UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

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 releases 2019-20 women's basketball schedule

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma gives instructions during the NCAA Albany Regional final on March 31 in Albany, N.Y. The Huskies released their 2019-20 schedule on Thursday, which includes home games against the three teams that joined them in the 2019 NCAA Final Four: defending champion Baylor, Notre Dame and Oregon. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The UConn women's basketball team will play Baylor, Notre Dame and Oregon — the other three teams to join the Huskies in the 2019 NCAA Final Four — as part of their 2019-20 schedule, which was released on Thursday.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

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.

Hurley confident his UConn men's basketball program is on the rise

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley stands with players during the national anthem before a game last season, Hurley's first with the Huskies, in Hartford. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

After receiving a rousing standing ovation following his introduction, Dan Hurley delivered the first of several memorable lines during his talk Thursday morning. "You shouldn't stand and clap that long, we went 16-17 last year," Hurley said.

UConn men secure commitment from wing player

Andre Jackson made up his mind about a week ago that he would commit to the UConn basketball program.

AAC championship trophy photo serves as motivation for UConn men

A constant companion follows the UConn basketball team around. A photo of the American Athletic Conference championship trophy shows up at practice, team meals and weight room as well as other locations.

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...

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.

Another Saturday, another daunting challenge for the UConn football team

UConn defensive back Diamond Harrell (3) intercepts the pass intended for South Florida wide receiver Xavier Weaver (84) last Saturday's game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Huskies are in New Orleans to play Tulane on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Five games into the UConn football season, reality is setting in. While the Huskies are making progress in some areas, they're still not as competitive as they need to be to dig out of their massive hole.

UConn's Jeffreys looks the part in switch from QB to wide receiver

UConn redshirt freshman Elijah Jeffreys, a high school quarterback who was converted into a wide receiver, turned his first collegiate catch into a 25-yard touchdown reception during Saturday's 48-22 loss to South Florida. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Recruited as a wide receiver, ex-high school quarterback Elijah Jeffreys certainly looked the part for UConn during Saturday's 48-22 loss to South Florida at Rentschler Field.

USF beats UConn eighth straight time, 48-22

South Florida running back Trevon Sands runs for a touchdown against UConn defensive back Diamond Harrell, left, and linebacker Omar Fortt during the first half of Saturday's game in East Hartford. South Florida won, 48-22. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Jordan McCloud passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and South Florida rolled past Connecticut 48-22 on Saturday, the Bulls' eighth straight victory over the Huskies.

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

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

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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.