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Leone staying positive and hoping for a chance with Indians

Ex-Norwich Free Academy great Dominic Leone, who signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians in January and was invited to the big league camp, throws a pitch during spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 13 in Avondale, Ariz. Leone is home in South Carolina staying in shape and hoping for a chance to pitch for the Indians if and when baseball resumes this summer. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

When Dominic Leone first arrived at Cleveland's spring training complex earlier this year, he spotted a familiar face.

Local road races are on hold due to COVID-19

Runners begin the 52nd Annual Ocean Beach/John & Jessie Kelley Road Race at Ocean Beach Park in New London. Mike Conway of West Hartford won the rainy 11.6-mile event on Aug. 3, 2014, prior to it becoming a half-marathon. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The local road racing scene has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Calendar

BASEBALL/SOFTBALLShoreline Sting softball ­­­— Looking for players to add to 18u, 16u and 14u teams. Contact: Ed Hobson (203) 530-3964.Jack Benny Softball League — Looking for players over 45 to play...

Quinn savors winning Patriot League title

Mike Quinn holds a piece of the net after Boston University beat Colgate on March 11 in the Patriot League men's basketball tournament final at Hamilton, N.Y. (Erin Locascio/BU athletics)

It means even more now considering what's transpired since that March night when Quinn, a Montville High School graduate, celebrated Boston University's first Patriot League championship title that earned the program its first NCAA tournament...

Semper paratus: Coast Guard's Kirvelevicius is always ready (and always learning)

Rasa Kirvelevicius, second from left in visor, recently completed her sophomore year at the Coast Guard Academy where she is a member of women's rowing team and a NEWMAC All-Academic pick. Kirvelevicius is a 2018 East Lyme High School graduate, where she excelled in swimming, cross country, indoor track and rowing. (Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Academy athletics)

East Lyme's Rasa Kirvelevicius, now a rising junior at the Coast Guard Academy, considers herself a "learner for life" — "for me, a learning curve is the most exciting thing out there," she said.

COLUMNS

Colin Kaepernick's knee never killed anybody

Colin Kaepernick is still deemed "unpatriotic" by many who have never had to fight for the...

Local golf courses are adjusting to coronavirus rules, and flourishing

Golfers, courses, adjusting to new restrictions and safety measures.

MORE LOCAL SPORTS

Where are they now? Ledyard's Manwaring lives in Boston, still using lessons learned as a Colonel

Alex Manwaring, center, poses with parents Hull and Callie Manwaring following his 2018 inductin into the Ledyard High School Football Hall of Fame. Manwaring, a 2012 Ledyard graduate, rushed for 2,551 yards during his senior season and helped the Colonels reach the 2011 Class M state championship game. (Photo courtesy of Alex Manwaring)

Former Ledyard running back Alex Manwaring had one of the greatest seasons in state high school football history in 2011. He has taken those lessons he learned playing sports with him into life.

Local college honors

Following is a list of local college athletes who were recognized for their accomplishment during the winter season:

Ledyard's Woodruff has become a master of basketball trick shots

Jack Woodruff switches hands holding the ball while in midair just one one of several moves before taking a shot at the basket while demonstrating one of his basketball trick shots on Friday at his home in Ledyard.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Meet Jack Woodruff, a basketball trick shot artist with his sights set on becoming a social media influencer.

UCONN

UConn men officially announce signing of Adama Sanogo

Adama Sanogo of The Patrick School in New Jersey officially signed his national letter of intent with the UConn men's basketball program on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Adama Sanogo, a 6-9, 240-pound forward/center from The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J., officially became a member of the UConn basketball program after signing a national letter of intent on Thursday.

UConn football announces future games with FIU, Temple, Wyoming

UConn head coach Randy Edsall works the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Houston, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

The UConn football team has entered into agreements to play Florida International, Temple and Wyoming in future years, the school announced Wednesday.

COLLEGES

NCAA offers guidance for bringing athletes back to campus

The NCAA has released a long and detailed plan to help schools bring athletes back to campus during the pandemic

Title IX major factor for colleges looking at sports cuts

FILE - In this May 10, 2019, file photo, Bowling Green's Neil Lambert bats during the team's NCAA college baseball game against Kent Sate in Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green recently announced that it is dropping baseball. Colleges mulling whether to cut sports amid the coronavirus pandemic must ensure they remain compliant with the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX, which requires the equitable treatment of remaining men's and women's programs. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

Colleges mulling whether to cut sports amid the coronavirus pandemic must ensure they remain compliant with the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX

CT SUN

Mosqueda-Lewis looking forward to new scenery with Sun

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, right, who has been rooming with fellow UConn alum and former Seattle teammate Breanna Stewart in Los Angeles, is looking forward to a fresh start after being traded to the Connecticut Sun in February. Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart shared this playful hug after the watching UConn play an exhibition game last November in Storrs. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Former UConn standout Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis believes that change will be good after being traded this offseason from the Seattle Storm to the Connecticut Sun.

Sun waive four players, cut roster down to 11

The Connecticut Sun waived four players to cut their roster down to 11 on Monday, including 2020 draft pick Juicy Landrum of Baylor.

PROFESSIONAL

Police want Liverpool's title decider in neutral stadium

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Champions League match against Atletico Madrid in March at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Liverpool is unlikely to win the English Premier League at Anfield after police included the leader’s key games among at least five it wants to be played at neutral venues in a bid to prevent fans from gathering outside when the competition...

Elliott ends week of misery with overdue NASCAR victory

Chase Elliott gets out of his car after winning a NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Chase Elliott ended a week of miserable finishes with an overdue Cup victory

A tough call: Minor league umps squeezed as lost year looms

For a lot of minor league umpires, this is shaping up as a rough year

AP sources: No consensus yet on NBA return-to-play plan

The NBA Board of Governors met again without a consensus opinion emerging on how many teams should be back on the floor for the planned late-July resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

Noon, ESPN2 — eSports The Race All-Star Series.

4 p.m., FS2 — MotoAmerica Superbike from Elkhart Lake, Wis.

6:30 p.m., FS2 — Formula E Race at Home Series.

Baseball

3:55 a.m., ESPN — Korean: KT Wiz at Kiwoom Heroes.

12:55 a.m. (Sunday), ESPN — Korean: Lotte Giants at Doosan Bears.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from various sites.

2:30 p.m., FS1 — Live racing from various sites.

4 p.m., NBCSN — Live racing from various sites.

Mixed Martial Arts

6 p.m., ESPN — UFC Fight Night preliminaries from Las Vegas.

9 p.m., ESPN — UFC Fight Night: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns in a heavyweight bout from Las Vegas.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS1 — NRL: Canberra Raiders at Melbourne Storm.

2 a.m. (Sunday), FS1 — NRL: Newcastle Knights at Penrith Panthers.

Soccer

9:20 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Werder Bremen at Schalke 04.

9:20 a.m., FS2 — Bundesliga: Frankfurt at Wolfsburg.

12:20 p.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Fortuna Düsseldorf at Bayern Munich.