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Three local teams to compete in 11-on-11 Independent Football League

Valley Regional/Old Lyme's Anthony Rosario, left, runs the ball with the help of a block by teammate Jeremy Rand (62) during a football game last season against Gilbert/Northwestern. Valley/Old Lyme, going by the name the War Cats, will compete in the Connecticut High School Independent Football League beginning Saturday at Falcon Field in Meriden. Because the state did not allow football at the high school level this fall, the team will not be affiliated with either school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Independent high school football leagues are popping up across Connecticut after the CIAC canceled the fall season at the urging of the state Department of Health, including three local participants.

One-game season for Coast Guard women's soccer comes against Division I Army

Coast Guard's Sabrina Robertson, left, and Army's Lauren Drysdale (14) go up to head the ball during a women's soccer game Friday in New London. Division I Army topped Division III Coast Guard 3-0 in what was Coast Guard's only game of the season. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Their story is normal in the new abnormal: The college team with a blip of a season, finally getting the opportunity to play. One game, one night, one chance.

Buehler pitches Dodgers to Game 3 win

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 3 of the baseball World Series Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Buehler struck out 10 in six innings in a pulsating performance, and Los Angeles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night for a 2-1 World Series lead.

More than 30 college teams, including UConn men and women, to play early games at Mohegan

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma celebrated his 1,000th career victory Dec. 19, 2017 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Huskies have played at the arena many times in recent seasons, including holding the American Athletic Conference tournament there, and they are scheduled to open the 2020-21 season there, as well. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Mohegan Sun Arena is finalizing plans to host more than 30 college basketball teams as it becomes a modified bubble for several early-season tournaments, including two being moved from New York.

Local roundup: East Lyme volleyball resumes play, remains unbeaten

Skylar Bell had 13 digs and three aces as the East Lyme High School volleyball team resumed play following a layoff due to COVID-19 with a 25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-12 victory over Ledyard in the Eastern Connecticut Conference.

Giants squander chance to get back into NFC East race

New York Giants' Daniel Jones walks off the field after an NFL football game Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The New York Giants had a chance to be a contender in the mediocre NFC East and squandered it in Philadelphia.

HIGH SCHOOL

Bears, Lancers meet for the fourth time this season in field hockey

Stonington´s Ellie Korinek (15) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Bears' 6-0 field hockey win over Waterford on Thursday, the fourth time the teams have played this year due to scheduling issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

If the joke is that every day during the COVID-19 pandemic feels like Groundhog Day, another day working from home at the kitchen table, the Waterford and Stonington high school field hockey teams can relate.

H.S. roundup: Wheeler girls beat Grasso Tech for first soccer victory

Sophomore Eva Comeau scored a pair of goals as Wheeler won its first game with a 6-0 girls' soccer victory over Grasso Tech on Thursday.

H.S. roundup: Bacon girls edge Waterford cross country on tiebreaker

Wheeler goalie Addie Hauptmann, right, gets help from teammate Kylie Groves as she blocks shot by St. Bernard's Angelicia Tompkins (13) during Wednesday's girls' soccer game in Montville. The Saints beat the Lions 2-0. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Bacon Academy remained unbeaten thanks to a tiebreaker, edging Waterford in an Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' cross country meet at Harkness Memorial State Park on Wednesday afternoon.

COLUMNS

Kids should benefit most from NL community center

At some point, the priority needs to shift to the kids, especially in New London, where lip service...

ON THE AIR

Australian Rules Football

4:30 a.m., FS1 — AFL playoffs: Richmond Tigers vs. Geelong Cats in Grand Final from Woolloongabba, Australia.

Auto Racing

5:55 a.m., ESPN — Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix practice from Portimão, Portugal.

8:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying from Portimão, Portugal.

9 a.m., CBSSN — GT Intercontinental Challenge from Spa, Belgium.

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 from Fort Worth, Texas.

6 pm., FS2 — MotoAmerica Superbike from Salinas, Calif.

8 p.m., NBCSN — IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg qualifying from Florida. (taped today)

Baseball

3:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Korean: LG Twins at NC Dinos.

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 from Arlington, Texas.

Boxing

9 p.m., Showtime — Sergey Lipinets vs. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov in a welterweight bout from Mohegan Sun Arena.

Crossfit

1 p.m., Ch. 3 — Reebok CrossFit Games from Aromas, Calif.

Figure Skating

3 p.m., Ch. 30 — ISU Grand Prix Skate America from Las Vegas.

9 p.m., NBCSN — ISU Grand Prix Skate America from Las Vegas.

Football

Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: Oklahoma at Texas Christian.

Noon, Ch. 61 — NCAA: Nebraska at Ohio State.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA: Mercer at Army.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: North Carolina State at North Carolina.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA: Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA: Kansas at Kansas State.

Noon, NESN, YES — NCAA: Florida State at Louisville.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Tulane at Central Florida.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Alabama at Tennessee.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Iowa State at Oklahoma State.

3:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Houston at Navy.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Baylor at Texas.

3:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Penn State at Indiana.

3:30 p.m., NESN, YES — NCAA: Virginia Tech at Wake Forest.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Georgia State at Troy.

5:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: West Virginia at Texas Tech.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Wyoming at Nevada.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: South Carolina at Louisiana State.

7 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Utah State at Boise State.

7:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Michigan at Minnesota.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Louisiana Tech at Texas-San Antonio.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Cincinnati at Southern Methodist.

10:15 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Texas State at Brigham Young.

10:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: UNLV at San Diego State.

10:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Air Force at San Jose State.

Golf

7 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Italian Open from Pozzolengo, Italy.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Drive On Championship from Eatonton, Ga.

5 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Zozo Championship from Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Horse Racing

Noon, FS2 — Live racing from Elmont, N.Y.

Mixed Martial Arts

Noon, ESPN2 — UFC 254 undercard bouts from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Rugby

Noon, NBCSN — Premiership: London Irish vs. Exeter Chiefs in final from Twickenham, England. (taped today)

2 p.m., NBCSN — Six Nations: Italy at Ireland from Dublin. (taped today)

4 a.m. (Sunday), FS2 — NRL playoffs: Penrith Panthers vs. Melbourne Storm in Grand Final from Sydney.

Soccer

8:55 a.m., ESPNews — Serie A: Sampdoria at Atalanta.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Crystal Palace at Fulham.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — Premier League: Chelsea at Manchester United.

7:30 p.m., YES — MLS: Montreal Impact at New York City FC.

Tennis

8 a.m., Tennis Channel — WTA Ostrava Open from Czech Republic; ATP European Open from Antwerp, Belgium; ATP Cologne Championship from Germany.

Volleyball

1 p.m., theday.com — High school girls: Lyman Memorial at Waterford.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Cooper named as Coast Guard's interim head softball coach

Arielle Cooper, who won state championships both as a player and as head coach with the Fitch High School softball team, was named interim head coach of the Coast Guard Academy softball team Thursday, taking over for longtime head coach Donna Koczajowski. Cooper was an assistant under Koczajowski for three seasons. (Photo courtesy of Coast Guard athletics)

Fitch High School graduate Arielle Cooper, who won state softball championships as both a player and a coach for the Falcons, was named interim head coach of the Coast Guard Academy softball team Thursday.

PROFESSIONAL

NFL notes

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Notes from around the National Football League

Thomas leads at Zozo Championship

Justin Thomas hits from the bunker to the eighth green during the second round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Justin Thomas went from a fast finish one day to a fast start the next, and it carried him to a 7-under 65 on Friday and a one-shot lead in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood.

Thinking of 49ers, Edelman has 'Jerry Rice Hill' to thank

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, center, looks for a receiver as he attempts to pass between Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb, left, and safety Justin Simmons, right, in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

When Julian Edelman faces his hometown team on Sunday, he’ll have a chance to show off for the old neighborhood.

Column: Neutral-site World Series hopefully a one-and-done

Fans watch during the fourth inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Any thought of transforming the World Series into some sort of Super Bowl-like spectacle, played in a single city that is chosen years in advance, should not be part of a much-needed discussion on modernizing the game.

Eagles score two late TDs to overtake Giants 22-21

Eagles players celebrate after a touchdown by Boston Scott during the final seconds of Thursday's 22-21 win over the New York Giants in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Carson Wentz threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Boston Scott with 40 seconds remaining and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame an 11-point deficit in the final seven minutes to beat the Giants 22-21 on Thursday night.

Rays are confident following the lead of Charlie Morton in Game 3

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday in San Diego. He will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Charlie Morton has slowly and quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever.

Report: Sox begin interviewing managerial candidates

The Red Sox have reportedly started to interview candidates for their vacant managerial job, including Cubs third base coach Will Venable and Pirates bench coach Don Kelly.

UCONN

UConn's Aaliyah Edwards relies on Canadian connection

When Aaliyah Edwards was looking for advice on how to make an immediate impact with the UConn women's basketball team upon her arrival in Storrs, she could not have found a better source than Kia Nurse.

Labor Dept: Women basketball coaches at UConn were underpaid

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014, file photo, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma shares a light moment with his bench with associate head basketball coach Chris Dailey, left, and assistant coaches Shea Ralph, second from right, and Marisa Moseley during the second half of UConn's 102-41 victory over SMU in an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn. The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a total of just under $250,000 to seven women, including four members of Geno Auriemma's 2014 women's basketball coaching staff, after the U.S. Labor Department found they had been underpaid when compared with men in similar positions.  (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, File)

The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a total of just under $250,000 to seven women, including four members of Geno Auriemma's 2014 women's basketball coaching staff, after the U.S. Labor Department found they had been underpaid when...

COLLEGES

Army-Navy game in December moves from Philly to West Point

The Army-Navy football game in December has been moved from Philadelphia to West Point because of attendance limits placed on outdoor events in Pennsylvania.

Army purring again under coach Monken

Army quarterback Cade Ballard, right, celebrates a touchdown with teammates Jordyn Law, Noah Knapp (65) and Mike Johnson (59) during an Oct. 17 game against UTSA in San Antonio, Texas. Army won 28-16. (Darren Abate/AP Photo)

Army is thriving again under coach Jeff Monken after going 5-8 in 2019.

Coastal Carolina cracks Top 25, poised to keep moving up

Coastal Carolina players celebrate after Massimo Biscardi kicked the go-ahead field goal during the second half of a 30-27 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 14 in Lafayette, La. (Paul Kieu/AP Photo)

Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell remembered a few years back when his players thought it would be easy to go from FCS power to college football’s top division. They know better these days.