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It's finally time to play basketball for Bacon girls; Shea makes retirement official with 788 wins

Bacon Academy girls' basketball head coach John Shea, right, and coach emeritus Dave Shea work with junior Valerie Luizzi, left and sophomore Marissa Nudd, right, as the team practices for the first time on Tuesday in Colchester. The Bobcats and the rest of the ECC will open their COVID-19 shortened season on Friday, Feb. 12. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The only real facial features discernible for the players and coaches at Bacon Academy's Dave Shea Gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon, visible above masks, which are mandatory due to the COVID-19 crisis, were their eyes.

Old Lyme boys' basketball team gets right back at it

Old Lyme basketball coach Kirk Kaczor watches his team scrimmage during the first day of practice on Tuesday. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Old Lyme boys' basketball team got back together Tuesday for the first time since the bitter cancellation of last season's state tournament cost them a shot at their first state title.

ECC to begin basketball seasons on Friday, Feb. 12

Eastern Connecticut Conference officials announced Tuesday that its 2020 boys' and girls' basketball seasons will begin on Friday, Feb. 12, four days later than the CIAC's allowed start date of Feb. 8.

UConn routs Butler 103-35, Auriemma passes Summitt in wins

UConn forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) shoots against Butler in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Storrs, Conn. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

Olivia Nelson-Ododa led a balanced attack with 18 points and No. 3 UConn, playing for the first time in 10 days, routed Butler 103-35 on Tuesday night.

Mets fire GM Porter after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

This screen grab from a Zoom call shows then-Mets general manager Jared Porter on Dec. 14, 2020. The Mets fired Porter on Tuesday for sending sexually explicit, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Cubs. (Zoom via AP)

Jared Porter was fired Tuesday for sending sexually explicit, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.

AP source: Springer agrees to $150M, six-year deal with Jays

Then-Houston outfielder George Springer takes a lead off first during the first inning of the team's Sept. 25, 2020 game against Texas in Arlington, Texas. Springer became the most prominent among baseball’s free agents to reach an agreement this offseason, a $150 million, six-year contract with Toronto, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal was subject to a successful physical. (Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo)

All-Star outfielder George Springer has reached a $150 million, six-year contract with Toronto, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75

Hall of Fame and former Dodgers pitchers Sandy Koufax, left, and Don Sutton, pose prior to a June 8, 2013 game between Atlanta and the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Sutton died Tuesday. He was 75. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register/AP Photo)

Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday. He was 75.

COLUMNS

Football and wrestling expose CIAC's shortcomings

Football, wrestling have more in common than they realize.

Hard-luck Friars have been on wrong side of fantastic finishes

Providence is one of frontrunners for the Big East's Hard Luck Team of the Year award. The Friars...

ON THE AIR

Basketball

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Virginia Commonwealth at St. Bonaventure.

7 p.m., NBCSB, ESPN — NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Colorado at Washington.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Providence at Creighton.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets.

11 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Fresno State at Boise State.

Boxing

9 p.m., Showtime — The New Generation from Mohegan Sun Arena.

Golf

5 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA exhibition: Desert Classic Charity Challenge from La Quinta, Calif. 

10:30 p.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: HSBC Championship from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs.

9:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks.

Mixed Martial Arts

9 a.m., ESPN — UFC preliminaries from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Noon, ESPN — UFC: Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny in a welterweight bout from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Soccer

12:55 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Aston Villa at Manchester City.

2:50 p.m., ESPN2 — Italian Super Cup: Napoli vs. Juventus in final from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

3:10 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Manchester United at Fulham.

10 p.m., FS2 — CONCACAF League: C.D. Olimpia at L.D. Alajuelense in a semifinal.

PROFESSIONAL

Jets make hiring of Saleh as head coach official

Then-San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is shown during a Sept. 13, 2020 game against Arizona in Santa Clara, Calif. The Jets officially hired Saleh as their new head coach Tuesday. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

Robert Saleh left no doubt for the Jets that he was their guy. And he knew this is exactly where he wanted to be. The team officially announced Tuesday they hired the former San Francisco defensive coordinator as their head coach.

Mahomes, other QBs in final four share affinity for deep throws

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passes in front of Saints outside linebacker Demario Davis during the second half of Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game in New Orleans. Tampa Bay won, 30-20. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

If Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes clears concussion protocols, he will take something in common with the other three quarterbacks into the NFL’s conference championship games: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen love throwing deep...

Sarah Thomas to be first female to officiate at Super Bowl

Down judge Sarah Thomas is shown before an NFL game in Cleveland during the regular season. Thomas will cap her sixth season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history. (David Richard/AP Photo)

Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history.

Woods has fifth back surgery, to miss Torrey Pines and Riviera

Tiger Woods announced Tuesday he had a fifth back surgery and will miss tournaments in San Diego and Los Angeles. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo)

Tiger Woods has suffered a setback with his back, disclosing Tuesday that he recently had a fifth surgery that will keep him from starting the year until after the West Coast Swing on the PGA Tour.

Kyrie Irving rejoins Nets

The Nets' Kyrie Irving, center, talks with Celtics' Jayson Tatum, left, and Kemba Walker following a Dec. 25, 2020 game in Boston. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Kyrie Irving rested his chin on his arms folded in front of him, looking worn down by his fight to balance his commitment to his team and his community.

NBA roundup

Utah guard Donovan Mitchell passes the ball as New Orleans guard Eric Bledsoe watches during the first half of Tuesday's game in Salt Lake City. Utah won, 118-102. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Donovan Mitchell had 28 points and seven rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, 118-102, for their sixth straight victory.

Lloyd rebounds from knee injury to play for U.S.

United States forward Carli Lloyd plays in a SheBelieves Cup match against Spain on March 8, 2020 in Harrison, N.J. (Bill Kostroun/AP Photo)

Lloyd's recovery work was on display Monday night in Florida when she played the full 90 minutes in the team's 4-0 victory over Colombia.

UCONN

St. John's surprises No. 23 UConn men 74-70

UConn guard Tyrese Martin (4) shoots against St. John's forward Josh Roberts (1) and guard Dylan Addae-Wusu (5) during the first half of the No. 23 Huskies' 74-70 loss to the Red Storm on Monday in Storrs. (David Butler II/Pool photo via AP)

St. John's overcame a 14-point first half deficit to snap No. 23 UConn's four-game winning streak, 74-70, in a Big East men's basketball game on Monday at Gampel Pavilion.

Ten days later, No. 3 UConn women get back to business vs. Butler

UConn guard Evina Westbrook (22) brings the ball up court during the No. 3 Huskies' 87-50 win over Providence on Jan. 9 in Storrs. UConn returns to action on Tuesday by hosting Butler in a Big East game. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

UConn's last game was Jan. 9 against Providence, an 87-50 victory but one in which not everything went particularly smoothly. Normally, those transgressions would have been addressed by now.

No. 25 UConn prepared for a battle with St. John's

UConn's R.J. Cole (1) drives against DePaul's Charlie Moore during the first half of a game on Jan. 11 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

UConn (7-1, 4-1) is on a roll, carrying a season-high four game winning streak into Monday's Big East game against St. John's (7-7, 2-6) at 2:30 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.

COLLEGES

No. 3 Villanova edges Seton Hall in return from 27-day break

Seton Hall guard Takal Molson tries to block a shot by Villanova forward Cole Swider during the first half of Tuesday's game in Villanova, Pa. Third-ranked Villanova won, 76-74. (Laurence Kesterson/AP Photo)

Cole Swider hit the winning free throw in the final seconds and Collin Gillespie scored 22 points to help No. 3 Villanova win its first game in 27 days, 76-74 over Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

Short-handed Florida stuns No. 6 Tennessee 75-49

Florida guard Tre Mann and Tennessee guard Davonte Gaines compete for a rebound during the first half of Tuesday's game in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators stunned sixth-ranked Tennessee, 75-49. (Matt Stamey/AP Photo)

Florida's best performance of the season — maybe even of coach Mike White's six-year tenure — came without three starters. Noah Locke scored 14 and short-handed Florida stunned No. 6 Tennessee 75-49 on Tuesday night.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Purdue guard Jaden Ivey goes up for a shot between Ohio State forward Zed Key, left, and guard Eugene Brown during the first half of Tuesday's game in Columbus, Ohio. Ivey hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with five seconds left to give the Boilermakers a 67-65 win over No. 15 Ohio State. (Paul Vernon/AP Photo)

Jaden Ivey scored 15 points and made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining, and Purdue rallied to beat No. 15 Ohio State 67-65.