Late rally falls short for Coast Guard in NEWMAC showdown with Springfield

Coast Guard Academy’s Riley McNulty (12) leaps and leans back while making a pass against the defense of Springfield College’s Anthony Sullivan during Wednesday night’s NEWMAC men’s lacrosse showdown at Cadet Memorial Field. The Pride outlasted the Bears 11-8. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Gone are the days the Coast Guard Academy men's lacrosse team can surprise a conference opponent.

Red Sox continue best-ever start with 9-0 win over Angels

Boston's Rafael Devers returns to the dugout after hitting a grand slam against the Angels during the third inning of Wednesday's game in Anaheim, Calif. Boston won, 9-0. (Chris Carlson/AP Photo)

Rafael Devers hit his first career grand slam, Rick Porcello threw six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox extended their best start in franchise history with a 9-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night

Stanton's slow start continues in the Bronx

Giancarlo Stanton, who has struggled during his first month with the Yankees, walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Miami Marlins on Monday night in the Bronx. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Big fish struggling to catch on: Stanton slumping in Bronx

Local roundup: Mitchell baseball team routs Nichols 23-7

Garet Griffin went 5-for-6, including a triple, while driving in three runs and scoring four, as Mitchell College route Nichols College 23-7 in a college baseball game on Wednesday.

H.S. softball: Stonington rallies to beat Woodstock 7-6

Stonington scored four runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth to rally past Woodstock Academy 7-6 in an ECC Division II softball game on Wednesday.

HIGH SCHOOL

Whether it's coaching boys or girls, East Lyme's Biggs is always in his comfort zone

Jack Biggs continues to thrive coaching boys and girls at East Lyme High School. His baseball and volleyball teams are consistently among the finest in the ECC and at the state level because, as athletic director Steve Hargis says, Biggs is “independent of the sport, independent of the gender. ... There’s literally no difference in the people standing in front of him.

Jack Biggs has coached in six state championship games since his arrival at East Lyme High School in 1997, four in volleyball (2006, 2010-12) and two in baseball (2015, 2016), winning CIAC Class L volleyball titles in 2010 and 2011.

No. 7 Waterford hands Montville first baseball loss 6-1

Waterford's Walker Sutman battles through five scoreless innings as the Lancers hand Montville its first loss 6-1 in an ECC Division II battle on cold, blustery day at Montville.

H.S. softball: Old Lyme's Standish, Gavin combine to no-hit Portland

Kassidy Standish and Audrey Gavin combined on a no-hitter and Maddie Cann had two doubles, three RBI and two runs as Old Lyme overwhelmed Portland 19-0 in a five-inning Shoreline Conference softball game Tuesday.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Vikings beat Whalers 8-4 in ECC D-I baseball

New London catcher Aidan Brennan tags out East Lyme's Jacob Diaz trying to score on an attempted double steal during Tuesday's ECC Division I game at Bates Woods in New London. East Lyme won 8-4. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Luke Leonard had a two-out, two-run single to highlight a four-run third inning and East Lyme went on to beat New London 8-4 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I baseball game Tuesday.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

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ON THE AIR

Baseball

1 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers.

6:30 p.m., WCTX, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees.

7:30 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves.

10 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels.

Basketball

7 p.m., TNT — NBA playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat.

9 p.m., NBA TV — NBA playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans.

9:30 p.m., TNT — NBA playoffs: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs.

Boxing

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Orlando Cruz in a junior lightweight bout from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Golf

9:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Trophee Hassan II from Rabat, Morocco.

3:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Texas Open from San Antonio.

6:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Los Angeles Open.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN, NBCSN — NHL playoffs: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs.

7:30 p.m., USA — NHL playoffs: Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets.

Soccer

2:40 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Chelsea at Burnley.

Tennis

5 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Monte Carlo Masters.

PROFESSIONAL

Mets rally for nine runs in eighth inning to stun Nationals, 11-5

The Mets' Yoenis Cespedes looks toward the Mets' dugout after hitting an eighth-inning grand slam against Washington in Wednesday's game at Citi Field. The Mets won, 11-5. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

NBA roundup

The Cavaliers' LeBron James drives to the basket against Indiana's Myles Turner during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Wednesday in Cleveland. James scored 46 in the Cavaliers' 100-97 win to even the series. (Tony Dejak/AP Photo)

LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

NHL roundup

Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save against New Jersey during the second period of Game 4 of a Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on Wednesday in Newark, N.J. Tampa Bay won, 3-1, to take a 3-1 series lead. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

A feisty Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey's top defenseman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 series lead.

Major League Baseball roundup

Minnesota's Eddie Rosario scores the game-winning run in the 16h inning to give the Twins a 2-1 win over Cleveland on Thursday morning in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)

Eddie Rosario scored the winning run in his homeland in the 16th inning, coming around on Ryan LaMarre's single to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Wednesday night for a split of their two-game series in Puerto Rico.

UCONN

UConn's Moseley named women's basketball coach at BU

UConn assistant coach Marisa Moseley, left, has some advice for Azura Stevens coming out of a time out during a regular-season game against Notre Dame on Dec. 3, 2017. Moseley is leaving UConn to become head coach at her alma mater, Boston University. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Marisa Moseley, an assistant at UConn for nine seasons, was named head coach of the Boston University women's basketball program, her alma mater, on Monday.

UConn rounds out productive week by adding graduate transfer from St. John's

Kassoum Yakwe, a 6-foot-7 graduate transfer from St. John's, became the third player to join the UConn men's basketball program under new coach Dan Hurley.

Hurley lands his first two basketball recruits at UConn

Guard Tarin Smith, a graduate transfer out of Duquesne, and 6-foot-4 guard Brendan Adams of Baltimore made commitments to the program on Sunday. They visited the Storrs campus over the weekend.

COLLEGES

Virginia hires Tina Thompson as women's basketball coach

Virginia hires Tina Thompson to coach its women's basketball team

Former Lady Vols star Daedra Charles-Furlow dies at 49

Women's Basketball Hall of Famer and former Lady Vols star Daedra Charles-Furlow dies at 49

Local college notes

Alex Petchark of Waterford is one of the top run producers for the UConn Avery Point baseball team. He's second in RBI with 20, just one behind team leader Mike Chiovitti.

CT SUN

Miller's next goal: preparing the Sun to become title contenders

Now that the WNBA Draft is history, Sun general manager/head coach Curt Miller will turn his attention to preparing for the upcoming training camp, where some difficult roster decisions will have to be main in order to make Connecticut a contender to win a WNBA championship in 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The phrases used to describe the Connecticut Sun during ESPN's WNBA Draft broadcast Thursday night were glowing and, at the same time, jarring.

Sun take Duke guard Lexie Brown ninth at WNBA Draft

Duke guard Lexie Brown, right, poses with WNBA president Lisa Borders after being selected No. 9 overall by the Connecticut Sun during Thursday's WNBA Draft in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Connecticut Sun drafted Duke guard Lexie Brown with the ninth overall pick in Thursday’s WNBA Draft. Brown, 5-foot-9, averaged a 19.4 points, 4.4 assists and was fifth in the nation in steals (3.7).