H.S. softball / 2017 preview capsules


Area high school softball previews.

Fans send UConn off to another Final Four during campus event

A couple hundred fans braved the drizzle and cold to cheer on the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team as it left for the Final Four in Dallas

Jackson latest UConn player to leave men's basketball program

UConn freshman Vance Jackson announced Tuesday on Twitter that he plans to transfer, making him the second Husky to go that route. Sophomore Steven Enoch, a reserve center, made his decision last week.

UConn's Ollie names Raphael Chillious associate head coach

Newly hired associate head coach Raphael Chillious will be a new face on the Storrs campus but he's certainly familiar with the UConn basketball program.

UConn football players players are embracing spring changes

Changes are inevitable with any new coaching staff. Four practices into the spring season, it's abundantly clear that UConn's Randy Edsall will operate his football team nothing like departed coach Bob Diaco.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Conn women edge ECSU for first lacrosse win

Tina Balzotti scored three of her game-high five goals in the second half, including one that gave the Conn College women’s lacrosse team their first win of the season Tuesday, 10-9 over Eastern Connecticut.

Local college notes

Coast Guard Academy athletes captured four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference weekly honors.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

For rugby romantics like Benway, the game always hurts so good

Baseball, football and hockey players wear buffers frm scalp to shin. But the rugby guy? Maybe...

BLOGS

ON THE AIR

Baseball

1 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers from Lakeland, Fla.

4 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners at Peoria, Ariz.

Basketball

5 p.m., ESPN2 — High school girls: McDonald's All-American Game from Chicago.

7 p.m., ESPN — High school boys: McDonald's All-American Game from Chicago.

7 p.m., CBSSN — CIT men: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Maryland-Baltimore County in semifinal.

7 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic.

7:30 p.m., CSN — NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Miami Heat at New York Knicks.

9 p.m., CBSSN — CIT men: Furman at St. Peter's in semifinal.

9 p.m., ESPNU — CBI men: Coastal Carolina at Wyoming in Game 2 of finals.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs.

Figure Skating

11 a.m., NBCSN — ISU World Championships ladies' short program from Helsinki, Finland. (taped today)

1 p.m., NBCSN — ISU World Championships pairs short program from Helsinki, Finland.

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tennis

1 p.m., ESPN2, Tennis Channel — Miami Open from Key Biscayne, Fla.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — Miami Open from Key Biscayne, Fla.

PROFESSIONAL

NBA roundup

Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

NHL roundup

Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in his return from a one-game absence and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night, boosting their playoff chances.

Las Vegas welcomes Raiders with open arms, big hopes

A city famous for its over-the-top persona is eagerly welcoming an NFL franchise that boasts an equally outsized reputation and the promise of big-league legitimacy for the desert gambling oasis.

NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating

One day after approving the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas, NFL owners got busy passing several rules changes and adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety.

UCONN

Auriemma admires how this UConn team has forged its own identity

“It's such a feat to accomplish in so many ways,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of the Huskies achieving their 10th straight Final Four appearance. “It only takes one loss. So in all those 10 years, all it took was one loss at...

Mississippi State get another crack at UConn in NCAA tourney

Mississippi State is heading to its first Final Four in school history where a showdown with top-seeded UConn awaits the Bulldogs in the national semifinals

Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections

The coaches at the women's NCAA Final Four are hardly strangers

COLLEGES

NIT roundup

Kenrich Williams scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lift Texas Christian to a 68-53 win over Central Florida in a NIT semifinal game

Tar Heels' Maye headlines list of Final Four X-factors

North Carolina's Luke Maye headlines a list of potential X-factors at this weekend's Final Four

Gamecocks' Frank Martin: New perceptions of him 'comical'

South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes he's the same straight-forward, open book he has always been despite how perception about him has changed since the Gamecocks run to the Final Four