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Sabres to open NHL draft featuring Michigan, mystery, Kraken

Michigan's Owen Power watches the puck while working against Minnesota's Cullen Munson during a Dec. 8, 2020 game in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Al Goldis/AP Photo)

The Buffalo Sabres have the first pick in an NHL draft on Friday night

NHL roster freeze lifts, flat cap prompts money-saving moves

Then-Lightning right wing Barclay Goodrow (19) skates during the first period of Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals on June 30 against Montreal in Tampa, Fla. Goodrow, who just finished helping Tampa Bay win consecutive Stanley Cups, has signed a six-year contract with the Rangers. General Manager Chris Drury announced the signing on Thursday less than a week after acquiring the rights to the unrestricted free agent from the Lightning for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo)

NHL teams wasted little time making moves once the roster freeze for the Seattle expansion draft was lifted

Kraken expansion draft showcases Seattle, lacks drama

New Kraken players, back row from left, Mark Giordano, Brandon Tanev, Jamie Oleksiak, Hadyn Fluery, Jordan Eberle and Chris Dreidger stand on stage with Kraken owners David Wright, front left, Jerry Bruckheimer, front center, and Andy Jassy, front second from right, and Kraken general manager Ron Francis, front right, on Wednesday after being introduced during the Kraken's expansion draft event in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

The Seattle Kraken chose Boston defenseman Jeremy Lauzon with the first pick in their expansion draft

COLUMNS

Sports are better around here when New London is good

United NL Babe Ruth team heads to regionals this week.

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Kraken expansion draft to be milestone for Seattle

United States and team flags hang in the rafters of the Climate Pledge Arena during a media tour of the facility on July 12 in Seattle. The arena will be the home of the NHL's Seattle Kraken and the WNBA's Seattle Storm as well as hosting concerts and other performing arts events. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

Short of being awarded the franchise and the completion of an arena, the biggest step in the creation of the Seattle Kraken comes Wednesday with the expansion draft

Kraken anxiously await player lists ahead of expansion draft

Visitors view the home hockey locker room at Climate Pledge Arena during a media tour of the facility on July 12 in Seattle. The arena will be the home of the NHL's Seattle Kraken and the WNBA's Seattle Storm as well as hosting concerts and other performing arts events. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

For now the NHL is on pause and waiting for Ron Francis and the Seattle Kraken to decide what they will do

Moving on from past is first step in this NHL offseason

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne announces his retirement Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. Rinne, the 2018 NHL hockey Vezina Trophy winner, spent all of his 15 seasons with the Predators. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

Moving on from the past is the early theme of the NHL offseason

UCONN

NCAA informs UConn that men's basketball probationary period is over

Penalties included a reduction in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year and numerous recruiting restrictions that impacted the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.

UConn hires firm to help athletes navigate endorsements

The University of Connecticut has hired an outside firm to help its athletes navigate endorsements and other opportunities that will help them make money from their names, images and likenesses

COLLEGES

College coaches working to learn NIL impact on recruiting

North Carolina State quarterback Devin Leary answers a question during Thursday's news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days in Charlotte, N.C. (Nell Redmond/AP Photo)

College coaches are trying to get a handle on the recruiting impact of athletes' ability to profit off their fame

SEC's four new head coaches face different challenges

Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel speaks to reporters during Tuesday's Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

The Southeastern Conference’s four new head coaches inherit very different situations but sport the standard new regime optimism

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: East Lyme LL baseball (ages 8-10) reaches Section 3 title game

John Roberts was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Colton Glover pitched 4.1 innings of relief as East Lyme defeated Madison 6-1 Thursday in the Connecticut Section 3 Little League tournament for ages 8-10.

Local roundup: East Lyme Little League baseball (ages 8-10) wins sectional opener

Greyson Biggs and Kyle Cellemme each had three hits for East Lyme in a 13-8 victory Wednesday over West Hartford in the opening game of the Connecticut Section 3 Little League tournament (ages 8-10).

PROFESSIONAL

Yanks reliever throws four wild pitches in 10th, Red Sox rally

Boston players surround Hunter Renfroe, top middle, after he drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of the team's 5-4, come-from-behind win over the Yankees at Fenway Park. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

Kiké Hernández hit a two-run double that tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a record four wild pitches by Brooks Kriske in the 10th to rally past the rival New York Yankees 5-4 on a...

With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvares, of the United States of America, carry their country's flag during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The Tokyo Games have arrived at last, after a yearlong delay

CT SUN

Ogunbowale, Jonquel Jones lead WNBA All-Stars over U.S. Olympic team 93-85

Team WNBA's Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun drives into Brittney Griner of the U.S. Olympic team during the first half of the WNBA All-Star game Wednesday in Las Vegas. Jones had 18 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot to help lift the WNBA All-Stars to a 93-85 victory. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Arike Ogunbowale scored 26 points and the WNBA All-Star team beat the U.S. Olympic team 93-85 in the league’s All-Star Game

U.S. Olympic team expects competitive game vs WNBA All-Stars

Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun shoots during practice for the WNBA All-Star team Tuesday in Las Vegas. The All-Stars will take on the U.S. Olympic team on Wednesday at Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Both the U.S. Olympic team and the WNBA All-Stars expect a competitive game in the league’s showcase

ON THE AIR

Australian Rules Football

11:30 p.m., FS2 —  AFL: Fremantle Dockers at Sydney Swans.

2:30 a.m. (Saturday), FS1 —  AFL: Greater Western Sydney Giants at Essendon Bombers.

5:30 a.m. (Saturday), FS1 —  AFL: St. Kilda Saints at West Coast Eagles.

Baseball

2 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs.

7 p.m., Ch. 61, NESN, WFAN (660-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox.

7 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Mets.

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN — The Basketball Tournament from Columbus, Ohio.

Boxing

9 p.m., Showtime — The New Generation from Grand Island, Neb.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Evian Championship from Évian-les-Baines, France.

7 a.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Senior Open Championship from Berkshire, England.

9:30 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Evian Championship from Évian-les-Baines, France.

11:30 a.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Senior Open Championship from Berkshire, England.

2:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: 3M Open from Blaine, Minn.

3:30 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Wales Open from Newport. (taped today)

5:30 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — LPGA: Evian Championship from Évian-les-Baines, France.

Hockey

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NHL Draft first round from Secaucus, N.J.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Lacrosse

5 p.m., CBSSN — Athletes Unlimited from Boyds, Md.

Rugby

4 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Newcastle Knights at Sydney Roosters.

6 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Melbourne Storm at North Queensland Cowboys.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — WTA Palermo Open from Italy; ATP Croatia Open from Umag; WTA Poland Open from Gdynia; ATP Swiss Open from Gstaad, Switzerland.

9:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Midel Open form Los Cabos, Mexico.

Summer Olympics

6:55 a.m., Ch. 30 — Opening Ceremony from Tokyo.

7:30 a.m., USA — Rowing from Tokyo.

10 p.m., USA — Men's cycling from Tokyo.

1 a.m. (Saturday), NBCSN — Women's water polo, softball, 3x3 basketball, women's soccer and archery from Tokyo.

4:15 a.m. (Saturday), USA — Women's beach volleyball fom Tokyo.