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UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

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

Auriemma: Huskies have a competitive vibe

It's been since the Breanna Stewart era of four national championships, UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma was saying Thursday, that the Huskies have had this much of a competitive vibe.

UConn board of trustees approves plan allowing athletes to sign endorsement deals

UConn’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a plan that would let the school’s athletes sign endorsement deals and hire a sports agent or attorney beginning July 12.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

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.

Bristol Central center Donovan Clingan commits to UConn

UConn kicked off the Fourth of July weekend with some recruiting fireworks, as highly-regarded recruit Donovan Clingan announced he has committed to the Huskies.

UConn's Johnson leaning on old pal Sanogo while adjusting to college life

Samson Johnson, a 6-foot-10 big man who is part of UConn's new freshman class, talks with reporters on Wednesday in Storrs. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Before Samson Johnson joined the UConn basketball family, he already had a brother, of sorts, on the team.

UConn's Hawkins arrives from DeMatha with confidence, motivation

UConn freshman Josh Hawkins arrives from national high school power DeMatha a confident and motivated guard hopes to model his game after program great Ray Allen. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Jordan Hawkins draws motivation from the banners of former UConn basketball greats hanging on the wall of the team's practice facility.

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

Chasing Buckeyes: Who can dethrone Ohio State in Big Ten?

Ohio State defensive end Zach Harrison talks to reporters during Friday's news conference at the Big Ten Conference media days in Indianapolis. (Michael ConroyAP Photo)

Ohio State has won four consecutive Big Ten championships

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

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.