Earnhardt's out of the Chase, but not Victory Lane

Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his fourth win of the season on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in an emotional victory a week after he was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick has work cut out for him at Martinsville

Kevin Harvick has picked his way through traffic before at Martinsville Speedway, never when the stakes were so high.

McMurray bests Chase drivers to win the pole

Martinsville, Va. - Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR's championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray, who did not qualify this year for the Chase for the Sprint Cup...

COLUMNS

Trading football for futbol

This was soccerís night. No competition. The boys and girls on the turfed lawn of East Lyme High.

MORE AUTO RACING

Keselowski shakes off a bad week to win at Talladega

Brad Keselowski kept his head up and arrived at Talladega Superspeedway determined to shake off a bad week that earned him a $50,000 fine from NASCAR and moved him to the edge of elimination in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski...

Drivers upset by qualifying system

NASCARís new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sundayís race. Kevin Harvick called the format ďthe dumbest thing Iíve ever...

Johnson says that there's no problem with his crew chief

Six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson dismissed the idea that there is any tension with crew chief Chad Knaus after the two were overheard bickering on their team radio.

UCONN

AAC coaches pick Boatright as preseason player of the year

Senior Ryan Boatright has majored in hard work during his basketball career.

Huskies get the red-carpet treatment in NYC

UConn received a championís reception during American Athletic Conference menís basketball media day on Wednesday.

COLLEGES

SEC dominates first rankings

The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken ó and it likes the SEC. At least for now.

Local college roundup: UConn's Calhoun sprains knee in practice

UConn junior Omar Calhoun will likely be sidelined for at least a week after suffering a sprained MCL during practice on Sunday.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Friday's Schedule

A listing of Friday's local college and high school events.

Local roundup: Old Lyme boys and girls advance to Shoreline title games

Old Lyme will play for both the boys' and girls' Shoreline Conference soccer championships on Friday night after recording shutout victories in the semifinals on Wednesday.

PROFESSIONAL

Giants edge Royals 3-2 in Game 7 behind Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

Madison Bumgarner capped off a most splendid October and earned MVP honors Wednesday night, pitching five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 as the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

8 p.m., TNT - NBA: New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers.

10:30 p.m., TNT - NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers.

Boxing

9 p.m., FS1 - Sharif Bogere vs. Fernando Garcia in a lightweight bout and Danny O'Connor vs. Andrew Farmer in a welterweight bout from Plymouth, Mass.

Football

7:30 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Florida State at Louisville.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Troy at Georgia Southern.

8:25 p.m., NFL Network, WCBS (880-AM) - NFL: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers.

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel - European PGA: BMW Masters from Shanghai. (taped today)

4:30 p.m., Golf Channel - Champions: Charles Schwab Cup Championship from Scottsdale, Ariz.

11 p.m., Golf Channel - PGA: CIMB Classic from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

3 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel - LPGA: Taiwan Championship from Taipei. (taped today)

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN - NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres.

7:05 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) - NHL: Winnipeg Jets at New Jersey Devils.

Soccer

8 p.m., ESPN2 - MLS playoffs: Sporting Kansas City at New York Red Bulls.

Tennis

5:30 a.m., Tennis Channel - ATP: BNP Paribas Masters from Paris.