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.

Smith has nine games left to show Jets he's answer at QB

Geno Smith's statistical line last week included a couple of zeroes in categories the New York Jets have been waiting to see all season.

Manning wonít laugh at a keep-away encore

Peyton Manning laughed when his receivers played hot potato with his record-setting memento last weekend. He won't be nearly as jolly Thursday night if the San Diego Chargers play keep-away from the Denver Broncos' high-powered offense as they did...

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UConn hockey is a thorn that's here to stay

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

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NFL notes

Jeremy Kerley always figured heíd stay right where he is. The New York Jets made sure the reliable wide receiver didnít go anywhere, signing Kerley to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday.

Frantic flurry helps Steelers salvage season

The bounces and big plays piled up so quickly, even the Pittsburgh Steelers were stunned.

Patriots have won three straight despite problems

A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldnít hide.

Giants head into bye on two-game skid

East Rutherford, N.J. - Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has a message for anyone ready to give up on the New York Giants as they head into a bye week off disappointing losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. It's...

UCONN

No. 18 Pirates pull rank on UConn

Shane Carden threw for a season-high 445 yards, Breon Allen ran for two touchdowns and No. 18 East Carolina pulled away to beat UConn 31-21 on Thursday night.

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.

COLLEGES

Season to celebrate for Conn College women's soccer

A day after one of the biggest wins in program history, the Connecticut College women's soccer team could still sense the excitement from an upset victory celebration over No. 14 Amherst College.

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...

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Friday's schedule

FOOTBALLHigh SchoolFitch at New London, 6:30 p.m.

Local roundup: Lightning strikes twice for Wildcats in boys' soccer

Old Lyme High School struck for two goals just 45 seconds part in the second half to rally past Westbrook 2-1 in a Shoreline Conference boys’ soccer game Thursday.

PROFESSIONAL

Bruins lose Chara in tough loss to Islanders

Boston - Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the New York Islanders snap a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday...

Lakers' Nash will miss season with injury

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has been ruled out for the season because of a back injury, putting the two-time NBA MVPís career in doubt.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

Noon, FS1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 practice from Martinsville, Va.

1:30 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck Kroger 200 practice from Martinsville, Va.

3 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck Kroger 200 final practice from Martinsville, Va.

4:30 p.m., FS1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 qualifying from Martinsville, Va.

Baseball

8 p.m., Ch. 61 - World Series: Kansas City Royals at San Franciso Giants in Game 3.

Football

6:20 p.m., WJJF (94.9-FM) - High school: Fitch at New London.

7 p.m., CPTV Sports - High school: Brookfield at Newtown.

7 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA: South Florida at Cincinnati.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Troy at South Alabama.

7:30 p.m., SNY - FXFL: Omaha Mammoths at Brooklyn Bolts.

9 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Brigham Young at Boise State.

10 p.m., FS1 - NCAA: Oregon at California.

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.

5 p.m., Golf Channel - Champions: AT&T Championship from San Antonio. (taped today)

9 p.m., ESPNEWS - 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 - NCAA men: Michigan at Massachusetts-Lowell.

7:05 p.m., WFAN (770-AM) - NHL: Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils.

Soccer

7 p.m., YES - NCAA men: Wake Forest at Virginia.

7:30 p.m., FS1 - Women: Costa Rica vs. Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifier semifinal from Chester, Pa.

8 p.m., NBCSN - MLS: Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire.

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.

Midnight, Tennis Channel - WTA Championship from Singapore.

Volleyball

8:30 p.m., YES - NCAA women: Syracuse at Georgia Tech. (taped today)