Sun rookie Brionna Jones likes getting physical

Connecticut Sun rookie Brionna Jones answers questions from a reporter during the team's media day earlier this year at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The biggest adjustments for WNBA rookies is the difference in the speed and physicality. Connecticut Sun rookie post Brionna Jones doesn't mind the latter.

Sun pull away and beat Mercury 94-66

Jonquel Jones (35) and Alyssa Thomas (25) of the Connecticut Sun grab a defensive rebound against Emma Cannon (10) of the Phoenix Mercury during a WNBA game on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun forced six turnovers to start the second half of Sunday's game against the Phoenix Mercury to rip the game open. The Sun won, 94-66, and clinched at least one home playoff game.

Sun have a need for speed

Shekinna Stricklen of the Connecticut Sun, left, leads a breakaway past Monique Currie of the Phoenix Sun during a game Aug. 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Entering Saturday's WNBA schedule, the Sun lead the league with an average of 86.9 points per game. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Tempo is a big part of Curt Miller's offensive system and a perfect fit for the Connecticut Sun. They've become one of the WNBA's most exciting teams and lead the league in scoring.

Liberty snuff out the Sun, end six-game winning streak

Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun shoots in front of Tina Charles of the New York Liberty during Friday's WNBA game at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Liberty won 82-70. (John Shishmanian/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)

Tina Charles had 24 points and seven rebounds as the New York Liberty downed the Connecticut Sun on Friday night 82-70, snapping the Sun's six-game winning streak.

Sun plan on taking a stand for unity

Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas drives the lane against the Chicago Sky last month at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun plan on taking a moment to honor the victims of the Charlottesville violence and stand against bigotry and racism before Friday's game against the New York Liberty.

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UCONN

UConn's punter, Magliozzi is a 23-year-old former plumber from Australia

Not every day your punter is a 23-year-old former plumber from Australia. Meet Luke Magliozzi, the newest addition to the UConn football roster.

Edsall names Pindell UConn's starting quarterback

UConn quarterback David Pindell (5) warms up before Sunday's open practice at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Junior college transfer David Pindell arrived at UConn as a strong contender for the starting quarterback job.

UConn's Diggs dealing with knee injury

Vontae Diggs shouted words of encouragement from the sideline during UConn football practice on Monday.

COLLEGES

Rose Bowl stars Darnold, Barkley lead AP All-America team

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold highlights The Associated Press preseason All-America team released Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang, File)

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley highlight the first Associated Press preseason All-America team

Army-Navy to play 2021 game in New Jersey

Army athletic director Boo Corrigan, left, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, center, and Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk pose for photographers on Tuesday at Philadelphia's City Hall after the academies announced Tuesday at Philadelphia's City Hall that Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Eagles, will be the site of the 2018, '19, '20 and '22 Army-Navy games. (Joy Lee/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Army and Navy will be played in Philadelphia four times from 2018-2022, returning to its most frequent host city, and in 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year

Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson tied are ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 media poll for the second straight year. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Tigers sweep ValleyCats at Dodd

Five Connecticut pitchers combined for 12 shutout innings as the Connecticut Tigers completed a doubleheader sweep of the Tri-City ValleyCats on Tuesday night at Dodd Stadium.

Local roundup: Vermont routs Tigers 9-3

Aaron Arruda homered and had two hits, and Jean Ruiz threw six scoreless innings as the Vermont Lake Monsters beat the Connecticut Tigers 9-3 on Monday in the New York-Penn League.

PROFESSIONAL

Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more

In this Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, looks to drive against Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA game in Cleveland. Irving, who asked Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was traded Tuesday to the Celtics, who swapped him for Thomas. (Ron Schwane/AP File Photo)

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.

Sanchez homers twice as Yankees beat Tigers 13-4

Gary Sanchez connects for a two-run home run during the first inning, the first of his two HRs, as the Yankees rolled to a 13-4 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Gary Sanchez hit two home runs _ including a first-inning drive estimated at nearly 500 feet _ and Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven tidy innings in his return from the disabled list to lead the New York Yankees to a 13-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers

Corbin, Martinez lead Diamondbacks to 7-4 win over Mets

The Mets' Tommy Milone reacts as Arizona's Adam Rosales runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of Tuesday's game at Citi Field. Arizona won, 7-4. . (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

J.D. Martinez hit an early three-run homer, Patrick Corbin pitched eight smooth innings to win his third straight stingy start and the Arizona Diamondbacks coasted past the sinking New York Mets 7-4

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