Baseball notes

News and notes from around Major League Baseball.

Series champion Giants can't duck talk of 'dynasty'

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick: “Dynasty."

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.

COLUMNS

Langley will serve, swim at West Point, after all

Waterford - All the deities of water (and by extension, swimming)...

MORE PRO BASEBALL

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.

Royals take World Series the distance

Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, allowed three hits over seven stifling innings. The Kansas City Royals' batters broke open the game with a...

Giants are first to see the light

San Francisco - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series...

UCONN

UConn women are the team to beat, as always

The UConn women's basketball team, as expected, is the preseason favorite in the American Athletic Conference.

UConn's Stewart, Nurse honored at AAC women's basketball media day

NEW YORK – For the second consecutive season, UConn forward Breanna Stewart was honored as the American Athletic Conference women's basketball Preseason Player of the Year, as announced by the conference on Thursday morning. In...

COLLEGES

Winston rallies Florida State past Louisville

Jameis Winston threw three touchdowns to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night.

SEC dominates first rankings

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

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Saturday's Schedule

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

Local roundup: Bears (15-1) top Branford in field hockey to end regular season

Molly Crowley scored with 15 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the second half to lift the Stonington High School field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Branford on Thursday.

PROFESSIONAL

NHL roundup

Bruins 3, Sabres 2

Knicks spoil James' Cleveland homecoming

LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar’s emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

Noon, FS1 - NASCAR Nationwide O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge practice from Fort Worth, Texas.

12:30 p.m., NBCSN - Formula One United States Grand Prix practice from Austin, Texas. (taped today)

1 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 practice from Fort Worth.

3 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 qualifying from Fort Worth, Texas.

3 p.m., NBCSN - Formula One United States Grand Prix practice from Austin, Texas.

4:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NASCAR Nationwide O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge practice from Fort Worth, Texas.

6:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 qualifying from Fort Worth.

8:30 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 from Fort Worth, Texas.

Basketball

8 p.m., ESPN - NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls.

10:30 p.m., ESPN - NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers.

Football

6:06 p.m., WJJF (94.9-FM) - High school: Windham at Ledyard.

6:30 p.m., CPTV Sports - High school: Morgan at Valley Regional/Old Lyme.

7:30 p.m., NESN, SNY - FXFL: Brooklyn Bolts at Boston Brawlers.

8 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA: Cincinnati at Tulane.

8 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Tulsa at Memphis.

Golf

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

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. (Saturday), Golf Channel - LPGA: Taiwan Championship from Taipei. (taped today)

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN - NCAA men: Vermont at Notre Dame.

Horse Racing

5 p.m., NBCSN - Breeders' Cup Distaff from Arcadia, Calif.

Tennis

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