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College Football Playoff expansion enters negotiation stage

Alabama running back Jase McClellan returns a blocked punt for a touchdown against Mercer during the first half of a Sept. 11 game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AP Photo)

College Football Playoff expansion has entered the negotiation stage

CFP expansion stalls as commissioners sort through issues

In this Jan. 7 file photo, the trophy for the College Football Playoff championship game is displayed along Ocean Drive, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A plan to expand the College Football Playoff has stalled

AP Top 25 Reality Check: No. 1 rarely slips after ranked win

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young looks for a receiver during the first half of a Sept. 18 game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Top-ranked Alabama won, 31-29. (John Raoux/AP Photo)

Four powerhouse programs looked vulnerable in victory this past weekend

Stat Watch: Spartans' Kenneth Walker top rusher in nation

Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong runs the ball against North Carolina during the first half of a Sept. 18 game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia Tech won, 59-39. (/Gerry Broome/AP Photo)

The move to Michigan State has been a career booster for Kenneth Walker III

Commissioners to share feedback on CFP expansion proposal

The College Football Playoff management committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss the feedback members have received from campuses since a 12-team expansion plan was unveiled in June

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

Local college notes

A weekly look at the region's local colleges, plus former local athletes continuing their careers at colleges outside the region.

Top 25 college football roundup

Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III (8) makes a move to get around Florida cornerback Avery Helm (24) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Bryce Young’s first collegiate road start was a rousing success, a three-touchdown performance that helped top-ranked Alabama hold off No. 11 Florida 31-29 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday.

USC interim coach Williams out to turn connections into wins

USC associate coach Donte Williams looks on during a practice in Los Angeles. Williams, the Trojans' cornerbacks coach and associate head coach, is taking over for the rest of the season alongside offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, after the school fired head coach Clay Helton on Monday. (John McGillen/University of Southern California Athletics via AP)

Interim coach Donte Williams will try to use the bonds he's formed with players as a recruiter to salvage Southern California’s football season

SEC defenses flexing after 2020 championship game fireworks

Georgia inside linebacker Nakobe Dean and defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt sack Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei during the third quarter of a Sept. 4 game in Charlotte, N.C. Georgia won, 10-3. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Some Southeastern Conference defenses are flexing their muscles after 2020 being a defensive coordinator’s nightmare

UCONN FOOTBALL

Phommachanh earns right to lead UConn offense for second straight Saturday

True freshman quarterback Tyler Phommachanh will make his second straight start for UConn when the Huskies host Wyoming on Saturday at Rentschler Field.

Sources: UConn football coaching staff told they won't return in 2022

Sources at the University of Connecticut said Monday that the school administration informed UConn football coaches last week that they will not be returning next season.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Hatajik becomes "Barstool Athlete" while finishing football career at Georgtown

East Lyme's Dylan Hatajik, now a senior at Georgetown University, has seized an opportunity offered through the name, image and likeness rule (NIL) recently adopted by the NCAA, contracting with the digital media company Barstool Sports to become a

A 2018 East Lyme High School graduate, Dylan Hatajik is a senior wide receiver on the Georgetown University football team, which competes in the Patriot League at the FCS level. That makes him eligible, according to an NCAA policy enacted this...

Local roundup: New London boys roll to 5-1 ECC soccer win over Lyman

New London´s Dooby Robert (11) fights for control of the ball against Lyman Memorial´s Gregory Toussaint (3) and goalie Joshua Person during Thursday's ECC Division III boys' soccer game at New London. The Whalers won 5-1. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jose Hernandez and Moise Sanchez-Melgar scored goals two minutes apart in the first half and New London used the quick burst as a springboard to Thursday's 5-1 victory over Lyman Memorial in an ECC Div. III boys' soccer match.

Local roundup: Ledyard knocks off Lyman in girls' soccer

St. Bernard’s Angelica Tompkins, center, celebrates her goal against New London with teammates Siena Sferrazza, left, Elizabeth Hannaford, right, and Alyssa Lazarou, back, in Wednesday's ECC girls' soccer game at Cannamela Field in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jess English had a goal and an assist as Ledyard knocked off unbeaten Lyman Memorial on Wednesday, 3-0, in a girls' soccer game.

PROFESSIONAL

Darnold, defense lead Panthers past Texans; McCaffrey hurt

Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Texans during the first half of Thursday's game in Houston. Carolina won, 24-9. (Eric Christian Smith/AP Photo)

Sam Darnold threw for 304 yards and ran for two touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers eased past the Houston Texans 24-9 despite losing Christian McCaffrey to a hamstring injury early in the second quarter

MLB roundup

Minnesota's Nick Gordon hits a three-run home run off Toronto pitcher Julian Merryweather in the fifth inning of Thursday's game in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 7-2. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

The Minnesota Twins beat Toronto 7-2 to bump the Blue Jays back in the AL wild-card race

ON THE AIR

Australian Rules Football

5 a.m. (Saturday), FS2 — AFL playoffs: Melbourne Demons vs. Western Bulldogs in Grand Final from Burswood, Australia.

Auto Racing

4:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Russian Grand Prix practice from Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

7:55 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One Russian Grand Prix practice from Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

7 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Midwest Nationals qualifying from Madison, Ill.

9 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Victoria's Voice Foundation 200 from Las Vegas.

4:55 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN2 — Formula One Russian Grand Prix practice from Krasnodar Krai, Russia. 

Baseball

2 p.m., ESPN — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs.

7 p.m., Ch. 61, NESN, ESPN, WFAN (660-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Red Sox.

8 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers. 

10 p.m., ESPN — MLB: Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres.

Boxing

10:35 p.m., Showtime — Jarico O'Quinn vs. Saul Sanchez in a super flyweight bout from Broken Arrow, Okla.

Football

6 p.m., theday.com — High school: Fitch at New London.

6:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Middle Tennessee at Charlotte.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Wake Forest at Virginia.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Brown at Harvard.

10 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: UNLV at Fresno State.

10:30 p.m., ESPN2 — CFL: Saskatchewan Roughriders at British Columbia Lions.

Golf

8 a.m., Golf Channel — Ryder Cup from Kohler, Wis.

9 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: NW Arkansas Championship from Rogers. (taped today)

11 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Pure Insurance Championship from Pebble Beach, Calif. (taped today)

Horse Racing

12:30 p.m., FS2 — Racing from New York.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS2 — NRL playoffs: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Mangy-Warringah Sea Eagles from Milton, Australia.

Swimming

2 p.m., CBSSN — International Swimming League from Naples, Italy.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Moselle Open from Metz, France; WTA J&T Bank Open from Ostrava, Czech Republic; ATP Astana Open from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.