Sun need to remain strong in second half

Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun heads down the court during the second half of Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Jones finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds in the Sun's 94-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks, which gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

The Connecticut Sun have been the stronger second-half team in both games of their WNBA semifinal series against the Los Angeles Sparks and taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 3 is Sunday at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State.

Sun take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Sparks in WNBA semifinal series

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, left, and Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas fight for a rebound during the first half Thursday night’s WNBA semifinal playoff game at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun routed Los Angeles 94-68 to take a commading 2-0 series lead. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The Connecticut Sun, with the sheer dominance of 6-foot-6 Jonquel Jones inside and a WNBA playoff record 29 first-half rebounds, made it look easy Thursday with aa 94-68 victory over the L.A. Sparks at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Sun can take charge of series with win in Game 2 on Thursday

Sun forward Alyssa Thomas drives to the past during Tuesday's 84-75 win over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 1 of their WNBA semifinal playoff series at Mohegan Sun Arena. Game 2 is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun need more of their players contributing offensively to start Game 2 of their WNBA semifinal series on Thursday. The Los Angeles Sparks need more of their players contributing offensively period.

Sun beat Sparks, 84-75, in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals

Sun guard Jasmine Thomas is fouled on a drive by Sparks guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt during Game 1 of their WNBA semifinal playoff series on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun won 84-75 to take the 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Alyssa Thomas scored 13 of her 22 points in the first quarter and was one of four Connecticut Sun players to finish in double figures as they beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 84-75, on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their WNBA semifinal series.

Sun want to protect their house against Sparks in WNBA semifinals

Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas saves the ball from going out of bounds as Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot defends during a regular-season game on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun host the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 1 of the WNBA playoff semifinals on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks shared the best WNBA home record this season. Connecticut has home-court advantage in their best-of-five WNBA semifinal series, which starts Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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UCONN

UConn's Gilbert happy, healthy heading into basketball season

UConn's Alterique Gilbert plays in a game against New Hampshire at the XL Cenrter in Hartford on Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

At this stage of preseason, Gilbert is in a far better place than his previous college years when he's spent the majority of the off-season undergoing rehabilitation for shoulder injuries. He's fitter and stronger and also in tune with his teammates.

Indiana routs UConn 38-3

UConn quarterback Jack Zergiotis (11) is sacked by Indiana defensive lineman Michael Ziemba (87) during the second half of Saturday's game at Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 38-3. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Peyton Ramsey threw three touchdown passes and linebacker Cam Jones returned an interception for his first career touchdown Saturday as Indiana rolled past UConn 38-3.

UConn men to face tough tests to start AAC basketball season

UConn's final men's basketball season in the American Athletic Conference features a challenging start.

COLLEGES

Dillon runs for 150 yards, two scores as BC runs over Rutgers

AJ Dillon ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and Boston College bounced back from a horrible performance a week ago to beat Rutgers 30-16

Norwich captures The Mug on game's final play, tops Coast Guard 17-14

Clyde Tamburro’s 26-yard field goal on the final play of the game lifted Norwich University to a come-from-behind 17-14 win over the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference...

Backup QB Matt Fink leads USC past No. 10 Utah, 30-23

Southern California wide receiver Tyler Vaughns makes a touchdown catch over Utah defensive back Jaylon Johnson during the first half of Friday's game in Los Angeles. USC upset No. 10 Utah, 30-23. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

Matt Fink took over on the third play of the game and passed for 351 yards in Southern California's 30-23 victory over No. 10 Utah

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local college roundup: Mooney leads Bears cross country to win at Bowdoin Invite

Junior All-American Kaitlyn Mooney won by more than 15 seconds as the Coast Guard Academy women's cross country team won the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday.

Local roundup: East Lyme boys beat Woodstock in ECC D-I soccer opener

East Lyme scored the final three goals to rally for a 3-2 victory over Woodstock Academy on Friday in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I boys' soccer opener for both schools.

Coast Guard at Norwich football preview capsule

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. Where: Sabine Field, Northfield, Vt. Records: Coast Guard Academy 2-0 overall, 0-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference; Norwich 2-0,...

PROFESSIONAL

Patriots tops Jets 30-14

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) carries the ball for a touchdown in front of New York Jets linebacker Neville Hewitt (46) in the second half of Sunday's game at Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Patriots didn't allow a defensive touchdown for the third straight week as New England dominated in a 30-14 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Truex wins again at Richmond

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his win in the NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday night at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Nudged off the lead with 87 laps to go, MartinTruex Jr. rallied Saturday night, ultimately passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go and winning his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series race.

Red Sox fall to Rays in 11

Nate Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays gets doused after his two-run, walk-off home run against Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Smith in the 11th inning of Saturday's game at St. Petersburg, Fla. Tampa Bay won 5-4. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Nate Lowe hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to move one game ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild card.

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