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)

Michigan-Penn State, LSU-Auburn key games 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 certain schools and money managers has been spared prison time

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.

No. 19 SMU undefeated with Buechele and others who came home

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele throws a pass during the first half of an Oct. 5 game against Tulsa in Dallas, Texas. Buechele is the starting quarterback for an undefeated Top 25 team, like so many people envisioned when he started 12 games as a true freshman for Texas. Except Buechele is now close to home after going to No. 19 SMU as a graduate transfer. (Roger Steinman/AP Photo)

Shane Buechele and others came home to SMU for what is now the Mustangs' best season since the NCAA death penalty

First-half surprises include stingy Wisconsin, LSU's Burrow

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor celebrates a touchdown against Michigan State during the second half of an Oct. 12 game iin Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 38-0. (Andy Manis/AP Photo)

First-half surprises include No. 6 Wisconsin's rise up the polls, LSU's Joe Burrow's emergence as Heisman contender

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...

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

AP Midseason All-America Team: Burrow, Taylor lead first team

California's Evan Weaver tackles North Texas' Jyaire Shorter while attempting to catch a pass on fourth down in the fourth quarter of a Sept. 14 game in Berkeley, Calif. Weaver was selected to the AP Midseason All-America NCAA college football team on Tuesday. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/San Jose Mercury News/AP Photo)

AP Midseason All-America Team: Burrow, Taylor lead 1st team

Camels can't conquer NESCAC foe Trinity in women's soccer

Connecticut College's Marielle McEnaney goes airborne from a collision with Trinity's Delaney Markham (27) in NESCAC women's soccer action Tuesday  on Freeman Field in New London. Trinity won 4-3 in double overtime. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

There are times when it feels as though competing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference should come with a warning label.

AP Top 25 Reality Check: How to use head-to-head results?

South Carolina linebacker T.J. Brunson (6) celebrates after coming up with the ball for a turnover in the second half of an Oct. 12 game against Georgia in Athens, Ga. South Carolina stunned then-No. 3 Georgia in double overtime, 20-17. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald/AP Photo)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: How to use head-to-head results when rankings team?

STAT WATCH: Midseason leaders a mix of familiar, new names

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts puts on the Golden Hat after the Sooners beat Texas, 34-27, on Oct. 12 in Dallas. (Jeffrey McWhorter/AP Photo)

STAT WATCH: Midseason college football leaders are a mix of familiar, new names

UCONN FOOTBALL

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.

Tulane makes quick work of UConn 49-7

Tulane running back Amare Jones (11) runs past UConn defensive lineman Lwal Uguak (98) during the Green Wave's 49-7 victory over the Huskies on Saturday afternoon at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans. (A.J. Sisco/The Advocate via AP)

Justin McMillan completed 18 of 24 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 37 yards and another score as Tulane routed UConn 49-7 on Saturday in an American Athletic Conference football game at Yulman Stadium.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

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.

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.

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

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)

Astros manager AJ Hinch is blowing his own whistle on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He's had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what's coming at the plate

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

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.