Shane Lowry builds 4-shot lead in British Open

Ireland's Shane Lowry reacts to the crowd on the 18th green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championships on Saturday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

The cheers grew louder and Shane Lowry kept getting better Saturday in the British Open.

Three former champions in final four field at Norwich Invitational

The final four championship flight golfers still standing at the 93rd Norwich Invitational have some things in common.

Local roundup: Mystic advances to LL baseball final; Groton/Mystic wins LL softball sectional

Liam Joyce pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts as Mystic blanked Madison on Saturday, 4-0, to advance to the championship game of the state Little League (10-12) Section 3 tournament.

Yankees beat Rockies 11-5, win 5th straight

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius runs past third base to score on a single by Gleyber Torres during the fourth inning of Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies at New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Edwin Encarnación chased Anthony Senzatela with a two-run double in a five-run second inning, and New York romped over the Rockies 11-5 Saturday for its fifth straight win.

Alonso, Mets power up to pound Giants 11-4

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, right, celebrates with Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland in the sixth inning of Saturday's game at San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Pete Alonso came off the bench and hit his 33rd home run, setting the Mets rookie record for RBIs as New York beat San Francisco 11-4 Saturday to end the Giants' seven-game winning streak.

High-flying Sun crush the Dream, 98-69

Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman takes the ball away from Atlanta Dream guard Maite Cazorla  in the second half of a WNBA game Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun blew open the game in the second half to roll to the 98-69 win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jasmine Thomas had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Connecticut Sun had one of its best offensive games of the season Friday night, crushing the Atlanta Dream 98-69 and moving into first in the overall WNBA standings.

Angels designate struggling pitcher Matt Harvey for assignment

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the second inning Thursday night against the Houston Astros in Anaheim, Calif. Harvey was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday. (Kyusung Gong/AP Photo)

A six-run outing Thursday night turned out to be Matt Harvey’s downfall. The Los Angeles Angels designated the struggling right-handed pitcher for assignment Friday.

HIGH SCHOOL

Ledyard hires head coaches Quibble (wrestling), Strong (boys' track)

Ledyard High School named Allyn Quibble head wrestling coach and Tim Strong boys' outdoor track coach on Tuesday, as announced by athletic director and assistant principal Jim Buonocore.

COLUMNS

Dr. I is back and he's got a lot on his mind

Best Dr. I can tell, former Waterford High great Kevin Johnson began the custom as far back as...

Stiff competition not only obstacle to winning 93rd Norwich Invitational

Beating a highly-competitive field is just one obstacle to winning this weekend's 93rd Norwich...

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

10 a.m., CNBC — NASCAR Monster Cup Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 practice from Loudon, N.H.

11:15 a.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Lakes Region 200 qualifying from Loudon, N.H.

12:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 final practice from Loudon, N.H.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 qualifying from Loudon, N.H.

4 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Lakes Region 200 from Loudon, N.H.

7 p.m., NBCSN — IndyCar Iowa 300 from Newton.

Baseball

1 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Colorado Rockies at New York Yankees.

4 p.m., WCCT, FS1, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at San Francisco Giants.

6 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Brooklyn Cyclones at Connecticut Tigers.

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles.

7 p.m., FS1 — MLB: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers. (joined in progress)

Basketball

Noon, ESPN — The Basketball Tournament from Columbus, Ohio.

3 p.m., NBA TV — WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at New York Liberty.

4 p.m., Ch. 3 — Big3 from Kansas City, Mo.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — The Basketball Tournament from Lexington, Ky.

8 p.m., NBA TV — WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Dallas Wings.

Boxing

7 p.m., Ch. 61 — Caleb Plant vs. Mike Lee in a super middleweight bout from Las Vegas.

Cycling

7:30 a.m., NBCSN — Tour de France.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — PGA: British Open Championship from Portrush, Northern Ireland.

7 a.m., Chs. 10, 30 — PGA: British Open Championship from Portrush, Northern Ireland.

2 p.m., FS1 — U.S. Junior Amateur from Toledo, Ohio.

4 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Barbasol Championship from Nicholasville, Ky.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Great Lakes Bay Invitational from Midland, Mich.

4 a.m. (Sunday), Golf Channel — PGA: British Open Championship from Portrush, Northern Ireland.

Horse Racing

5 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — Haskell Invitational from Monmouth, N.J.

Lacrosse

5 p.m., NBCSB — MLL: Atlanta Blaze at Boston Cannons.

Mixed Martial Arts

6 p.m., ESPN — UFC Fight Night from San Antonio.

Soccer

7:30 a.m., ESPN2 — International Champions Cup: Manchester United vs. Inter Milan from Singapore.

4 p.m., ESPN — International Champions Cup: Benfica vs. Guadalajara from Santa Clara, Calif.

5 p.m., WCTX — USL: Charleston Battery at Hartford Athletic.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — International Champions Cup: Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid from Houston.

9 p.m., YES — MLS: New York City FC at Colorado Rapids.

Talk Show

5:05 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — Sports Talk with Bill Donovan and Chris Ferace.

Tennis

7 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Swedish Open from Bastad, Sweden; WTA Bucharest Open from Romania; ATP Croatia Open from Umag.

1 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Hall of Fame Open from Newport, R.I.

7 p.m., CBSSN — WTT: San Diego Aviators at Orange County Breakers.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Mystic shuts out Wethersfield in Section 3 LL opener

Trace Morales and Griffin Pollard combined to pitch a one-hitter Friday, leading Mystic to an 8-0 victory over Wethersfield in the opening game of the state Section 3 tournament.

Sowders a regular in Norwich Invitational flight winner's circle

Jim Sowders puts the ball on the third hole during the 2005 Norwich Golf Course men's club championship. Sowders is believed to be the only player in Norwich Invitational history to win all seven flights. (Day File Photo)

Twenty years removed from winning his only Norwich Invitational championship flight title, Jim Sowders still possesses a healthy dose of optimism on tournament weekend.

Local roundup: IronBirds homer in the ninth to top Tigers in opener

Zach Watson homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Aberdeen IronBirds to a 4-3 victory in a New York-Penn League baseball game Thursday night in the opening game of a doubleheader.

PROFESSIONAL

Li Na sets new mark: first Asian-born into Tennis Hall

Tennis Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Mary Pierce of France, Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia and Li Na of China pose for photos following induction ceremonies at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday at Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

She was enshrined along with Mary Pierce of France and Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov during a lengthy on-court ceremony that followed the Hall of Fame Open semifinals and stretched from sunset into nighttime.

Isner advances to final on Newport's hot grass courts

Top-seeded John Isner overcame extremely hot conditions and a first-set tiebreaker loss to beat fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert of France 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Saturday and advance to the Hall of Fame Open final.

Even 7 shots back, Brooks Koepka is lurking at Open

Brooks Koepka plays a shot from the 11th fairway during the third round of the British Open on Saturday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (Matt Dunham/AP Photo)

Brooks Koepka doesn't need to reach too far back in the memory bank to know how precarious a big lead can be. He nearly gave away his last major just two months ago after leading by seven shots going into the final round of the PGA Championship.

Johannes leads Liberty to 83-78 win over Sparks

Rookie Marine Johannes scored 17 points, making all six of her shots, to lead the New York Liberty to an 83-78 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday.

Lee Westwood has up-and-down round at British Open

Lee Westwood kisses his caddie and girlfriend Helen Storey on the 18th green after completing his third round of the British Open on Saturday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (Jon Super/AP Photo)

Lee Westwood's relaxed approach to the British Open had its ups and downs in the third round.

Challenge accepted: Fleetwood out to ruin Lowry's big day

Tommy Fleetwood reacts after he saves par on the 15th green during the third round of the British Open on Saturday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (Jon Super/AP Photo)

Tommy Fleetwood is looking to prevent the biggest golfing party ever seen on the Emerald Isle from exploding into life at Royal Portrush on Sunday.

Giants win seventh straight thanks to botched play by Mets

The Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right, celebrates with Donovan Solano after the team's 1-0, walk-off win over the Mets in 10 innings Friday in San Francisco. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)

Alex Dickerson raced home from first on a botched fly ball to shallow left field with two outs in the 10th inning and the San Francisco Giants won Friday, 1-0, over the New York Mets.

UCONN

American commissioner Aresco: No plans to replace UConn

UConn football coach Randy Edsall talks to his team during the second half of a game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in East Hartford. On Tuesday, Edsall was left to answer questions about his team's future, as the Huskies enter their final year in the American Athletic Conference. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Schools interested in joining the American Athletic Conference after UConn leaves can call commissioner Mike Aresco. The AAC will not be soliciting applications for membership.

COLLEGES

Ohio State, other Big Ten East powers facing uncertainty

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, left, talks to reporters during the Big Ten media days on Thursday in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

Ohio State has questions with its coach and quarterback — never a good way to begin a season. There is also uncertainty at other powers in the Big Ten's East Division.

Former BC coach suffers brain injury in fall

Former Boston College women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese suffered a brain injury when she fell earlier this week, according to a social media post by her sister.

Florida's Mullen hoping for sizable leap in second season

Florida head coach Dan Mullen speaks during Monday's Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

Dan Mullen made a big leap in his second season at Mississippi State, but his Florida team doesn't have quite so much room to grow.