Sun have enjoyed some breaks before All-Star break

Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas gives instructions to her teammates during a timeout against the Atlanta Dream on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The veteran guard and her teammates and had time to rest during a light July schedule and the upcoming WNBA All-Star break. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Downtime is precious for most WNBA players because they play overseas. The Connecticut Sun have benefitted from a lighter schedule in July and host the New York Liberty on Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break.

Sun move back to top of WNBA Power Poll

The play of all-star center Jonquel Jones is a major reason why the Connecticut Sun have returned to the top of the WNBA power rankings headed into this weekend's all-star break. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut has risen back to the top of the WNBA standings behind solid play from Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas. The Sun received major contributions from the reserves, which scored 45 points in a rout of Atlanta on Friday night.

Mitchell teammates travel 2,000 miles to reunite in Moose Jaw

Five current or former Mitchell College players are teammates again, this time with the Moose Jaw Miller Express of the Western Canadian Baseball League. From left are Eric Marriott, Montville's Dougie DelaCruz, Jeff Nicolosi and Markus Melendez. Missing from photo is New London's Jeremy Santos, who recently joined the team after visiting his friends. (Photo courtesy of Doug DelaCruz)

At first glance, Moose Jaw seems the unlikeliest of places for five teammates from last season's Mitchell College baseball team to spend a summer together.

NCAA punishes Leitao, DePaul for basketball recruiting violation

The NCAA suspended men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao for the first three games of the regular season on Tuesday, saying he should have done more to prevent recruiting violations by his staff. The NCAA also put the Big East program on three years of probation and issued a $5,000 fine. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, FIle)

The NCAA suspended DePaul men's basketball coach Dave Leitao for the first three games of the regular season Tuesday, saying he should have done more to prevent recruiting violations by his staff.

Barmakian providing a spark for Schooners while preparing for future

Steve Barmakian of the Mystic Schooners, right, talks with manager Phil Orbe in the bottom of the first inning during the opening game of a NECBL doubleheader against the Danbury Westerners on Monday at Fitch High School in Groton. (Gavin Keefe/Day photo)

With the Law School Admission Test approaching in September, Barmakian, who'll be a senior this fall, is preparing for his future. He plans to go to law school.

Twins hit five homers, turn triple play in 8-6 win vs Yankees

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia reacts after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota's Mitch Garver in the fourth inning of Monday's game in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 8-6. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

Mitch Garver hit two of Minnesota's five home runs, and the Twins held on for an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees after a tone-setting triple play in the first inning of a series opener Monday night.

Martinez lifts Boston 9-4; Rays pitch position player down five

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers celebrate with J.D. Martinez, right, after Martinez hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay starter Jalen Beeks during the third inning of Monday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Boston won, 9-4. (Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

J.D. Martinez homered and drove in four runs, including an RBI double in the ninth inning following Tampa Bay's curious decision to put a position player on the mound, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Rays 9-4 Monday night.

COLUMNS

Honoring the life of Dick Donovan leads to reflective moment

Mr. Donovan, Dick — or "Gerry" as some knew him — was a fixture in the bleachers here...

Stiff competition not only obstacle to winning 93rd Norwich Invitational

Beating a highly-competitive field is just one obstacle to winning this weekend's 93rd Norwich...

ON THE AIR

Baseball

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays.

7 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Staten Island Yankees at Connecticut Tigers.

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

Basketball

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA All-Star Game Selection Show.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA: Seattle Storm at Las Vegas Aces.

Cycling

7:30 a.m., NBCSN — Tour de France.

Soccer

6:30 a.m., ESPN2 — Men's exhibition: FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea in Rakuten Cup from Saitama, Japan.

7 p.m., ESPN — International Champions Cup: Real Madrid vs. Arsenal from Landover, Md.

9 p.m., ESPN — International Champions Cup: Guadalajara vs. Atletico Madrid from Arlington, Texas.

11 p.m., ESPN — Leagues Cup: Tijuana at Los Angeles Galaxy in a quarterfinal.

Swimming

Noon, NBCSN — FINA World Championships from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

7 p.m., NBCSN — FINA World Championships diving from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

Midnight, NBCSN — FINA World Championships from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Hamburg European Open from Germany; ATP Swiss Open from Gstaad, Switzerland; WTA Baltic Open from Jurmala, Latvia; WTA Palermo Open from Italy.

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

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Atlanta Open.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: New London/Mystic ousted from Intermediate baseball regionals

The New London/Mystic team was eliminated from the Intermediate League (ages 12-13) Eastern Regional on Monday, falling 16-15 to Montgomery, N.Y.

Harrington holds off Cameron to win his second Norwich Invite title

Nick Harrington captured his second Norwich Invitational title, beating Josh Cameron, 3 and 1, in the final at Norwich Golf Course. He also won in 2016.

Local roundup: Fugere pitches Groton/Mystic 8-10 team to state tournament win

Jillian Fugere pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts as Groton/Mystic opened play in the Little League state softball tournament (ages 8-10) with a 4-1 win over Preston/Jewett City on Sunday.

PROFESSIONAL

Column: Shane Lowry's British Open win caps off big year in majors

Ireland's Shane Lowry kisses the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championships on Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

A celebration that began on the 18th fairway of Royal Portrush extended well into the night in Dublin.

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman spotted with brace on thumb

According to published reports, Edelman will be limited for the first three weeks of training camp, which starts Thursday. The regular season begins Sept. 8.

Major League Baseball roundup

Astros starter Gerrit Cole pitches during the first inning of Monday's game against Oakland in Houston. Cole allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out 11 in Houston's 11-1 win. (Eric Christian Smith/AP Photo)

Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Aledmys Diaz, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel homered as the Houston Astros jumped on Homer Bailey for nine runs early and sailed to an 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Falcons open camp with questions about hiring of Durkin

Then-Maryland head coach DJ Durkin, center, stands on the sideline in the first half of an Oct. 14, 2017 game against Northwestern in College Park, Md. The Atlanta Falcons have brought Durkin to serve as a guest coach during training camp, drawing immediate scrutiny over the wisdom of taking on someone who was fired from his previous job after a player's death. This is the first coaching stint for Durkin since he was dismissed by the Terrapins last October. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

Atlanta has brought in former Maryland coach DJ Durkin as a guest coach during training camp, drawing immediate scrutiny over the wisdom of taking on someone who was fired from his previous job after the death of a player.

Newgarden takes control of IndyCar title race

Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning Sunday's IndyCar Series race in Newton, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

There are no slouches in the IndyCar Series, which has a tight championship battle entering the season's homestretch. Josef Newgarden dominated at Iowa to cushion his fragile lead in what is essentially a four-driver race.

NFL suspends Seahawks DL Reed for 6 games

In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed watches a game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Seattle Seahawks will be without defensive lineman Jarran Reed for the first six games of the season after he was suspended by the NFL on Monday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Out of the shadows of Irish golf, Lowry a major champion

Ireland's Shane Lowry smiles as he sits next to the Claret Jug trophy while he attends a press conference after he won the British Open Golf Championships on Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

No longer in the shadows of Irish golf, Shane Lowry now has his name etched on the base of the silver claret jug.

COLLEGES

Ohio State, other Big Ten East powers facing uncertainty

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, left, talks to reporters during the Big Ten media days on Thursday in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

Ohio State has questions with its coach and quarterback — never a good way to begin a season. There is also uncertainty at other powers in the Big Ten's East Division.

Former BC coach suffers brain injury in fall

Former Boston College women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese suffered a brain injury when she fell earlier this week, according to a social media post by her sister.