SEC building some of the top defenses in college football

Kentucky running back Asim Rose, front right, is hit by Florida linebacker David Reese II during the second half of a Sept. 14 game in Lexington, Ky. Florida won, 29-21. (Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

SEC building some of the top defenses in college football

Penalty trouble puts FSU, Miami, Syracuse in early ACC hole

Florida State coach Willie Taggart reacts to a call during the second half of a Sept. 14 game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia won, 31-24. (Andrew Shurtleff/AP Photo)

Penalty trouble puts Florida State, Miami, Syracuse in early ACC hole

Pitino settles with Louisville, ready for 'new chapter'

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino talks to reporters during a Feb. 21, 2018 news conference in New York. The University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit, with the former Cardinals men's basketball coach's changing his termination to a resignation. The settlement unanimously approved Wednesday by the ULAA states that Pitino has received compensation and the school agrees not to pursue further legal action. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

Louisville, ex-basketball coach Rick Pitino settle lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school; Hall of Famer says he's ready for 'new chapter'

All-America watch: Georgia's J.R. Reed relies on home lessons

Georgia defensive back J.R. Reed scoops up a Murray State fumble and returns it for a 14-yard touchdown during the first half of a Sept. 7 game in Athens, Ga. Georgia won, 63-17. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution/AP Photo)

Lessons learned at home have propelled J.R. Reed to a leading role in Georgia's secondary

No. 8 Auburn, Nix taking show on road against Mond & Co.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix scrambles away from Tulane defensive end Davon Wright during the first quarter of a Sept. 7 game in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won, 24-6. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

No. 8 Auburn, Nix taking show on road against Mond, Texas A&M

COLUMNS

Buscetto, the ECC and Safe Futures show the power of together

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MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Gap between elite and rest grows

Clemson's Nolan Turner and Lyn-J Dixon celebrate a touchdown against Syracuse during a Sept. 14 in Syracuse, N.Y. Top-ranked Clemson won, 41-6. (Steve Jacobs/AP Photo)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Gap between elite teams and rest of rankings grows

Bring on the Irish: A historic game between the hedges

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart reacts on the sideline during the second half of a Nov. 17, 2018 game against Massachusetts in Athens, Ga. Notre Dame and Georgia. Two of college football's most storied programs meet for the first time in one of its most famed settings, a game that already feels special because of its historic ramifications but is also likely to have a huge impact on this year's race to the College Football Playoff. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Bring on the Irish: A historic game between the hedges

Stat Watch: Another 200-yard game gives Hubbard rushing lead

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard jumps over Tulsa cornerback Reggie Robinson II during a Sept. 14 game in Tulsa, Okla. Hubbard ran 32 times for 256 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys won, 40-21. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World/AP Photo)

STAT WATCH: Another 200-yard game puts Oklahoma State's Hubbard in national rushing lead

AP Top 25: Cal, Arizona St move in to give Pac-12 six ranked teams

Arizona State players celebrate with fans following their 10-7 upset over then No. 18 Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. (Al Goldis/AP Photo)

California, Arizona State move into AP Top 25 college football poll, giving Pac-12 six ranked teams

UCONN FOOTBALL

Southington's Rose blossoming into a productive tight end at UConn

During his Southington High School glory days, Jay Rose looked and played the part of star quarterback.

UConn football fights to the finish in close loss to Illinois

UConn quarterback Jack Zergiotis (11) and running back Kevin Mensah (34) look for direction from the coaching staff between plays during the first half of Saturday's game against Illinois at East Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Pushing a Big Ten football team right to the final minutes is evidence that they are indeed better and more equipped to compete against Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Black Wolves choose Kew, Goodrich with first two picks of NLL Draft

The New England Black Wolves dipped into the college ranks with their first two picks of the National Lacrosse League Draft on Tuesday night.

Coast Guard's Crowley is more than just a defensive back

Coast Guard Academy's Pat Crowley kicks the game-winning extra point in overtime during the Bears' 24-23 win over Nichols last Friday in Dudley, Mass. (Photo courtesy of Brad Clift /CGA Athletics)

Senior defensive back Pat Crowley, who once kicked 106 PATs in a season as a high school senior, converted the extra point in Coast Guard Academy's 24-23 overtime win Friday over Nichols.

Local roundup: East Lyme hands Waterford first volleyball loss

Mitchell College's Quinn Outerbridge (15) trips over Eastern Connecticut goalie Kyle Boutot after Boutot came out to prevent Outerbridge's scoring attempt during Wednesday's men's soccer game in New London. ECSU's Emmanuel Agyemang, right, follows the play. Unbeaten Eastern beat Mitchell 5-1. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Mya Delesdernier had 14 kills and 10 digs as East Lyme handed Waterford its first loss with a 3-1 victory over the Lancers in a high school volleyball match on Wednesday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Manning knew he might lose Giants job

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media on Wednesday at East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Tom Canavan)

Eli Manning said Wednesday he has accepted his new role as the backup quarterback and he intends to support Jones and do everything he can to help the Giants (0-2) start winning games.

Pats defense has been cohesive, dominant through two games

New England linebackers Jamie Collins, left, and Dont'a Hightower, right, speak during Wednesday's practice in Foxborough, Mass. As dominant as the Patriots' offense has been through two games, their defense has been just as impressive. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Solid play at linebacker, stout secondary leading Patriots defense

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

4:25 a.m. (Friday), ESPN2 — Formula One Singapore Grand Prix practice. 

Baseball

Noon, MLB Network — MLB Network — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves.

1 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: San Francisco Giants at Boston Red Sox.

4 p.m., MLB Network — MLB Network — MLB: San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers.

6:30 p.m., WCCT, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., Ch. 61 — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs.

Basketball

6:30 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA playoffs: Los Angeles Sparks at Connecticut Sun.

8:30 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA playoffs: Las Vegas Aces at Washington Mystics.

Cycling

2 a.m. (Friday), NBCSN — Spanish Vuelta from Spain. (taped today)

Football

8 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Houston at Tulane.

8:20 p.m., NFL Network, WCBS (880-AM) — NFL: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: BMW Championship from Surrey, England.

2 p.m., Golf Channel – PGA: Sanderson Farms Championship from Jackson, Miss.

10 p.m., Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Dongae Open from Incheon, South Korea.

5 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — European PGA: BMW Championship from Surrey, England.

Surfing

7 p.m., FS1 — World Surf League from Lemoore, Calif.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — WTA Guangzhou Open from China; WTA Pan Pacific Open from Osaka, Japan; ATP Moselle Open from Metz, France.

11 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: Guangzhou Open from China; Korea Open from Seoul; Pan Pacific Open from Osaka, Japan.

Volleyball

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: Washington at Wisconsin.

Wrestling

Midnight, NBCSN — World Championship from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. (taped today)