UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn women thrash Southern Connecticut in exhibition final

Senior Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 to lead the second-ranked UConn women’s basketball team past Southern Connecticut State on Thursday night, 99-45, in the Huskies’ final exhibition game at the XL Center.

UConn women top Ohio State 85-53 in season opener

UConn's Megan Walker splits the defense of Ohio State's Jensen Caretti, left, and Carmen Grande, back, on the way to the basket in the first half of Sunday's game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Megan Walker scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds Sunday in an 85-53 rout of Ohio State.

UConn women dominate Vanguard 96-30 in exhibition

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson (33) rebounds her own miss in front of teammate Napheesa Collier (24) and Vanguard's Treasure Robinson, back, during the first half of Sunday's exhibition at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. UConn won 96-30. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The UConn women showed off their signature speed and assist-heavy offense in a 96-30 rout of Vanguard University on Sunday in an exhibition game at Gampel Pavilion.

UConn's Samuelson makes AP preseason All-America team

UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson has been voted to The Associated Press women's basketball preseason All-America team announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

NCAA triple-double record holder Sabrina Ionescu headlines The Associated Press women's basketball preseason All-America team

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn men upset No. 15 Syracuse behind Adams and Gilbert

UConn guard Tarin Smith (2) goes to the basket past Syracuse guard Tyus Battle (25) and forward Oshae Brissett (11) during the second half of Thursday's game in the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. UConn won 83-76. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert scored 16 points each to lead Connecticut to a 83-76 upset of No. 15 Syracuse in the first game of the 2K Classic Thursday night.

Hurley praises UConn basketball backcourt of the future

Dan Hurley looks on during his first game at UConn as head coach against Morehead State on Nov. 8 at Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn officially welcomed its backcourt of the future on Thursday after receiving national letters of intent from James Bouknight and Jalen Gaffney.

Syracuse game a measuring stick for UConn basketball

It will never be just another game on the UConn basketball schedule. There's too much storied history, intensity and passion in the rivalry with Syracuse for a regular season meeting at Madison Square Garden,

UConn notes: Hurley fondly recalls beating Kemba at Madison Square Garden

Dan Hurley pointed to a banner featuring UConn basketball legend Kemba Walker on the practice facility wall while fondly recalling his last time walking the sideline as a head coach at Madison Square Garden.

COLUMNS

Why does the CIAC allow this to keep happening?

Straight up: choice school Immaculate of Danbury and public school Old Lyme should never play for...

The Lonesome Polecat (state variant): BRACKETOLOGY~!

Only one more week of this self-inflicted damage.

UCONN FOOTBALL

Depth wearing thin at running back for UConn football

UConn's Zavier Scott (10) beats Shamel Lazarus (32) to the goal line during for a touchdown during the Huskies' annual spring game in April at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Scott, a reserve redshirt freshman running back, will miss the final two games after suffering a knee injury during Saturday's 62-50 loss to SMU. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Zavier Scott, a redshirt freshman running back, will miss UConn's final two games after suffering a serious knee injury during last week's 62-50 loss to SMU.

Mustangs run wild in 62-50 victory over UConn

UConn running back Kevin Mensah (34) avoids SMU's Robert Hayes Jr. to score a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Huskies' 62-50 loss to the Mustangs on Saturday at Rentschler Field. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

Ke'Mon Freeman and Xavier Jones each ran for more than 100 yards and combined for five touchdowns as SMU climbed within a win of bowl eligibility by outscoring UConn 62-50

UConn football's youngsters a bright spot in dismal season

UConn gets back to work on Saturday when it returns home to face SMU in a noon start at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

UConn players learning to juggle football and academics

Tulsa quarterback Seth Boomer fumbles the ball in the end zone as UConn's Eddie Hahn defends during Saturday's game in Tulsa. Tulsa won 49-19. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

UConn football players learn from day one that they'll be graded on their performance both as a student and as an athlete.

Tulsa storms back to rout UConn 49-19

Tulsa's Corey Taylor dives into the end zone for a touchdown in front of UConn's Oneil Robinson during Saturday night's AAC game in Tulsa, Okla. The Golden Hurricane routed the Huskies 49-19. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

Seth Boomer threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as Tulsa ended its seven-game losing streak by pummeling UConn in an American Athletic Conference contest

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: NLL labor issues force Black Wolves opener to be canceled

Labor issues between the National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association was forced the NLL to cancel the first two weeks of the season.

Local roundup: Waterford's Dyjak swims to two runner-up finishes in Class S

Waterford's Ella Dyjak had a pair of second-place finishes during Wednesday night's CIAC Class S swimming and diving championship at Wesleyan University.

PROFESSIONAL

Boston's Betts, Milwaukee's Yelich win MVP Awards

In this July 13 file photo, Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after scoring on a single by Brock Holt during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles.

Wilson caps Seattle's rally past Green Bay for 27-24 win

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, blocks for running back Mike Davis as Davis rushes against Green Bay during the second half of Thursday's game in Seattle. The Seahawks won, 27-24. (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)

Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seattle Seahawks' 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers

After taxing stretch, Brady to use bye to recharge, improve

New England's Tom Brady lies on the ground after being sacked by Tennessee in the first half of Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee won, 34-10. (James Kenney/AP Photo)

Subtle signs of decline or just a blip? Patriots' Tom Brady says self-assessment on tap during bye week

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

1 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 practice from Homestead, Fla.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 practice from Homestead, Fla.

3:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Ford EcoBoost 200 qualifying from Homestead, Fla.

5 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 final practice from Homestead, Fla.

6 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 qualifying from Homestead, Fla.

6 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Ford EcoBoost 200 from Homestead, Fla.

Basketball

11 a.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Northeastern vs. Virginia Tech in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

11 a.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Cal State Fullerton vs. Wake Forest in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

11:30 a.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Austin Peay vs. Central Connecticut State in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

1:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Central Florida vs. Saint Joseph's in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

1:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Alabama vs. Ball State in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Campbell vs. Florida A&M in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

4:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Ohio vs. South Florida in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

4:30 p.m., ESPN2  — NCAA men: Oregon vs. Syracuse in 2K Classic consolation from New York.

4:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Appalachian State vs. Wichita State in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

7 p.m., NBCSB, ESPN — NBA: Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Georgetown vs. Loyola Marymount in Jamaica Classic from Montego Bay.

7 p.m., ESPN2, WXLM (980-AM) — NCAA men: UConn vs. Iowa in 2K Classic final from New York.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Davidson vs. Purdue in Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

8 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at New Orleans Pelicans.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: West Virginia vs. Western Kentucky in Myrtle Beach Invitational from Conway, S.C.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Little Rock at Nevada.

Football

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Boise State at New Mexico.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Memphis at Southern Methodist.

Golf

1:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: RSM Classic from Sea Island Resort, Georgia.

4:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: CME Group Tour Championship from Naples, Fla. 

8 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Australian Open from Sydney.

3 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — European PGA: DP World Championship from Dubai.

Hockey

8 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., ESPNews — Nations League: Denmark at Wales.

Tennis

7 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Finals from London.

12:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Finals from London.