Stonington's Smith wins state decathlon title

Stonington's Shane Smith, shown here competing in the pole vault during the ECC Division II indoor track and field championships on Feb. 3, won the CIAC state decathlon championship on Wednesday at Manchester High School. (Sarah Gordon/The Day/File)

Stonington's Shane Smith captured the CIAC state decathlon championship on Wednesday at Manchester High School.

2018 ECC Award Winners / Track & Field

Following are 2018 Eastern Connecticut Conference track & field all-stars, sportsmanship and scholar-athlete award winners: Boys Division I Long jump, Jahiem Spruill (NFA); triple jump,...

Stonington's Dellacono wins State Open singles title with dominating performance

Stonington's Gabby Dellacono celebrates with coach George Crouse after the defeating Staples' Alyssa DiMaio 6-1, 6-1 in the State Open girls' tennis singles championship match on Wednesday at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Top-seeded Gabby Dellacono won one for the Stonington High School history books Wednesday, claiming the State Open singles title over No. 6 Alyssa DiMaio 6-1, 6-1 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

Waterford's Burrows drafted by Pirates in 11th round

In this June 2017 file photo, Waterford's Mike Burrows throws a pitch during the Class M quarterfinals at Waterford High School. Burrows was selected in the 11th round of Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. The right-handed pitcher was the No. 324 overall pick and must decide whether to sign with the Pirates or attend UConn, where he made a commitment during his junior season in 2017.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Waterford High School's Mike Burrows was selected in the 11th round of Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates today.

Hand beats Waterford in Class M boys' lax semifinal

Waterford's Kevin Close (12) shares an embraced with a teammate after the Lancers were beaten by Hand 15-5 in Wednesday's Class M boys' lacrosse tourney semifinal at West Haven High School. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The season ended for the Waterford boys’ lacrosse team just as it had last season — a tournament loss, albeit after they'd taken the program to new places. They lost to Hand on Wednesday, 15-5, in their first CIAC Class M semifinal.

COLUMNS

Ollie did enough wrong to warrant his firing by UConn

University officials brought him here to clean up Jim Calhoun’s debris, lest we forget that...

UCONN

UConn: Ollie fired for impermissible contact, workouts

UConn coach Kevin Ollie, right, gestures during a game against Rutgers on March 5, 2014 at Storrs. Assistant coach Glen Miller is at left. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

The University of Connecticut fired men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie after finding NCAA violations that included improper training sessions and improper contact with recruits.

Adams building a strong relationship with Hurley

UConn guard Jalen Adams drives past Auburn guard Bryce Brown during a game last season at Auburn. Adams is returning for his senior season and is developing a strong relationship with new head coach Dan Hurley. (Julie Bennett/AL.com via AP/File)

UConn's new men's basketball coach Dan Hurley has great expecations for star guard Jalen Adams ... and that's just fine with Adams.

Huskies embracing Hurley's tough love approach

UConn coach Dan Hurley gives instructions to his team during Friday's practice in Storrs. (Day photo/Gavin Keefe)

Friday's hour-long workout at the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center provided a snapshot of Dan Hurley's boot camp approach.

COLLEGES

Gators hold off Texas Tech 9-6 at CWS to make bracket final

Florida's JJ Schwarz looks skyward after hitting a two-run home run against Texas Tech during the sixth inning of Thursday's College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb. Florida won 9-6. (Nati Harnik/AP Photo)

Gators hold off Texas Tech 9-6 at College World Series to make bracket final

Clemson's Swinney not worried despite several QB transfers

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney not concerned about losing quarterback depth after several of his passers transferred out of the program this offseason

Fletcher's bat helps Arkansas beat Red Raiders 7-4 at CWS

Casey Martin of Arkansas, rear, scores behind Texas Tech catcher Braxton Fulford on a single by Dominic Fletcher in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Dominic Fletcher went 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs and Arkansas pitchers struck out 14 in a 7-4 victory over Texas Tech in the College World Series on Wednesday.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: UConn men release non-league schedule

Two former Big East rivals, including defending national champion Villanova, are featured non-conference foes on the UConn men's basketball schedule for the 2018-19 season.

Schooners back for another summer with a new look

One hour before first pitch, there's a flurry of activity at the Shipyard, home of the Mystic Schooners.

Southard promoted to CGA's assistant AD for media relations

Coast Guard Academy's Jason Southard has been elevated to assistant athletic director for media relations after completing his 23rd season as the director of athletic media relations.

PROFESSIONAL

Celtics pick Texas A&M's Robert Williams in NBA draft

Celtics coach Brad Stevens speaks during Thursday's news conference in Boston after the team selected Robert Williams of Texas A&M with the 27th pick in the NBA Draft. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

The Boston Celtics have selected Texas A&M power forward Robert Williams with the No. 27 pick in the NBA draft

Porcello allows 1 hit through 7; Red Sox beat Twins 9-2

Rick Porcello of the Red Sox throws a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Twins at Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Rick Porcello allowed one hit in seven innings, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday to avoid a series sweep.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

5:55 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One French Grand Prix practice from Le Castellet, France.

2:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 practice from Sonoma, Calif.

5:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 final practice from Sonoma, Calif.

Baseball

3 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Mississippi State vs. Oregon State in College World Series from Omaha, Neb.

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox.

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

7 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Brooklyn Cyclones at Connecticut Tigers.

8 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Arkansas vs. Florida in College World Series from Omaha, Neb.

Basketball

7 p.m., NBCSB — WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream.

7:30 p.m., FS1 — Big3 from Houston.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA: New York Liberty at Las Vegas Aces.

Boxing

10 p.m., Showtime — Claressa Shields vs. Hanna Gabriels and Christina Hammer vs. Tori Nelson in women's middleweight bouts from Detroit.

Football

7 p.m., ESPN2 — CFL: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Montreal Alouettes.

Golf

5:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: BMW International Open from Pulheim, Germany.

12:30 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: American Family Insurance Championship from Madison, Wis.

3:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Travelers Championship from Cromwell.

6:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: NW Arkansas Championship from Rogers.

11 p.m., Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Korea Open from Cheonan, South Korea.

Hockey

7:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL Draft from Dallas.

Horse Racing

8:30 a.m., NBCSN — Coronation Stakes and Commonwealth Cup from Ascot, England.

Soccer

8 a.m., FS1 — World Cup: Brazil vs. Costa Rica from St. Petersburg, Russia.

11 a.m., Ch. 61 — World Cup: Nigeria vs. Iceland from Volgograd, Russia.

2 p.m., Ch. 61 — World Cup: Serbia vs. Switzerland from Kaliningrad, Russia.

Talk Show

6:05 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — Sports Talk with Bill Donovan.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Gerry Weber Open from Halle, Germany; Queen's Club Championships from London.

Track & Field

11 p.m., NBCSN — USATF Outdoor Championships from Des Moines, Iowa. (taped today)