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Reed pulls plug on NFL career marked by tantalizing talent and endless injuries

Washington tight end Jordan Reed lost lost helmet and suffered a concussion on this hit by Atlanta strong safety Keanu Neal in the third exhibition game of the 2019 preseason. The ex-New London High great missed the entire 2019 regular season, but after spending the 2020 season with the San Francisco 49ers, Reed announced his retirement on Tuesday. (Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton)

In walking away from the sport at age 30, Jordan Reed cited the "lingering effects" of his brain injuries.

Local roundup: Montville boys beat St. Bernard/Wheeler for first lacrosse win

Ayden Frechette scored six goals as Montville outlasted St. Bernard/Wheeler 16-10 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II boys' lacrosse game on Wednesday.

Morgan Valley returning to UConn women's program as assistant coach

In this 2016 Day File Photo, University of Washington women´s basketball assistant coach Morgan Valley listens to head coach Mike Neighbors, not pictured, huddles the team during a timeout against Syracuse in NCAA Final Four semi-final action Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Valley, who has been head women's basketball coach at the University of Hartford for the last two years, will join Geno Auriemma's staff at UConn as an assistant.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Morgan Valley, head coach at the University of Hartford, is leaving that job to become an assistant coach with the UConn women's basketball program.

Blue Jays shake up lineup, beat Red Sox 6-3 at Fenway

Boston starter Garrett Richards pitches during the first inning of Wednesday night's game against Toronto at Fenway Park. Toronto won, 6-3. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo shook up his lineup Wednesday night and the Blue Jays responded in a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Anderson, Braves slip by slumping Yanks with four hits, win 4-1

The Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after flying out during the sixth inning of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Atlanta at Yankee Stadium. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Ian Anderson took a shutout into the seventh inning, Austin Riley homered, and the Atlanta Braves scraped by with just four hits to beat punchless New York Yankees 4-1 Wednesday night.

English clubs apologize for Super League mutiny to placate fans

Tottenham fans stage a protest against the Board over the planned creation of a European Super League outside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday in London. (Clive Rose/Pool via AP)

England's Super League rebels finally listened to their fans, just a bit too late.

HIGH SCHOOL

East Lyme wins a marathon with 15-inning baseball victory Fitch

East Lyme scores four runs in the 15th inning to outlast Fitch 8-4 in an ECC Division I baseball game on Tuesday in Groton.

Sefransky paces Fitch to girls' lacrosse win over Stonington

Rita Sefransky dominated the draw and had five goals and five assists as Fitch downed Stonington 18-7 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls' lacrosse game.

H.S. lacrosse: Jordan's five goals lift Fitch boys over Woodstock

Devyn Jordan scored five times for the Fitch High School boys' lacrosse team Tuesday in a 12-9 win over Woodstock Academy in Division I of the Eastern Connecticut Conference.

COLUMNS

University of Hartford supporters can't let 'The Big Lie' fool them

Synergy between academics, athletics has always existed

ON THE AIR

Baseball

12:30 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds.

6 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians.

7 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox.

7:30 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Louisiana State at Mississippi.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Basketball

7 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics.

7 p.m., TNT — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks.

9:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks.

Boxing

9 p.m., NBCSN — Jelena Mrdjenovich vs. Erika Cruz in a featherweight bout from West Point, N.Y.

Golf

9 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Lopesan Open from Gran Canaria, Spain.

3:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Zurich Classic from Avondale, La.

6:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: LA Open from Los Angeles.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers.

7 p.m., NESN Plus — NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres.

7 p.m., MSG Plus — NHL: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from New York.

Lacrosse

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Boston College at Syracuse.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Newcastle Knights at Penrith Panthers.

Soccer

3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: West Bromwich Albion at Leicester City.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Barcelona Open from Spain; WTA Porsche Grand Prix from Stuttgart, Germany; ATP Serbia Open from Belgrade; WTA BNP Paribas Championship from Istanbul, Turkey.

Volleyball

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Washington vs. Kentucky in Division I tournament semifinal from Omaha, Neb.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Texas vs. Wisconsin in Division I tournament semifinal from Omaha, Neb.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local sports calender

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Local college notes

A weekly look at our local colleges and former local athletes who have continued their careers at schools outside the region.

Reports: Ex-New London great Jordan Reed retiring from NFL

Washington tight end Jordan Reed warms up before a 2018 game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. Reed, the former New London High School star, is retiring after seven NFL seasons, according to multiple reports. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Jordan Reed, the ex-New London High School great who went on to become one of the NFL's best tight ends, is retiring, according to multiple reports.

PROFESSIONAL

Knicks beat Hawks 122-119, win streak at NBA-best eight games

Knicks forward Julius Randle drives against Atlanta forward John Collins during the third quarter of Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won in overtime, 137-127. (Wendell Cruz/Pool Photo via AP)

Julius Randle had 40 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York to a 137-127 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Knicks' NBA-best eighth straight win.

Raptors ride strong third quarter to 114-103 win over Nets

Toronto's Kyle Lowry passes around Brooklyn's Jeff Green during the second half of Wednesday's game in Tampa, Fla. Toronto won, 114-103. (Mike Carlson/AP Photo)

Pascal Siakam had 27 points and nine rebounds, OG Anunoby scored 25 points and Toronto seized control in the third quarter in a 114-103 victory over Brooklyn on Wednesday night, extending its winning streak to four games.

NBA roundup

Phoenix's Devin Booker goes up for a shot between the 76ers' Mike Scott, left, and Tyrese Maxey during the first half of Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. The Suns won, 116-113. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Chris Paul scored 28 points, Devin Booker had 19 and Mikal Bridges 18 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 116-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Báez hits slam, Cubs get boost from Mets errors in 16-4 romp

The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, right, and Javier Baez celebrate scoring against the Mets during the fourth inning of Wednesday's game in Chicago. The Cubs won, 16-4. (Mark Black/AP Photo)

Javier Báez hit a grand slam and the Chicago Cubs took advantage of a season-high four errors by the New York Mets in a 16-4 romp on a chilly Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

MLB roundup

The Athletics' Ramon Laureano, center, celebrates with teammates after two runs scored on a throwing error by Minnesota third baseman Luis Arraez during the 10th inning of Wednesday's game to give them a 13-12 win in Oakland. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11, rallying from a two-run deficit to beat the Twins 13-12 Wednesday after Minnesota made two errors in the 10th inning.

Opt-out decisions throw wrench into NFL draft options

Virginia Tech defensive back Caleb Farley, right, intercepts a pass intended for Miami wide receiver Dee Wiggins during the first half of an Oct. 5, 2019 game in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)

When it comes to looking at the tape of draft prospects, NFL general managers will have to go back to 2019 for several of the top players.

NHL roundup

Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) scores on San Jose goaltender Josef Korenar during the first period of Wednesday's game in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won, 5-2. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday night for their eighth straight win. The Golden Knights became the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff berth.

UCONN

Kevin Freeman leaves UConn coaching staff

In this Feb. 16, 2013, file photo, UConn assistant coaches Kevin Freeman, right, and Ricky Moore look on with Ryan Boatright during a game against Villanova in Hartford. (Fred Beckham/AP Photo)

Kevin Freeman is leaving the UConn basketball program after spending one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater but will remain at the university in another role.

COLLEGES

On College Football: Who would make 15-team super league?

Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) is hit by Oregon safety Verone McKinley III during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Who would make a college football Super League? Think big-brand schools with large fanbases and a history of success — such as Oregon. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

What if college football’s most powerful teams, the biggest of the big boys, tried to do what is happening now in European soccer, where a dozen of the wealthiest and most successful clubs are in the process of forming a 15-team Super League?

Family affair: Jimmy Boeheim to play for his dad at Syracuse

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, left, congratulates his son, Cornell's Jimmy Boeheim, at the end of a 2017 game in Syracuse, N.Y. Jimmy Boeheim is transferring to Syracuse to play for his father and with his younger brother after three seasons at Cornell. Coach Jim Boeheim's oldest son made the announcement Friday on Instagram. (Nick Lisi/AP File Photo)

Jimmy Boeheim is transferring to Syracuse to play for his father and with his younger brother after three seasons at Cornell.