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On The Fly: Vicky Chun Becomes Yale's First Female AD

Since the days of Walter Camp, Yale has viewed itself as a trendsetter in intercollegiate athletics. And on Thursday, the university took another bold step when it introduced Vicky Chun, Colgate’s director of athletics since 2013, as its next athletic director. Chun will be the first woman to lead Yale’s athletic department. She replaces Tom Beckett, who will retire at the end of the school year following a 24-year career. Chun, 49, is a Colgate graduate and a former Patriot League player of the year in volleyball. She became volleyball coach in 1994 and in 1996 was named the league’s coach of the year, making her the only person in NCAA Division I history to win the same conference’s player and coach of the year.

UConn’s men’s hockey team has a huge game Friday at the XL Center against Boston College. The Huskies have only four Hockey East games remaining and are currently in seventh place in the league standings with 17 points. The Eagles lead Hockey East with 26 points and have already defeated UConn in two previous meetings at BC. But what makes this game vitally important for UConn is that it must finish no lower than eighth in the 11-team league in order to host a first-round playoff series. And only way they can ensure that is by winning as many of these final four games as possible. Sophomore goalie Adam Huska (wrist) is not ready to play, so the Huskies will stick with senior Tanner Creel.

The Wolf Pack come off the AHL all-star break Friday at Providence. They are riding a five-game winning streak that has finally evened their record (20-20-3) and put them back into playoff contention. As for the all-star break, it was particularly eventful for Wolf Pack defenseman John Gilmour. He won the fastest skater contest at AHL’s skills competition in Utica, N.Y. Gilmour circled the rink once in 13.663 seconds, the fourth-fastest mark in the history of the event. Gilmour leads Wolf Pack defensemen in points and assists (6-19-25) in 41 games.

The Yard Goats will be holding national anthem auditions at Dunkin' Donuts Park on Saturday. Singers of all ages are welcome to give it a shot. As of Friday, there were still a limited number of tryout slots available, but singers must first register in advance by emailing Amanda Goldsmith at agoldsmith@yardgoats.com. … And you thought the Yankees are loaded: There are reports indicating that the Golden State Warriors, of all teams, might have a shot at signing LeBron James during the offseason if they can make salary cap space. Apparently, James would listen to their pitch and why not? First, he must decline is $35.6 million player option in Cleveland to become an unrestricted free agent for the third time in his career. … The Connecticut Sun re-signed unrestricted free agent Shekinna Stricklen. Meanwhile, former UConn and Connecticut Sun guard Renee Montgomery has signed with the Atlanta Dream where she will be reunited with former Sun GM Chris Sienko.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long, the former Patriot, promised Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole, his fomer defensive coordinator in St. Louis, that he would get a tattoo of Flajole’s face if the Eagles win the Super Bowl. … Fontbonne University and Greenville University made NCAA Division III men's basketball history Wednesday for points scored when Fontbonne won 164-154 in overtime. The 318 points broke the previous record of 315 set in 1994 between Simpson and Grinnell.

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