Coast Guard sophomores set for a reemergence

Coast Guard Academy running back Chris Gardner, left, takes a handoff from fellow sophomore John Barbera during the team's first day of practice last week at Cadet Memorial Field. Gardner is slated to start for the Bears at running back when the season begins on Aug. 30. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Here was the running back of the future a year ago, then-freshman Chris Gardner. Coast Guard's coaches loved his ability. He carried the ball 10 times for 46 yards in a Sept. 23 victory at Norwich.

Clemson, USC QBs among freshmen who could make impacts

Nebraska running back Maurice Washington (28) carries the ball during practice earlier this month in Lincoln, Neb. Washington qualified academically just a few days before the start of preseason practice, but has performed well enough already that Nebraska coach Scott Frost has said “he’s going to be a pretty special player.

Clemson, Southern California QBs among true freshmen who could make impact this season

After McNair death, Maryland focuses on safety at practice

In this April 22, 2017, file photo, then-LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada coaches in the team's spring game in Baton Rouge, La. Placing a priority on player safety after the death of Jordan McNair, Canada, Maryland's interim coach, has taken significant steps to ensure that the Terrapins are poised to deal with the heat of summer. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP, File)

Placing a priority on player safety after the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, Maryland interim coach Matt Canada has taken significant steps to ensure that the Terrapins are poised to deal with the heat of summer

Maryland takes responsibility for mistakes in player death

Maryland athletic director Damon Evans pauses as he speaks at a press conference on Tuesday at College Park, Md.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The University of Maryland acknowledged Tuesday that the football player who collapsed during practice and subsequently died did not receive proper medical care and the school must accept "legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes."

Alabama, Georgia could be on an SEC collision course - again

Alabama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis gestures after a stop in the first half of the Sugar Bowl against Clemson on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. Davis had 10 tackles for a loss last season and seems primed to be just the next in a long line of dominant defenders for head coach Nick Saban. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

Georgia coach Kirby Smart gave mentor Nick Saban and Alabama a run for their money in the national championship game _ and did it again in the offseason

COLUMNS

No place better than Mohegan Sun Arena for UConn-Tennessee

Gasp! Not on campus? Not in downtown Hartford? Answers: no and no. Because much as we’d like...

Briggs breaks through with first Stonington Country Club title victory

Eric Briggs scored a breakthrough victory on Sunday, winning his first Stonington Country Club...

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

Huskies lead Pac-12 favorites in search of league redemption

Stanford running back Bryce Love runs in front of Southern California safety Chris Hawkins during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship game on Dec. 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif. Love returned to Stanford for his senior season after finishing as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last year. He leads a crop of solid tailbacks in the Pac-12. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

Washington is the preseason favorite in the Pac-12 during a redemption season for a league with five new head coaches and plenty of uncertainty

Heisman darkhorses: Can Browning repeat Mayfield's path?

Washington quarterback Jake Browning throws against Penn State during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz. Browning is hoping to repeat what Baker Mayfield did last year. Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy longshot in the preseason but ended up winning the award while leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years. The senior leads a list of Heisman contenders who are off the radar. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

Washington's Jake Browning hopes to follow Baker Mayfield's path to Heisman

Maryland puts Durkin on leave amid football investigation

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin walks the sideline during the first half of the Quick Lane Bowl against Boston College on Dec. 26, 2016 in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Maryland places head coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave while school reviews allegations of poor behavior by football staff, apparent misdeeds that came to light following death of player on practice field

Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick receives contract extension

In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick, right, shouts instructions to her players in the fourth quarter of a college women's basketball game in Baton Rouge, La. Warlick received a three-year contract extension, athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Friday. (Bill Feig/AP File Photo)

Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick receives three-year contract extension

UCONN FOOTBALL

O'Reilly suffers heartbreaking injury to end his season for UConn

UConn's Donevin O'Reilly looks for running room during the Huskies' spring football game April 14 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Kevin Mensah tried to console a distraught Donevin O'Reilly on Monday. But there was little he could do for his UConn backfield teammate and roommate.

New London's Cespedes is a contender on UConn's offensive line

UConn offensive lineman Brian Cespedes, right, on the first day of practice this fall, has a chance to start for the Huskies as long as he continues to work hard. Cespedes said he took some advice from a couple former teammates -

Some former UConn football teammates gave Brian Cespedes some words of wisdom to carry with him into this season.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Rios is looking forward to his Dodd Stadium homecoming

Former St. Bernard standout Willie Rios pitches in a game earlier this season for the Aberdeen IronBirds. (Kelley Dentry, Aberdeen IronBirds)

Willie Rios will avoid all but the long bus ride when the Aberdeen IronBirds, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, travels to Dodd Stadium for a weekend series with the Connecticut Tigers.

Local roundup: Three Schooners honored by NECBL

A pair of pitchers from the Mystic Schooners were named to the all-New England Collegiate Baseball League first team, it was announced by the league on Tuesday.

PROFESSIONAL

Major League Baseball roundup

Seattle's Dee Gordon celebrates with Jean Segura after hitting a go-ahead two-run home run that scored Mike Zunino against the A's during the 12th inning of Wednesday's game in Oakland, Calif. Seattle won, 2-0. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

Light-hitting Dee Gordon homered off Yusmeiro Petit in the 12th inning to break a scoreless tie and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 to avoid a three-game sweep

Eli Manning responds to criticism by Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey: ‘Who?’

Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes a snap Tuesday during a joint practice with Detroit in Allen Park, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Ramsey had plenty to say about a lot of quarterbacks in an article in GQ that was published on Wednesday. On Manning, Ramsey said he thinks the quarterback is being carried by his wide receiver.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

9 a.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck UNOH 200 practice from Bristol, Tenn.

11 a.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck UNOH 200 final practice from Bristol, Tenn.

4 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck UNOH 200 qualifying from Bristol, Tenn.

8:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NASCAR Truck UNOH 200 from Bristol, Tenn.

Baseball

1 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees.

1 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: Guayama (Puerto Rico) vs. Seoul (South Korea) from Williamsport, Pa.

3 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: Staten Island (N.Y.) vs. Des Moines (Iowa) from Williamsport, Pa.

4 p.m., *SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies in a doubleheader. (first game on Facebook, not televised)

5 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: Matamoros (Mexico) vs. Gold Coast (Australia) from Williamsport, Pa.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Connecticut Tigers at Tri-City ValleyCats.

7 p.m., NESN — IL: Durham Bulls at Pawtucket Red Sox. 

7 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — LLWS: Coventry (R.I.) vs. Houston (Texas) from Williamsport, Pa.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres.

Football

7:30 p.m., WCTX, WMOS (102.3-FM) — NFL preseason: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots.

8 p.m., ESPN — NFL preseason: New York Jets at Washington Redskins.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Nordea Masters from Gothenburg, Sweden.

Noon, Golf Channel — LPGA: Women in Tech Championship from Indianapolis.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Wyndham Championship from Greensboro, N.C.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — Web.com: Portland Open from North Plains, Ore.

7 p.m., FS1 — USGA U.S. Amateur Championship from Pebble Beach, Calif.

Gymnastics

8 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Championships men's events from Boston.

Mixed Martial Arts

10 p.m., NBCSN — Professional Fighters League from Atlantic City, N.J.

Tennis

11 a.m., Tennis Channel — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.

1 p.m., ESPN2 — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.