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Sun draft three guards in WNBA Draft, including Baylor's Carrington

Baylor's DiJonai Carrington blocks a shot by UConn's Christyn Williams during the an NCAA Elite Eight game on March 29 in San Antonio. Carrington was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the No. 20 overall pick in Thursday's WNBA Draft.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Connecticut Sun drafted Baylor's DiJonai Carrington, Central Michigan's Micaela Kelly and Aleah Goodman of Oregon State in Thursday night's WNBA Draft.

Red Sox have nine-game winning streak halted by Twins

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler, center with helmet, celebrates with his team after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Minneapolis. The Twins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Max Kepler's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory Thursday over Boston — stopping a five-game losing streak for the Twins and breaking a nine-game winning string for the Red Sox.

Collier, Kuier taken 1-2 by Dallas Wings in WNBA draft

Texas's Charli Collier shoots over Maryland's Angel Reese during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Sweet 16 round of the Women's NCAA tournament in San Antonio, in this Sunday, March 28, 2021, file photo. The Dallas Wings basically control the WNBA draft on Thursday night, April 15, 2021, with the top two picks and four first-round choices. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Charli Collier said she wrote down goals with her late father when he was hospitalized with cancer five years ago, and being selected No. 1 in the WNBA draft was one of them.

Local roundup: Fitch boys' win lacrosse opener on new field

Fitch´s Devyn Jordan (45) takes a shot at the goal against Waterford´s Cody Brown (21) and Liam Pickett (31) during Thursday's 16-6 win over the Lancers. The game was held on the new turf field at Groton Middle School located next door to Fitch High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Devyn Jordan had five goals and an assist as Fitch began a new season on its new turf field with a 16-6 victory over Waterford in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I boys' lacrosse game on Thursday.

Jaylen Brown scores 40, Celtics beat Lakers 121-113

Boston's Jaylen Brown shoots against the Lakers during the first half of Thursday night's game in Los Angeles. Boston won, 121-113. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)

Jaylen Brown scored four of his 40 points in the final minute, and Boston blew most of a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on for its fifth straight victory, 121-113 over the Lakers on Thursday night.

Officials say Olympic cancellation, no fans still an option

A bird rests with a backdrop of the Olympic rings floating in the water in the Odaiba of Tokyo on Apri 8. Two top officials of Japan's ruling LDP party on Thursday said radical changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics. One went as far to suggest they still could be canceled, and the other that even if they proceed, it might be without any fans. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Two officials in Japan's ruling LDP party on Thursday said changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics. One suggested they still could be canceled, and the other said even if they proceed, it might be without any fans.

HIGH SCHOOL

Ledyard boys, girls christen new track with a sweep on opening day

Ledyard's Emren Victorino, center, leads two teammates on the way to winning the 110-meter hurdles during the Colonels' season-opening win over Montville on Wednesday. Victorino also won the 300 hurdles for Ledyard, who christened its newly-renovated facility after missing the 2020 season. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

It was the first career outdoor track meet for Ledyard High School sophomore Jackson Poulton and his first actual competition of the school year after football and indoor track were canceled.

East Lyme gets back up to speed in 21-2 girls' lacrosse win over NFA

East Lyme´s Ellie McCoy (18) is defended by NFA´s Alice Rourke (15) during Tuesday's ECC Division girl´s lacrosse game at NFA. East Lyme rolled to a 21-2 win. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

It's been so long since the East Lyme High school girls' lacrosse team played, sitting out the 2020 season along with every other spring team in Connecticut due to COVID-19, that even coach Phil Schneider has forgotten some of the details.

Rivers pitches another no-hitter in Ledyard's win over East Lyme

Senior Sara Rivers pitched her second no-hitter in as many games with 12 strikeouts as Ledyard beat East Lyme on Tuesday, 3-0, in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I softball game.

COLUMNS

Villazante: 39 radiation treatments ... then a 67 at Shenny

Frank Villazante doesn't let radiation treatments for cancer hold him back

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

4:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

8:25 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

7 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Four-Wide Nationals qualifying from Las Vegas.

4:55 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN2 — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

Baseball

2 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Michigan at Minnesota.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Vanderbilt at Tennessee.

8:30 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Colorado Rockies.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres.

Basketball

3 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz.

7 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers.

7:30 p.m., YES2 — NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks.

Figure Skating

6 p.m., NBCSN — World Team Trophy from Osaka, Japan. (taped today)

Golf

7:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Austrian Open from Atzenbrugg, Austria.

Noon, Golf Channel — Champions: Chubb Classic from Naples, Fla.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: RBC Heritage from Hilton Head, S.C.

7 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: LOTTE Championship from Kapolei, Hawaii.

Gymnastics

1 p.m., ESPN2 — Women: NCAA Championships semifinal from Fort Worth, Texas.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — Women: NCAA Championships semifinal from Fort Worth, Texas.    

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN Plus, MSG Plus — NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from New York.

Mixed Martial Arts

9 p.m., Showtime — Bellator 257: Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis in a light heavyweight bout from Mohegan Sun Arena.

Rugby

4 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Newcastle Knights.

6 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Sydney Roosters at Melbourne Storm.

1 a.m. (Saturday), NBCSN — Premiership: London Irish at Northampton Saints. (taped today)

Soccer

3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur at Everton.

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

Surfing

6:30 p.m., FS2 — WSL: Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic from Sydney.

Tennis

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

1 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: MUSC Health Women's Open from Charleston, S.C.

CT SUN

Connecticut Sun announce 2021 WNBA schedule

The Connecticut Sun will open their 2021 WNBA home schedule against the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, May 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Stonington rolls to girls' track win over Lyman Memorial

Stonington had four athletes win two individual events apiece as the Bears opened their 2021 season with an 82-57 girls' track and field victory over Lyman Memorial on Wednesday.

Mitchell, struggling just to play games, splits baseball doubleheader with NEC

Figuring out a starting lineup is harder than usual for Mitchell College baseball coach Travis Beausoleil.

PROFESSIONAL

MLB roundup

Texas' Jose Trevino, left, and Adolis Garcia celebrate the latter's go-ahead two-run home run off Tampa Bay reliever Cody Reed as catcher Francisco Mejia looks away during the 10th inning of Thursday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Texas won, 6-4. (Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Adolis Garcia's first major league homer, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, gave Texas a 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

NBA roundup

Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot over Hawks forward Solomon Hill in the first half of Thursday's game in Atlanta. Milwaukee won, 120-109. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in his return to the Milwaukee lineup and got plenty of help from his teammates as the Bucks cooled off surging Atlanta 120-109 Thursday night.

Nets' Aldridge retires at 35 due to irregular heartbeat

Brooklyn center LaMarcus Aldridge shoots over Lakers center Andre Drummond during the first half of an April 10 game in New York. (Corey Sipkin/AP Photo)

LaMarcus Aldridge retired from the NBA on Thursday after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Brooklyn Nets.

Bruins top Islanders 4-1

Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Taylor Hall scored his first goal for Boston and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots to earn his first victory since February on Thursday night, when the Bruins dominated the New York Islanders and won 4-1.

Rangers top Devils 4-0

New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin (10) scores in the second period against New Jersey Devils' Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 15, 2021, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

Artemi Panarin had two goals and an assist, Igor Shesterkin got his second straight shutout, and the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-0 Thursday night.

NHL roundup

Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) and Buffalo center Cody Eakin vie for the puck during the second period of Thursday's game in Washington. Buffalo won, 5-2. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Anders Bjork scored his first goal with his new team and added an assist, helping Buffalo spoil Nicklas Backstrom’s 1,000th game as the Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night.

Memphis running back ready for NFL draft after opting out

Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell reacts after a first down run during the second half of the Cotton Bowl against Penn State on Dec. 28, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Gainwell had every intention of playing football with Memphis last fall, going through fall practice. The funeral for an uncle, the fourth member of his family to die of COVID-19, made opting out of the season the best decision for Gainwell. (Roger Steinman/AP Photo)

Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell was set to play in college last season. Then his uncle became the fourth in the family to die of COVID-19. Gainwell changed his mind and spent his time training for the NFL.

UCONN

UConn's Polley announces plans to return for fifth season

UConn senior Tyler Polley announced Wednesday he plans to return for a fifth season of eligibility, although he will keep his name in the upcoming NBA Draft to receive feedback. The NCAA is allowing players a one-time option to play an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Tyler Polley, UConn's top scorer off the bench last season, plans to return next season.

UConn's Ralph named women's basketball coach at Vanderbilt

UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph, left, is expected to be named head coach at Vanderbilt. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Shea Ralph, a former UConn women's basketball great and assistant coach in the program since 2008, was named the new head coach at Vanderbilt University on Tuesday.

UConn women land Ohio St. transfer Juhasz

UConn has added another post player to its roster with Dorka Juhasz announcing she is transferring to the Huskies from Ohio State.

COLLEGES

College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules

Nebraska wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson is chased down by Purdue defensive tackle Anthony Watts during a Nov. 2, 2019 game in West Lafayette, Ind. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

The NCAA made it official Thursday, announcing the Division I Council had voted to approve a plan that will allow all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without having to sit out a season.

Pandemic-driven spring football requires virtual creativity

Southeast Missouri State defenders Lawrence Johnson (7) and Shabari Davis break up a pass intended for Tennessee State wide receiver Zaire Thornton during Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn. Because of COVID-19, the OVC postponed the 2020 season to the spring, and the decision was made to play games on Sunday because member schools needed flexibility to staff all the spring sports. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

It’s been a chaotic few months for second-tier football schools playing this spring. They faced many of the same coronavirus issues other colleges dealt with in the fall, and on Sunday the 16-team FCS playoff bracket is set.

NCAA on verge of transfer rule change

FOhio State quarterback Justin Fields throws during an NFL Pro Day on March 30 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Whether it is the start of free agency in college sports or simply the fair thing to finally do for the athletes, the NCAA is about to make a monumental change to its transfer rules.