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The Day's All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Waterford's Connor Podeszwa

Waterford High School senior Connor Podeszwa was named The Day's 2021 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year. Podeszwa was 8-0 with a 0.92 earned run average and batted .343 with 26 RBI for the Lancers to earn distinction as the Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The player Waterford High School senior Connor Podeszwa is today: Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year, The Day’s 2021 Baseball Player of the Year and soon-to-be freshman at Tufts University.

The Day's All-Area Softball Player of the Year: Waterford's Maddie Burrows

Waterford High School junior pitcher Maddie Burrows was 12-1 with a 0.89 earned run average and batted .523 with nine home runs, 29 RBI and 41 runs scored, earning Class L all-state honors while leading the Lancers to a 20-2 record. Burrows was named The Day's 2021 All-Area Softball Player of the Year. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

"She never stops playing at her best no matter whether it's a practice or a game," Waterford softball coach Andy Walker said of junior Maddie Burrows. "Whether it's just shagging a fly ball, she's going full bore, never taking a moment off."

The Day's All-Area Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year: NFA's Max Pierre Louis

Norwich Free Academy junior Max Pierre Louis was named The Day's 2021 All-Area Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year. He was the State Open champion in the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches, and second that day in the triple jump (44-4.5) to score a total of 18 points for the Wildcats. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Max Pierre Louis, who will enter his senior year in the fall, has been named The Day’s 2021 All-Area Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year as the State Open champion in the high jump.

The Day's All-Area Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year: East Lyme's Savannah Soleau

East Lyme High School junior Savannah Soleau was the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I shot put champion at 35 feet, 5 inches, going on to finish third in Class MM (36-0.75) and at the State Open (personal best 37-3.75). Soleau was named The Day's 2021 All-Area Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

East Lyme junior Savannah Soleau finished third in the State Open shot put with a personal best toss of 37 feet, 3.75 inches to be named The Day's All-Area Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

The Day's All-Area Golfer of the Year: East Lyme's Dan Singer

East Lyme High School senior Dan Singer was named The Day's 2021 All-Area Golfer of the Year. Singer fired a 2-over-par 73 to win the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship June 3 at Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

About six years ago, East Lyme High School senior Dan Singer found his father’s old golf clubs while cleaning the basement with his mother. Little did Singer know that the discovery would lead to a love affair with the sport.

UCONN

NCAA informs UConn that men's basketball probationary period is over

Penalties included a reduction in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year and numerous recruiting restrictions that impacted the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.

UConn hires firm to help athletes navigate endorsements

The University of Connecticut has hired an outside firm to help its athletes navigate endorsements and other opportunities that will help them make money from their names, images and likenesses

Bueckers and Fudd bring friendship, competitiveness to UConn

UConn basketball players Paige Bueckers, left, and Azzi Fudd, right, speak to the media outside the the school's Werth basketball practice facility in Storrs on Tuesday. Bueckers, last season's national player of the year, helped recruit her friend Fudd, the nation's top high school prospect.. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

UConn star Paige Bueckers spent a lot of last year in the ear of her good friend Azzi Fudd, pushing last year’s top high school prospect to join her at Connecticut

COLLEGES

SEC takeover: Expansion would just mean more power, wealth

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks to reporters during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday, July 19, 2021, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Barring a dramatic change of direction, Texas and Oklahoma are moving toward taking the Red River Rivalry to the Southeastern Conference in a seismic shift that will have repercussions in college sports from coast to coast

New commissioners thrust into conference realignment chaos

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Jim Phillips listens to a question during Wednesday's press conference at the ACC media days in Charlotte, N.C. (Nell Redmond/AP Photo)

Conference realignment is returning to college sports at the same time three Power Five leagues are breaking in relatively new commissioners

Big Ten embraces College Football Playoff expansion

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald speaks during Thursday's news conference at the Big Ten Conference media days in Indianapolis. (Doug McSchooler/AP Photo)

The Big Ten is mostly embracing the idea of a College Football Playoff expansion

ON THE AIR

Baseball

5 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets in a doubleheader.

7 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox.

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN2 — The Basketball Tournament from Peoria, Ill.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Generali Open from Kitzbuhel, Austria.

1:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Atlanta Open.

Summer Olympics

4:55 a.m., NBCSN, USA, CNBC — Coverage continues from Tokyo.

8 p.m., Ch. 30, NBCSN, USA, CNBC — Coverage resumes from Tokyo.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local calendar

BASKETBALLNew London Whalers Basketball Camp — Aug. 9-12 (5:30-8:30 p.m. daily) at Toby May Park, New London. Open to boys and girls entering grades 3-10 from any town. Clinic will help players of all...

Local roundup: New London advances to NE Babe Ruth 15 semis

New London finished unbeaten in pool play at the New England Babe Ruth age 15 baseball tournament, beating Maine champion Skowhegan 11-1 on Sunday.

Puleo drives to SK Lite victory at the Speedbowl

Puleo started 12th in the 19-car field, calmly moved up through the field and roared underneath Buddy Charette with 9 laps to go en route to his first win of the season. Puleo has seven career SK Lite wins, but this was his first since 2018.

PROFESSIONAL

Improbable rally lifts Red Sox past Yankees, 5-4

Boston Red Sox's Enrique Hernandez, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Xander Bogaerts in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Held hitless into the eighth inning by Domingo Germán and looking feeble, Alex Verdugo and the Boston Red Sox suddenly erupted for five runs to shake Fenway Park and storm past the New York Yankees 5-4

Dodgers put star OF Mookie Betts on IL with hip inflammation

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts watches his double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Mychal Givens during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have put All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts on the 10-day injured list with right hip inflammation

Lee wins her 1st major after beating Lee6 in playoff

Minjee Lee, of Australia hits a shot during the last round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, July 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Australian golfer Minjee Lee has won a sudden-death playoff against overnight leader Jeongeun Lee6 to clinch the Evian Championship for her first major title