COLUMNS

Here's hoping we haven't heard the last of Jeff Joyce

Jeff Joyce stepped down as the baseball coach at Fitch earlier this week. The coaching fraternity...

The Lonesome Polecat (state variant): YOUR (Monday) championship previews and other words

We updated these a scooch cause the GameTimeCT fellas made us feel like slackers.

Milan Keser was all about soccer, and so much more

Milan Keser remembered holding hands with his younger sister, Anka, in a Croatian concentration...

UCONN

UConn men fight through "dead moments" to beat Coppin State

UConn's Jalen Adams, right, is fouled by Coppin State's Lamar Morganas he drives to the basket during the Huskies' 72-59 win on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn battled bouts on inconsistency again before pulling away for a 72-59 victory over winless Coppin State on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion.

No. 1 UConn beats DePaul for Geno's 999th career win

UConn guard Kia Nurse is tripped by DePaul forward Mart'e Grays during the first half of the Huskies' 103-69 win on Friday night in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20, Crystal Dangerfield had 18 points and No. 1 UConn gave coach Geno Auriemma his 999th victory with a 103-69 rout of DePaul

COLLEGES

Local college notes

Tracking the Bears • The Coast Guard Academy men's basketball team is rolling. The Bears won their fifth straight by beating rival Merchant Marine 93-88 in overtime on Saturday. Sophomore Packy...

Stanford beats Indiana in double OT for 3rd straight men's soccer title

Stanford's Sam Werner, left, celebrates with Nico Corti after scoring the winning goal in the NCAA College Cup against Indiana on Sunday at Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Sam Werner scored in the second overtime to lead Stanford to its third straight NCAA men's soccer title with a 1-0 win over Indiana on Sunday.

HIGH SCHOOL

Waterford's Buscetto proves heart, not height, is what matters

Waterford's Mikey Buscetto (5) moves past Weston's Christopher Hover during last season's Class M tournament at Waterford. Buscetto, who has already accepted a scholarship offer to Division II Southern New Hampshire, begins his senior season on Monday night against McMahon. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Mikey Buscetto will be a fan favorite in college because everyone watching him will identify with his plight: not the biggest, strongest or fastest, but radiating the old line that if the dream is big enough, the facts don't count.

H.S. boys' basketball / 2017-18 preview capsules

East Lyme's Dev Ostrowski brings the ball up court during an ECC tournament game against NFA last season. The junior, a member of The Day's All-Area team a year ago, returns to lead the Vikings. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

ECC Division I East Lyme Coach: Jeff Bernardi (4th year). Key returnees: Jr. G Dev Ostrowski, Jr. G Luke Leonard, Sr. G J.R. Gandenberger, So. F T.J. Horner,...

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Black Wolves extend Evans' contract through 2020

New England's Shawn Evans, center, takes a shot between a pair of Georgia defenders during last year's National Lacrosse League playoffs at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Black Wolves announced Thursday that Evans has signed a contract extension through 2020. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

New England's Shawn Evans, a two-time National Lacrosse League MVP and the only player in league history to record 100 points in five consecutive seasons, signed a contract extension with the Black Wolves through 2020 on Tuesday.

Local roundup: Waterford wrestling opens on a high note with win over Bacon Academy

Waterford High School rode six pins to a season-opening 54-24 win over Bacon Academy on Wednesday night in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II wrestling match.

PROFESSIONAL

NHL roundup

David Krejci of the Bruins, right, battles Christian Djoos of the Capitals for the puck during the second period of Thursday's game at Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Alex Chiasson scored two third-period goals, the second on a short-handed breakaway with 8:29 left, and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Thursday night.

Knicks hold on to beat Nets after Porzingis leaves

Knicks forward Michael Beasley, left, defends against Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) in the second half of Thursday's game at New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Courtney Lee scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, Michael Beasley added 15, and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 on Thursday night after losing star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a sore left knee early in the...

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers.

7:30 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics.

7:30 p.m., YES, WCBS (880-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors.

8 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Maryland-Eastern Shore at Creighton.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets.

Boxing

10 p.m., FS1 — Jessie Vargas vs. Aaron Herrera and Diego Chaves vs. Jamal James in welterweight bouts from Lancaster, Calif.

Football

7 p.m.,, ESPNU — NCAA: Mount Union vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor in Division III championship game from Salem, Va.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Sam Houston State at North Dakota State in FCS playoffs semifinal.

Golf

Midnight, Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Indonesian Masters from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: Los Angeles Kings at New York Rangers.

7:05 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils.

10 p.m., NBCSN — Women's exhibition: Canada at United States from San Jose, Calif.

Winter Sports

4 p.m., NBCSN — Curling mixed doubles U.S. Olympic Trials from Blaine, Minn.

8:30 p.m., NBCSN — Speed Skating U.S. Olympic Trials from Kearns, Utah.