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Washington releases Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) plays in an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, in this Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, file photo. Washington reportedly informed Smith on Friday that he is being released. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Washington has released veteran quarterback Alex Smith

Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to new deal for 2021 season

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, late Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Ben Roethlisberger is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it

Jets' Douglas praises Darnold, but open to trading QB

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold rolls out to pass against the Patriots during a Jan. 3 game in Foxborough, Mass. The 23-year-old quarterback was considered an untouchable player on the roster only a year ago, but general manager Joe Douglas has backed off that stance, and it could signal a major change at the position as free agency and the NFL draft approach. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Sam Darnold’s time as the face of the New York Jets franchise might be nearing a disappointing end

Vikings GM: 'Kirk Cousins is our quarterback'

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins throws during the first half of a Jan. 3 game against the Lions in Detroit. Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman says the team has no plan to move on from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Spielman's comments were his first on the team's roster since the season ended. (Al Goldis/AP Photo)

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says the team has no plan to move on from quarterback Kirk Cousins


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...



Annual NFL women's forum enhancing career opportunities

Tampa Bay assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust looks on before an NFC wild-card playoff game against Washington on Jan. 9 in Landover, Md. (Daniel Kucin Jr./AP Photo)

When Sam Rapoport envisioned conducting virtually the NFL’s fifth annual Women’s Career in Football Forum, she shuddered

'Emotional wreck': Star departures hit Houston sports fans

Texans fans show their support for J.J. Watt during the first half of a Jan. 3 game against Tennessee in Houston. It's a sad time for Houston sports fans after multiple superstars have left he city in the last year. (Sam Craft/AP Photo)

It's a sad time for Houston sports fans after multiple superstars have left he city in the last year

J.J. Watt signs two-year, $31 million deal with Cardinals

Then-Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates during the second half of an AFC wild-card playoff game against Buffalo on Jan. 4, 2020 in Houston. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona. The team announced the deal with the free-agent edge rusher on Monday. Watt was released last month by Houston. (Eric Christian Smith/AP Photo)

J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, showing that the franchise will be aggressive once again in their push to snap a five-year playoff drought.

Playing tag is no kids' game for NFL teams

Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett tries to get around Kansas City tackle Mike Remmers during the second half of Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers won, 31-9. Applying franchise and even transition tags to players can have major ramifications on a team's present and future. That was never more of a consideration than this year, with the salary cap decreasing by, for now, $18 million. That's the first time the cap has gone down, which is due to lost revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Steve Luciano/AP Photo)

NFL teams could begin playing tag on Tuesday, and it’s no kids’ game for the 32 teams


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


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.


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.