Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75 before Hall enshrinement

President Bill Clinton, left, and Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a June 16, 1998 ceremony at the White House where the president honored the Super Bowl XXXII champions. Bowlen died late Thursday at the age of 75, his family said in a statement released by the team. (Greg Gibson/AP Photo)

Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Kyler Murray ahead of Cardinals veterans with the playbook

Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray smiles as he speaks to the media after Tuesday's practice in Tempe, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is impressing with his knowledge of the playbook as the Cardinals kick off their mandatory minicamp

The fire still burning, Witten wants his snaps with Cowboys

Dallas' Jason Witten stands on the field during an organized team activity on May 29 in Frisco, Texas. Witten talks a lot about blending in now that he's back for what will be a club-record 16th season with Dallas following a year in retirement. (Ron Jenkins/AP Photo)

Back with Cowboys after year in retirement, Jason Witten still has the fire and wants his snaps

NFL at 100: Evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush

The Chicago Bears' Red Grange is shown during a 1925 game against the New York Giants in New York. As the NFL enters its 100th season, what players wear on the field may have changed the most, going from leather helmets and long-sleeved turtlenecks and sweaters to plastic helmets with jerseys and pants almost shrink-wrapped to fit. (File/AP Photo)

As the NFL enters its 100th season, what players wear on the field may have changed the most, going from leather helmets and long-sleeved turtlenecks and sweaters to plastic helmets with jerseys and pants almost shrink-wrapped to fit

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...

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Brady setting his own pace for 20th season with Patriots

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, talks with defensive lineman Chase Winovich after New England's mini-camp practice on Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Brady setting his own pace for 20th season with Patriots

Rookie QB Stidham learning the ropes at Pats' minicamp

New England head coach Bill Belichick smiles as he walks off the field during Wednesday's training camp in Foxborough, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Jarrett Stidham doesn't have time to listen to the talk about him being a possible successor for Hall of Fame-bound quarterback Tom Brady. For the Pats' rookie, every day of the team's offseason program is simply another opportunity for...

Beckham relishing new start, 'giddy' about Browns' potential

Cleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks with head coach Freddie Kitchens on Tuesday in Berea, Ohio. (Ron Schwane/AP Photo)

Refreshed Odell Beckham Jr. 'giddy' and excited about new start with Browns

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.

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.

CT SUN

Jones has another double-double as Sun edge Lynx, 85-81

Jonquel Jones had her fifth double-double of the season as the league-leading Connecticut Sun edged the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night, 85-81, before 8,803 at the Target Center.

Sun head to Minnesota to face new-look Lynx

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller, center, and assistant coach Brandi Poole talk to point guard Jasmine Thoma during the second half of Tuesday's 83-75 win over the Washington Mystics at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun, sporting the WNBA's best record (6-1) take their show on the road Friday to play the Minnesota Lynx. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Minnesota Lynx have been the WNBA’s model of both consistency and greatness this century. The majority of the Lynx are new this season, and they host the league-leading Connecticut Sun on Friday night.