Local roundup: Stonington hires pair of alumni as head coaches

Stonington High School is turning two a pair of alumni to lead its cross country and boys' basketball programs.

Happy, healthy days are here again on the baseball field for Montville's Bowens

Former Montville star TT Bowens, fresh off playing in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament with Central Connecticut, is playing for the Mystic Schooners this summer in the NEBL. (Gavin Keefe/The Day)

TT Bowens tried to dodge the multitude of mud puddles on his way out of the Mystic Schooner dugout on Thursday at Old Mountain Field.

Local roundup: Pointers' Petchark named to NJCAA All-America team

UConn Avery Point third baseball Alex Petchark was named to the NJCAA Division II All-America baseball team on Thursday.

Local roundup: Ledyard's Crawford finishes fourth in CIAC Decathlon

Ledyard High School senior Adam Crawford finished fourth in the CIAC Decathlon on Wednesday with 5,437 points, including a victory in the javelin at 161 feet, 10 inches.

Local roundup: Bessette named boys' soccer coach at Waterford

Joshua Bessette has been named head boys' soccer coach at Waterford High School, athletic director Chris Landry announced on Tuesday.

COLUMNS

Brayan Pena's story is one of hope, wonder and intrigue

If the Cuban government was watching that definitive day now 18 years ago, well, let's just say...

MORE LOCAL SPORTS

Tyson's journey: from Rhody Guy to coaching at former rival UMass

Tyson Wheeler talks with Tyler Nelson while serving as an assistant basketball coach at Fairfield University in 2016. The New London native has accepted a new job as an assistant coach at UMass. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Tyson Wheeler admits it will be an adjustment being a "Rhody Guy" coaching for his former college basketball program's Atlantic 10 rival.

UConn agrees to football series with Duke

UConn announced on Monday that it has agreed to a two game football series with Duke, starting in 2023.

Local roundup: Schooners remain unbeaten (5-0) with 5-3 win over Ocean State

Alex Stiegler (Yale) pitched a two-hitter through five innings and Shane Kelly (Bryant) was 4-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored as the Mystic Schooners beat the Ocean State Waves on Sunday in a New England Collegiate...

UCONN

Chronic knee issues force Diarra to end UConn playing career

UConn's Mamadou Diarra, right, blocks a shot by Temple's Shizz Alston Jr. in a game on Feb. 28, 2018, in Storrs. (Stephen Dunn/AP Photo)

Mamadou Diarra will serve as a student assistant coach with the UConn's men's basketball program for the 2019-20 season after chronic knee problems forced him to end his college playing career.

Swin Cash accepts front office position with NBA's Pelicans

Swin Cash, right, pulls a rebound away from Connecticut’s Katie Douglas while playing for the Atlanta Dream in 2014. Cash, the ex-UConn All-American, accepted a front office position with the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. (AP file photo)

Swin Cash, the former UConn women's basketball All-American, was named vice president of basketball operations/team development by the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

COLLEGES

No crying foul: Hogs put 2018 flub behind them on way to CWS

Arkansas players celebrate their 14-1 win over Mississippi after Game 3 of an NCAA super regional on Monday in Fayetteville, Ark. (Michael Woods/AP Photo)

No crying foul: Arkansas puts 2018 blub behind them while making another run to College World Series

'This isn't for everyone': A labor of love for football refs

Officials Phillip Davenport, left, and Grantis Bell pose with Georgia mascot Uga at Georgia's spring game on April 20 in Athens, Ga. Imagine trying to teach someone who has never driven a car to do it well enough so the very next day the neophyte can spend two hours operating a cab in New York City without causing an accident. The lesson will last around 90 minutes. That's about what Tom Quick, Grantis Bell, Phillip Davenport and five other veteran college football officials signed up to do. (Gary McGriff/AP Photo)

Being a college football official has never been more difficult. How they do the job and why.

CT SUN

Jones has another double-double as Sun edge Lynx, 85-81

Jonquel Jones had her fifth double-double of the season as the league-leading Connecticut Sun edged the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night, 85-81, before 8,803 at the Target Center.

Sun head to Minnesota to face new-look Lynx

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller, center, and assistant coach Brandi Poole talk to point guard Jasmine Thoma during the second half of Tuesday's 83-75 win over the Washington Mystics at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun, sporting the WNBA's best record (6-1) take their show on the road Friday to play the Minnesota Lynx. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Minnesota Lynx have been the WNBA’s model of both consistency and greatness this century. The majority of the Lynx are new this season, and they host the league-leading Connecticut Sun on Friday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Woodland gouges out a birdie and leads by 2 at US Open

Gary Woodland reacts after making a birdie on the ninth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday in Pebble Beach, Calif. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

Rose and a sharp short game gives him early lead in US Open at Pebble Beach

Major League Baseball roundup

Atlanta mobs Brian McCann after he hit a walk-off two-run single in the ninth inning of Friday's game to beat Philadelphia, 9-8, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Brian McCann hits game-ending single as Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 for 8th straight win

WNBA roundup

Jewell Loyd scored 14 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 8.6 seconds left, and the defending champion Seattle Storm overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 74-71 in a rematch of last season's WNBA Finals

Giolito, Jimenez lead White Sox to 10-2 romp over Yankees

The White Sox's Eloy Jimenez gestures as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of Friday's game against the Yankees in Chicago. It was the first of Jimenez's two three-run home runs as the White Sox won, 10-2. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

Lucas Giolito pitched into the seventh for his ninth straight win, Eloy Jimenez hit two three-run homers and the Chicago White Sox pounded the New York Yankees 10-2 on Friday night

ON THE AIR

Auto racing

3 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: practice from Newton, Iowa.

3 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — Lucas Oil Motocross: High Point National from Mt. Morris, Pa.

4 p.m., NBCSN — Lucas Oil Motocross: High Point National from Mt. Morris, Pa.

7 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: practice from Newton, Iowa.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series: M&M’s 200 from Newton Iowa.

10:30 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Drag Racing: Saturday Nitro Bristol from Bristol, Tenn.

Baseball

1 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays.

2 p.m., ESPN — College World Series: Michigan vs. Texas Tech from Omaha, Neb.

4 p.m., FS1 — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals.

4 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles.

5 p.m., WICH (1340-AM) — New York-Penn League: Connecticut Tigers at Lowell Spinners.

7 p.m., Ch. 20, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., ESPN — College World Series: Arkansas vs. Florida State from Omaha, Neb.

9 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Basketball

8 p.m., NBA TV — Atlanta Dream at Dallas Wings.

10 p.m., NBA TV — New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks.

Boxing

7 p.m., ESPN2 — Top Rank Boxing undercard from Las Vegas, Nev.

Football

7 p.m., ESPNEWS — Ottawa Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — Winnipeg Blue Bombers at British Columbia Lions.

Golf

Noon, Ch. 61 — PGA Tour: U.S. Open from Pebble Beach, Calif.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA Tour: Meijer Classic from Grand Rapids, Mich.

5 p.m., Ch. 61 — PGA Tour: U.S. Open from Pebble Beach, Calif.

Horse racing

8:30 p.m., NBCSN — Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series from Louisville, Ky.

Lacrosse

5 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Whipsnakes vs. Archers from Bridgeview, Ill.

Mixed martial arts

2 a.m. (Sunday), TNT — ONE Championship from Shanghai, China.

Soccer

9 a.m., FS1 — FIFA World Cup: Cameroon vs. Netherlands from Valenciennes, France.

11:50 a.m., FS1 — FIFA U-20 World Cup: Ukraine vs. South Korea in final from Lodz, Poland.

Track and field

4 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — IAAF Diamond League: Oslo Bislett Games from Oslo, Norway.