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: 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.

Local roundup: Ledyard wrestlers beat Montville 43-33

Ledyard's Richard Mullaney celebrates after earning a pin in his 285-pound match and helping the Colonels defeat Montville 43-33 on opening night of the high school wrestling season Tuesday. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Consecutive pins by Richard Mullaney, J'Mari Lowman and Joey Millbach rallied Ledyard High School to a season-opening 43-33 wrestling victory over Montville on Tuesday night.

PROFESSIONAL

With Rodgers back, Packers OL must stave off Panthers' rush

Packers offensive guard Jahri Evans (73) blocks during last Sunday's game against the Browns at Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

When Aaron Rodgers returns from a broken collarbone on Sunday against Carolina, he will take snaps behind an offensive line that has stabilized following an injury-filled start to the season.

Irving's 33 lifts Celtics past Nuggets 124-118

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives to the basket against the Nuggets during the first quarter of Wednesday's game at Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Irving scores 33, keying big offensive night for Celtics in 124-118 win over Nuggets

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN2 — High school boys: Webster Groves (Mo.) at Memphis (Tenn.) East.

7:30 p.m., MSG, YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., TNT — NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers.

8:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Texas Southern at Baylor.

10:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors.

Boxing

10:30 p.m., ESPN2 — Diego De La Hoya vs. Jose Salgado in a junior featherweight bout and Carlos Morales vs. Dardan Zenunaj in a super featherweight bout from Indio, Calif.

Football

8:25 p.m., Chs. 10, 30, NFL Network, WCBS (880-AM) — NFL: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts.

Golf

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

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins.

Volleyball

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Nebraska vs. Penn State in Division I tournament semifinal from Kansas City, Mo.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Florida vs. Stanford in Division I tournament semifinal from Kansas City, Mo.

Winter Sports

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