UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn releases 2018-19 women's basketball schedule

A challenging non-conference schedule, including a December trip to reigning national champion Notre Dame, highlights UConn's 2018-19 women's basketball schedule.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn men's basketball schedule is released

The UConn men's basketball team released its 2018-19 schedule

UConn men's basketball secures first commitment of fall recruiting season

James Bouknight had a good feeling about UConn when his official visit ended last weekend.A 6-foot-4 guard from the MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass., Bouknight made it official on Tuesday, announcing his commitment to the UConn basketball program.

A healthy Gilbert excited about upcoming UConn basketball season

UConn men's basketball point guard Alterique Gilbert, center, is all smiles as he joins Jalen Adams to sign autographs for fans prior to Saturday's UConn football game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Point guard Alterique Gilbert is healthy again and excited about the upcoming UConn men's basketball season.

Ray Allen ready to take his place in Basketball Hall of Fame

Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Ray Allen smiles after he was presented his Hall of Fame jacket by Naismith Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva during a news conference on Thursday in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Former UConn All-American Ray Allen, who went on to become a 10-time NBA all-star and two-time world champion, will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

COLUMNS

Cochran returns to NL on Friday, but he's already back home on football field

Jack Cochran comes home Friday, home to New London, to the high school football field where it...

The Lonesome Polecat (state variant)

Shelton isn't quick — it's sudden.

UCONN FOOTBALL

Robinson getting the message in his first season at UConn

UConn head coach Randy Edsall, right, greets quarterback Steven Krajewski (4) and other players prior to last Saturday's game against Rhode Island at East Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Oneil Robinson, a Class S all-state player out of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, is yet another member of the freshmen class to make his debut this season. An injury in the secondary gave Robinson an opportunity for his first start and to...

UConn makes last-second defensive stop in 56-49 shootout win over URI

UConn quarterback David Pindell (5) follows guard Matt Peart into the end zone for a touchdown during the Huskies' 56-49 win over Rhode Island on Saturday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Pindell accounted for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) and 445 total yards. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Saturday's crazy shootout ended with a game-saving defensive stand from a team that has only stopped a handful of a drives this season.

UConn can't afford to overlook FCS foe Rhode Island

UConn quarterback David Pindell (5) is wrapped up by Boise State’s Matt Locher during last Saturday’s loss in Boise, Idaho. The senior has been the Huskies’ most productive offensive player, although he was held in check by the Broncos. (AP Photo/Steve Conner)

Coming off two lopsided losses, UConn hosts Rhode Island, an improved Football Championship Subdivision program, on Saturday at noon at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Crocker trying to speed up growth process of young UConn defense

UConn defensive coordinator Billy Crocker, a Waterford native, is preaching patience to his young defense, which has struggled in back-to-back losses to nationally-ranked Central Florida and Boise State. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Billy Crocker could bang his head against the wall in frustration. He could flip over a water jug on the sideline or scream until his head explodes. But Crocker has been around far too long to react that way.

Former Australian plumber turned punter finding his comfort zone at UConn

Luke Magliozzi has come light years in his development since leaving Australia last August to join the UConn program.

COLLEGES

Coast Guard's defense in win over Nichols: 'Not on my watch'

Coast Guard linebacker Jake Behne (34) gets ready for a play. (Coast Guard athletics photo)

Coast Guard was in the midst of scoring the final 17 points Friday night to beat Nichols, which of course was a credit to the offense. But then there was the defense.

Norton sparks Conn College women's soccer to Whale Cup win

Connecticut College seized a two-goal lead but needed to fend off a feisty challenge from host Coast Guard Academy before securing a 2-1 victory.

Slaying of star golfer from Spain shocks Iowa college town

In this Sept. 7, 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo. (Luke Lu/Iowa State University via AP)

A star collegiate golfer from Spain was attacked and killed by a homeless stranger while she was playing a round alone near her campus in Iowa, police said Tuesday.

Calhoun officially named head coach at DIII St. Joseph

In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun speaks after he was introduced at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Jim Calhoun has officially been named the head coach at Division III University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Dusza leads Waterford to volleyball win

Gretchen Dusza had 27 assists as the Waterford girls' volleyball beat Ledyard on Wednesday 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II season-opener for both teams.

PROFESSIONAL

Red Sox rout Yankees 11-6 to clinch third straight AL East title

Red Sox players surround relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel, center, after they defeated the New York Yankees 11-6 on Thursday night in the Bronx to clinch their third straight American League East title. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees

Tiger returns to Tour Championship with share of lead

Tiger Woods reacts as he makes a eagle putt on the 18th green to tie Rickie Fowler for the first round lead at the Tour Championship on Thursday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Another tournament, another share of the first-round lead for Tiger Woods

Price struggles again in Bronx; Voit, Yanks top Red Sox 10-1

New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit tosses the ball to starting pitcher Luis Severino for the out on Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi during the fifth inning of  Wednesday's game at New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Luke Voit hit two homers off David Price, Miguel Andujar popped another one barely into the right-field seats and the New York Yankees stalled Boston's division-clinching celebration by beating the Red Sox 10-1 on Wednesday night.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

11:30 a.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 practice from Richmond, Va.

1:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 final practice from Richmond, Va.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Pro West Series from Las Vegas.

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Go Bowling 250 qualifying from Richmond, Va.

6 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 qualifying from Richmond, Va.

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

7:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Go Bowling 250 from Richmond, Va.

Baseball

4 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox.

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians.

7 p.m., WCTX, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals.

7:30 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves.

Boxing

9:45 p.m., Showtime — Jon Fernandez vs. O'Shaquie Foster in a super featherweight bout, Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Carlos Ramos in a featherweight bout and Wesley Ferrer vs. Steven Ortiz in a lightweight bout from Shawnee, Okla.

Equestrian

11:30 p.m., NBCSN — World Equestrian Games from Mill Spring, N.C. (taped today)

Football

6:20 p.m., theday.com, WJJF (94.9-FM) — High school: Killingly at New London.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Florida Atlantic at Central Florida.

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

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Penn State at Illinois.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Washington State at Southern California.

Golf

6:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Portugal Masters from Vilamoura.

10 a.m., Golf Channel — Web.com Tour Championship from Atlantic Beach, Fla.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA Tour Championship from Atlanta.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Sanford International from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Soccer

7 p.m., YES — NCAA men: Virginia Tech at North Carolina State. (taped today)

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: St. Petersburg Open from Russia.

2 p.m., Tennis Channel — Laver Cup from Chicago.

8 p.m., Tennis Channel — Laver Cup from Chicago.