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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.

Local roundup: UConn's Bueckers nominated for an ESPY

UConn women's basketball sophomore Paige Bueckers and alumnae Breanna Stewart and Crystal Dangerfield have earned nominations for the 2021 ESPYs.

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,...

New London's Vincent begins new baseball journey Pecos League

New London's Josh Vincent, who just finished his final collegiate season at Eastern Connecticut, has embarked on his professional career as a member of the Alpine (Texas) Cowboys in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, which features 14 independent league teams spread across six states, including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Kansas and California. (Photo courtesy of ECSU athletics)

Josh Vincent gazed out the window of the team bus as it rolled down the highway on Tuesday during a seven-hour ride to the next destination on the road trip.

Local roundup: Sea Unicorns top Pittsfield, 3-2

The Norwich Sea Unicorns scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and held on to beat the Pittsfield Suns 3-2 on Sunday in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

COLUMNS

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

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

MORE LOCAL SPORTS

Old Lyme's Austin Hack and Liam Corrigan: From a small town to the Olympic stage

Old Lyme's Austin Hack, who will be making his second appearance in the Summer Olympics, rows with the men's eight during the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Ottensheim, Austria. (Photo courtesy of US Rowing)

Two athletes from the small town of Old Lyme will be rowing as part of the U.S. men's eight in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, being held a year later than originally scheduled due to the pandemic.

Local roundup: Sea Unicorns pitcher Sandridge signs with Reds

Norwich Sea Unicorns pitcher Jayvien Sandridge has left the team after signing with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, the first player to ink a professional contract during the team's Futures Collegiate Baseball League tenure.

Local sports calendar

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Hat 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,...

UCONN

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

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)

No team’s road to Omaha was as bumpy as Virginia’s

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 and became the first teams to lock up spots in the College World Series

CT SUN

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.

Sun head to Chicago for two-game series

Connecticut Sun assistant coaches Brandi Poole, left and Chris Koclanes direct the team against the Seattle Storm during a May 25 game in Everett, Wash. The assistants will lead the Sun again on Thursday at Chicago while head coach Curt Miller is attending to a family matter in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Connecticut Sun are looking to find themselves while spending a few days in the Windy City playing the Chicago Sky on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon.

PROFESSIONAL

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 to force a decisive seventh game in their second-round playoff series

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 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 to avoid a four-game series sweep

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 says he will not play at Wimbledon or at the Tokyo Olympics

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.