COLUMNS

Brayan Pena's story is one of hope, wonder and intrigue

If the Cuban government was watching that definitive day now 18 years ago, well, let's just say...

UCONN

Chronic knee issues force Diarra to end UConn playing career

UConn's Mamadou Diarra, right, blocks a shot by Temple's Shizz Alston Jr. in a game on Feb. 28, 2018, in Storrs. (Stephen Dunn/AP Photo)

Mamadou Diarra will serve as a student assistant coach with the UConn's men's basketball program for the 2019-20 season after chronic knee problems forced him to end his college playing career.

Swin Cash accepts front office position with NBA's Pelicans

Swin Cash, right, pulls a rebound away from Connecticut’s Katie Douglas while playing for the Atlanta Dream in 2014. Cash, the ex-UConn All-American, accepted a front office position with the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. (AP file photo)

Swin Cash, the former UConn women's basketball All-American, was named vice president of basketball operations/team development by the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

COLLEGES

No crying foul: Hogs put 2018 flub behind them on way to CWS

Arkansas players celebrate their 14-1 win over Mississippi after Game 3 of an NCAA super regional on Monday in Fayetteville, Ark. (Michael Woods/AP Photo)

No crying foul: Arkansas puts 2018 blub behind them while making another run to College World Series

'This isn't for everyone': A labor of love for football refs

Officials Phillip Davenport, left, and Grantis Bell pose with Georgia mascot Uga at Georgia's spring game on April 20 in Athens, Ga. Imagine trying to teach someone who has never driven a car to do it well enough so the very next day the neophyte can spend two hours operating a cab in New York City without causing an accident. The lesson will last around 90 minutes. That's about what Tom Quick, Grantis Bell, Phillip Davenport and five other veteran college football officials signed up to do. (Gary McGriff/AP Photo)

Being a college football official has never been more difficult. How they do the job and why.

HIGH SCHOOL

Ally Gleason hired as Old Lyme boys' soccer coach

From left, Old Lyme boys' soccer coach Ally Gleason, girls' soccer coach Paul Gleason, senior Mya Johnson and athletic director Hilda Heck attended the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance Gold Key dinner earlier this year in support of Johnson, who was named the state's Hank O'Donnell Female Athlete of the Year. Ally Gleason, a former assistant coach on her dad's coaching staff, was recently named Old Lyme's boys' head coach. (Photo courtesy of Ally Gleason)

Ally Gleason, who has been a part of four straight Class S state championships as an assistant coach with the Old Lyme High school girls' soccer team, will serve as Old Lyme's head coach in boys' soccer beginning in the fall.

East Lyme defeats St. Joseph 10-6 to win Class M girls' lacrosse title

East Lyme's Sarah Christensen, left, and Ellie McCoy embrace goalie Maya Rose (30) as Erin Bauman races to join the celebration after the Vikings defeated St. Joseph 10-6 to win the CIAC Class M girls’ lacrosse championship on Saturday at Law High School in Milford. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

East Lyme scored three goals in the final 2 minutes, 41 seconds of the first half to open a 7-3 lead, and the third-seeded Vikings went on to defeat No. 13 St. Joseph 10-6 in the CIAC Class M girls' lacrosse final on Saturday.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Stonington hires pair of alumni as head coaches

Stonington High School is turning two a pair of alumni to lead its cross country and boys' basketball programs.

Happy, healthy days are here again on the baseball field for Montville's Bowens

Former Montville star TT Bowens, fresh off playing in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament with Central Connecticut, is playing for the Mystic Schooners this summer in the NEBL. (Gavin Keefe/The Day)

TT Bowens tried to dodge the multitude of mud puddles on his way out of the Mystic Schooner dugout on Thursday at Old Mountain Field.

Local roundup: Pointers' Petchark named to NJCAA All-America team

UConn Avery Point third baseball Alex Petchark was named to the NJCAA Division II All-America baseball team on Thursday.

PROFESSIONAL

Woodland gouges out a birdie and leads by 2 at US Open

Gary Woodland reacts after making a birdie on the ninth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday in Pebble Beach, Calif. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

Rose and a sharp short game gives him early lead in US Open at Pebble Beach

Major League Baseball roundup

Atlanta mobs Brian McCann after he hit a walk-off two-run single in the ninth inning of Friday's game to beat Philadelphia, 9-8, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Brian McCann hits game-ending single as Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 for 8th straight win

ON THE AIR

Auto racing

3 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: practice from Newton, Iowa.

3 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — Lucas Oil Motocross: High Point National from Mt. Morris, Pa.

4 p.m., NBCSN — Lucas Oil Motocross: High Point National from Mt. Morris, Pa.

7 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: practice from Newton, Iowa.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series: M&M’s 200 from Newton Iowa.

10:30 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Drag Racing: Saturday Nitro Bristol from Bristol, Tenn.

Baseball

1 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays.

2 p.m., ESPN — College World Series: Michigan vs. Texas Tech from Omaha, Neb.

4 p.m., FS1 — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals.

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

5 p.m., WICH (1340-AM) — New York-Penn League: Connecticut Tigers at Lowell Spinners.

7 p.m., Ch. 20, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., ESPN — College World Series: Arkansas vs. Florida State from Omaha, Neb.

9 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Basketball

8 p.m., NBA TV — Atlanta Dream at Dallas Wings.

10 p.m., NBA TV — New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks.

Boxing

7 p.m., ESPN2 — Top Rank Boxing undercard from Las Vegas, Nev.

Football

7 p.m., ESPNEWS — Ottawa Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — Winnipeg Blue Bombers at British Columbia Lions.

Golf

Noon, Ch. 61 — PGA Tour: U.S. Open from Pebble Beach, Calif.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA Tour: Meijer Classic from Grand Rapids, Mich.

5 p.m., Ch. 61 — PGA Tour: U.S. Open from Pebble Beach, Calif.

Horse racing

8:30 p.m., NBCSN — Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series from Louisville, Ky.

Lacrosse

5 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Whipsnakes vs. Archers from Bridgeview, Ill.

Mixed martial arts

2 a.m. (Sunday), TNT — ONE Championship from Shanghai, China.

Soccer

9 a.m., FS1 — FIFA World Cup: Cameroon vs. Netherlands from Valenciennes, France.

11:50 a.m., FS1 — FIFA U-20 World Cup: Ukraine vs. South Korea in final from Lodz, Poland.

Track and field

4 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — IAAF Diamond League: Oslo Bislett Games from Oslo, Norway.