UConn football fights to the finish in close loss to Illinois

UConn quarterback Jack Zergiotis (11) and running back Kevin Mensah (34) look for direction from the coaching staff between plays during the first half of Saturday's game against Illinois at East Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Pushing a Big Ten football team right to the final minutes is evidence that they are indeed better and more equipped to compete against Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

UConn football faces stiff challenge in Illinois

Kevin Mensah rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown in UConn's 24-21 win over Wagner in last week's season opener. The Huskies host Illinois on Saturday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford at 3:30 p.m. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

UConn will be heavy underdogs on Saturday when hosting Big Ten foe Illinois in a non-conference game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford (3:30 p.m., CBSSN).


Arizona State edges No. 18 Spartans 10-7 in wild last minute

Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels flips the ball forward against Michigan State's Mike Panasiuk during the third quarter of Saturday's game in East Lansing, Mich. Arizona State shocked No. 18 Michigan State, 10-7. (Al Goldis/AP Photo)

Eno Benjamin reached the ball to the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining, and Arizona State beat No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 after the Spartans had a tying field goal negated for having too many men on the field

Temple's goal-line stands clutch in win over No. 21 Maryland

Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr. (5) is stopped short of the goal line by Temple defensive end Zack Mesday, left, and linebacker Shaun Bradley, right, late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Philadelphia. Temple upset No. 21 Maryland, 20-17. (Chris Szagola/AP Photo)

Kenny Yeboah put Temple ahead on a one-handed touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter and the Owls used two clutch goal-line stops to beat No. 21 Maryland 20-17 on Saturday


New Canaan pulls away to beat New London 32-6

New London's Rahtrel Perry (67) and Jadian McKenzie tackle New Canaan quarterback Drew Pyne (10) during Saturday's season opener at Cannamela Field. The No. 3 Rams pulled away late for a 32-6 win over the Whalers. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Legendary New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli was complimentary of New London after the No. 3 Rams pulled away late for a 32-6 victory over the Whalers in the season opener for both on Saturday at Cannamela Field.

Many happy returns for Richards, NFA football

Austin Richards threw three touchdowns passes to Andrew Cote and scrambled for a game-winning 29-yard touchdown with 2:38 left to help NFA rally from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit and a 37-27 win over Xavier.


Local colleges: CGA volleyball team wins two five-set thrillers

The Coast Guard Academy volleyball won a pair of impressive five-set matches during Saturday's Union Tournament.

Local roundup: Occhialini wins debut as Montville boys' soccer coach

Six players scored as Montville made new head coach Anthony Occhialini a success in his debut as the Indians defeated Putnam 7-0 in a boys' soccer match on Friday.

Wagner touchdown, Crowley kick give Coast Guard football a win in overtime

The Coast Guard Academy football team extended its record to start the season to 2-0, scoring in two plays in overtime, both runs by Jon Wagner, which gave the Bears a 24-23 victory.


Rajai Davis leads Mets to key victory

Rajai Davis of the New London Mets heads to second base after his pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at New York. The Mets won 3-0. Davis is a former New London High School and Avery Point star. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Rajai Davis hit a three-run double off Julio Urías with two outs in the eighth inning, and New York beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 Saturday night to maintain its slim wild-card hopes.

Red Sox beat Phillies 2-1

Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi is cheered in the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Pinch-hitter Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.


Auto Racing

2 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Mopar Express Lane Nationals from Mohnton, Pa.

3 p.m., Ch. 30 — IMSA Sports Car Monterey (Calif.) Grand Prix.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup South Point 400 from Las Vegas.


1 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies.

1 p.m., YES — MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays.

1 p.m., TBS — MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals.

4:30 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers.

7 p.m., ESPN, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets.


4 a.m., ESPN2 — FIBA World Cup men: Australia vs. France in a third-place game from Beijing.

8 a.m., ESPN2 — FIBA World Cup men: Spain vs. Argentina in final from Beijing.

3 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA playoffs: Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA playoffs: Chicago Sky at Las Vegas Aces.


1 a.m. (Monday), NBCSN — Spanish Vuelta from Spain. (taped today) 


1 p.m., Ch. 3, WTIC (1080-AM), WMOS (102.3-FM) — NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins.

1 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Buffalo Bills at New York Giants.

1 p.m., Ch. 61 — NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins.

4:25 p.m., Ch. 61 — NFL: New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams.

8:20 p.m., Ch. 30, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons.


6:30 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: The Solheim Cup from Perthshire, Scotland.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Military Tribute at The Greenbrier from White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Ally Challenge from Grand Blanc, Mich. (taped today)


8:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Everton at Bournemouth.

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: SC Freiburg at Hoffenheim.

11:25 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Arsenal at Watford.

11:55 a.m., ESPNews — Serie A: Sassuolo at AS Roma.

Noon, FS1 — Bundesliga: Schalke at SC Paderborn.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — Premier League: Manchester City at Norwich City.

1 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: North Carolina at Arkansas.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — MLS: D.C. United at Portland Timbers.

10 p.m., FS1 — MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Los Angeles Galaxy.


1 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Pro Circuit from Cary, N.C.

10 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: Guangzhou Open from China; Korea Open from Seoul; Pan Pacific Open from Osaka, Japan.