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Bonner, Sun rally to beat Mercury

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones looks for help under pressure from Phoenix Mercury guard Syklar Diggins-Smith (4) and Alanna Smith in Sunday's WNBA game at Mohegan Sun Arena.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

DeWanna Bonner made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left in Sunday’s game and scored a game-high 27 to give the Connecticut Sun a 86-78 win over in the Phoenix Mercury in their home opener at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Knicks beat Celtics to clinch No. 4 seed in East

Boston Celtics guard Romeo Langford (45) deflects the ball away from New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (Vincent Carchietta/Pool Photo via AP)

Julius Randle and the New York Knicks will open the NBA playoffs at home.

Local roundup: Avery Point falls in NJCAA baseball tourney

Host Monroe Community College scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally for a 14-13 win over Avery Point and won the NJCAA Subdistrict Division II baseball tournament final on Sunday.

The Hall calls: Bosh, Webber, Wright among the 2021 class

FILE - Washington Wizards' Paul Pierce looks toward the scoreboard in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. Pierce is among those announced Sunday, May 16, 2021 as the 2021 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)

Jay Wright was in trouble three years into his tenure at Villanova, with speculation swirling that he would be fired. Chris Bosh’s playing career ended years before he planned. Chris Webber had been a finalist for years, only to be let down...

Bowman wins NASCAR race at Dover

Alex Bowman celebrates the win following a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Dover International Speedway, Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Dover, Del. Alex Bowman wins the race. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Alex Bowman parked the No. 48 Chevrolet in its familiar spot in victory lane at Dover International Speedway, leading a dominant outing for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday.

K.H. Lee gets 1st PGA Tour win at Nelson

Kyoung-Hoon Lee of South Korea stands in a pouring rain as he lines up his putt on the ninth green during the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in McKinney, Texas, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

K.H. Lee was more than happy to play through a steady downpour in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, and didn’t mind waiting out a weather delay of more than two hours Sunday.

HIGH SCHOOL

H.S. baseball roundup: St. Bernard rallies past Plainfield

St. Bernard scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 6-3 win over Plainfield in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II baseball game on Saturday.

Stonington returns the favor and edges Waterford 4-3 in girls' tennis

Stonington´s Katie Johnstone plays at the net while she and her partner Katya Snegovskikh play against Waterford´s Jennifer LeBlanc and Michelle Liu during their No. 1 doubles match on Friday at Waterford. Johnston and Snegovskikh were victorious and helped the Bears beat the Lancers 4-3. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Stonington outlasted Waterford on Friday, 4-3, avenging an early-season 4-3 loss to the Lancers in a matchup of Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls' tennis leaders.

H.S. lacrosse: Bacon girls remain unbeaten in ECC Division II play

Bacon Academy remained atop the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II girls' lacrosse standings with an 18-3 victory over Griswold on Thursday.

COLUMNS

Sun's 'engagement level' couldn't be higher

Sun play with inspiring effort in win over Phoenix

ON THE AIR

Baseball

7 p.m., SNY, ESPN, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves.

8 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Football

7 p.m., FS1 — Spring League: Generals vs. Sea Lions from Houston.

10 p.m., FS1 — Spring League: Jousters vs. Blues from Houston.

Hockey

7:30 p.m., NESN, NBCSN — NHL playoffs: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals.

8 p.m., CNBC — NHL playoffs: Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes.

10 p.m., NBCSN — NHL playoffs: St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche.

Soccer

5:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Santa Clara vs. Florida State in Division I tournament final from Cary, N.C.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Marshall vs. Indiana in Division I tournament final from Cary, N.C.

Surfing

7:30 p.m., FS2 — WSL: Rip Curl Rottnest Search from Rottnest Island, Australia.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Geneva Open from Switzerland; WTA Belgrade Open from Serbia; WTA Emilia-Romagna Open from Parma, Italy; ATP: Lyon Open from France.

CT SUN

Sun open season with easy win over Dream

Jonquel Jones scored 16 of her game-high 26 points in the first quarter as the Connecticut Sun won Friday's WNBA season-opener, 78-67, over the Atlanta Dream.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local calendar

BASEBALL/SOFTBALLThe Chris Potvin Scholarship Fund — Accepting 2021 applications for $1,000 scholarships to deserving student-athletes. Applications are available at http://chrispotvinfund.org or high school...

Gada, Palmer, Cassidy Jr. among winners at the Speedbowl

Joe Gada, working on the outside groove, was able to vapor trail past leader Mike Christopher Jr. late in the race and stay in control to post his first win of the season and the fifth SK race of his career.

Local roundup: NFA rallies from 11-4 deficit for softball win over Montville

Norwich Free Academy overcame an 11-4 deficit to outlast Montville 16-13 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I softball game on Saturday.

PROFESSIONAL

Liberty downs Fever for first 2-0 start since 2016 season

Betnijah Laney scored 20 points and Sabrina Ionescu scored 12 and New York beat Indiana 73-65 on Sunday.

Ohtani's HR in 9th sends Angels over Bosox 6-5

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Ohtani hit a two-out, two-run drive in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Sunday, ending a four-game losing streak.

Nadal's weapon, his forehand, helps him beat Djokovic

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic at their final match of the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 16, 2021. Nadal won 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A whopping 26 forehand winners — 15 in the first set alone — helped Nadal to a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory and a record-extending 10th Italian Open title Sunday.

Orioles beat Yankees 10-6 to avoid sweep

Baltimore Orioles' Maikel Franco gestures after hitting a two-run home run off New York Yankees relief pitcher Wandy Peralta (58) during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Baltimore. Orioles' Pedro Severino scored on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Maikel Franco homered and drove in three runs, rookie Bruce Zimmermann came out of the bullpen to hold down the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles avoided a three-game sweep by rallying to beat New York 10-6 Sunday.

Rays win 7-1 to complete sweep of Mets

Tampa Bay Rays' Randy Arozarena (56) and Francisco Mejia (28) congratulate Willy Adames after his two-run home run off New York Mets' Marcus Stroman during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 16, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Manuel Margot, Willy Adames and Brandon Lowe homered off Marcus Stroman, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Mets 7-1 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Palmieri's OT winner lifts Isles by Penguins 4-3 in Game 1

New York Islanders' Kyle Palmieri, center, celebrates with Nick Leddy (2) and Oliver Wahlstrom (26) after putting a shot over Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry for the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 16, 2021. The Islanders won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The New York Islanders brought Kyle Palmieri home at the trade deadline believing his mix of grit and scoring touch would make a difference in the playoffs.

Rombauer springs big Preakness upset, Medina Spirit third

Flavien Prat atop Rombauer reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Rombauer romped to an 11-1 upset victory in the Preakness on Saturday, denying Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner Medina Sprint the chance at a Triple Crown that would have come with a giant asterisk.

UCONN

Roberts named UConn men's director of sports performance

Gavin Roberts, the head strength and conditioning coach for the Purdue men's basketball program the last three years, was hired as UConn's director of sports performance, men's basketball coach Dan Hurley announced Friday.

Edsall, Huskies add a pair of transfers to 2021 roster

UConn added a pair of transfers to 2021 roster on Tuesday, running back Robert Burns of the University of Miami and offensive tackle Valentin Senn of the University of Colorado.

COLLEGES

Sam Houston wins FCS title with late TD over South Dakota St

Sam Houston players celebrate as they defeat South Dakota State in the NCAA college FCS Football Championship in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Sam Houston wrapped the longest and most unusual college football season with its first FCS national title, beating top-seeded South Dakota State 23-21 on a rain-drenched Sunday.

Report on campus doctor raises flags about iconic coach

A report about the stunning lack of action at the University of Michigan while a rogue doctor was molesting hundreds of young men is shooting an unflattering beam on one of the school’s giants, the late football coach Bo Schembechler.