COLUMNS

Celebrating the 60th birthday of Larry Legend

Not that we need another reason to feel older, but … Larry Bird turned 60 on...

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UCONN

No. 1 UConn beats No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 for 83rd win in row

Napheesa Collier scored 20 points, Gabby Williams had 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 on Wednesday night for its 83rd straight victory

No. 2 Notre Dame women eager to face top-ranked UConn women

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw figures top-ranked Connecticut should provide a good measuring stick to see just how good her second-ranked Fighting Irish are

COLLEGES

Washington's Petersen a playoff rookie among final four coaches

Washington's Chris Petersen is the rookie among playoff coaches, so he chatted up Alabama's Nick Saban looking for any advice

At West Point, the beat-Navy mindset is everywhere

Army coach Jeff Monken has begun to change the culture at West Point

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local colleges: Ouimette lifts Conn women past Roger Williams

Payton Ouimette scored a season-high 31 points and added eight rebounds to power the Connecticut College women's basketball team past Roger Williams 84-75 on Thursday.

Local roundup: Merchant Marine men push past Coast Guard from the free throw line

Merchant Marine Academy earned bragging rights over Coast Guard Academy in the men's basketball rivalry, sinking four free throws in the final 16 seconds to post a 50-47 victory Wednesday.

PROFESSIONAL

Avalanche beat Bruins in Boston again

Matt Duchene scored his 10th goal and John Mitchell got his first, lifting the Colorado Avalanche over the Boston Bruins 4-2

Dallas rookies get Giants again 12 games after only loss

Dallas rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott haven't lost since dropping their NFL debut to the New York Giants in Week 1

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7:30 p.m., CSN — NBA: Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics.

7:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Longwood at Creighton.

8 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers.

10:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at Sacramento Kings.

Football

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Sam Houston State at James Madison in Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal.

Golf

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Franklin Templeton Shootout from Naples, Fla.

5 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Father/Son Challenge from Orlando, Fla.

11:30 p.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Hong Kong Open.

4 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — Ladies European PGA: Dubai Masters from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

6:30 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA men: Massachusetts at UConn.

7:30 p.m., MSG, WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: St. Louis Blues at New Jersey Devils.

Soccer

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Denver vs. Wake Forest in Division I tournament semifinal from Houston.

8:45 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: North Carolina vs. Stanford in Division I tournament semifinal from Houston.

Swimming

6:30 p.m., NBCSN — World Swimming Championships from Windsor, Ontario.

CT SUN

Ogwumike has Achilles surgery, could miss season

Connecticut Sun post Chiney Ogwumike underwent successful Achilles surgery Wednesday on her left tendon at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. The timetable for recovery from such a procedure is typically six to nine months.