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Sun fall to Sky, 81-75

Chicago Sky's Diamond DeShields (1) shoots and scores over Connecticut Sun's Kaila Charles (3) and Brionna Jones during the second half of a WNBA game on Thursday in Chicago. The Sky won 81-75. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Kahleah Copper had 18 points and eight rebounds as the Chicago Sky used a third quarter surge to beat the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night, 81-75, before 1,293 at Wintrust Arena.

East Lyme's Levesque pitching in for the Schooners

Mystic Schooners pitcher Trystan Levesque throws a pitch during a bullpen session before a game at Fitch High School Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Groton.   (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Trystan Levesque takes everything in stride.

Bucks defeat Nets 104-89 and force Game 7

Brooklyn Nets' James Harden, right, is guarded by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Khris Middleton scored 38 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 104-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night to force a decisive seventh game in their second-round playoff series.

Former UConn strength coach says refusal to violate protocols led to ouster

A former strength coach for UConn's men's basketball team has sued the school, claiming his contract wasn't renewed after he refused demands from coach Dan Hurley that he violate NCAA guidelines and school COVID-19 protocols.

Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3

New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinals, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinals.

Henley has happy return to Torrey and takes early Open lead

Russell Henley watches his shot on the first green roll wide of the cup during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Russell Henley's visit to the rough-and-tumble South course at Torrey Pines went a lot better Thursday than the last time he played, especially under the circumstances.

HIGH SCHOOL

East Lyme's Valakos named to All-American boys' lacrosse team

East Lyme attack Matt Valakos (5) blasts a shot past Bacon Academy goalie Chase Goulet for a goal during the ECC Division I tournament final on May 27 at Waterford. Valakos, a senior, was name to the 2021 US Lacrosse All-America team on Wednesday. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

East Lyme's Matt Valakos was named to the 2021 United States Lacrosse All-America boys' lacrosse team on Wednesday, one of 16 Connecticut players to make the team.

Stonington's Mooney second, Bacon's Adams fifth in CIAC decathlon

Stonington's Josh Mooney finished second in the CIAC decathlon championship on Wednesday at Willow Brook Park.

Stonington's Mooney second after first day of CIAC decathlon

Stonington High School's Josh Mooney sits in second place after the first day of the CIAC decathlon championships held Tuesday at Willow Brook Park.

COLUMNS

Of Gerrit Cole, Paul Menhart, spin rate and soft contact

One needn't throw 100 mph to be an effective pitcher

ON THE AIR

Australian Rules Football

2:30 a.m. (Saturday), FS2 — AFL: Brisbane Lions at North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Auto Racing

5:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One French Grand Prix practice from Le Castellet.

8:55 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One French Grand Prix practice from Le Castellet.

11 a.m., FS2 — NASCAR Truck Rackley Roofing 200 practice from Nashville, Tenn.

4 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Tennessee Lottery 250 practice from Nashville, Tenn.

5 p.m., FS2 — NASCAR Truck Rackley Roofing 200 qualifying from Nashville, Tenn.

8 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Rackley Roofing 200 from Nashville, Tenn.

5:55 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN2 — Formula One French Grand Prix practice from Le Castellet.

Baseball

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals.

8 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals.

Basketball

7:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks.

10 p.m., ESPN — NBA playoffs: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers.

10:30 p.m., CBSSN — WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks.

Golf

10:30 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Meijer Classic from Grand Rapids, Mich.

12:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: U.S. Open from La Jolla, Calif.

6 p.m., Ch. 30 — PGA: U.S. Open from La Jolla, Calif.

9 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: U.S. Open from La Jolla, Calif.

Hockey

8 p.m., USA — NHL playoffs: Vegas Golden Knights at Montréal Canadiens.

Horse Racing

8:30 a.m., NBCSN — The Royal Ascot from England.

12:30 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from New York.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Sydney Roosters at Penrith Panthers.

Soccer

9 a.m., ESPN — UEFA Euro: Sweden vs. Slovakia from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Noon, ESPN — UEFA Euro: Croatia vs. Czech Republic from Glasgow, Scotland.

3 p.m., ESPN — UEFA Euro: Scotland at England from London.

5 p.m., FS1 — Copa América: Chile vs. Bolivia from Cuiabá, Brazil.

8 p.m., FS2 — Copa América: Argentina vs. Uruguay from Brasília, Brazil.

8 p.m., MSG — MLS: Nashville SC at New York Red Bulls.

Surfing

6 p.m., FS2 — WSL: Surf Ranch Pro from Lemoore, Calif.

Swimming

6 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying heats from Omaha, Neb. (taped today)

9 p.m., Ch. 30 — U.S. Olympic Trials from Omaha, Neb.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Fever-Tree Championships from London; WTA Birmingham Classic from England; ATP Noventi Open from Halle, Germany; Bett1open from Berlin.

Track & Field

7 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Olympic Trials from Eugene, Ore.

10 p.m., Ch. 30 — U.S. Olympic Trials from Eugene, Ore.

CT SUN

Head coach Curt Miller leaves Sun indefinitely to attend to family matter

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller has taken a temporary leave of absence and flown home to Pennsylvania to attend to a family matter.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local calendar

BASEBALL/SOFTBALLHat Fengar press box — Waterford Babe Ruth will hold a dedication for the Harold “Hat’’ Fengar press box on Saturday, June 19 at noon. Contact: Rick Beaney,...

PROFESSIONAL

Stanton HR, triple play key Yankees' 8-4 win over Blue Jays

New York Yankees celebrate an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer in a four-run seventh inning and the New York Yankees pulled off a wacky triple play Thursday night in an 8-4 win over the reeling Toronto Blue Jays.

Hendricks wins 7th straight start, Cubs beat Mets 2-0

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks winds up during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kyle Hendricks flummoxed the Mets for six innings to win his career-best seventh straight start, Javier Báez hit a two-run homer in the first off Marcus Stroman and the Chicago Cubs beat New York 2-0 Thursday night to avoid a four-game series...

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics

Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after losing to Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Friday, June 11, 2021 in Paris. Djokovic won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka are sitting out Wimbledon, leaving the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament without two of the sport's biggest stars as it returns after being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

European soccer capsules

Denmark's Simon Kjaer, left, and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku clap hands as the Belgium's team pays tribute to Denmark's Christian Eriksen in 10th minute during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Belgium at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, June 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

Substitute Kevin De Bruyne set up one goal and scored the winner himself to give Belgium a 2-1 victory over Denmark in a European Championship game marked by an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen in the first half.

Mets' deGrom gets clean MRI on shoulder, no plans for IL

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom's shoulder showed no abnormalities, but New York was not yet ready to commit to him taking his next turn in the rotation on Sunday against Washington.

Hawks rally from 26 points down, stun 76ers in Game 5

Atlanta's Trae Young goes up for a shot against the 76ers' Joel Embiid (21), Matisse Thybulle (22) and Seth Curry during the second half of Game 5 in an NBA Eastern Conference second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Atlanta won, 109-106, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Trae Young scored 39 as Atlanta rallied from a 26-point deficit and shocked Philadelphia on Wednesday night, 109-106, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

Clippers beat Jazz 119-111 to take series lead

Utah center Rudy Gobert, rear, defends against Clippers guard Paul George during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA Western Confernce second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The Clippers won, 119-111, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Paul George had 37 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists to lead the Clippers to a 119-111 victory over Utah in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series Wednesday night.

UCONN

Akok healthy again and looking to give Huskies lift this winter

UConn's Akok Akok is tended to by head trainer James Doran after suffering what was later diagosed as a ruptured left Achilles tendon during a game agains Memphis on Feb. 16, 2020 in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn forward Akok Akok is expected to be fully healthy and ready to play this season after seeing action for a total of 29 minutes in 2020-21. He's underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon in February 2020.

COLLEGES

Virginia staves off elimination for sixth time to reach CWS

Virginia's Nic Kent (4) celebrates his fourth inning home run with Jake Gelof during Monday's NCAA tournament super regional game against Dallas Baptist on Monday in Columbia, S.C. Virginia won, 5-2, to clinch the series. (Sean Rayford/AP Photo)

Virginia and Mississippi State won Game 3s in their super regionals Monday and became the last two teams to clinch spots in the College World Series.

Stanford, Vanderbilt heading to CWS after super regional sweeps heading to CWS after super regional sweeps

Vanderbilt's Enrique Bradfield Jr. (51) hugs winning pitcher Jack Leiter after Saturday's 4-1 win over East Carolina to sweep its NCAA super regional series in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

Reigning national champion Vanderbilt and Stanford swept their NCAA super regionals Saturday and became the first teams to lock up spots in the College World Series.