Serena not at her best in lopsided defeat at WTA Finals

Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in what was arguably the worst performance of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.

Wozniacki beats Sharapova at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month’s New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Ferrer and Murray advance to the final at Vienna

David Ferrer came from a break down in the final set to defeat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) on Saturday and set up a final against Andy Murray at the Erste Bank Open.

COLUMNS

UConn hockey is a thorn that's here to stay

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

MORE PRO TENNIS

Federer wins Shanghai title

Shanghai Masters winner Roger Federer was so rusty in his first match back this week after a month-long break that he was close to packing his bags and heading home.

Federer beats Djokovic in the semis at Shanghai Masters

It took a “perfect match” by Roger Federer for Novak Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak in China to come to an end.

Djokovic, Federer to meet in semis

Shanghai — Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer set up a rematch of their Wimbledon final with convincing straight-set wins to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters on Friday.

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...

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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.