Astros overpower Yankees and take commanding 3-1 lead

Houston's George Springer, right, the ex-UConn great, celebrates after his three-run home run off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka during the third inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. The Astros took a commanding 3-1 series lead with an 8-3 victory. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy Yankees 8-3 Thursday night and reach the cusp of a second World Series visit in three years.

Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink

Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks to the dugout during the fourth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against Houston at Yankee Stadium. Houston won, 8-3, to take a 3-1 series lead. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

CC Sabathia threw a cutter to George Springer and grimaced, then covered his face with his glove as he walked to the dugout after what was likely the final pitch of his career.

The Wicke twins traded coasts and became team captains at Coast Guard

Coast Guard Academy's Mark Wicke (32) extends to deflect a pass away from Catholic's Trey Carson (1) during a game at Cadet Memorial Field in New London at Oct. 5. Wicke, a senior captain for the Bears, shares something plenty in with his twin brother Arthur, who is a senior captain of the Coast Guard tennis team. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Although they're twins, Mark and Arthur Wicke have spent more time together in the four years they've attended the Coast Guard Academy than they did growing up 2,900 miles away in San Marino, Calif.

H.S. football / Week 6 preview capsules

Christian Hightower and the unbeaten Waterford football team can take a step closer to qualifying for the Class M state playoffs on Sunday when they visit Fitch at 1:30 p.m. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A look at the matchups for Week 6 of the high school football season:

Local roundup: Montville boys tie Lyman on Rose's goal in final minute

Montville's Jacob Rose (11) fights to take control of the ball while Lyman Memorial's Jonah Person (3) has a hold of his arm during Thursday's ECC Division III boys' soccer game at Montville. Rose's goal in the final minute helped the Indians earn a 1-1 tie. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jacob Rose's goal in the final minute helped Montville earn a 1-1 tie with Lyman Memorial in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division III boys' soccer match on Thursday.

Women impacting NBA in various roles, including 11 assistant coaches

Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson passes the ball at the team's training facility in Boston. Lawson, who spent part of her career with the Connecticut Sun, is now one of 11 women serving as assistant coaches in the NBA. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Welcome to the new-look NBA, in which women are impacting every aspect of the game — from broadcasting booths, officiating, coaching on the sidelines, front-office executives to ownership.

Mahomes injures right knee in Chiefs' rout of Broncos

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leaves the game after suffering a knee injury during the first half of Thursday night's game at Denver. He didn't return, but the Chiefs rolloed to a 30-6 win over the Broncos. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee in a pileup near the goal line before his Kansas City teammates rallied around their fallen superstar for a 30-6 thrashing of Denver on Thursday night.

HIGH SCHOOL

ECC cross country championships postponed until Monday

Flooding at the Norwich Golf Course on Thursday forced postponement of the ECC cross country championships. The meet has been rescheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Burke)

Today's Eastern Connecticut Conference cross country championships have been postponed due to wet conditions at Norwich Golf Course.

East Lyme girls capture first ECC Division I title soccer since 2016

East Lyme's Alivia Catanzaro (10) rises in traffic to convert a corner kick during the first half of the Vikings' 2-0 road win over Woodstock Academy on Wednesday, a victory that gave East Lyme its first ECC Division title since 2016. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The goal which finally put the game away for the East Lyme girls' soccer team, bringing with it the first ECC division title since 2016, couldn't have been a more perfect illustration of how Wednesday's game went for the Vikings.

ECC decides cross country titles on Thursday at Norwich Golf Course

East Lyme defends its boys' and girls' cross country titles on Thursday when the annual Eastern Connecticut Conference championship races are held at the Norwich Golf Course.

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COLUMNS

UConn leadership has betrayed Edsall yet again

Randy Edsall is not to blame for the disaster that has become UConn football. He was handed a...

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

3 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 practice from Kansas City, Kan.

4 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Hollywood Casino 400 practice from Kansas City, Kan.

5 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 final practice from Kansas City, Kan.

6 p.m., FS1 — NHRA FallNationals qualifying from Dallas.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Hollywood Casino 400 final practice from Kansas City, Kan.

Baseball

7 p.m., FS1, WFAN (660-AM) — ALCS: Houston Astros at New York Yankees in Game 5.

Basketball

7:30 p.m., YES — NBA preseason: Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., TNT — NBA preseason: New Orleans Pelicans at New York Knicks.

10:30 p.m., NBA TV — NBA preseason: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors.

Boxing

10 p.m., ESPN — Artur Beterbiev vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk in a light-heavyweight bout from Philadelphia.

Figure Skating

Midnight, NBCSN — ISU Grand Prix from Turin, Italy.

Football

6:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Marshall at Florida Atlantic.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Pittsburgh at Syracuse.

7 p.m., ESPNews — CFL: Toronto Argonauts at Montreal Alouettes.

7 p.m., ESPNU — High school: Mandarin (Fla.) at Sandalwood (Fla.).

10 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: UNLV at Fresno State.

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: French Open from Paris.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Dominion Energy Charity Classic from Richmond, Va. 

10 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges from Jeju Island, South Korea.

2 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — LPGA: Buick LPGA from Shanghai.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at Washington Capitals.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Union at Massachusetts.

Mixed Martial Arts

6 p.m., ESPN2 — UFC Fight Night preliminaries followed by Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman from Boston.

Rugby

3 a.m. (Saturday), NBCSN — World Cup: England vs. Australia in a quarterfinal from Oita, Japan.

Soccer

5 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Cornell at Yale.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — Kremlin Cup from Moscow, WTA Luxembourg Open, ATP Stockholm Open from Sweden, ATP European Cup from Antwerp, Belgium.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Fitch volleyball team beats East Lyme in ECC Division I match

Nora Ryan had 21 kills, eight digs and four blocks as Fitch beat rival East Lyme 25-13, 25-12, 25-15 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I volleyball match Wednesday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes injures right knee against Broncos

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is helped by trainers after getting injured against the Broncos during the first half of Thursday's game in Denver. (Jack Dempsey/AP Photo)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee injury on a sneak against the Denver Broncos.

Stamkos scores in shootout, Lightning beat Bruins 4-3

Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save against Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) in overtime on Thursday night in Boston. The Lightning won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal in the shootout and Tampa Bay beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday night.

Palmieri, Wood help Devils beat Rangers for first win

New Jersey left wing Miles Wood (44) defends against Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period on Thursday night in Newark, N.J. The Devils beat the Rangers 5-2. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rookie Jack Hughes got his first NHL point, P.K. Subban scored his first goal with New Jersey and the Devils got a strong team effort to pick up their first win of the season.

NHL roundup

Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov saves a shot from Winnipeg's Andrew Copp as he attempts to jam the puck in as Islanders' Derick Brassard (10) defends during the second period of Thursday's game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Islanders won, 3-1. (John Woods/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Mathew Barzal scored two power-play goals in the second period and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves in the New York Islanders' 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to 'beautiful place'

Nationals manager Dave Martinez kisses the NLCS trophy after Washington completed a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Nationals manager Dave Martinez is an optimistic sort, a live-in-the-moment guy who loves his mantras and his mottos, whether it's telling players to "go 1-0 today" or to "stay in the fight."

WNBA's New York Liberty to play at Barclays starting in 2020

Joe Tsai, co-founder and executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group and the owner of the New York Liberty, will move the team to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2020. The Liberty played the past two seasons at the Westchester County Center, where the capacity was set for just over 2,000 fans. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

The New York Liberty will have a new home next year — Barclays Center.

Rooney nears end of MLS stint with positive memories, one regret

DC United's Wayne Rooney, who will return to England following the MLS playoffs, leads the team with 11 goals but has scored just once since July 1. (Katherine Frey/Washington Post)

In the next few days or perhaps few weeks, depending on how long D.C. United lasts in these MLS playoffs, Wayne Rooney will settle into a first-class seat and cross the Atlantic.

UCONN

UConn's Donaldson dusts off his kicking leg in his new role

Mason Donaldson, a UConn wide receiver, recently earned the job as the Huskies' kickoff specialist, a role he held in high school but hasn't gotten an opportunity to reprise since then. (Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Mason Donaldson recently decided to dust off his kicking leg. The UConn redshirt junior approached special teams coordinator Eddie Allen about handling kickoff duties.

UConn women, despite being AAC favorites again, face challenges

UConn senior point guard Crystal Dangerfield answers questions during American Athletic Conference media day on Monday in Philadelphia. The Huskies are the preseason favorite to defend their title and Dangerfield is the AAC's preseason co-player of the year with Central Florida's Kay Kay Wright. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Even a program as crazy successful as UConn women's basketball faces its share of challenges.

UConn men ready for one last journey through the AAC

Andy Katz, left, interviews UConn's Dan Hurley, center, and East Carolina's Joe Dooley during Monday's American Athletic Conference basketball media day in Philadelphia. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Dan Hurley doesn't expect the American Athletic Conference to throw UConn a going away party.

COLLEGES

Michigan-Penn State, LSU-Auburn key games before Halloween

Utah running back Zack Moss runs for a 91-yard touchdown during the first half of an Oct. 12 game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Utah won, 52-7. (Amanda Loman/AP Photo)

Except for South Carolina's stunning overtime win at Georgia, there haven't been many results so far this season that figure to shape the College Football Playoffs standings. Expect that to change before Halloween.

Atlanta businessman spared prison in college hoops scandal

An Atlanta businessman who pleaded guilty in a college basketball scandal that paid bribes to steer top athletes to schools and money managers is spared prison.

The NCAA is still whining about pay to play. It's too late for that.

For many, many years the NCAA has been able to perpetrate the myth of the amateur athlete.