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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.

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.

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.

Roach, CGA seniors savor opportunity to compete one last time

Coast Guard Academy senior Maeve Roach nears the finish line to win Saturday's dual meet against rival Merchant Marine in a personal best 17:59. (Photo courtesy of CGA athletics)

After competing in her first and only meet of the season as well as the final one of her Coast Guard Academy cross country career, Maeve Roach expressed gratitude for being able to run one last race with her teammates.

COLUMNS

Peart doing UConn football proud for Big Blue

UConn grad emerges as a key N.Y. Giant

MORE LOCAL SPORTS

Local roundup: Waterford tops Fitch in volleyball

The Waterford volleyball team remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win over Fitch in an Eastern Connecticut Conference match on Tuesday.

Local roundup: UConn, Notre Dame women's game off this season

The start of a new four-year series between the UConn and Notre Dame women's basketball programs has been pushed back to the 2021-22 season, the two rivals announced on Monday.

Waterford falls to Milford in state softball championship

Waterford second baseman Paige Jessuck, right, hugs catcher Sophia Avin as they come off the field following an inning during Sunday's Little League softball state championship game against Milford. Milford won 5-3 and took the best-of-three series 2-0. Waterford was the District 10 and Section 3 champion. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

There was a resilience about this team which started with its very first game of the all-star season, when the Waterford Little League softball team lost its District 10 opener to Groton.

UCONN

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...

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.

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)

College football coaches at major programs usually have many years on their contract in part to persuade recruits to sign with the school

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

CT SUN

Sun's Bonner earns All-WNBA second team honor

Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) sets up a play during the second half of Game 5 of a WNBA semifinal round playoff series against the Las Vegas Aces, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner earned All-WNBA second team honors as chosen by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, the league announced Sunday.

A look ahead: Sun need more offense in 2021

After spending more than three months in the WNBA bubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller is home and happy to take a break before turning his attention to the 2021 season and another run at that elusive WNBA championship. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller is pleased how far his team went in the playoffs after facing so much adversity. They could've gone further with a more consistent offense.

PROFESSIONAL

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)

Tyler Glasnow couldn't make it through the fifth inning in his matchup with postseason veteran Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series

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)

There was a time when Tiger Woods once played six tournaments in six weeks

Indiana Pacers tab Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as coach

The Indiana Pacers have hired Nate Bjorkgren as their new coach

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)

A person familiar with the decision says Tua Tagovailoa will make his first NFL start next week for the Miami Dolphins, who are turning to him to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback

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.