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COLUMNS

The night the 'Sports Doctor' was 'Coach O'Brien'

GameDay's O'Brien coaching hoops this summer

UCONN

UConn grads Dolson, Samuelson will play on Olympic 3x3 basketball team

UConn graduate and Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson, left, tries to get past Connecticut Sun forward Brionna Jones during a WNBA game June 19 in Chicago. (Eileen T. Meslar/AP Photo)

Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and Katie Lou Samuelson will represent the United States in the inaugural Olympic 3x3 competition in women's basketball

Former UConn strength coach says refusal to violate protocols led to ouster

A former strength coach for UConn’s men’s basketball team has sued the school, claiming his contract wasn’t renewed after he refused demands from coach Dan Hurley that he violate NCAA guidelines and school COVID-19 protocols

COLLEGES

Vandy scores on wild pitch in ninth, beats Stanford 6-5 at CWS

Vanderbilt players celebrate after Spencer Jones scored from third on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Stanford on Wednesday night, 6-5, at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (Rebecca S. Gratz/AP Photo)

Spencer Jones scored on Brendan Beck’s wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to keep Vanderbilt alive in the College World Series with a 6-5 walk-off victory over Stanford

Clark, Mississippi State rally for 6-5 CWS win over Virginia

Mississippi State celebrates a go-ahead three-run homer by Tanner Allen (5) in the eighth inning against Virginia during Tuesday's College World Series game in Omaha, Neb. Mississippi State won, 6-5. (John Peterson/AP Photo)

Kellum Clark’s eighth-inning home run ended Griff McGarry’s bid for a no-hitter and Logan Tanner went deep three batters later to lead Mississippi State past Virginia 6-5 at the College World Series

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Waterford's Burrows takes an even-keeled approach to learning with Schooners

Waterford High School's Jared Burrows, right, celebrates the final out of the 2019 Class L state championship game, a 1-0 win over Berlin. Burrows, who recently completed his freshman year as a member of the University of Hartford baseball team, is playing this summer for the Mystic Schooners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. (Sean D. Elliot/Day File Photo)

Don’t ever expect to see Jared Burrows throw his glove in disgust after a rough outing or curse his way from the pitching mound to the dugout.

Local roundup: Jerome, Waterford beat Willimantic

Benjamin Jerome had two hits, a run and an RBI as Waterford edged Willimantic on Wednesday night, 3-2, in a Zone 6 American Legion game.

Local calendar

BASEBALL/SOFTBALLHat Fengar press box — Waterford Babe Ruth will hold a dedication for the Harold “Hat’’ Fengar press box on Saturday, June 19 at noon. Contact: Rick Beaney,...

PROFESSIONAL

Judge, Sánchez drive Yanks to blowout win over Royals

New York Yankees Gary Sanchez hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Aaron Judge homered for the first of his three hits, Gary Sánchez connected for the second straight game and the New York Yankees got their first blowout victory in a month, beating the Kansas City Royals 8-1

Celtics to hire Nets' Ime Udoka as new head coach, report says

In this 2019 file photo, James Ennis III of the Philadelphia 76ers, left, talks things over with assistant coach Ime Udoka. The Boston Celtics have hired Udoka, currently an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets, to be their new head coach, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. (Chris Szagola/AP File Photo)

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Boston Celtics have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to be their new coach

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

5:25 a.m. (Friday), ESPN2 — Formula One Styrian Grand Prix practice from Spielberg, Austria.

Baseball

1 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Texas vs. Virginia in College World Series from Omaha, Neb.

7 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Basketball

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NBA Draft Combine from Chicago.

7 p.m., YES — WNBA: Chicago Sky at New York Liberty.

7 p.m., CBSSN — WNBA: Dallas Wings at Indiana Fever.

9 p.m., ESPN — NBA playoffs: Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers.

Golf

6:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: BMW International Open from Munich.

11 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Women's PGA Championship from Johns Creek, Georgia.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Travelers Championship from Cromwell.

Gymnastics

6:30 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Olympic Trials from St. Louis.

Hockey

8 p.m., USA — NHL playoffs: Vegas Golden Knights at Montréal Canadiens.

Lacrosse

7 p.m., ESPNU — High school girls: STX National Showcase final from Columbia, Md.

8 p.m., ESPNU — High school boys: STX National Showcase from Columbia, Md.

Horse Racing

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

Rugby

5:30 a.m. (Friday), FS2 — Women: New South Wales at Queensland in State of Origin. 

Soccer

5 p.m., FS1 — Copa América: Bolivia vs. Uruguay from Cuiabá, Brazil.

8 p.m., FS1 — Copa América: Chile vs. Paraguay from Brasília. Brazil.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — Viking International from Eastbourne, Great Britain; WTA Bad Homburg Open from Hamburg, Germany; ATP Mallorca Championships from Spain.

Track & Field

9 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Olympic Trials from Eugene, Ore.