Williams sneaks into WTA semis despite loss

Serena Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.

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.

COLUMNS

UConn hockey is a thorn that's here to stay

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

MORE PRO TENNIS

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.

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.

UCONN

Huskies lose cornerback Byron Jones to injury

UConn cornerback Byron Jones will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and miss the remainder of the season.

UConn, Georgetown to renew men's basketball series

UConn and Georgetown have agreed to renew their men’s basketball rivalry, which ended with the split of the old Big East Conference. The schools announced Friday they would play a home-and-home series beginning next season.

COLLEGES

Endicott at Coast Guard Academy football preview

When: Today, 1:30 p.m. Where: Cadet Memorial Field, New London. Records: Endicott 4-2 overall, 3-0 New England Football Conference; Coast Guard 3-4, 2-2. Players to watch: Endicott, QB Drew Frenette...

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.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: ECC volleyball tournament begins today

The Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' volleyball tournament begins today with five first-round matches.

Saturday's schedule

FOOTBALLCollegeEndicott at Coast Guard, 1:30 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL

Maddon's successful run as Tampa Bay Rays manager comes to an end

Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over, as Tampa Bay announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an opt-out clause in his contract.

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...

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

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

10 a.m., FS1 - NASCAR Truck Kroger 200 qualifying from Martinsville, Va.

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

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

Baseball

8 p.m., Ch. 61 - World Series: Kansas City Royals at San Franciso Giants in Game 4.

Football

Noon, ESPN - NCAA: Texas at Kansas State.

Noon, ESPN2 - NCAA: Rutgers at Nebraska.

Noon, ESPNU - NCAA: Minnesota at Illinois.

Noon, ESPNEWS - NCAA: Memphis at Southern Methodist.

Noon, MyTV9 - NCAA: Maine at Rhode Island.

12:30 p.m., CSN, SNY - NCAA: Delaware at William & Mary.

12:30 p.m., WCCT - NCAA: North Carolina at Virginia.

1:30 p.m., NBCSN - NCAA: Penn at Yale.

1:30 p.m., WXLM (980-AM) - NCAA: Endicott at Coast Guard.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 3 - NCAA: Mississippi State at Kentucky.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 - NCAA: Michigan at Michigan State.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 61 - NCAA: Texas Tech at Texas Christian.

3:30 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: West Virginia at Oklahoma State.

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA: Oregon State at Stanford.

3:30 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh.

3:30 p.m., FS1 - NCAA: Florida Atlantic at Marshall.

3:30 p.m., NESN, YES - NCAA: Boston College at Wake Forest.

4 p.m., ESPNEWS - NCAA: UNLV at Utah State.

7 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Syracuse at Clemson.

7:15 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Ole Miss at LSU.

7:15 p.m., ESPN2 - NCAA: Alabama at Tennessee.

8 p.m., Ch. 8 - NCAA: Ohio State at Penn State.

10 p.m., FS1 - NCAA: Southern California at Utah.

10 p.m., ESPNU - NCAA: Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State from Birmingham, Ala. (taped today)

10:45 p.m., ESPN - NCAA: Arizona State at Washington.

Golf

6:30 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 - NHL: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs.

7 p.m., NBCSN - NCAA men: Niagara at Notre Dame.

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

Motorcycle Racing

3 a.m. (Sunday), FS1 - MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Malaysia from Sepang.

Soccer

7:40 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Manchester City at West Ham.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN - Premier League: Hull City at Liverpool.

12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 - Premier League: Leicester at Swansea City.

2:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 - MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders.

7:30 p.m., CSN - MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution.

Tennis

9:30 a.m., Tennis Channel - ATP: Swiss Indoors from Basel, Switzerland; Valencia Open from Spain.

4 a.m. (Sunday), Tennis Channel - WTA Championship from Singapore.