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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

Barzal shines as Islanders beat Sabres for fourth straight win

The Islanders' Mathew Barzal scores past Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton in the second period of Saturday's game in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won, 5-2. (Kevin Hagen/AP Photo)

Mathew Barzal and Scott Mayfield each had a goal and an assist and the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 for their fourth straight win

NHL roundup

The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates as Jared McCann (19) scores the go-ahead goal past Philadelphia goaltender Brian Elliott in the third period of Saturday's game in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won, 4-3. (Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)

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


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...



Bruins respond to head shot with 5-1 victory over Capitals

Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his goal with Matt Grzelcyk (48) and Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, March 5, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist, and the Boston Bruins responded to a head shot from Capitals forward Tom Wilson with a three-goal second period to beat Washington 5-1

Rangers beat Devils

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider scores against New Jersey goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood during the second period of Thursday's game in Newark, N.J. The Rangers won, 6-1. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Red hot Chris Kreider recorded his second hat trick in five games and the Rangers beat the slumping New Jersey Devils 6-1 in a game marred by a late injury to New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin

Islanders beat Sabres 5-2

Buffalo's Colin Miller (33) fights with the Islanders' Anders Lee during the third period of Thursday's game in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won, 5-2. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Matt Martin scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 in the opener of a three-game series


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.


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


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,, (860)...


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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)


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