Fitch boys' hoop gets defensive to beat New London

New London’s Derek Raymond, left, along with Fitch’s D.J. Beaudet, middle, and Kyhol Kershaw, fight for control of a rebound during Thursday night’s ECC Division I tournament quarterfinal game at Fitch. No. 2 Fitch advanced to play No. 3 Ledyard in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Waterford High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Ajia Brown scored a game-high 20 with eight rebounds and five steals as second-seeded Fitch used some late turnovers to beat No. 7 New London 43-39, to win its ECC Division I boys' basketball quarterfinal.

Waterford boys clinch a date with top-seeded NFA in ECC Division I tournament

Ryan O'Connell scored 21 points and fourth-seeded Waterford topped No. 5 East Lyme 59-50 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the ECC Division I boys' basketball tournament.

Local roundup: Ledyard gets off to a fast start, holds off Stonington in ECC boys' tournament

Ledyard High School jumped out to a 30-9 lead after one quarter and went on to beat Stonington 77-70 in a quarterfinal in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I boys' basketball tournament Thursday night.

State Open wrestling pairings

The following is a list of the top four seeds in each weight class, plus other local and ECC qualifiers, for the State Openwrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

CIAC Girls' Invitational wrestling tournament

NFA's Savannah Vanase, top, wrestles Montville's Karla Flores during a regular-season match on Jan. 3 in Montville. The two will be competing in the 113-pound weight class when the CIAC holds its inaugural Girls' Invitational wrestling tournament in conjunction with the annual State Open boys' meet on Friday and Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The following is a list of local and ECC participants in the inaugural CIAC Girls' Invitational wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

Red Sox left-hander Sale to start season on injured list

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws during spring training Feb. 19 in Sarasota, Fla. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday.

Media giant Discovery insured against Olympic disruption

A worker wearing protective gears sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a shopping street on Thursday in Seoul, South Korea. The new illness persists in the worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders. (Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)

Baseball and basketball are played in empty stadiums. Soccer leagues delay play, and clubs left out of Asian competitions postpone or relocate games.

HIGH SCHOOL

Old Lyme boys beat Morgan to clinch Shoreline Conference regular-season title

Old Lyme's Jared Ritchie (35) and Aedan Using (33) celebrate during the Wildcats' 67-50 victory over Morgan on Wednesday night. Old Lyme completed a perfect run through the Shoreline Conference to win the regular-season title outright. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Aedan Using scored 22 and Ray Doll 20 as the Old Lyme boys’ basketball team beat Morgan on Wednesday, 67-50, to clinch the Shoreline Conference regular-season title.

Poirier-Vaughters is back home again for ECC tournament champion NFA

NFA's Makayla Poirier-Vaughters (20) splits the defense of Bacon Academy's Emma Mancuso, left, and Caitlin Shea in the ECC Div. I girls' basketball tournament championship game Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The top-seeded Wildcats rolled to the 58-30 win over the No. 3 Bobcats. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

NFA senior center Makayla Poirier-Vaughters stepped away from the game last season. But there was something calling her back.

UPDATED: CIAC announces girls' basketball tournament pairings

The CIAC announced its pairings Wednesday morning for the 2020 girls' basketball tournament, which begins on Monday, March 2, and concludes with the championship games on March 21-22 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

   LOCAL SCHEDULES


COLUMNS

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ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

3 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Production Alliance Group 300 practice from Fontana, Calif.

4 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Auto Club 400 practice from Fontana, Calif.

5 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Production Alliance Group 300 final practice from Fontana, Calif.

5:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Auto Club 400 final practice from Fontana, Calif.

Baseball

1 p.m., SNY — Exhibition: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets from Port St. Lucie, Fla.

9 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants from Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Basketball

6:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Kent State at Ohio University.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Davidson at Dayton.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Wright State at Northern Kentucky.

7 p.m., ESPNews — NCAA men: Harvard at Columbia.

7 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: Villanova at Creighton.

7 p.m., SNY — NCAA women: Drexel at James Madison.

7:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks.

8 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Milwaukee Bucks.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Texas State at Texas-Arlington.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Monmouth at Rider.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Washington State at Washington.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers.

Boxing

10:45 p.m., Showtime — Malik Hawkins vs. Keith Turner in a super lightweight bout from Las Vegas.

Curling

11 p.m., NBCSN — Scotland at United States from St. Paul, Minn. (taped today)

Football

4 p.m., NFL Network — NFL Scouting Combine from Indianapolis.

Golf

5:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Oman Open from Muscat.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

6:30 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Cologuard Classic from Tucson, Ariz. (taped today)

3 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Oman Open from Muscat.

Hockey

7 p.m., WCCT — NCAA men: Massachusetts at UConn.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Vermont at Northeastern in Hockey East tournament quarterfinals.

7 p.m., MSG, NHL Network — NHL: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: Michigan State at Notre Dame.

8:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Denver at St. Cloud State.

Soccer

2:55 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Leicester City at Norwich City.

Tennis

8 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Dubai Championships from United Arab Emirates; WTA Qatar Open from Doha; ATP Chile Open from Santiago.

3 p.m., Tennis Channel — Mexican Open from Acapulco; ATP Chile Open from Santiago.

CT SUN

Sun acquire ex-UConn great Mosqueda-Lewis from Storm

Former UConn All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was traded to the Connecticut Sun on Monday from the Seattle Storm for a second round pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

Holmes re-signs with Sun

Bria Holmes re-signed with the Connecticut Sun on Saturday after emerging as their top reserve in her first year with them last season.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Black Wolves begin a busy weekend with Friday game at New York

The New England Black Wolves will have a chance this weekend to build on their momentum from a week ago. And not just once.

Hartford women win first in season finale, end 28-game skid

Jada Lucas scored 20 points and Hartford _ the only Division I program, men's or women's, without a victory this season _ won its first game in its finale, beating America East champion 73-70 on Wednesday night

Local roundup: CGA men advance to NEWMAC semifinals

Garrett Drummond had 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as Coast Guard Academy overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat defending NEWMAC champion Emerson 80-78 in the quarterfinals of the men's basketball tournament.

PROFESSIONAL

Minus Embiid and Simmons, Harris leads 76ers past Knicks

The 76ers' Josh Richardson steals the ball from the Knicks' Dennis Smith Jr. during the first half of Thursday's game in Philadelphia. The 76ers won, 115-106. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Tobias Harris scored 34 points to lead short-handed Philadelphia to a 115-106 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

NBA roundup

Indiana forward Domantas Sabonis shoots over the defense of Portland forward Caleb Swanigan during the second half of Thursday's game in Indianapolis. The Pacers won, 106-100. (AJ Mast/AP Photo)

Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 106-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

Ritchie has goal, assist in Bruins' 4-3 win over Stars

Dallas' Jason Dickinson battles Boston's Ondrej Kase (28) and Par Lindholm for the puck during the third period of Thursday's game at TD Garden. Boston won, 4-3. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist for his first points since Boston acquired him at the trade deadline, and the NHL-leading Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Thursday night.

Rangers rally past Canadiens 5-2 for fifth straight win

The Rangers' Ryan Strome, center, celebrates his goal against the Canadiens with teammates Artemi Panarin, left, and Chris Kreider during the third period of Thursday's game in Montreal. The Rangers won, 5-2. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Ryan Strome scored twice and added an assist as the surging New York Rangers rallied past the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Parayko lifts Blues to 3-2 win over Islanders in OT

Blues defenseman Colton Parayko scores the winning goal against Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss during overtime of Thursday's game in St. Louis. The Blues won, 3-2. (Dilip Vishwanat/AP Photo)

Colton Parayko scored on an unassisted wraparound at 3:23 of overtime, sending the St. Louis Blues to their sixth consecutive victory with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

NHL roundup

The Jets' Mason Appleton (82) gets the backhanded pass away as Washington's Dmitry Orlov (9) defends during the first period of Thursday's game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Jets won, 3-0. (John Woods/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots for his fifth shutout of the season to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals

Ohio State star Chase Young follows in Nick Bosa's footsteps

Ohio State defensive lineman Chase Young listens during Thursday's press conference at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AJ Mast/AP Photo)

Chase Young is the consensus top talent at the 2020 NFL scouting combine. But, as was the case with fellow Ohio State star Nick Bosa a year ago, he almost certainly won't hear his name called first on draft night.

UCONN

UConn gets another lift from Whaley and routs UCF 81-65

UConn's Isaiah Whaley (5) pulls down a rebound against Central Florida's Darin Green Jr. (22) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn won for the fifth time in the last seven games, beating Central Florida 81-65 in an American Athletic Conference men's basketball game at the XL Center on Wednesday night.

UConn women beat Cincinnati 105-58

UConn guard Christyn Williams, right, drives against Cincinnati guard Jada Scott, left, during the second half of Wednesday's game in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

The Huskies (24-3, 14-0) had already clinched their seventh AAC regular season title.

UConn men get back to work against UCF in Hartford

UConn head coach Dan Hurley cheers on his team during the second half of Sunday's win over South Florida in Storrs. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

UConn can accomplish something on Wednesday it failed to do in the previous three seasons.

COLLEGES

Trice, Wisconsin hold off No. 19 Michigan 81-74

Wisconsin guard D'Mitrik Trice attempts a layup as Michigan forward Austin Davis defends during the first half of Thursday's game in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Badgers beat No. 19 Michigan, 81-74. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

D'Mitrik Trice scored 28 points and Wisconsin snapped No. 19 Michigan's winning streak at five with an 81-74 victory over the Wolverines.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

California guard Matt Bradley pulls down a rebound next to Colorado forward Lucas Siewert during the second half of Thursday's game in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bears beat No. 21 Colorado, 76-62. (D. Ross Cameron/AP Photo)

Matt Bradley matched his career highs of 26 points and five 3-pointers, and California pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado 76-62.

Former Michigan wrestlers urge more victims to 'speak up'

Tad Deluca, a University of Michigan wrestler from the 1970s, speaks during Thursday's news conference and identified himself as the whistleblower whose 2018 complaint about the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson led to a police investigation. He says he was kicked off the team and lost his financial aid after complaining to a coach that he had been abused by a sports doctor. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

A University of Michigan wrestler from the 1970s says he was kicked off the team and lost financial aid after complaining of his physical abuse by a sports doctor. Tad Deluca says he was motivated to speak out by a similar case at Michigan State.