Top WNBA players use new leverage to demand trades, sit out


Top players using newly gained leverage from overseas deals to demand WNBA trades, skip season

Douglas calls it a career

Katie Douglas, one of the greatest players in Connecticut Sun history, announced her retirement on Friday due to chronic back issues.

Getting healthy a must for Sun

The Connecticut Sun remain a work in progress as they get closer to training camp for the 2015 season.

Sun select Duke's Williams with fourth overall pick

The Connecticut Sun drafted Duke post fourth overall in Thursday night's WNBA Draft and also acquired veteran point guard Jasmine Thomas in a trade with the Atlanta Dream.

With the fourth pick in the WNBA Draft, the Connecticut Sun take ...

The Connecticut Sun head into tonight’s WNBA Draft with the following needs: everything.

COLUMNS

Waterford's Shea is really right at home on a golf course

Matt Shea stared at his golf ball, sitting on the lip of a fairway bunker one day last week at...

COLLEGES

Marshall RB charged in beating of 2 gay men, kicked off team

Marshall running back Steward Butler charged in beating of 2 gay men, dismissed from team

Morrison's become an instant hit at College of New Jersey

Former Stonington all-state standout anchors nation's top defense

Local college notes

A weekly look at local colleges and local athletes playing outside the region.

HIGH SCHOOL

All good things come to an end, as East Lyme halts Fitch's 20-meet winning streak in boys' track

Greg Atkinson won the 110-meter high hurdles, 300 hurdles, 100 and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team Wednesday for the East Lyme High School boys' track team, which topped Fitch 80-70 to end the Falcons' 20-meet winning streak and take over...

H.S. softball roundup: Day belongs to Wheeler's Paride (20K, grand slam)

Jenn Paride pitched a six-hitter with 20 strikeouts and went 4-for-5, including a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning, as Wheeler High School beat Montville 7-2 Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Small Division.

H.S. tennis roundup: Stonington girls' clinch a share of ECC title

Hannah Fabianski, Emily Gardiner, Taylor Startz and Charlotte Johnson won their singles matches Wednesday as the Stonington High School girls' tennis team downed New London 7-0 to clinch at least a share of the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium...

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Wednesday's schedule

Today's local high school schedule.

Local roundup: Phetteplace provides the difference for Ledyard girls' lacrosse

Ellie Phetteplace scored seven goals and had an assist Wednesday, leading the Ledyard High School girls' lacrosse team to an 11-9 win over Fitch in an ECC Large Division game.

PROFESSIONAL

NFL: New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs

NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls and Brady was 'generally aware'

Rangers are on thin ice

Burakovsky's 2 goals, Holtby's penalty-shot save help Caps top Rangers 2-1 for 3-1 series lead

Longoria hits two home runs, Rays beat Red Sox 5-3

Longoria hits 2 HRs, Jepsen works out of bases-loaded jam as Rays top Red Sox 5-3

ON THE AIR

Baseball

1:30 p.m., MLB Network — Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees.

Boxing

10 p.m., FS1 — Manuel Avila vs. Erik Ruiz in a super bantamweight bout from Los Angeles.

Golf

1 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: The Players Championship from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Hockey

10 a.m., NBCSN — IIHF World Championship: United States vs. Belarus from Ostrava, Czech Republic.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NHL playoffs: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning.

9:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild.

Soccer

3 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Europa League: Fiorentina at Sevilla in a semifinal.

Softball

11 a.m., NESN, YES — NCAA: Boston College vs. Florida State in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal from Blacksburg, Va.

1:30 p.m., NESN — NCAA: North Carolina State vs. Louisville in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal from Blacksburg, Va.

Tennis

7 a.m., Tennis Channel — Madrid Open from Spain.