US, Canada preparing for NHL-less Olympics very differently

Former Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins, who will be Team Canada's head coach for the 2017-2018 season, speaks at a July 25 news conference in Calgary, Alberta. The United States and Canada are taking drastically different approaches in the lead-up to the 2018 Olympics without NHL players. Hockey Canada hired a full-time coach and has already begun playing exhibitions with five tournaments on the docket before February, while USA Hockey picked a college coach with an everyday job and figures less is more with pre-Olympic completion. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The United States and Canada are preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics without NHL players very differently

Signings, trades shift balance of power across the NHL

Washington's Karl Alzner skates during the first period of a March 31 game against the Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. Montreal signed Alzner to a $23.125 million five-year deal on Saturday.  (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

The Capitals could take a step back and the Rangers and Stars improve as signings and trades have shifted the balance of power across the NHL

On Day 11, hockey players break record for longest game

After gathering to celebrate around their own goal, Team White players head to center ice to shake hands with their Blue Team counterparts at Buffalo's downtown HarborCenter on Monday morning after playing for more than 250 hours to set the world record for the longest continuous hockey game. (John Wawrow/AP Photo)

Buffalo's hockey marathoners have overcome injuries, illness, fatigue and countless blisters to unofficially set the record for the longest continuous game

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Stars sign Radulov to richest free agent deal of offseason

Alexander Radulov celebrates his overtime goal during Montreal's game against the Tampa Bay on April 1 in Tampa, Fla. Dallas signed Alexander Radulov on Monday to a $31.25 million, five-year deal that's the richest given to an unrestricted free agent this offseason. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

The Stars signed Alexander Radulov to a $31.25 million, five-year deal that's the richest given to an unrestricted free agent this offseason

NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era

Karl Alzner of the Capitals skates during a game against the Coyotes on March 31 at Glendale, Ariz. Alzner signed with the Canadiens on Saturday.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20-plus-million contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era.

Buyouts make Panthers, Devils even bigger free agent buyers

Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk works with the puck during a game against the Bruins on April 8 at Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was already talking about getting aggressive in the free agent market.Now he has some extra room to do that.

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.

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.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Tigers fall to Lake Monsters in 13

Jesus Lage hit a walk-off single with one out in the 13th inning, as the Vermont Lake Monsters defeated the Connecticut Tigers 6-5 on Sunday.

Oakdale's LaBranche finishes third leg in Grand Slam of Ultrarunning

Steve LaBranche of Oakdale finished the Leadville Trail 100 Sunday morning, nicknamed “The Race Across The Sky,” in 28 hours, 13 minutes, 22 seconds, giving him the first three legs of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning.

Tigers storm back from five down to win at Vermont, 8-6

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PROFESSIONAL

Red Sox beat Yankees 5-1, move 5 up in A.L. East

Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox watches the flight of his two-run triple in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Yankees at Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled in two runs and singled in another, and Rick Porcello pitched six innings of a combined three-hitter to help the AL East-leading Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Sunday and extend their lead over the Yankees to five games.

WNBA roundup

Tina Charles scored 19 points, Epiphanny Prince added 15 and the New York Liberty beat the short-handed Minnesota Lynx 70-61 on Sunday to clinch a playoff spot.

CT SUN

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.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

2 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals from Brainerd, Minn.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — IndyCar ABC Supply 500 from Long Pond, Pa.

Baseball

10 a.m., ESPN2 — LLWS: White Rock (British Columbia) vs. Maracaibo (Venezuela) from Williamsport, Pa.

11 a.m., ESPN — LLWS: Fairfield vs. Lufkin (Texas) from Williamsport, Pa.

Noon, ESPN2 — Junior League: Kennett Square (Pa.) vs. Chinese Taipei in World Series final from Taylor, Mich.

1 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets.

1 p.m., Ch. 8 — LLWS: Tokyo (Japan) vs. Seoul (South Korea) from Williamsport, Pa.

1:30 p.m., NESN, YES, WFAN (660-AM), WXLM (980-AM), WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox.

2 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: Greenville (N.C.) vs. Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) from Williamsport, Pa.

5 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Connecticut Tigers at Vermont Lake Monsters.

7 p.m., ESPN — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates from Williamsport, Pa.

Basketball

3 p.m., CSN — WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun.

3 p.m., NBA TV — WNBA: Minnesota Lynx at New York Liberty.

5 p.m., NBA TV — WNBA: Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever.

Football

4 p.m., NFL Network — NFL preseason: Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers.

8 p.m., NFL Network — NFL preseason: New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers.

Golf

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

10:30 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Solheim Cup from Des Moines, Iowa.

3 p.m., Ch. 3 — PGA: Wyndham Championship from Greensboro, N.C.

4 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — LPGA: Solheim Cup from Des Moines, Iowa.

4 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Dick's Sporting Goods Open from Endicott, N.Y.

4:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — USGA U.S. Amateur Championship final from Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Gymnastics

7 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — P&G Championships women's events from Anaheim, Calif.

Rugby

11 p.m., NBCSN — Women's World Cup: United States vs. England from Dublin. (taped today)

Soccer

8:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Newcastle at Huddersfield Town.

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt at Freiburg.

11 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Chelsea at Tottenham.

Noon, FS1 — Bundesliga: Koln at Borussia Monchengladbach.

6 p.m., CSN, YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLS: New England Revolution at New York City FC.

9:30 p.m., FS1 — MLS: Minnesota United at Seattle Sounders.

Tennis

Noon, Tennis Channel — Western & Southern Open from Mason, Ohio.

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

Track & Field

9 p.m., NBCSN — IAAF Diamond League from Birmingham, England. (taped today)

Volleyball

2:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — AVP: Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Open.