H.S. boys' basketball / 2018-19 preview capsules

East Lyme senior Dev Ostrowski, right, a returning all-state player, has the Vikings primed to make a run at ECC and state tournament championships this winter. (Tim Martin/The Day

Following is a team-by-team capsule look at the 2018-19 high school boys' basketball season:

New London girls beat Capital Prep 58-50 in opener

Freshman Joniyah Bland-Fitzpatrick had 27 points in her New London girls' basketball debut as the No. 3 Whalers went on the road and beat Capital Prep 58-50 Wednesday in a hostile enviroment.

Local roundup: Ledyard outlasts Montville in wrestling opener

Ledyard's Tim Dorr spins around to take down Montville's Colt McCracken during their 220-pound match on Wednesday night at Montville. Dorr won 9-2 and helped the Colonels defeat the Indians 39-25 on opening night of the high school wrestling season. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Back-to-back pins by Brayden Grim and Adam Crawford helped Ledyard open its wrestling season with a 39-25 victory over Montville on Wednesday night.

Pats face some unknowns in matchup with Steelers

If there's been a blueprint to having success against the Patriots defense this season, it's started with running the football.

Manning not throwing as much with Giants' offense in gear

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks to reporters on Wednesday at East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Tom Canavan)

After opening with a 1-7 record, Pat Shurmur's team has won four of five by doing all the little things that make a quarterback look good.

HIGH SCHOOL

H.S. wrestling / 2018-19 preview capsules

New London's Naaji Powell-Keyton, left, battles Simsbury's Thomas Finn during their State Open 106-pound semifinal match last winter. Powell-Keyton, who placed in the ECC, Class M and State Open as a freshman, is back to help lead the defending ECC Division I champs. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Following is a team-by-team capsule look at the 2018-19 high school wrestling season:

H.S. hockey / 2018-19 preview capsules

Eastern Connecticut's Evan Tower, left, skates past Tri-Town's Michael Shuman during last season's CIAC Division III championship game at Yale University's Ingalls Rink in New Haven. Tower is back to help lead the Eagles, who won their first state title in 2017-18 by defeating Tri-Town 7-3. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Following is a team-by-team capsule look at the 2018-19 high school hockey season:

Greenwich finishes as unanimous No. 1 in The Day's coaches' poll

Greenwich quarterback Gavin Muir runs away from a pair of New Canaan defenders during Saturday's Class LL final at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. The Cardinals, who rolled to a 34-0 win to finish a 13-0 season, were unanimously voted No. 1 in The Day's final high school football coaches' state poll on Monday. (Photo courtesy of John McCreary for Hearst Connecticut Media)

Greenwich finished as the unanimous number one team in The Day's final Top 10 state high school football coaches’ poll after its CIAC Class LL championship win Saturday.

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COLUMNS

Cactus Jack Foundation continues to spread holiday cheer

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ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Boston University at Dartmouth.

8 p.m., TNT — NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets.

10 p.m., ESPNU — NBAGL: Capital City Go-Go at South Bay Lakers from El Segundo, Calif.

10:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns.

Football

8:20 p.m., Ch. 61, NFL Network, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs. 

Golf

5:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Alfred Dunhill Championship from Malelane, South Africa.

Midnight, Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Indonesian Masters from Jakarta.

Rodeo

10 p.m., CBSSN — PRCA National Finals from Las Vegas.

Swimming

Noon, NBCSN — FINA World Championships from Hangzhou, China. (taped today)

Volleyball

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Stanford vs. Brigham Young in Division I tournament semifinal from Minneapolis.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Illinois vs. Nebraska in Division I tournament semifinal from Minneapolis.

PODCASTS

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Ledyard's Samson adds national title to her amazing soccer journey

Ledyard High graduate Alyssa Samson, center, played a reserve role in helping the University of Bridgeport capture the recent NCAA Division II women's soccer championship earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Bridgeport athletics)

Pardon Alyssa Samson for still being a bit giddy a week after winning a Division II national championship.

Local roundup: Montville beats St. Bernard girls in ECC Div. IV opener

Maya Hillman had 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots as Montville opened its season with a 36-23 victory over St. Bernard in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV girls' basketball game on Tuesday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Goodell: NFL won't pay for video in domestic investigations

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference on Wednesday after the league meeting in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the NFL won't pay for video evidence in cases involving domestic violence, and he defended the league's handling of those investigations.

NFL notes

Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Wednesday selected rookie Lamar Jackson as his starter, opting to play the hot hand rather than a former Super Bowl MVP who's been starting since his inaugural season in 2008.

NBA roundup

Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets hugs Jeremy Lamb after Lamb's go-ahead and eventual game-winning basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of Wednesday's game at Charlotte, N.C. Both players are former UConn standouts. Charlotte won 108-107. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Kyrie Irving scored Boston's last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall in a point-guard showdown, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory...

Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

In this Oct. 17 file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws against the Boston Red Sox during Game 4 of the ALCS in Houston. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact.

UCONN

UConn's Hurley infusing a competitive spirit as part of his rebuilding plan

UConn head coach Dan Hurley reacts from sideline durint the first half of the Huskies' 79-71 loss to Florida State in Saturday's Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Part One of Dan Hurley's master rebuilding plan is devoted to infusing passion and energy into his basketball program. If accomplishing that plan requires Hurley be a fire-breathing dragon, so be it.

Pindell's MVP honor highlights UConn football team awards night

Senior quarterback David Pindell was honored as the team's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year during UConn football's annual awards night on Sunday.

Another painful, messy loss for UConn men

UConn guard Jalen Adams (4) attempts a shot as Florida State forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) defends during the first half of a men's college basketball game Saturday in Newark, N.J. (Bill Kostroun/AP Photo)

UConn and Florida State's men's basketball teams combined for 41 turnovers. Fifty-five fouls were called, including two technical and two flagrant fouls on the Huskies. The Seminoles also were whistled for a flagrant foul.

COLLEGES

AP All-America team: Tide leads with four of 10 CFP players

Alabama defensive back Deionte Thompson celebrates after Mississippi State place kicker Jace Christmann (47) missed a field goal-attempt during the first half of a Nov. 10 game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Thompson was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team on Monday. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

Playoff semifinalists place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including four from No. 1 Alabama.

Kansas back to No. 1 in Associated Press men's hoops poll

Kansas' Mitch Lightfoot celebrates after getting past New Mexico State's Ivan Aurrecoechea for a dunk during the second half of Saturday's game in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas won 63-60. (Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)

Preseason No. 1 Kansas is again the top-ranked team in the AP Top 25 following Gonzaga's loss to Tennessee.

Michigan State enters AP women's poll after beating Oregon

As she stands with Michigan State teammates Claire Hendrickson, left, and Taryn McCutcheon, right, Jenna Allen, center, reacts after leading a 88-82 upset over Oregon in Sunday's game in East Lansing, Mich. (Al Goldis/AP Photo)

A win over Oregon vaulted Michigan State into the women's AP Top 25.