Sun, Mercury to hold food drives involving Jones, Griner

The Connecticut Sun and Phoenix Mercury are holding matching food drives featuring a dunk challenge between Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones and Brittney Griner of the Mercury.

Sun trounce Dream, clinch first winning season in five years

Jonquel Jones had 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocks as the Connecticut Sun overwhelmed the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday, 96-75, their season-high sixth straight win to clinch their first winning season in five years.

Sun begin hectic stretch at Atlanta on Tuesday; Jones honored

The Connecticut Sun begin a hectic stretch in which they'll play five games in 11 days, starting Tuesday night against the Atlanta Dream. Second-year Sun center Jonquel Jones was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, too.

In the (playoff) picture: Sun down Wings, clinch first postseason berth since 2012

The Connecticut Sun's Alex Bentley, right, charges past 
Karima Christmas-Kelly of the Dallas Wings during Saturday night's WNBA game at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun won 96-88 to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2012. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Jonquel Jones had 19 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and four steals as the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Stars on Saturday night 96-88 and clinched a playoff berth to end a franchise worst four-year drought.

Tuck shaking off rust with the Sun

Morgan Tuck, left, of the Connecticut Sun, attempts to get past Seattle's Noelle Quinn, during the first half of a WNBA game Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Connecticut Sun forward Morgan Tuck has been shaking off the rust since returning from a right knee contusion that benched her for 12 straight games. The Sun play host to the Dallas Wings on Saturday.

COLUMNS

It's time the fans got behind the Sun again

And so it was a Saturday night – last Saturday night – when the Connecticut Sun...

Sisk joins her mother on the list of Shennecossett club championship winners

A wave of emotion hit Dawn Sisk when she spotted her parents near the end of the Shennecossett Golf...

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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

Goldcamp ready as the heir to Coast Guard's quarterback position

Coast Guard quarterback Ethan Goldcamp takes a snap from center during a drill at practice in New London on Aug. 7.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Coast Guard Academy junior Ethan Goldcamp has learned a lot in his backup role under former record-setting quarterback Derek Victory. Goldcamp has now inherited the position and will be Coast Guard's starter on Aug. 31 when it opens the season...

Clemson title game hero Hunter Renfrow seeking bigger role

Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow runs with the ball during the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State on Dec. 31, 2016 at Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

It seems impossible for any Clemson fan to overlook 5-foot-11 Hunter Renfrow after his game-winning catch clinched the Tigers first national title in 35 years.

Ciao, Italy! Women's college hoops teams taking foreign trips

The UConn women's basketball team, under coach Geno Auriemma, is off on a 10-day tour of Italy. The Huskies will play exhibition games in Rome, Florence, Trieste and Venice. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

Ciao! Italy is popular destination for women's basketball teams this summer

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Ride for Rising Sun: East Lyme's Mirecki, now cancer free, giving back to camp which helped shape him

Jay Mirecki, 19, an East Lyme High graduate and rising sophomore at Tufts University, will ride 160 kilometers Sunday to give back to Camp Rising Sun in Colebrook, which he attended as a child. A cancer survivor, Mirecki built off the number 16, aiming to raise $16,000, too. As of Wednesday, Mirecki has raised $21, 584. He will begin his ride from Boats Inc., in Niantic, which sponsored his fundrasing endeavor. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Jay Mirecki, 19, an East Lyme High School graduate, was diagnosed 16 years ago with cancer. He will focus on that number Sunday as, cancer free, he rides 160 kilometers to Camp Rising Sun in Colebrook to donate $16,000 (and more) to the place that...

Rios thriving in rookie ball under the tutelage of former major league all-star

Willie Rios of St. Bernard delivers a pitch in a game against Plainfield on May 6, 2013 at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Willie Rios values his relationship with Gulf Coast League Orioles pitching coach Wilson Alvarez.

Local roundup: Three Schooners honored by NECBL

Nick Mascelli and Tommy Jew of the Mystic Schooners were named to the all-New England Collegiate Baseball League team as first-team selections.

PROFESSIONAL

LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump

LeBron James of the Cavaliers laughs as he leaves the stage holding his daughter, Zhuri, during the We Are Family Reunion on Tuesday at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. (Erin McLaughlin/The Sandusky Register via AP)

Along with getting good grades and listening to their parents, LeBron James has encouraged kids in his foundation's educational program to stand up for their beliefs.

Ageless Brady not slowing down at 40

New England's Tom Brady smiles as he looks to pass while head coach Bill Belichick looks on during a joint practice with Houston on Tuesday, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Chris Jackson/AP Photo)

Tom Brady thinks training camp is easier for him at 40 than it was when he entered the NFL. Brady, who turned 40 on Aug. 3, was asked how camp with the New England Patriots is different for him now that he's one of the older players in the league

WNBA players show support for Charlottesville victims

Players from the Storm and Minnesota join arms for a moment of silence for Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend, before Wednesday's game in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times/AP Photo)

The WNBA and its players are showing their support for the victims of racially charged violence in Charlottesville

ON THE AIR

Baseball

1 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: Maracaibo (Venezuela) vs. Tamaulipas (Mexico) from Williamsport, Pa.

2 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros.

3 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: Fairfield vs. Jackson (N.J.) from Williamsport, Pa.

5 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: White Rock (British Columbia) vs. Emilia (Italy) from Williamsport, Pa.

7 p.m., YES, WCCT, WFAN (660-AM), WOR (710-AM), WXLM (980-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at New York Mets.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Connecticut Tigers at Staten Island Yankees.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — LLWS: Lufkin (Texas) vs. Grosse Pointe (Mich.) from Williamsport, Pa.

Football

8 p.m., ESPN — NFL preseason: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars.

Golf

6:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Paul Lawrie Match Play from Bad Griesbach, Germany.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Wyndham Championship from Greensboro, N.C.

6 p.m., FS1 — USGA U.S. Amateur Championship from Pacific Palisades, Calif.

4 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Fiji International from Natadola. (taped today)

Tennis

11 a.m., Tennis Channel — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.

1 p.m., ESPN2 — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.

5 p.m., Tennis Channel — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.