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The best of days: East Lyme's O'Dea set for her senior soccer season after surgery

East Lyme High School girls' soccer captain Caitlin O'Dea, right, works through a drill with her teammates during the first day of full team practice Monday at Bridebook Park. O'Dea underwent knee surgery in the offseason and has returned at full speed, according to coach Rachel Redding. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

East Lyme girls' soccer captain Caitlin O'Dea is coming off surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee and coach Rachel Redding said her recovery is nothing short of remarkable.

ECC to begin 'alternative football activities' Friday

The Eastern Connecticut Conference announced Monday that "alternative football activities" will begin later this week, in lieu of the canceled fall season because of COVID-19.

Millsaps settling in as New London girls' basketball coach, conducts Toby May clinic

Coach Tammy Millsaps shows how to pivot while working on footwork with players during the New London Basketball Skillz Clinic at Toby May Park Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in New London.  Millsaps is the new girls´ basketball coach at New London High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

It was the coaching debut for Tammy Millsaps in the City of New London and it came Thursday night on the courts at Toby May Park as Millsaps helped conduct a basketball clinic in conjunction with the Kareem Brown Skills Academy.

Camaraderie gives state champion Stonington boys' soccer team an extra level of depth

Stonington High School's Billy deCastro jumps over a teammate in a drill during soccer practice on Tuesday in Stonington. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Stonington High School's boys' soccer team has the camaraderie to go with its talent, with the combination making the defending Class M champ tough to beat.

CIAC cancels football for fall, but will now consider spring season

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference's Board of Control canceled full contact (11 on 11) football for the fall Wednesday, but agreed to consider football in the spring, provided it doesn't negatively impact spring sports.

COLUMNS

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There's a value in staying on the field

Waterford's Petchark uses college experience to enjoy strong summer

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UCONN

UConn's Martin receives waiver from NCAA and can play this season

Transfer Tyrese Martin received a waiver from the NCAA, making him eligible to play this season for the UConn men's basketball team.

Kevin Freeman is happy to be back at UConn

In this Oct. 14, 1999, file photo, President Clinton receives a commemorative jersey presented by University of Connecticut basketball players from left Kevin Freeman, Jake Voskuhl, Ricky Moore and UConn coach Jim Calhoun during a ceremony honoring the team at the White House. UConn beat a heavily favored Duke team to win the NCAA title a few months earlier. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)

Kevin Freeman knows all the shortcuts driving around Storrs from his days as a player and basketball staff member at UConn.

Freeman returning as UConn assistant; Hurley promotes Kimani Young

Kevin Freeman, right, is returning to the UConn bench as an assistant coach after spending the last two seasons at Penn State. (AP file photo)

Former UConn basketball player Kevin Freeman is joining Dan Hurley's staff as an assistant coach after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Penn State.

COLLEGES

Former Georgia player says he experienced racism

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is shown during an NCAA college football spring practice in Athens, Ga. Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. 4 Georgia an annual contender for the Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia opens its season at Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Pittman’s debut as the Razorbacks coach. Pittman was one of Smart’s top assistants as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach for four seasons. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Former Georgia defensive back Otis Reese says he left the school because of racist treatment on campus

Notre Dame-Wake Forest postponed

File-Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) throws a pass during the first half of the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game against Iowa State Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. Head coach Brian Kelly has seen growth in the 6-foot, 208-pound Book since quarterbacks coach Tom Rees became the team’s new offensive coordinator prior to the team’s Camping World Bow victory over Iowa State. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Notre Dame's game at Wake Forest on Saturday has been postponed after positive COVID-19 tests landed 13 Fighting Irish players in isolation and another 10 in quarantine

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Who's eligible? Who's playing?

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Clemson during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal on Dec. 28, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri/AP Photo)

The second regular-season AP Top 25 of the season includes Southeastern Conference teams that begin playing next week but not Big Ten teams that start playing in about a month

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

3:55 a.m. (Friday), ESPN2 — Formula One Russian Grand Prix practice from Sochi, Russia.

Baseball

5:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Korean: KIA Tigers at KT Wiz.

1:30 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates.

6 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals.

6:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays.

7:30 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox.

8 p.m., FS1 — MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals.

9:30 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Basketball

7:30 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA playoffs: Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx from Bradenton, Fla.

9 p.m., TNT — NBA playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets from Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA playoffs: Las Vegas Aces vs. Connecticut Sun from Bradenton, Fla.

Football

7:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Alabama-Birmingham at South Alabama.

8:20 p.m., NFL Network — NFL: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars.

Golf

8 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Irish Open from Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Puntacana Resort and Club Championship from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Horse Racing

12:30 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from Elmont, N.Y.

Soccer

2:40 p.m., CBSSN — UEFA Super Cup: Bayern Munich vs. Sevilla in final from Budapest, Hungary.

6:50 p.m., FS2 — Copa do Brasil: Atlético Goianiense vs. Fulminense from Goiãnia, Brazil.

Tennis

4 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Hamburg Open from Germany; WTA Strasbourg International from France.

4 a.m. (Friday), Tennis Channel — ATP: Hamburg Open from Germany; WTA Strasbourg International from France.

Volleyball

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Texas at Oklahoma.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Chris Vincent lands job on Southern Miss. coaching staff

Chris Vincent landed a job at Southern Mississippi where he'll be the video coordinator on head coach Jay Ladner's staff.

Mitchell College faced Heat star Robinson

Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson (55) places his hands on his head after being charged with a foul as Bam Adebayo (13) and Boston Celtics' Robert Williams III (44) look on during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

How could Todd Peretz ever get a chance to coach against a future NBA player?

Local calendar

BASEBALL/SOFTBALLNew London Babe Ruth baseball membership meeting — Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., New London Elks Club. Meeting will be held upstairs and attendees are reminded to wear a mask. Anyone...

PROFESSIONAL

Heat top Celtics, move a game from NBA Finals

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) celebrates a basket against the Boston Celtics late in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Tyler Herro — still just 20 years old — scored a Heat rookie-record 37 points, Jimmy Butler had 24 and Miami beat the Boston Celtics 112-109 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals

Red Sox top Orioles 9-1

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers during the first inning of the team'ss baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Fenway Park. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Nathan Eovaldi struck out eight over six scoreless innings, Rafael Devers hit a three-run double that capped a six-run third and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the AL East’s worst teams

MLB roundup

The Indians' Jordan Luplow, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walk-off solo home run in the ninth inning that gave them a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak/AP Photo)

Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago...