Mercury finish off the Sun late to win 96-86

Connecticut Sun guard Rachel Banham, left, comforts teammate Shekinna Stricklen (40) as the players walk off the court following their loss to the Phoenix Mercury in WNBA second-round playoff action Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Mercury finished the game on a 15-2 run to win 96-86, eliminating the Sun for the second straight season. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Phoenix Mercury went on a 15-2 run with less than four minutes left in the game to beat the Connecticut Sun 96-86 Thursday, eliminating the Sun for the second straight season in the second round of the WNBA playoffs.

Sun's Jonquel Jones named WNBA’s Sixth Woman of the Year

Connecticut Sun post Jonquel Jones was named the 2018 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, the league announced Thursday. She received 20 votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Miller believes in Sun's numbers as WNBA playoffs begin vs. Phoenix

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi protests a call vs the Connecticut Sun in the second half of a WNBA game July 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun meet the Mercury in a single-elimination game Thursday night which will serve as Connecticut's playoff opener. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller believes the team with the best eight players wins the WNBA title. The Sun will need to establish their eight when they host the Phoenix Mercury in Thursday's second-round playoff game.

Some of Sun fans' loudest cheers are reserved for Courtney Williams

Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams takes the rebound away from teammate Shekinna Stricklen and  Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker in the second half of a game Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun open the playoffs Thursday at home with an 8:30 p.m. game against Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Courtney Williams to the fans: plays with the perpetual smile. More energy than Con Edison. Magnetic demeanor. And, yes, makes frequent baskets. Courtney Williams to her teammates: foil for the jokes. No. 1 needler. And with a lexicon all her own.

Stewart is AP Player of the Year, Sun's Jones Sixth Woman of the Year

Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones, middle, during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Sparks, was named the Associated Press Sixth Woman of the Year on Tuesday. The Sun open the postseason with a second-round game Thursday night at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Phoenix Mercury (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Breanna Stewart has taken her game to a new level this year to lead Seattle to the top spot in the league

COLUMNS

The Lonesome Polecat (state variant)

Shelton isn't quick — it's sudden.

We should all be inspired by the gift that is Trevor Hutchins

Ledyard's Trevor Hutchins, whose age belies his deeper sense of obligation to things greater than...

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UCONN

UConn men's basketball schedule is released

The UConn men's basketball team released its 2018-19 schedule

Robinson getting the message in his first season at UConn

UConn head coach Randy Edsall, right, greets quarterback Steven Krajewski (4) and other players prior to last Saturday's game against Rhode Island at East Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Oneil Robinson, a Class S all-state player out of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, is yet another member of the freshmen class to make his debut this season. An injury in the secondary gave Robinson an opportunity for his first start and to...

UConn men's basketball secures first commitment of fall recruiting season

James Bouknight had a good feeling about UConn when his official visit ended last weekend.A 6-foot-4 guard from the MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass., Bouknight made it official on Tuesday, announcing his commitment to the UConn basketball program.

COLLEGES

Coast Guard's defense in win over Nichols: 'Not on my watch'

Coast Guard linebacker Jake Behne (34) gets ready for a play. (Coast Guard athletics photo)

Coast Guard was in the midst of scoring the final 17 points Friday night to beat Nichols, which of course was a credit to the offense. But then there was the defense.

Norton sparks Conn College women's soccer to Whale Cup win

Connecticut College seized a two-goal lead but needed to fend off a feisty challenge from host Coast Guard Academy before securing a 2-1 victory.

Slaying of star golfer from Spain shocks Iowa college town

In this Sept. 7, 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo. (Luke Lu/Iowa State University via AP)

A star collegiate golfer from Spain was attacked and killed by a homeless stranger while she was playing a round alone near her campus in Iowa, police said Tuesday.

HIGH SCHOOL

H.S. boys' soccer roundup: Ledyard tops Woodstock on Smith's goal

Elliott Smith scored the go-ahead goal off a free kick scrum in the 66th minute to lift Ledyard past Woodstock Academy, 2-1, in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II boys' soccer game on Wednesday.

H.S. cross country roundup: NFA girls win a pair of close ones

NFA picked up a pair of wins in a tight Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' cross country tri-meet on Wednesday, beating St. Bernard 27-31 and Montville 28-28 on a sixth-place tiebreaker.

St. Joseph, Darien square off this week with No. 1 ranking in Day coaches' poll at stake

Top-ranked St. Joseph hosts No. 2 Darien on Saturday afternoon (1:30) in one of the biggest games of the season. St. Joseph received seven of 13 first-place votes this week and Darien three.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Coast Guard volleyball wins 10th straight

Makenna Martin had a match-high 30 assists and Amanda Dake added 10 kills as the Coast Guard women's volleyball team won its 10th straight match on Tuesday, 25-11, 25-22, 25-14 over Mount Holyoke in a New England Women’s and Men’s...

Local roundup: East Lyme volleyball team beats rival Fitch 3-1

Sydney Iannantuono had 17 kills and eight digs as East Lyme outlasted rival Fitch 3-1 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I volleyball match on Monday.

Local college notes

Around the region • UConn senior quarterback David Pindell, who accounted for six touchdowns in a 56-49 win over Rhode Island Saturday, was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor...

PROFESSIONAL

Hoskins HR sparks Phillies over Mets before key Atlanta trip

Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo cannot reach a double by the Phillies' Rhys Hoskins during the third inning of Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. The Phillies won, 4-0. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Rhys Hoskins became the seventh-fastest player to hit 50 career home runs and the Philadelphia Phillies kept pace in the NL East race with a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets

Passed up: Darnold can show Browns what they're missing

The Jets' Sam Darnold looks to pass during the first half of Sunday's game against Miami at MetLife Stadium. Miami won, 20-12. The Jets play at Cleveland on Thursday night. (Bill Kostroun/AP Photo)

Jets quarterback Darnold gets chance to show Browns what they passed up

Pats tempering expectations as Gordon practices for first time

The Patriots' Josh Gordon catches the ball during Wednesday's practice in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Patriots excited, cautiously optimistic as new receiver Josh Gordon practices with team for the 1st time

ON THE AIR

Baseball

Noon, MLB Network — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves.

6 p.m., SNY, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies.

7 p.m., NESN, YES, ESPN, WFAN (660-AM), WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees.

10 p.m., ESPN — MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Equestrian

6 p.m., NBCSN — World Equestrian Games from Mill Spring, N.C. (taped today)

Hockey

7:30 a.m., NBCSN — NHL preseason: Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames from Beijing.

7 p.m., MSG — NHL preseason: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers.

Soccer

12:55 p.m., TNT — UEFA Champions League: AEK Athens at AFC Ajax.

3 p.m., TNT — UEFA Champions League: AS Roma at Real Madrid.

8:30 p.m., ESPN2 — Campeones Cup: Tigres UNAL at Toronto FC.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: St. Petersburg Open from Russia.