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H.S. softball roundup: Rivers (Ledyard), Burrows (Waterford) throw opening day no-hitters

Sara Rivers opened the season with a no-hitter as the Ledyard High School softball team blanked New London 13-0 Saturday in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I matchup.


H.S. baseball roundup: Egan, Saints edge Lyman Memorial 2-1

Kyle Egan pitched a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and added an RBI single as St. Bernard edged Lyman Memorial on Saturday, 2-1, in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II game.


Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, April 11, 2021.


Moynihan, Ledyard open baseball season with 6-1 win over New London

Junior Robert Moynihan pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts in his first varsity game as Ledyard beat New London on Saturday, 6-1, in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I baseball game.


OPINION

Governing by fiat needs an exit plan

A place to turn for a safer future

While societal and institutional attitudes about domestic violence have changed dramatically since Safe Futures was established, the statistics associated with it remain grim and grew grimmer during the pandemic.

An ambitious plan to rescue and reset

Treat the American Rescue Plan not just as emergency aid but as a down payment on the future, especially that of today's young people.

Connecticut COVID-19 Numbers

Data sourced from the Office of Governor Ned Lamont. Check here for the latest data.

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New Hampshire governor gets vaccine; Holy Cross faces COVID outbreak

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has received his COVID-19 vaccine at the state’s mass vaccination site at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon


Rats make comeback as NYC begins return to pre-pandemic routines

As New Yorkers get back on their feet after a year of the pandemic, so are the rats that survived a once-in-a-generation food shock.


Young CGA softball team shows some resolve in split with Wheaton

Coast Guard Academy splits a NEWMAC softball doubleheader with Wheaton College, bouncing back from a tough 2-0 loss in the opener to cruise 9-1 in the second game.


Measles confirmed in case of unvaccinated Connecticut child

The Connecticut Department of Public Health says it has confirmed that child who was not vaccinated for measles has contracted the highly contagious disease


Connecticut to expand access to parks, beaches, camping

Connecticut is planning to provide full access this summer to its outdoor recreation areas including state parks, camp grounds, shoreline beaches, boat launches and inland swimming spots


Town of Groton to phase in reopening, starting April 19

The Town of Groton will start reopening facilities, including a "soft opening" of the senior center, starting April 19.


Local roundup: Conn College volleyball wins in its return

Bronxville, N.Y. — The Connecticut College volleyball team played its first match since Nov. 1, 2019, and came away with a win, beating Sarah Lawrence 3-0 on Friday.


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General Motors and Ford halt production at more factories as global semiconductor shortage worsens

In this aerial photo, a General Motors assembly plant is seen in Wentzville, Mo.  As the U.S. economy awakens from its pandemic-induced slumber, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips that power our cars and other vehicles, and a vast number of other items we take for granted.  (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

The pandemic-related chip shortage has hit nearly every major automaker, leading to production cutbacks worldwide that have affected Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda and others.

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

In this Tuesday, March 30, 2021, file photo, a banner encouraging workers to vote in labor balloting is shown at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

Amazon workers voted against forming a union at a warehouse in Alabama, The win proved the might of the online shopping giant and cut off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond

Knicks rally to beat Grizzlies

New York Knicks guard Alec Burks (18) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) and guard Tyus Jones (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 9, 2021, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

RJ Barrett scored 20 points, making a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:15 left in overtime, and the New York Knicks used a late rally to stun the Memphis Grizzlies 133-129

Tatum scores 53 as Celtics beat T-Wolves in OT

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) goes to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 9, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 53 points including 18 in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Boston Celtics held on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 145-136

Rangers beat Islanders 4-1

New York Rangers' K'Andre Miller (79) is congratulated by teammates Jacob Trouba (8) and Kaapo Kakko (24), of Finland, after scoring against the New York Islanders during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 9, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves in his first start since March 19, Alexis Lafreniere and Colin Blackwell scored in the second period, and New York Rangers beat the Islanders 4-1

Penguins beat Devils

New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 9, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Bryan Rust scored two goals and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in leading the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils

Dodgers receive World Series rings in pregame ceremony

Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers pose for photos with their 2020 World Series Championship rings before Friday's game against the Washington Nationals in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have received their World Series rings in front of the loyal hometown fans who didn’t get to witness their 2020 championship run in person

U.S. women's soccer faces Sweden as it prepares for Olympics

Carli Lloyd of the US and her teammates train at Friends arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday April 9, 2021, ahead of the friendly international soccer match against Sweden on Saturday. (Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency via AP)

The U.S. women’s national soccer team continues its preparations for the Tokyo Olympics by playing the team that knocked the Americans out of the Brazil Games

2021 H.S. boys' tennis preview capsules

East Lyme's Sujesh Kurumbail was a member of the doubles team which was ECC runner-up in 2019 and returns this season to help the Vikings pursue a streak of 52 straight victories. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A team-by-team look at the 2021 high school boys' tennis season.

Lamont, top lawmakers make progress streamlining emergency orders issued during pandemic

Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative leaders from both parties on Thursday took a step toward streamlining the hundreds of policies the governor imposed via executive order during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.

Native Americans: Move Boston Marathon from Oct. 11 holiday

In this April 15, 2019, file photo, the elite women's division runners break from the start of the 123rd Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Native Americans in Massachusetts are calling on the organizers of the Boston Marathon to move the already rescheduled date for the storied race on Oct. 11 because it conflicts with a day meant to commemorate the contributions of Indigenous peoples. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Native Americans in Massachusetts are calling on the organizers of the Boston Marathon to move the date for the storied race because it conflicts with a day meant to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people

Johnson & Johnson vaccine production error forces state to adjust plans

The governor’s administration had planned to vaccinate college students with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during clinics, as they wouldn’t have time for a second dose of vaccine before leaving for the summer.

Advocates: Prisons need to explain vaccines better to inmates

In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, a red tag hangs on a cell door, signifying an active COVID-19 case for its inhabitants at Faribault Prison, in Faribault, Minn. Fewer than 20 percent of state and federal prisoners have received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press. In some states, prisoners and advocates have resorted to lawsuits to get access. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Advocates for prison inmates say more needs to be done to educate prisoners about coronavirus vaccines because large numbers of them are declining the shots

15 charged in R.I. in unemployment benefits fraud

Fifteen Rhode Island residents have been charged with defrauding unemployment insurance programs tied to federal COVID-19 relief funds

Rose takes four-shot lead at Masters

Justin Rose, of England, hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament on Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Justin Rose picked one of the toughest days at Augusta National for his lowest score in the Masters

Norwich Free Academy to receive COVID-19 recovery grant

NFA and Norwich public schools plan how to use federal COVID-19 recovery grants to help students recover lost learning and readjust after long isolation.

Red Sox win their fourth straight

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, on Opening Day in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Eduardo Rodríguez won in his return from heart inflammation that caused him to miss the 2020 season, allowing three runs over five innings Thursday to lead the Boston Red Sox over Baltimore 7-3 in the Orioles’ home opener

2021 H.S. boys' lacrosse preview capsules

In this May 24, 2018, file photo, East Lyme's Tucker Mazzulli (35) fights off Waterford players for the ball during the ECC boys' lacrosse tournament final at East Lyme High School. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A team-by-team look at the 2021 high school boys' lacrosse season.

2021 H.S. girls' lacrosse preview capsules

In this April 11, 2019, file photo, Fitch's Rita Sefransky (1) outruns Waterford's Emily Gates (9), and Grace Briggs (20) in an ECC girls' lacrosse game at Poquonnock Plains Park in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A team-by-team look at the 2021 high school girls' lacrosse season.

The Latest: EU won't order Russia's Sputnik V virus vaccine

Workers in a local entertainment venue area line up for the coronavirus test in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, April 8, 2021. Thailand has confirmed its first local cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K., raising the likelihood that it is facing a new wave of the pandemic, a senior doctor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Germany’s health minister says the European Union won’t order Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and his country will hold bilateral talks with Russia on whether an order makes sense

U.K. advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

FILE - In this Monday, March 22, 2021 file photo medical staff prepares an AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine during preparations at the vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. British authorities recommended Wednesday, April 7, that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not be given to adults under 30 where possible because of strengthening evidence that the shot may be linked to rare blood clots. The recommendation came as regulators both in the U.K. and the European Union emphasized that the benefits of receiving the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for most people. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

British authorities have recommended that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not be given to adults under 30 where possible because of strengthening evidence that the shot may be linked to rare blood clots

2021 H.S. softball preview capsules

Pitcher Sara Rivers, center, returns to lead a veteran Ledyard team this spring. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A team-by-team look at the 2021 high school softball season.

Brown scores 32 points as Celtics hold off Knicks 101-99

Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) battles for a loose ball with Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during Wednesday's NBA game in Boston. The Celtics won 101-99. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Jaylen Brown had 32 points and 10 rebounds and the Boston Celtics rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 101-99

Orioles outlast Yankees in 11 innings

Baltimore's Anthony Santander follows through on a fourth-inning solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Jameson Taillon in a baseball game Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Orioles right fielder Anthony Santander threw out Gio Urshela trying to score on a fly ball in the 11th, moments after pinch-hitter Chance Sisco’s go-ahead single in the top of the inning, and Baltimore beat the New York Yankees 4-3

Lamont visits mobile vaccine clinic in Norwich

Gov. New Lamont visited a mobile vaccine clinic held Wednesday afternoon, April 7, 2021, at the Rose City Senior Center in Norwich.  (Taylor Hartz/The Day)

Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday visited a mobile clinic at a senior center here, where over 100 people were set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Connecticut business leaders push for spending American Rescue Plan dollars on unemployment insurance debt

The state has borrowed $700 million from the federal government so far, and debt is projected to exceed $1 billion.

Bohm, Realmuto hit three-run homers as Phillies beat Mets 8-2

Philadelphia's J.T. Realmuto (10) is congratulated by Bryce Harper after hitting a three-run homer during the fifth inning of the Phillies' 8-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

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'Shuttered venues' grant program tosses arts organizations a lifeline

Federal government provides $16.2 billion in coronavirus relief aid for live venue operators and promoters; theatrical producers; live performing arts organizations; movie theaters and talent representatives.

In firm conditions, Masters in November a distant memory

Dustin Johnson hits on the first fairway during a practice round for the Masters on Wednesday in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

No one needed to see the colorful blooms at Augusta National to realize this will be a much different Masters than the last one

Martinez, Vazquez power Red Sox past Rays 9-2

Christian Arroyo celebrates his RBI double in the fifth inning of Boston's 9-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Christian Vázquez homered, Xander Bogaerts had three hits and J

Survey: Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 31, 2021, file photo, students wait to enter Wyandotte County High School in Kansas City, Kan., on the first day of in-person learning. The district was one of the last in the state to return to the classroom after going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

A new survey from the Biden administration finds that large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning

MLB moves All-Star Game to Denver's Coors Field

Workers load an All-Star sign onto a trailer after it was removed from Truist Park in Atlanta on Tuesday. Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year's Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia's voting laws. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The All-Star Game will be played at hitter-friendly Coors Field this year

Cole strikes out 13 over seven as Yankees beat Orioles

Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) struck out 13 over seven shutout innings during Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Gerrit Cole struck out 13 and walked none over seven scoreless innings in his most dominant start since joining the New York Yankees, overwhelming the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 for his first win this season

Westwood, at 47, still seeking his Masters victory moment

Lee Westwood hits his tee shot on the first hole during a practice round for the Masters on Monday in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Lee Westwood made his Masters debut in 1997 and played the final round that year with Jack Nicklaus

Nearly half of new U.S. virus infections are in just 5 states

Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states — a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots

Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19

President Joe Biden talks to a person receiving a COVID-19 vaccination shot as he visits a vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden has announced that he's bumping up his deadline by two weeks for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines

2021 H.S. baseball preview capsules

Waterford's Connor Podeszwa tracks down a long fly ball during the Lancers' 2019 Class L semifinal win over Masuk at Palmer Field in Middletown. Podeszwa returns to lead Waterford in 2021 after the 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A team-by-team look at the 2021 high school baseball season.

Mobile food distribution to be held at NFA Wednesday

A drive-up mobile food distribution will be held starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Norwich Free Academy, sponsored by the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

Lamont order will allow absentee voting in spring elections

Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an executive order that will allow people to use the continuing COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to vote by absentee in any election, primary or referendum held before May 20

Guards stayed at Baylor, paving way for Drew's dream title

Baylor guard Jared Butler cuts down the net after the championship game against Gonzaga in the men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 5, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Baylor won 86-70. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Scott Drew uttered the far-fetched idea of Baylor being national champion when he was introduced as coach nearly 18 years ago

NCAA may consider single site for part of future tourneys

An NCAA official says the governing body may consider using a single site for later rounds of men’s college basketball tournaments following a successful run in Indianapolis

In an effort to shield nursing homes from new COVID-19 cases, state focuses on short-term residents

Clockwise from foreground, residents Connie Romeo and Mary Flannery, certified nursing assistant Sam Ortiz, and residents Sofia Agranovich and Pat McFarlane talk as they eat lunch March 10, 2021, at Beechwood in New London. Health officials know how quickly a single infection can trigger a large outbreak, and they have turned their attention to a small but significant population: unvaccinated, short-term nursing home residents.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Health officials know how quickly a single infection can trigger a large outbreak, and they have turned their attention to a small but significant population: unvaccinated, short-term nursing home residents.

Local lawmakers get a shot in the arm

Lawmakers in eastern Connecticut are more forthcoming about vaccinations than Republicans in Rhode Island.

UConn's Whaley will return and use extra year of eligibility

UConn forward Isaiah Whaley (5) announced Tuesday he will take advantage of the NCAA's one-year eligibility waiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic and play a fifth season for the Huskies. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

Senior forward Isaiah Whaley, who started all 23 games last season and was voted Big East Defensive Player of the Year, will use the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to pandemic, UConn announced on Tuesday.

Anna Makurat leaving UConn women's basketball program

UConn's Anna Makurat (24), a sophomore guard from Poland, has announced on Tuesday her intentions to transfer to another school to compete her college career. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma announced Tuesday that sophomore Anna Makurat has decided to transfer and has entered her name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Vaccine side effects trigger staff shortages at Connecticut schools

Several Connecticut school districts have been forced to close or stop in-person learning for a day after educators attending vaccine clinics called in sick with side effects from the shot

Should health-care workers be required to get coronavirus shots?

Corie Dean, director of resident and family services, speaks to residents at Silverado Alexandria. With 1,340 memory-care workers nationally, Silverado became the first long-term care firm to require that employees have at least an appointment for a shot. (Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges)

The question of whether employers should compel their workforces to be immunized against the coronavirus is rippling through the health-care industry and beyond.

Hospital worker spots counterfeit face masks; Mass. students return to classrooms

Students file into the Beebe School in Malden, Mass., Monday, April 5, 2021, as they return to full-time in-person school. The majority of elementary schools in the state returned to full-time, in-person learning Monday. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via AP)

A sharp-eyed worker at a Massachusetts hospital is being credited with spotting a shipment of tens of thousands of counterfeit N95 surgical masks that could have potentially put the health of frontline medical workers at risk

Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

A man leaves a convenience store while wearing a required face mask in Houston, in this Thursday, June 25, 2020, file photo. Although nearly a fifth of U.S. states don't require people to wear masks to protect against COVID-19, some businesses are requiring employees and customers to be masked on their premises. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Although nearly a fifth of U.S. states don't require people to wear masks to protect against COVID-19, some businesses are requiring employees and customers to be masked on their premises

State to deploy vaccination vans this week

Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday the vaccination units will eventually allow people to simply "walk up and get a vaccine."

Regional health center network receives $3.3 million for vaccination efforts, COVID expenses

The federal funding, which Sen. Richard Blumenthal brought attention to during a visit to a Norwich health center Monday, will go toward COVID-19 vaccination efforts and other pandemic-related expenses.

Baylor rolls past Gonzaga in NCAA men's basketball title game

Baylor head coach Scott Drew gets a hug from guard Mark Vital at the end of the championship game against Gonzaga in the men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 5, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Baylor won 86-70. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The fresh-as-can-be Baylor Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to perfection in an 86-70 runaway in the national title game

Phillies rally for 5-3 win over Mets after deGrom pulled

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

A throwing error by Mets third baseman Luis Guillorme allowed the go-ahead runs to score, and the Philadelphia Phillies used a five-run eighth inning to rally for a 5-3 win over New York after Jacob deGrom had shut them down through six

Red Sox pick up their first win

Boston Red Sox's Marwin Gonzalez touches home plate as he scores on a sacrifice during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox got on the board with 16 hits and their first win of the season, 11-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays

Flyers finally beat Bruins

Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk (25) and Nolan Patrick (19) celebrate the goal on Boston Bruins' Dan Vladar (80) by Sean Couturier (14) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Travis Sanheim scored 3:08 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 after losing their first five meetings this season

Stanton leads Yanks over O's 7-0

New York Yankees Aaron Judge, (99) celebrates with designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton after scoring on Stanton's fifth-inning grand slam in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, April 5, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Yankees' DJ LeMahieu passes behind the pair. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam over the visitors' bullpen that landed in the left-bleachers 471 feet from home plate, leading the New York Yankees to a 7-0 win and sending the Baltimore Orioles to their first loss in four games this season

Nets lose Harden but beat Knicks 114-112

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Monday, April 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Kyrie Irving scored 40 points, Jeff Green made two free throws with 3.7 seconds left and the Brooklyn Nets overcome the early loss of James Harden to beat the New York Knicks 114-112

AP source: MLB moving All-Star Game to Denver's Coors Field

Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to a person familiar...

North Korea says it won't participate in Tokyo Olympics

In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, IOC president Thomas Bach, second from left, and Kim Yo Jong, right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, talks with players after the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

North Korea says it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic

Canucks now have 17 players in COVID-19 protocol

An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Vancouver Canucks now have 17 players in the NHL COVID-19 protocol with the addition of rookie forward Nils Hoglander

Norwich's proposed $138.6 million budget calls for 1.5% tax increase

Spending increases the school and city budgets, including creating a new fire services director, would be offset by COVID-19 relief grants.

Jordan Spieth a winner again heading to Augusta National

Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler meet the range during a practice day for the Masters golf tournament on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Jordan Spieth suddenly feels a lot younger than 27 going into the Masters

UConn's Bueckers wins Wooden Award

UConn guard Paige Bueckers looks to pass up court during the first half of Friday's NCAA tournament semifinal against Arizona at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

UConn women's basketball guard Paige Bueckers was selected as the 2021 Wooden Award recipient, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club Monday.

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