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).

Sun acquire former Hillhouse star Bria Holmes in trade

The Connecticut Sun acquired former Hillhouse High School star Bria Holmes from the Atlanta Dream on Thursday for its second pick in tonight’s WNBA Draft (No. 15 overall) and next season’s second round pick.

Sun looking to get it right at Thursday's WNBA Draft

UConn guard Kia Nurse is very much on the radar of the Connecticut Sun, who have the No. 9 overall pick in Thursday night's WNBA Draft. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun have the ninth overall pick in Thursday's WNBA Draft, and head coach and general manager Curt Miller is stressed out about getting it right.

COLUMNS

Anybody else out there want to see baseball and football switch seasons?

What if baseball and football switched seasons? Baseball in the fall; football in the spring.

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UCONN

Lister returns to UConn to join Auriemma's coaching staff

UConn graduate assistant coach Jasmine Lister looks on during a game against Cincinnati on Feb. 17, 2016. She rejoined the staff on Thursday. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jasmine Lister is returning to UConn to join Geno Auriemma's coaching staff.

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.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL

Fast start carries East Lyme past Stonington in girls' lacrosse

East Lyme's Morgan Crandall (31) runs the ball against Stonington's Cat Cassata (4) during Thursday's girls' lacrosse game at East Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

In an ever-evolving front line for the Vikings — East Lyme has found the firepower to win 11 straight ECC tournament titles — junior Morgan Crandall seems to have found her place. At least she did Thursday.

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.

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.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Schofner, McCoy spark Vikings to victory

Connor Schofner had three goals and two assists and James McCoy scored three times as the East Lyme boys’ lacrosse team downed Stonington on Thursday, 15-4.

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.

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.

PROFESSIONAL

Bruins beat Maple Leafs 3-1 in Game 4

Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his goal against the Maple Leafs with teammate David Pastrnak (88) during the second period of Thursday's Stanley Cup playoff game at Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series

Tucker drives in five, Braves rout Harvey, Mets

The Mets' Matt Harvey pitches in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Braves in Atlanta. Harvey, the former Fitch High School star, allowed six runs in six innings as the Braves won, 12-4. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Preston Tucker drives in career-high 5 runs to back 7 strong innings from Matt Wisler as Braves beat Matt Harvey, Mets 12-4

NHL roundup

Washington and Blue Jackets players scuffle in front of the net during the second period of Game 4 of a Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on in Columbus, Ohio. Washington won, 4-1, to tie the series at 2-all (Jay LaPrete/AP Photo)

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists assist to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 to even their playoff series at two games apiece

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.