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UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Morgan Valley returning to UConn women's program as assistant coach

In this 2016 Day File Photo, University of Washington women´s basketball assistant coach Morgan Valley listens to head coach Mike Neighbors, not pictured, huddles the team during a timeout against Syracuse in NCAA Final Four semi-final action Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Valley, who has been head women's basketball coach at the University of Hartford for the last two years, will join Geno Auriemma's staff at UConn as an assistant.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Morgan Valley, head coach at the University of Hartford, is leaving that job to become an assistant coach with the UConn women's basketball program.

UConn's Ralph named women's basketball coach at Vanderbilt

UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph, left, is expected to be named head coach at Vanderbilt. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Shea Ralph, a former UConn women's basketball great and assistant coach in the program since 2008, was named the new head coach at Vanderbilt University on Tuesday.

UConn women land Ohio St. transfer Juhasz

UConn has added another post player to its roster with Dorka Juhasz announcing she is transferring to the Huskies from Ohio State.

Anna Makurat leaving UConn women's basketball program

UConn's Anna Makurat (24), a sophomore guard from Poland, has announced on Tuesday her intentions to transfer to another school to compete her college career. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma announced Tuesday that sophomore Anna Makurat has decided to transfer and has entered her name in the NCAA transfer portal.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

Kevin Freeman leaves UConn coaching staff

In this Feb. 16, 2013, file photo, UConn assistant coaches Kevin Freeman, right, and Ricky Moore look on with Ryan Boatright during a game against Villanova in Hartford. (Fred Beckham/AP Photo)

Kevin Freeman is leaving the UConn basketball program after spending one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater but will remain at the university in another role.

UConn's Polley announces plans to return for fifth season

UConn senior Tyler Polley announced Wednesday he plans to return for a fifth season of eligibility, although he will keep his name in the upcoming NBA Draft to receive feedback. The NCAA is allowing players a one-time option to play an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Tyler Polley, UConn's top scorer off the bench last season, plans to return next season.

Ex-UConn coach Kevin Ollie to coach in paid youth league

In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie signals to his team as associate head coach Glenn Miller looks on during a game against Maine in Hartford. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

Former UConn coach Kevin Ollie has joined a new basketball league designed to provide elite high school players another potential pathway to the NBA.

UConn's Whaley will return and use extra year of eligibility

UConn forward Isaiah Whaley (5) announced Tuesday he will take advantage of the NCAA's one-year eligibility waiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic and play a fifth season for the Huskies. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

Senior forward Isaiah Whaley, who started all 23 games last season and was voted Big East Defensive Player of the Year, will use the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to pandemic, UConn announced on Tuesday.

COLLEGES

On College Football: Who would make 15-team super league?

Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) is hit by Oregon safety Verone McKinley III during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Who would make a college football Super League? Think big-brand schools with large fanbases and a history of success — such as Oregon. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

What if college football’s most powerful teams, the biggest of the big boys, tried to do what is happening now in European soccer, where a dozen of the wealthiest and most successful clubs are in the process of forming a 15-team Super League

Family affair: Jimmy Boeheim to play for his dad at Syracuse

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, left, congratulates his son, Cornell's Jimmy Boeheim, at the end of a 2017 game in Syracuse, N.Y. Jimmy Boeheim is transferring to Syracuse to play for his father and with his younger brother after three seasons at Cornell. Coach Jim Boeheim's oldest son made the announcement Friday on Instagram. (Nick Lisi/AP File Photo)

Jimmy Boeheim is transferring to Syracuse to play for his father and with his younger brother after three seasons at Cornell

College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules

Nebraska wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson is chased down by Purdue defensive tackle Anthony Watts during a Nov. 2, 2019 game in West Lafayette, Ind. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

The NCAA has officially approved a plan that will allow all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without having to sit out a season

Pandemic-driven spring football requires virtual creativity

Southeast Missouri State defenders Lawrence Johnson (7) and Shabari Davis break up a pass intended for Tennessee State wide receiver Zaire Thornton during Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn. Because of COVID-19, the OVC postponed the 2020 season to the spring, and the decision was made to play games on Sunday because member schools needed flexibility to staff all the spring sports. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

Juggling church and football can be a typical Sunday for NFL fans

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Montville boys beat St. Bernard/Wheeler for first lacrosse win

Ayden Frechette scored six goals as Montville outlasted St. Bernard/Wheeler 16-10 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II boys' lacrosse game on Wednesday.

Local sports calender

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Local college notes

A weekly look at our local colleges and former local athletes who have continued their careers at schools outside the region.

PROFESSIONAL

Reed pulls plug on NFL career marked by tantalizing talent and endless injuries

Washington tight end Jordan Reed lost lost helmet and suffered a concussion on this hit by Atlanta strong safety Keanu Neal in the third exhibition game of the 2019 preseason. The ex-New London High great missed the entire 2019 regular season, but after spending the 2020 season with the San Francisco 49ers, Reed announced his retirement on Tuesday. (Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton)

In walking away from the sport at age 30, Jordan Reed cited the "lingering effects" of his brain injuries.

Knicks beat Hawks 122-119, win streak at NBA-best eight games

Knicks forward Julius Randle drives against Atlanta forward John Collins during the third quarter of Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won in overtime, 137-127. (Wendell Cruz/Pool Photo via AP)

Julius Randle had 40 points and 10 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 137-127 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks

Raptors ride strong third quarter to 114-103 win over Nets

Toronto's Kyle Lowry passes around Brooklyn's Jeff Green during the second half of Wednesday's game in Tampa, Fla. Toronto won, 114-103. (Mike Carlson/AP Photo)

Pascal Siakam had 27 points and nine rebounds, OG Anunoby scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors ran away from the Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter, winning their fourth straight game 114-103

ON THE AIR

Baseball

12:30 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds.

6 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians.

7 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox.

7:30 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Louisiana State at Mississippi.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers.

Basketball

7 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics.

7 p.m., TNT — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks.

9:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks.

Boxing

9 p.m., NBCSN — Jelena Mrdjenovich vs. Erika Cruz in a featherweight bout from West Point, N.Y.

Golf

9 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Lopesan Open from Gran Canaria, Spain.

3:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Zurich Classic from Avondale, La.

6:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: LA Open from Los Angeles.

Hockey

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

7 p.m., NESN Plus — NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres.

7 p.m., MSG Plus — NHL: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from New York.

Lacrosse

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Boston College at Syracuse.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Newcastle Knights at Penrith Panthers.

Soccer

3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: West Bromwich Albion at Leicester City.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Barcelona Open from Spain; WTA Porsche Grand Prix from Stuttgart, Germany; ATP Serbia Open from Belgrade; WTA BNP Paribas Championship from Istanbul, Turkey.

Volleyball

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Washington vs. Kentucky in Division I tournament semifinal from Omaha, Neb.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Texas vs. Wisconsin in Division I tournament semifinal from Omaha, Neb.