Huskies bring out past, present, future stars

Storrs - UConn celebrated a bit more than usual during its annual First Night event Friday, which traditionally marks the start of the new college basketball season. The school dedicated a new $40 million basketball practice...

UConn basketball: A day ... and night ... to celebrate

Storrs - UConn threw one heck of a college basketball season kickoff party on Friday.

COLUMNS

UConn hockey is a thorn that's here to stay

Bridgeport - Rand Pecknold, who coaches hockey quite well at...

UCONN

For UConn football, it's a time to build

From week to week, the UConn football team sticks to its program-building recipe. Focus on daily improvement and fundamentals and not worry about the opponent. The Huskies take on AAC co-leader East Carolina tonight in a road matchup.

Vann tackling a leadership role for UConn football

In his first full season as a starter, linebacker Marquise Vann’s role on the UConn football team is expanding, as he ranks fifth in the American Athletic Conference in tackles and first on the team with 56 for an average of 9.3 per game.

COLLEGES

Coast Guard D-line returns from injury to lead the charge

Coast Guard Academy's three defensive linemen all returned this season from injuries and, since a 56-0 loss Sept. 20 at Hampden-Sydney, ranked 25th in the nation in Division III, the Bears have been locked in on defense, allowing just 11.75 points...

Nine UNC employees fired or disciplined in scandal

More than 3,100 students - nearly half of them athletes - enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades at the...

HIGH SCHOOL

ECC boys' and girls' soccer tournament pairings set

East Lyme High School (15-0-1) will be the top seed in the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls’ soccer tournament and meet No. 8 Ledyard in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Friday in East Lyme. Bacon Academy (14-0-1) is the top seed in the ECC boys’...

St. Bernard/Norwich Tech football planning move from ECC to CSC

The St. Bernard/Norwich Tech football cooperative is leaving the Eastern Connecticut Conference next season for the Constitution State Conference, composed of mostly state technical schools.

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

Local roundup: Camels crack the history books with 1-0 upset of No. 14 Amherst

Annie Higgins scored in the 53rd minute as the Connecticut College women’s soccer team upset 14th-ranked Amherst 1-0 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game Wednesday.

PROFESSIONAL

Royals are back in the swing of it

Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game...

Another injury puts pressure on Patriots defense

The "next man up" approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they'll do better.

ON THE AIR

Football

7 p.m., ESPNU, WTIC (1080-AM) - NCAA: UConn at East Carolina.

8 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Miami at Virginia Tech.

8 p.m., ESPN2 - High school: Cedar Hill (Texas) at DeSoto (Texas).

8:25 p.m., Ch. 3, NFL Network, WFAN (660-AM) - NFL: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos.

Golf

9 a.m., Golf Channel - European PGA: Perth International from Australia. (taped today)

2 p.m., Golf Channel - PGA: McGladrey Classic from St. Simons Island, Ga.

11:30 p.m., ESPN2 - Men: Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship from Melbourne, Australia.

11:30 p.m., Golf Channel - LPGA: Blue Bay from Hainan Island, China.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN - NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins.

Soccer

1 p.m., FS1 - UEFA Europa League: Everton at Lille.

3 p.m., FS1 - UEFA Europa League: Tripoli at Tottenham.

7 p.m., YES - NCAA women: Florida State at North Carolina.

Tennis

7:30 a.m., Tennis Channel - WTA Championship from Singapore.

11 a.m., Tennis Channel - ATP: Swiss Indoors from Basel, Switzerland; Valencia Open from Spain.

1:30 a.m. (Friday), Tennis Channel - WTA Championship from Singapore.