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Local roundup: Avery Point eliminated from NJCAA regional

The season ended abruptly for the UConn Avery Point baseball team on Sunday.

Martinez, Driscoll playing vital roles for Mitchell baseball team

New London's Lelo Martinez is having a breakout season for the NCAA tourney-bound Mariners, batting .379 with 53 hits, 34 RBI and 11 stolen bases while playing flawlessly at shortstop. (Photo courtesy of Steve McLaughlin/Mitchell athletics)

Both former Eastern Connecticut Conference players — Martinez from New London and Driscoll from Waterford — played vital roles in the Mariners claiming the program's seventh bid to the NCAA tourney.

Local roundup: Avery Point stays unbeaten in NJCAA baseball regional

The UConn Avery Point baseball team is one win away from the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Avery Point rolls to 11-1 win in NJCAA Division II East District opener

A six-run second inning put the UConn Avery Point baseball team in front on Friday in its NJCAA Division II East District tournament opener at Cantine Field in Saugerties, N.Y.

Local roundup: Ledyard softball beats Bacon for seventh straight win

Ledyard won its seventh straight game and completed a perfect Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II softball season with an 8-3 win over Bacon Academy on Friday.

COLUMNS

Asjha Jones: All hail the CT Sun's 'marble pillar'

Asjha Jones rightfully immortalized as a CT Sun great

MORE LOCAL SPORTS

Decision to transfer to No. 1 ECSU provided some relief for Pontbriant

NFA graduate Griffin Pontbriant decided to transfer from Central Connecticut to Eastern Connecticut after the fall semester and has played a key role out of the bullpen for the Warriors, who are ranked No. 1 in the latest Division III national rankings. (Photo courtesy of ECSU athletics)

Griffin Pontbriant stretched out in the Eastern Connecticut State University bullpen late in the Little East Conference tournament opening game.

Local roundup: New London softball team picks up its first win of the season

New London won its first game of the season with a 14-1 victory over Tourtellotte in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV softball game on Thursday.

Confident Avery Point opens play in NJCAA District tourney on Friday

UConn Avery Point is feeling good heading to the NJCAA Division II District tournament in New York this weekend.

UCONN

Taliek Brown leaving UConn men's basketball staff for Iona

Brown, who spent the last four years as the director of player development in Storrs, has been hired as an assistant on Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino's staff.

Former Putnam Science star Diarra transferring to UConn

Diarra, a 6-foot-2 guard from Queens, N.Y., announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he’s transferring to UConn.

COLLEGES

Keeping schools out of NIL dealings opened door for boosters

The NCAA seems to have inadvertently opened the door for boosters when it comes to college athletes cashing in on their fame

NCAA clarifies compensation rules but is crackdown likely?

FILE - Ohio State gathers before an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Alabama in Miami Gardens, Fla., Jan. 11, 2021. In 2019, California became the first state to pass a law allowing athletes to earn money on endorsements, autograph signings and other activities, and by July 2021, the NCAA lifted its decades-old ban. Football players earn the most, followed by women’s and men’s basketball players, according to Opendorse. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

College sports leaders are trying to send a warning to schools and boosters it believes have crossed a line when it comes to paying athletes for endorsement and sponsorship deals: There are still rules and they will be enforced

CT SUN

Sun ride fast start to 77-60 win over Sparks in home opener

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) fends off Los Angeles Sparks forward Jasmine Walker (40, left) and Los Angeles Sparks guard Jordin Canada (21) in WNBA game action Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Alyssa Thomas had 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Connecticut Sun as they beat the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday night, 77-60, in their 20th home opener. The Sun led by as much as 24 points in the first half.

Sun need more urgency for home opener

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) reaches for a loose ball during last Saturday's 81-79 loss to the New York Liberty in their WNBA season opener. The Sun play Los Angeles in their home opener on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The Connecticut Sun host the Los Angeles Sparks in Saturday's home opener at Mohegan Sun Arena (7 p.m., NESN Plus).

PROFESSIONAL

Celtics oust defending NBA champion Bucks in Game 7

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives toward the basket past Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton, left, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Grant Williams scored a career-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 23 and the Boston Celtics set a Game 7 record with 22 3-pointers to eliminate the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference...

Panarin lifts Rangers past Penguins 4-3 in OT in Game 7

New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) reacts with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during overtime in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Sunday, May 15, 2022, in New York. The Rangers won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Artemi Panarin scored a power-play goal 4:46 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

Castillo fans Alonso with bases full, M's beat Mets 8-7

Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh and relief pitcher Diego Castillo celebrate after defeating the New York Mets 8-7 during a baseball game, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Diego Castillo struck out Pete Alonso on a 3-2 slider to strand the bases loaded after the New York Mets had rallied for two runs in the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners held on for an 8-7 win

Lee holds off Spieth, wins again at low-scoring Byron Nelson

K.H. Lee, of South Korea, hits on the third hole during the fourth round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in McKinney, Texas, on Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)

Lee's 240-yard shot on the par-5 12th hole stopped less than 5 feet from the pin, and the eagle put him in front for good Sunday on the way to a 9-under 63 and a one-shot victory over Spieth at birdie-besieged TPC Craig Ranch.

ON THE AIR

Baseball

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

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

7 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets.

11 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers. (joined in progress)

Hockey

9 a.m., NHL Network — World Championship: Slovakia vs. Canada from Helsinki.

1 p.m., NHL Network — World Championship: Finland vs. United States from Tampere, Finland.

Soccer

3 p.m., USA — Premier League: Arsenal at Newcastle United.

Tennis

4 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Lyon Open from France; ATP Geneva Open from Switzerland; WTA Strasbourg International from France; WTA Princess Lalla from Rabat, Morocco; French Open qualifying from Paris.

4 a.m. (Tuesday), Tennis Channel — ATP: Lyon Open from France; ATP Geneva Open from Switzerland; WTA Strasbourg International from France; WTA Princess Lalla from Rabat, Morocco; French Open qualifying from Paris.