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Local roundup: Fitch boys' win lacrosse opener on new field

Fitch´s Devyn Jordan (45) takes a shot at the goal against Waterford´s Cody Brown (21) and Liam Pickett (31) during Thursday's 16-6 win over the Lancers. The game was held on the new turf field at Groton Middle School located next door to Fitch High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Devyn Jordan had five goals and an assist as Fitch began a new season on its new turf field with a 16-6 victory over Waterford in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I boys' lacrosse game on Thursday.

Local roundup: Stonington rolls to girls' track win over Lyman Memorial

Stonington had four athletes win two individual events apiece as the Bears opened their 2021 season with an 82-57 girls' track and field victory over Lyman Memorial on Wednesday.

Mitchell, struggling just to play games, splits baseball doubleheader with NEC

Figuring out a starting lineup is harder than usual for Mitchell College baseball coach Travis Beausoleil.

Local roundup: East Lyme edges Ledyard 2-1 in ECC Div. I baseball game

Jace Lillie and Nate Licitra combined to pitch a one-hitter as East Lyme edged Ledyard 2-1 on Tuesday in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I baseball game.

Local roundup: Fitch edges Waterford in girls' tennis opener

Fitch won two of the three doubles matches to pull out a 4-3 win over Waterford in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls' tennis match on Monday.

COLUMNS

Villazante: 39 radiation treatments ... then a 67 at Shenny

Frank Villazante doesn't let radiation treatments for cancer hold him back

MORE LOCAL SPORTS

Local roundup: Conn's Fleurima enjoys solid day on track against Tufts

Connecticut College junior Billy Fleurima had a big day during Sunday's 316-146 loss to Tufts University in a men's outdoor track and field meet.

Local roundup: Holdridge lifts CGA men to 19-12 lacrosse win over Clark

Waterford's Caleb Holdridge had six goals and two assists as Coast Guard Academy outlasted Clark 19-12 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday.

After a year off, Mystic Schooners will resume play June 3

East Lyme High School graduate Trystan Levesque, now a freshman at the University of Rhode Island, will be a member of the Mystic Schooners' pitching staff this summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Schooners begin play with a home game on June 3. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

After enduring a summer without Mystic Schooners baseball, general manager Dennis Long can’t wait for the first pitch of the 2021 season.

UCONN

UConn's Polley announces plans to return for fifth season

UConn senior Tyler Polley announced Wednesday he plans to return for a fifth season of eligibility, although he will keep his name in the upcoming NBA Draft to receive feedback. The NCAA is allowing players a one-time option to play an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Tyler Polley, UConn's top scorer off the bench last season, plans to return next season.

UConn's Ralph named women's basketball coach at Vanderbilt

UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph, left, is expected to be named head coach at Vanderbilt. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Shea Ralph, a former UConn women's basketball great and assistant coach in the program since 2008, was named the new head coach at Vanderbilt University on Tuesday.

COLLEGES

College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules

Nebraska wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson is chased down by Purdue defensive tackle Anthony Watts during a Nov. 2, 2019 game in West Lafayette, Ind. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

The NCAA has officially approved a plan that will allow all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without having to sit out a season

Pandemic-driven spring football requires virtual creativity

Southeast Missouri State defenders Lawrence Johnson (7) and Shabari Davis break up a pass intended for Tennessee State wide receiver Zaire Thornton during Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn. Because of COVID-19, the OVC postponed the 2020 season to the spring, and the decision was made to play games on Sunday because member schools needed flexibility to staff all the spring sports. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

Juggling church and football can be a typical Sunday for NFL fans

CT SUN

Sun draft three guards in WNBA Draft, including Baylor's Carrington

Baylor's DiJonai Carrington blocks a shot by UConn's Christyn Williams during the an NCAA Elite Eight game on March 29 in San Antonio. Carrington was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the No. 20 overall pick in Thursday's WNBA Draft.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Connecticut Sun drafted Baylor's DiJonai Carrington, Central Michigan's Micaela Kelly and Aleah Goodman of Oregon State in Thursday night's WNBA Draft.

Sun play the waiting game again

Connecticut Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller has back-to-back picks in the second round (Nos. 20 and 21) on Thursday night's WNBA Draft. The Sun don't have a No. 1 pick this year dealing it to Phoenix last season in a deal that brought DeWanner Bonner to the Sun. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Connecticut Sun don't have a first-round pick in the WNBA Draft for the second straight year and will wait until late in the second round Thursday to make back-to-back selections (20th and 21st overall).

PROFESSIONAL

Red Sox have nine-game winning streak halted by Twins

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler, center with helmet, celebrates with his team after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Minneapolis. The Twins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Max Kepler’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Boston, stopping a five-game losing streak for the Twins and breaking a nine-game winning string for the Red Sox

MLB roundup

Texas' Jose Trevino, left, and Adolis Garcia celebrate the latter's go-ahead two-run home run off Tampa Bay reliever Cody Reed as catcher Francisco Mejia looks away during the 10th inning of Thursday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Texas won, 6-4. (Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Adolis Garcia’s first major league homer, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, gave the Texas Rangers a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays

NBA roundup

Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot over Hawks forward Solomon Hill in the first half of Thursday's game in Atlanta. Milwaukee won, 120-109. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in his return to the Milwaukee lineup and got plenty of help from his teammates as the Bucks cooled off the surging Atlanta Hawks 120-109

Nets' Aldridge retires at 35 due to irregular heartbeat

Brooklyn center LaMarcus Aldridge shoots over Lakers center Andre Drummond during the first half of an April 10 game in New York. (Corey Sipkin/AP Photo)

LaMarcus Aldridge has retired from the NBA after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Brooklyn Nets

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

4:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

8:25 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

7 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Four-Wide Nationals qualifying from Las Vegas.

4:55 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN2 — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

Baseball

2 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Michigan at Minnesota.

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

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

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Vanderbilt at Tennessee.

8:30 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Colorado Rockies.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres.

Basketball

3 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz.

7 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers.

7:30 p.m., YES2 — NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks.

Figure Skating

6 p.m., NBCSN — World Team Trophy from Osaka, Japan. (taped today)

Golf

7:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Austrian Open from Atzenbrugg, Austria.

Noon, Golf Channel — Champions: Chubb Classic from Naples, Fla.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: RBC Heritage from Hilton Head, S.C.

7 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: LOTTE Championship from Kapolei, Hawaii.

Gymnastics

1 p.m., ESPN2 — Women: NCAA Championships semifinal from Fort Worth, Texas.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — Women: NCAA Championships semifinal from Fort Worth, Texas.    

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN Plus, MSG Plus — NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from New York.

Mixed Martial Arts

9 p.m., Showtime — Bellator 257: Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis in a light heavyweight bout from Mohegan Sun Arena.

Rugby

4 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Newcastle Knights.

6 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Sydney Roosters at Melbourne Storm.

1 a.m. (Saturday), NBCSN — Premiership: London Irish at Northampton Saints. (taped today)

Soccer

3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur at Everton.

9:30 p.m., FS1 — MLS: Minnesota United at Seattle Sounders.

Surfing

6:30 p.m., FS2 — WSL: Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic from Sydney.

Tennis

5 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Monte Carlo Masters from Monaco.

1 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: MUSC Health Women's Open from Charleston, S.C.