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UConn men, women delighted to play before First Night fans

UConn's Adama Sanogo watches First Night events for the UConn men's and women's NCAA college basketball teams as people work on a stuck basketball hoop behind him, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

First Night returned after being canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The student-only crowd arrived early and packed Gampel Pavilion, with roughly 8,000 fans in attendance.

Captain and confidante, UConn's Evina Westbrook back for another season

UConn guard Evina Westbrook (22) would have likely been a WNBA first-round draft pick in April, but returned to Storrs because the Huskies have some unfinished business after losing in the NCAA Final Four to Arizona. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Last year's seven freshmen, including National Player of the Year Paige Bueckers, referred to Evina Westbrook as "Momma E," an affectionate tribute to Westbrook's leadership role as a captain and confidante for the members of the UConn women's...


These UConn freshmen have 'wall potential'

Samson Johnson and Jordan Hawkins, freshmen for the UConn men's basketball team, have "wall potential," according to coach Dan Hurley, with the potential to be among the program's greats.

Big East men's notes: PC's Cooley can't wait to kick things off at UConn

UConn and Providence, two long-time New England rivals, will kick off their Big East seasons on Dec. 18 at the XL Center in Hartford. PC coach Ed Cooley can't wait to make the trip.

UConn men No. 24 in AP preseason Top 25 basketball poll

UConn sophomore Andre Jackson winds up to dunk during First Night events for the men's and women's basketball teams last Friday at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies were voted No. 24 in the AP preseason Top 25 men's poll on Monday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

For the first time in five years, UConn earned a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason men's basketball poll released on Monday, residing in 24th.


Panganiban's unsolicited act of sportsmanship was the best I've seen

Kevin Panganiban's compassion and sportsmanship were a welcome sight.

The Lonesome Polecat: Morgan's record-setting comeback and other things

The Huskies trailed by 28 points in the third quarter last Saturday and WON.


Turnovers, breakdowns doom Huskies in loss to Middle Tennessee

UConn is running out of realistic chances to add to its win total before the end of the regular season.

UConn's improved secondary ready for Middle Tennessee challenge

A young, improved UConn secondary is coming off a four-interception game against Yale, something which should give the Huskies confidence as they prepare to host Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Mensah finally enjoyed productive day for Huskies

UConn running back Kevin Mensah looks for extra yardage during the season opener against Fresno State on Aug. 28 in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

Senior running back Kevin Mensah showed signs of coming out of his funk in UConn's 21-15 win over Yale rushing for 58 yards on 12 carries.

UConn holds off Yale 21-15 for first win since 2019

UConn defeated Yale, 21-15, to snap an 11-game losing streak in the first meeting between the two in-state schools since 1998.

New London's Roman finally gets to be part of Yale-UConn rivalry

D. Major Roman, who starred at New London, is now a senior tight end at Yale who gets the chance to play against UConn on Saturday for the first time in his career. (Photo courtesy of Yale athletics)

New London's D. Major Roman, now a Yale senior, will play UConn for the first time on Saturday when the two in-state rivals meet in football for the first time since 1998.


AP sources: Six C-USA schools apply for AAC membership

UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston III throws a pass against Southern Mississippi during the second half of an Oct. 16 game in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Dominic Gwinn/Hattiesburg American via AP)

Six schools from Conference USA, including UAB, Texas-San Antonio and Florida Atlantic, have applied for membership to the American Athletic Conference and are expected to be accepted by the end of the week

Washington State coach Rolovich fired for refusing vaccine

Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich, following the team's game Saturday against Stanford, was reportedly fired Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. (Young Kwak/AP Photo)

Washington State has fired football coach Nick Rolovich for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19

Brice, Appalachian State upset No. 14 Coastal Carolina 30-27

Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice throws a pass during the first half of Wednesday night's game against Coastal Carolina in Boone, N.C. The Mountaineers upset 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina, 30-27. (Matt Kelley/AP Photo)

Chandler Staton kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired and Appalachian State knocked off 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina 30-27 on Wednesday night

At midseason, No. 1 Georgia a rock amid the upsets

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis is sacked by Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) and linebacker Quay Walker during the first half of an Oct. 16 game in Athens, Ga. Top-ranked Georgia won, 30-13. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

No. 1 Georgia is making a case that defense still does win championships, but this isn't a trend outside of Athens


Local colleges: Coast Guard, Conn men's soccer come up with major wins

Mike Daunt scored with just 23 seconds remaining in overtime as Coast Guard Academy rallied for a 2-1 victory over Wheaton in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's soccer game Saturday.

Local roundup: St. Bernard boys clinch ECC Division IV soccer title

Jose Pacheco scored a pair of goals as St. Bernard clinched the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV boys' soccer championship with a 3-0 victory over Wheeler on Friday.

Local roundup: CGA sweeps Conn College in volleyball

New London — Coast Guard Academy won three competitive games to sweep Connecticut College in a volleyball match on Thursday night.


García, Alvarez help Astros oust Red Sox, reach World Series

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly celebrate their win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Houston. The Astros won 5-0, to win the ALCS series in game six. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Rookie Luis García showed the poise of an October ace, Yordan Alvarez stayed hot at the plate and the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Friday night in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Out of the way! NASCAR contenders want traffic to pull aside

Drivers, from left to right, Martin Truex Jr. (19), William Byron (24) and Tyler Reddick (8) make their way around the track during a NASCAR Cup Series  race at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 17 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Larry Papke/AP Photo)

A conversation on driver code and on-track etiquette is raging in NASCAR, and with it comes debate about the expectations of non-playoff drivers

Rangers score three in final six minutes, rally past Senators 3-2

New York Rangers left wing Dryden Hunt (29) fails to deflect a shot on Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the first period of an NHL game in Ottawa on Saturday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren and Barclay Goodrow all scored in the final six minutes to rally the New York Rangers past the Ottawa Senators 3-2


Auto Racing

1:55 p.m., ESPNews — Formula One United States Grand Prix practice from Austin, Texas.

3 p.m., Ch. 30 — NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas City, Kan.

4:55 p.m., ESPNews — Formula One United States Grand Prix qualifying from Austin, Texas.


8 p.m., TBS — NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves in Game 6.


7 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers.

10 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers.


10:30 p.m., ESPN — Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson in a junior lightweight bout from Atlanta.

Figure Skating

5:30 p.m., NBCSN — Skate America from Las Vegas.

10 p.m., NBCSN — Skate America from Las Vegas.


8 a.m., FS1 — Bassmaster Open from Grove, Okla.


Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: Illinois at Penn State.

Noon, Ch. 61 — NCAA: Northwestern at Michigan.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA: Wake Forest at Army.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Oklahoma at Kansas.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA: Cincinnati at Navy.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA: Northern Illinois at Central Michigan.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA: Kansas State at Texas Tech.

Noon, NESN — NCAA: Penn at Yale.

12:30 p.m., YES — NCAA: Syracuse at Virginia Tech.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Louisiana State at Mississippi.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Oregon at UCLA.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Oklahoma State at Iowa State.

3:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Western Michigan at Toledo.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Clemson at Pittsburgh.

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Maryland at Minnesota.

3:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Brigham Young at Washington State.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: East Carolina at Houston.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: San Diego State at Air Force.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Tennessee at Alabama.

7 p.m., FS2 — NCAA: Nevada at Fresno State.

7:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Ohio State at Indiana.

7:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — NCAA: Southern California at Notre Dame.

7:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: North Carolina State at Miami.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: West Virginia at Texas Christian.

10:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Norfolk State at Howard. (taped today)


7:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Mallorca Open from Balearic Islands, Spain.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Dominion Energy Charity Classic from Richmond, Va.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: BMW Ladies Championship from Busan, South Korea. (taped today)

11:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Zozo Championship from Chiba, Japan.


1 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators.

1 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Denver at Boston College.

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils.

7 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins.

Horse Racing

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

Mixed Martial Arts

3 p.m., Showtime — Bellator 269: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Timothy Johnson in a heavyweight bout from Moscow.


1 a.m. (Sunday), NBCSN — Premiership: London at Exeter.


7:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Norwich City at Chelsea.

7:55 a.m., ESPN2 — La Liga: Mallorca at Valencia.

10 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Wolverhampton at Leeds United.

10 a.m., USA — Premier League: Watford at Everton.

12:30 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Manchester City at Brighton & Hove Albion.

7 p.m., YES — MLS: D.C. United at New York City FC.


6 a.m., Tennis Channel — Kremlin Cup from Moscow; ATP European Open from Antwerp, Belgium; WTA Tenerife Ladies Open from Spain.