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Mohegan Sun Sports VP Amber Cox named COO of Kansas City's NWSL team

Amber Cox, the vice president of Mohegan Sun Sports, was named the Chief Operating Officer for Kansas City’s new National Women's Soccer League franchise on Monday.

COLUMNS

They're playing hockey again in Norwich

Hockey's popularity growing in region.

Unpredictable Big East season nears the finish line

A crazy, unpredictable Big East season regularly disrupted by COVID-19-related pauses ends this...

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UCONN

Bueckers leads No. 1 UConn to Big East quarterfinal win over St. John's, 77-41

UConn's Christyn Williams, left, and Paige Bueckers celebrate a basket by Williams during Saturday's 77-41 win over St. John's in the Big East tournament quarterfinals at Mohegan Sun Arena. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Paige Bueckers had 17 points, 11 in the third quarter, as the top-seeded UConn women's basketball team knocked off No. 8 St. John's 77-41 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena.

UConn men rout Georgetown in regular-season finale

UConn guard James Bouknight scores two points the easy way during the Huskies' 98-82 Big East win over Georgetown in Saturday's regular-season finale at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

UConn scored the first 12 points and cruised to a 98-82 win over Georgetown.

Nelson-Ododa, Edwards give No. 1 UConn a powerful inside duo as postseason begins

UConn post players Olivia Nelson-Ododa, left, and Aaliyah Edwards, right, deny Marquette's Camryn Taylor a shot at the basket during Monday's game in Storrs. The No. 1 Huskies play No. 8 St. John's on Saturday at noon in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

If, on a given night, the UConn women's basketball team isn't making a lot of shots from the perimeter, the Huskies always have an alternative plan when it comes to scoring: the front-line tandem of Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Aaliyah Edwards.

COLLEGES

Dosunmu's return powers No. 4 Illinois over No. 7 Ohio State

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu goes up to shoot against Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell during the first half of Saturday's game in Columbus, Ohio. No. 4 Illinois rallied late to beat the seventh-ranked Buckeyes, 73-68. (Paul Vernon/AP Photo)

Ayo Dosunmu returned after missing three games with a concussion and facial injuries to score 19 points, and No. 4 Illinois rallied late to beat No. 7 Ohio State 73-68

Without Cunningham, No. 17 Oklahoma State beats No. 6 West Virginia

Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson III, center, celebrates after he and the No. 17 Cowboys beat No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday, 85-80, in Morgantown, W.Va. (Kathleen Batten/AP Photo)

Sophomore Avery Anderson III scored a career-high 31 points to lead No. 17 Oklahoma State to an 85-80 victory over No. 6 West Virginia

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Providence's Nate Watson reacts after scoring a basket and getting fouled during Saturday's game against Villanova in Providence, R.I. Providence upset the No. 10 Wildcats, 54-52. (Stew Milne/AP Photo)

David Duke made a tiebreaking tip-in with 2.8 seconds left and Providence held on after blowing a 20-point lead to beat No. 10 Villanova 54-52

HIGH SCHOOL

Varela sparks No. 1 NFA girls to 64-34 win over No. 7 Bacon

Jenissa Varela made back-to-back threes late in the first half to jump-start the Norwich Free Academy girls' basketball team and propel the Wildcats to a 64-34 win over Bacon Academy on Saturday.

A special thrill for seniors in Old Lyme's win

Old Lyme´s Colbe Andrews (2) moves past North Branford´s Ryan Monde (1) during Thursday's game in Old Lyme.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The Old Lyme boys' basketball team beat North Branford on Thursday, 58-51, in front of a fans — the families of Colbe Andrews and Sam Koenigs were allowed in Old Lyme's gym for Senior Night.

No. 1 NFA girls run through Waterford 54-23

NFA forward Anajah Ingram, center, and guards Sarah Ericson (22) and Janessa Varela (4) congratulate forward Caitlin Daley on drawing the charging foul during the top-ranked Wildcats' 54-23 win over Waterford on Wednesday night at Waterford. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Norwich Free Academy girls' basketball team began its first full day as the top-ranked team in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register poll by routing Waterford, 54-23.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

For most, news of COVID sports shutdown came via ping of a cellphone

COVID-19 safety protocols have led to some major changes in the games we play. The NFA girls, for instance, hold halftime breaks in the Alumni Gym lobby instead of their locker room in order to properly social distance. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The ping of a cellphone is how most athletes and coaches learned that the 2020 winter season had become an immediate victim to the COVID-19 pandemic last March.

Local roundup: Hartman, Wood lift CGA women past Conn College

Kyra Hartman and Kira Wood had career days as Coast Guard Academy rolled to an 88-66 women's basketball victory over Connecticut College on Saturday.

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALLEastern Connecticut Board of umpires — Looking for new members for the high school and American Legion baseball seasons. Contact: Matt McShane, mattmcshane@umpire.com, (860)...

PROFESSIONAL

Silver: NBA may return to normal in '21-22, virus permitting

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveils the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award during a Feb. 15, 2020 news conference in Chicago. Silver was discussing the league’s ongoing pandemic response and plans for next season on Saturday in his annual address at the All-Star Game. This year’s game is Sunday in Atlanta. (David Banks/AP Photo)

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league is expecting arenas to be filled again next season

NBA All-Star 2021: The game no one seemed to want

Lakers forward LeBron James shoots as Phoenix center Deandre Ayton defends during the second half of a March 2 game in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

It’s the NBA All-Star Game no one seemed to want

Rolling Rangers sweep Devils, hand NJ fifth straight loss

Rangers center Kevin Rooney shoots the puck past goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood for a goal in the first period of Saturday's game in Newark N.J. The Rangers won, 6-3. (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)

Ryan Strome scored twice and the streaking New York Rangers beat the Devils 6-3, sending New Jersey to its fifth straight loss and eighth in nine games

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

3:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NASCAR Cup Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas.

4 p.m., CBSSN — GT World Challenge America from Sonoma, Calif.

Baseball

1 p.m., NESN — Spring training: Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves from North Port, Fla.

1 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — Spring training: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees from Tampa, Fla.

1 p.m., WCCT, WCBS (880-AM) — Spring training: Miami Marlins at New York Mets from Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Basketball

Noon, Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Memphis at Houston.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA men: Campbell at Winthrop in Big South Conference final.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA women: Louisville vs. North Carolina State in Atlantic Coast Conference final from Greensboro, N.C.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Florida at Tennessee.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Wisconsin at Iowa.

2 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Drake vs. Loyola Chicago in Missouri Valley Conference final from St. Louis.

2 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Liberty vs. North Alabama in Atlantic Sun Conference final from Jacksonville, Fla.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Georgia vs. South Carolina in Southeastern Conference final from Greenville, S.C.

3 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: UConn vs. Villanova in Big East Conference semifinal from Mohegan Sun Arena.

4 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Texas Tech at Baylor.

4:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Michigan at Michigan State.

5 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: East Tennessee State vs. UNC Greensboro in Southern Conference semifinal from Asheville, N.C.

6 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: Creighton vs. Marquette in Big East Conference semifinal from Mohegan Sun Arena.

6:30 p.m., TBS, TNT — NBA All-Star Game Skills Challenge from Atlanta.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Mercer vs. Virginia Military Institute in Southern Conference semifinal from Asheville, N.C.

8 p.m., TBS, TNT — NBA All-Star Game from Atlanta.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Stanford vs. UCLA in Pacific-12 Conference final from Las Vegas.

8 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Oregon at Oregon State.

Cycling

2 a.m. (Monday), NBCSN — Paris-Nice stage 1. (taped today)

Golf

12:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational from Orlando, Fla.

2:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational from Orlando, Fla.

2:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Drive on Championship from Ocala, Fla.

Hockey

Noon, Ch. 30 — NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks.

5 p.m., NESN, NBCSN — NHL: New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins.

7:30 p.m., MSG, NBCSN — NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins.

Horse Racing

1:30 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from various sites.

Soccer

7 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Newcastle United at West Bromwich Albion.

8:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Serie A: Parma at Fiorentina.

8:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Fulham at Liverpool.

11:25 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Manchester United at Manchester City.

8 p.m., FS2 — Liga MX: Necaxa at Santos Laguna.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP World Team Tennis Tournament from Rotterdam, Netherlands; WTA Lyon Open from France; ATP Argentina Open from Buenos Aires.

Volleyball

6 p.m., CBSSN — Women: Athletes Unlimited from Dallas.

Winter Sports

11 p.m., NBCSN — Alpine Skiing World Cup from Jasna, Slovakia. (taped today)

Midnight, NBCSN — Speedskating World Short Track Championships from Dordrecht, Netherlands. (taped today)

Wrestling

6 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Big 12 Conference Championship from Tulsa, Okla.