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

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

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

AL East-leading Red Sox obtain OF Rajai Davis from Oakland

Former New London great Rajai Davis, right, scoring a run earlier this season against the Toronto Blue Jays, was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Davis is expected to join the first-place Red Sox on Thursday in Cleveland. (Jeff Chiu/AP File Photo)

The AL East-leading Boston Red Sox have boosted their outfield depth by acquiring speedy Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics for a minor league outfielder

Who's the best puncher? Floyd Mayweather says it could surprise

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Mayweather looking to land some big shots of his own as he meets McGregor in crossover fight

CT SUN

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.

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Baseball

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

3 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: White Rock (British Columbia) vs. Tokyo (Japan) from Williamsport, Pa.

3:30 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants.

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians.

7 p.m., MyTV9, WFAN (660-AM), WXLM (980-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers.

7 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Tri-City ValleyCats at Connecticut Tigers.

7:30 p.m., ESPN — LLWS: Lufkin (Texas) vs. Greenville (N.C.) from Williamsport, Pa.

10 p.m., ESPN — MLB: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels.

Basketball

7 p.m., Twitter, sun.wnba — WNBA: Dallas Wings at Connecticut Sun.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., FS1 — Champions League playoffs: Hoffenheim at Liverpool.

Wrestling

3:30 p.m., NBCSN — World Championships from Paris. (taped today)