Avery Point baseball falls short in quest to repeat as East District champs

UConn Avery Point's Ryan Bagdasarian, right, comforts teammate Collin Bakken after the Pointers lost the NJCAA Division II East District baseball title game to Monroe (N.Y.) Community College, 4-3 in 10 innings, at Washington Park in Groton on Monday. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Monroe Community Collee rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat UConn Avery Point 4-3 in the NJCAA Division II East District baseball championship.

Vital decides to return to UConn for junior season

UConn guard Christian Vital, who was exploring his NBA draft chances without using an agent, announced Monday he will return to the Huskies for his junior season and play for new head coach Dan Hurley. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn backcourt veteran Christian Vital has decided to return for his junior season.

Sun rout Aces in record fashion, 101-65

Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike celebrates the basket after being fouled by Las Vegas Aces forward Tamera Young (1) in the first half of Sunday's WNBA game at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun won 101-65.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Alyssa Thomas had 13 points, six assists and a career-high 17 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun set a WNBA record Sunday for the largest margin of victory in a season-opener with a 101-65 rout of the Las Vegas Aces.

UConn Avery Point advances to East District tourney championship round

Avery Point (30-11-1) advances to the championship round Monday. It will have to beat Monroe Community College (29-18) twice to win the three-team, double-elimination tournament. Baseball action begins at noon at Washington Park.

Austin, Gray lead scorching Yankees to 10-1 rout of Royals

Tyler Austin of the Yankees watches his two-run home run during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Royals at Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The New York Yankees rightfully lamented a miserable week filled with rainouts, broken planes and a patchwork schedule that forced right-hander Sonny Gray to pitch on eight days' rest.

HIGH SCHOOL

Veteran Fitch coach Rich Kosta is well-versed on and off the track

Fitch High School boys' track and field coach Rich Kosta, a finalist for national coach of the year, lists coaching student-athletes that have attended every Ivy League and NESCAC college as one of his proudest achievements. (Tim Martin/The Day)

It starts in a place not many other track stories begin: the library. That's where Rich Kosta, Fitch High School boys' track and field coach and also the school's librarian and media specialist, keeps his office.

H.S. baseball: Waterford rides combined no-hitter to rout Cromwell 10-1

Old Lyme catcher Griffin Powers tags out Fitch’s Weston Jacey up the third base line during Friday night’s game in Groton. The Wildcats rallied for two runs in the seventh to beat the Falcons 3-2.

Walker Sutman and John Pellegrino combined to pitch Waterford's third no-hitter of the season as the Lancers rolled to a 10-1 nonleague baseball victory over Cromwell.

H.S. roundup: East Lyme, Stonington girls win ECC divisional tennis titles

East Lyme wrapped up the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I title in girls' tennis on Friday with a 5-2 win over defending champion Fitch.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Silva, Porazzi lead Waterford past Lyman in baseball

Bobby Silva pitched five innings for the win and was 3-for-3 as Waterford beat Lyman Memorial 7-0 in a high school baseball game on Sunday.

An emotional ending to Mitchell College's NCAA baseball journey

Mitchell College is eliminated from the NCAA Division III Harwich Regional baseball tournament with a 6-0 loss to Ramapo (N.J.) on Saturday.

Local roundup: Waterford boys, Stonington girls earn ECC D-II lacrosse titles

The Waterford boys win the ECC Division II lacrosse title on Saturday while the Stonington girls earn a share of the Division II title with Bacon Academy and Woodstock Academy.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

Joe and Nancy Baude personify what turns cities into communities

A ceremony Monday honoring Mr. and Mrs. New London, otherwise known as Joe and Nancy Baude, brought...

ON THE AIR

Baseball

6 p.m., NESN — IL: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Pawtucket Red Sox. 

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

8 p.m., WCTX, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers.

11 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers. (joined in progress)

Basketball

8:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA playoffs: Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers.

Golf

4 p.m., Golf Channel — NCAA women: Division I Championships individual play from Stillwater, Okla.

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., FS1 — Bundesliga playoffs: Wolfsburg at Holstein Kiel.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Geneva Open.

PROFESSIONAL

Stanley Cup-bound Vegas turning impossible into possible

Vegas' Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault celebrate after beating the Jets on Sunday, 2-1, to win Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Finals and the series Sunday in Winnipeg. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Welcome to Impossible. Those words have been projected onto the ice in big letters at the Golden Knights' arena during the playoffs. Well, Vegas has turned impossible into possible. The expansion squad is heading to the Stanley Cup Final.

French Open organizers won't give Serena Williams a seeding

Serena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka during the Miami Open on March 21 in Key Biscayne, Fla. Several of Williams' biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw. Williams, who is expected to play her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say. (Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)

Some of Serena Williams' biggest rivals say the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves not only a spot in the French Open but a top seed befitting her No. 1 ranking when she left the tour.

WNBA's opening weekend highlighted by finals rematch

Connecticut's Alyssa Thomas, center, draws the foul as she splits the defense of the Las Vegas' A'ja Wilson, left, and Nia Coffey in the first half of Sunday's game at Mohegan Sun Arena. Connecticut won, 101-65. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The WNBA gets a lively start in its opening weekend. The finals rematch between Los Angeles and Minnesota is decided at the buzzer, and Connecticut welcomes Las Vegas to the league with the most lopsided loss in opening day history.

Ford looks to snap 16-year Coca-Cola 600 drought

Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR All-Star race on May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)

A Ford driver has not won the Coca-Cola 600 since Mark Martin in 2002. But the blue oval group is the hottest manufacturer in NASCAR right now and sends Kevin Harvick into the marquee event on a three-race winning streak

COLLEGES

Calhoun says he expects to coach DIII Saint Joseph

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun says he expects to be on the bench at the tiny Division III University of Saint Joseph in the fall, but still has some contractual issues with UConn to work out before that can be possible

CT SUN

Sun begin their 16th WNBA season on Sunday with great expectations

Coach Curt Miller and the Connecticut Sun begin their 2018 WNBA season on Sunday against the Las Vegas Aces at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut Sun Chiney Ogwumike calls the team "a band of misfits" because they doesn't have a superstar. They're nonetheless talented, deep, and, for the first time in years, expected to contend for a WNBA title.

Jones back at camp with Sun. ... and already wowing them

Sun center Jonquel Jones (35) finally arrived in Connecticut on Thursday night and will be good to go when the Sun open their 2018 WNBA season at home on Sunday against the Las Vegas Aces at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Center Jonquel Jones had her first practice with the Connecticut Sun on Friday and already showed off skills that few WNBA players possess.