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NHL monitoring situation before choosing where to play games

FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug celebrates a teammate's goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, in St. Louis. Smaller defensemen like the 5-foot-9 Krug have taken on more importance around the league in recent years for their mobility and puck-moving skills. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Concerns about Canadian coronavirus restrictions could push hockey south of the 49th parallel into the U.S. this summer

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, in Boston. The NHL is one step closer to returning. Bettman unveiled a 24-team straight to playoffs format the league will use if it can clear the other hurdles to resume its season. Under the plan approved last week by players and agreed to by the NHL, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to determine the field to vie for the Stanley Cup .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play

NHL plans move to small-group training as Phase 2 of return

In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel works out prior to a game against the Buffalo Sabres in Newark, N.J. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NHL hopes to move to Phase 2 of return-to-play protocol, including opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month

COLUMNS

Local golf courses are adjusting to coronavirus rules, and flourishing

Golfers, courses, adjusting to new restrictions and safety measures.

Yeomans: from forgotten man to THE man

Yeomans made his last two places better places

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MORE PRO HOCKEY

NHLPA approves going forward with 24-team playoff talks

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return-to-play format, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, late Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiated

NHL's plan to return face possible border restriction hurdle

This is a March 12 file photo showing Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals. Get used to the concept of pods and pucks if the NHL is going to have any chance of completing its season, with the most likely scenarios calling for games in empty, air-conditioned arenas during the dog days of summer. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format, a person familiar with discussions tells The Associated Press

Pro women's hockey association unveils five-city regional plan

The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association enters its second season with plans to regionalize its structure by basing players in five hub cities

UCONN

UConn football announces future games with FIU, Temple, Wyoming

UConn head coach Randy Edsall works the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Houston, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

The UConn football team has entered into agreements to play Florida International, Temple and Wyoming in future years, the school announced Wednesday.

UConn women won't play Louisville next season

It was Louisville coach Jeff Walz who first spoke last November of the possibility his Cardinals would play the UConn women’s basketball team in a neutral-site contest during the 2020-21 season.

COLLEGES

Title IX major factor for colleges looking at sports cuts

FILE - In this May 10, 2019, file photo, Bowling Green's Neil Lambert bats during the team's NCAA college baseball game against Kent Sate in Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green recently announced that it is dropping baseball. Colleges mulling whether to cut sports amid the coronavirus pandemic must ensure they remain compliant with the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX, which requires the equitable treatment of remaining men's and women's programs. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

Colleges mulling whether to cut sports amid the coronavirus pandemic must ensure they remain compliant with the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX

Chris Dufresne, heralded college football writer, dies at 62

In this Dec. 5, 2015 photo, Los Angeles Times sportswriter, Chris Dufresne poses near the end zone before the Pac-12 championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Dufresne, an award-winning former sports writer for the Los Angeles Times, died suddenly Monday while dining with his family at home in Chino Hills, 30 miles east of Los Angeles, according to a Times staff memo posted Tuesday, May 26, 2020, on Facebook. He was 62. (Gary Klein/Los Angeles Times via AP)

Chris Dufresne, an award-winning former sports writer for the Los Angeles Times, has died at age 62

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local road races are on hold due to COVID-19

Runners begin the 52nd Annual Ocean Beach/John & Jessie Kelley Road Race at Ocean Beach Park in New London. Mike Conway of West Hartford won the rainy 11.6-mile event on Aug. 3, 2014, prior to it becoming a half-marathon. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The local road racing scene has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALLShoreline Sting softball ­­­— Looking for players to add to 18u, 16u and 14u teams. Contact: Ed Hobson (203) 530-3964.Jack Benny Softball League — Looking for players over 45 to play...

Quinn savors winning Patriot League title

Mike Quinn holds a piece of the net after Boston University beat Colgate on March 11 in the Patriot League men's basketball tournament final at Hamilton, N.Y. (Erin Locascio/BU athletics)

It means even more now considering what's transpired since that March night when Quinn, a Montville High School graduate, celebrated Boston University's first Patriot League championship title that earned the program its first NCAA tournament...

PROFESSIONAL

Report: Basketball Hall delaying enshrinement ceremony

Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that this year’s enshrinement ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and five others will be delayed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic

Patriots' McCourty on the prospects of playing football: 'I think we all have fears.'

New England Patriots' Jason McCourty plays a game during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Patriots CB Jason McCourty on the prospects of playing football: 'I think we all have fears.'

CT SUN

Sun waive four players, cut roster down to 11

The Connecticut Sun waived four players to cut their roster down to 11 on Monday, including 2020 draft pick Juicy Landrum of Baylor.

Miller, Sun have tough cuts to make

6/16/19 :: SPORTS :: GRIFFEN :: Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller questions point guard Jasmine Thomas about a play against the Seattle Storm in WNBA non-conference action Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Arena.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

WNBA teams have to cut their rosters down to 12 players by next Tuesday (May 26) so that players can start being paid on June 1.

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

8 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Cup Alsco Uniforms 500 from Concord, N.C.

Baseball

5:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Korean: SK Wyverns at Doosan Bears.

5:25 a.m. (Thursday), ESPN2 — Korean: Samsung Lions at Lotte Giants.

Soccer

12:20 p.m., FS2 — Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin at RB Leipzig.

2:30 p.m., FS2 — Bundesliga: Schalke at Fortuna Düsseldorf.