Sun's Banham is happy, healthy and ready to go

Connecticut Sun guard Rachel Banham smiles while head coach Curt Miller talks about how the players and practice squad members support each other after Saturday's practice at the Mohegan Sun Community Center in Uncasville. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Connecticut Sun guard Rachel Banham said Saturday that she's "finally 100-percent" healthy after injuries that set her back her first two seasons.

Miller's next goal: preparing the Sun to become title contenders

Now that the WNBA Draft is history, Sun general manager/head coach Curt Miller will turn his attention to preparing for the upcoming training camp, where some difficult roster decisions will have to be main in order to make Connecticut a contender to win a WNBA championship in 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The phrases used to describe the Connecticut Sun during ESPN's WNBA Draft broadcast Thursday night were glowing and, at the same time, jarring.

Sun take Duke guard Lexie Brown ninth at WNBA Draft

Duke guard Lexie Brown, right, poses with WNBA president Lisa Borders after being selected No. 9 overall by the Connecticut Sun during Thursday's WNBA Draft in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Connecticut Sun drafted Duke guard Lexie Brown with the ninth overall pick in Thursday’s WNBA Draft. Brown, 5-foot-9, averaged a 19.4 points, 4.4 assists and was fifth in the nation in steals (3.7).

Sun acquire former Hillhouse star Bria Holmes in trade

The Connecticut Sun acquired former Hillhouse High School star Bria Holmes from the Atlanta Dream on Thursday for its second pick in tonight’s WNBA Draft (No. 15 overall) and next season’s second round pick.

Sun looking to get it right at Thursday's WNBA Draft

UConn guard Kia Nurse is very much on the radar of the Connecticut Sun, who have the No. 9 overall pick in Thursday night's WNBA Draft. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun have the ninth overall pick in Thursday's WNBA Draft, and head coach and general manager Curt Miller is stressed out about getting it right.

COLUMNS

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What if baseball and football switched seasons? Baseball in the fall; football in the spring.

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UCONN

UConn's Vital to test NBA waters, but doesn't hire agent

Christian Vital, the UConn sophomore guard, will declare himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, the school announced on Friday.

Lister returns to UConn to join Auriemma's coaching staff

UConn graduate assistant coach Jasmine Lister looks on during a game against Cincinnati on Feb. 17, 2016. She rejoined the staff on Thursday. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jasmine Lister is returning to UConn to join Geno Auriemma's coaching staff.

UConn's Moseley named women's basketball coach at BU

UConn assistant coach Marisa Moseley, left, has some advice for Azura Stevens coming out of a time out during a regular-season game against Notre Dame on Dec. 3, 2017. Moseley is leaving UConn to become head coach at her alma mater, Boston University. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Marisa Moseley, an assistant at UConn for nine seasons, was named head coach of the Boston University women's basketball program, her alma mater, on Monday.

COLLEGES

Earle Bruce, Ohio State coach who followed Hayes, dies at 87

Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce, right, talks to quarterback Mike Tomczak during a game on Sept. 15, 1984 at Columbus, Ohio.  (Tim Revell/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Earle Bruce stepped into his dream job, football coach at Ohio State, under most challenging circumstances, replacing the program's revered longtime leader after a fall from grace.

Virginia hires Tina Thompson as women's basketball coach

Virginia hires Tina Thompson to coach its women's basketball team

Former Lady Vols star Daedra Charles-Furlow dies at 49

Women's Basketball Hall of Famer and former Lady Vols star Daedra Charles-Furlow dies at 49

HIGH SCHOOL

High school roundup: Sutman, Burrows lead Waterford to victory

Walker Sutman and Jared Burrows had three hits each as No. 7 Waterford beat Woodstock Academy 9-1 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II baseball game on Saturday.

Waterford topples Stonington in the seventh on a phantom grand slam

Waterford's Taylor Lee, right, approaches home plate where her celebrating teammates and home plate umpire Rick Durham look on during Friday's ECC Division II softball game against Stonington at Veterans Field in Waterford. Lee, who cleared the fence with what should have been a walkoff grand slam in the seventh, instead was awarded a two-run double in a 4-2 win because a runner in front of her stopped running the bases. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Sophomore Taylor Lee had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday as the Waterford High School softball team defeated Stonington in a battle of ECC Division II unbeatens.

H.S. softball: NFA's Comeau no-hits Norwalk

Norwich Free Academy's Bailey Comeau pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and four walks, allowing just one earned run, as the 10th-ranked Wildcats defeated Norwalk 5-1 Friday afternoon.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Black Wolves continue their playoff push, top Knighthawks 11-6

Aaron Bold had a career-high 59 saves as the New England Black Wolves pickedup their third consecutive win by defeating the Rochester Knighthawks 11-6 on Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena.

Local college roundup: Avery Point sweeps past CCRI

Braydon Cooney went a combined 3-for-6 with five runs scored as UConn Avery Point swept a Region 21 baseball doubleheader with the Community College of Rhode Island, 11-9 and 7-6.

Black Wolves continue their fight for a playoff spot Saturday at Rochester

There’s no breathing room yet … and there isn’t likely to be for the New England Black Wolves.

PROFESSIONAL

Mets demote longtime starter Matt Harvey to bullpen

Matt Harvey of the Mets delivers a pitch during a game against the Brewers on April 14 at New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Matt Harvey found out he's been sent to the New York Mets' bullpen and was furious.

Judge homers, Yankees use seven-run sixth to beat Blue Jays 9-1

Aaron Judge of the Yankees connects for a two-run home run in the third inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays at New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Aaron Judge hit an early homer off respected Twitter rival Marcus Stroman, then scored on a disputed play during a seven-run burst in the sixth inning that sent the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 Saturday.

Mets blow ninth-inning lead in 4-3 walk-off loss to Braves

The Braves' Johan Camargo dives across home plate for the winning run as Mets catcher Jose Lobaton reaches for him during the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday's game at Atlanta. The Braves won 4-3. (John Amis/AP Photo)

Jeurys Familia blew a one-run lead in the ninth and allowed a walk-off safety squeeze in the New York Mets' 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at SunTrust Park.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

3:30 p.m., NBCSN — IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama from Birmingham.

2 p.m., FS1 — NRHA Spring Nationals from Baytown, Texas.

Baseball

1 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees.

1:30 p.m., WCCT, WOR (710-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves.

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

4 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies.

8 p.m., ESPN — MLB: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Basketball

1 p.m., Ch. 8 — NBA playoffs: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NBA playoffs: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs.

6 p.m., TNT — NBA playoffs: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards.

8:30 p.m., TNT — NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers.

Golf

8 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Trophee Hassan II from Rabat, Morocco.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Texas Open from San Antonio.

3 p.m., Ch. 3 — PGA: Texas Open from San Antonio.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf from Ridgedale, Mo.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Los Angeles Open.

Hockey

3 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NHL playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NHL playoffs: Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche.

Soccer

8:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: West Ham at Arsenal.

10 a.m., FS1 — FA Cup: Southampton at Chelsea in a semifinal.

11:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Swansea City at Manchester City.

4 p.m., ESPN — MLS: Minnesota United at Seattle Sounders.

6 p.m., FS1 — MLS: New York City FC at Portland Timbers.

Softball

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Tennessee at Alabama.

Tennis

5:30 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Monte Carlo Masters.

5:30 a.m., Tennis Channel — Fed Cup: United States at France in semifinal from Aix-en-Provence.