to believe Ben Roethlisberger's injury last week would keep him out of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. And it won't.

Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC

Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller watches as Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams catches a go-ahead two-point conversion with 4 seconds left in Thursday's game in Kansas City, Mo. The Chargers won 29-28. (Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)

Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes, then hit Mike Williams for the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 29-28 victory over the Chiefs

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