COLUMNS

It's nice that UConn has heart ... but it's nicer to have players

Nothing new here. UConn's clinking, clanking collection was down 70-39 at one point to No. 1...

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UCONN

No. 1 UConn routs Temple 113-57

UConn's Kia Nurse, left, drives to the basket as Temple's Emani Mayo, right, comes up behind her during the second half of Sunday's game at Philadelphia. UConn won 113-57. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

After a lackluster effort in their previous game, Geno Auriemma was pleased with the way his UConn Huskies responded.

UConn men no match for top-ranked Villanova

UConn's Jalen Adams react as he walks off the court in the final seconds of Saturday's 81-61 loss to No. 1 Villanova at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Top-ranked Villanova overwhelmed UConn at both ends of the floor and cruised to an 81-61 victory over the outmanned Huskies in a Saturday matinee at the XL Center.

COLLEGES

Darnold, Rosen, Jackson among 119 underclassmen in NFL draft

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball during a game on Oct. 14, 2017 against Utah at Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen are among the record 106 underclassmen given special entry to the NFL draft, making it four of the last five seasons in which at least 95 players have declared early.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale celebrates after teammate Marina Mabrey made a 3-pointer during the second half of Thursday's game against Tennessee in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame rallied from 23 points down to win, 84-70. (Robert Franklin/AP Photo)

Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, and No. 5 Notre Dame completed its largest-ever comeback to beat No. 6 Tennessee 84-70

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Black Wolves finish with a fire, hold off Knighthawks to go to 4-1

Reilly O'Connor scored twice in a row late in the third quarter, reigniting the offense for the New England Black Wolves in an 11-9 victory over the Rochester Knighthawks on Sunday.

Local roundup: Coast Guard's Aeberli goes 4-0 at New England Duals

Coast Guard Academy sophomore A.J. Aeberli went 4-0 as the Bears finished fourth in the New England Wrestling Association Duals on Sunday.

First-place Black Wolves will try for two in a row against Rochester

The first-place New England Black Wolves (3-1) meet the Rochester Knighthawks (2-3) for the second straight game beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

PROFESSIONAL

New coach Mike Vrabel: Titles proof Titans' approach works

New Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel answers questions during Monday's news conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans hired Vrabel, formerly Houston's defensive coordinator, five days after firing Mike Mularkey. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

New coach Mike Vrabel: Titles proof Titans' approach works

Patriots' defense key to another postseason comeback

Jacksonville's Blake Bortles is sacked by New England's Lawrence Guy during the second half of Sunday's AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. New England won, 24-20. (Winslow Townson/AP Photo)

Defense earns validation with late stand in Patriots' AFC championship victory over Jaguars

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Holy Cross at American.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: North Carolina at Virginia Tech.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Ohio State at Maryland.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Iowa State at Texas.

7 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Maryland at Indiana.

8 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Miami Heat at Houston Rockets.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: West Virginia at Texas Christian.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Kansas State at Baylor.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Michigan State at Illinois.

10:30 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers.

Golf

10 a.m., ESPN2 — Latin America Amateur Championship from Santiago, Chile.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — Web.com: Bahamas Classic from Great Abaco.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils.

8:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks.

Soccer

3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Liverpool at Swansea City.

Tennis

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — Australian Open from Melbourne.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

3 a.m. (Tuesday), ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

CT SUN

Sun's Miller to serve on USA Basketball National Team player selection committee

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller has been chosen to be part of the selection committee by USA Women's Basketball that will help pick the 2018 World Cup team and the 2020 Olympic team. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller has been chosen to serve on the 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.

Sun still looking for that missing piece

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller gets fired up after a Rachel Banham 3-pointer during the Sun's 89-75 victory over the San Antonio Stars on July 16, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun are in a far, far better place than they were at this time last season, but head coach/general manager Curt Miller doesn't believe they have the pieces to compete for a WNBA title just yet.