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.

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

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.

UConn men face daunting challenge against No. 1 Villanova

Villanova forward Eric Paschall (4), who prepped at St. Thomas More, leads the No. 1 Wildcats into the XL Center in Hartford on Saturday to renew their rivaly with former Big East rival UConn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

UConn faces a monumental challenge when top-ranked Villanova invades the XL Center in Hartford at high noon on Saturday to face the struggling Huskies.

Stevens helps No. 1 UConn women beat Tulsa 78-60

UConn's Molly Bent (10) steals the ball form Tulsa's Alexis Gaulden during the second quarter of the No. 1 Huskies' 78-60 win on Thursday night in Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Azura Stevens came off the bench to score 22 points and lead top-ranked UConn to a closer-than-expected 78-60 win over Tulsa

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

New coach, healthy star push Buckeyes to unexpected heights

Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson, left, blocks a shot by Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh during the first half of Wednesday's game in Rosemont, Ill. Ohio State won, 71-65. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

A new coach and a healthy star are taking Ohio State to unexpected heights

HIGH SCHOOL

H.S. roundup: Stonington boys win Shoreline Invite indoor title

Shane Smith won the pole vault and Hayden Parrilla the long jump as the Stonington High School boys' indoor track team won the Shoreline Conference Coaches' Invitational on Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Fitch names coaches in baseball, boys' lacrosse

Fitch athletic director Marc Romano announced the hiring of Brian McGugan as head baseball coach and David Sabilia as head boys' lacrosse coach.

Unbeaten New London girls use 15-0 run to put away NFA

New London’s Taina Pagan (30) attempts to move past Norwich Free Academy’s Sarah Ericson, left, and Carsen Keith (42) during Friday night’s ECC Division I girls’ basketball showdown at Conway Gym. The No. 2 Whalers remained unbeaten with a 50-31 win. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

No. 2 New London put together a 15-0 run in the third quarter Friday night to beat NFA 50-31 in an ECC Division I girls' basketball game.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

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.

Local colleges: Springfield men outlast Coast Guard 79-74

Coast Guard Academy's Packy Witkowski (12) attempts to save a ball from going out of bounds during Saturday's NEWMAC men's basketball game against Springfield in New London. Springfield outlasted the Bears 79-74. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Springfield's Jake Ross blocked a three-point attempt by Coast Guard's Packy Witkowski with eight seconds remaining to preserve the Pride's 79-74 victory over the Bears on Saturday.

H.S. basketball: Stonington girls beat Waterford in ECC Div. II game

Miranda Arruda had 19 points, 19 rebounds and five steals as Stonington beat Waterford 45-25 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II girls' basketball game on Friday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Jaguars stand between Pats and another Super Bowl trip

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms during practice on Friday. His injured throwing hand has provided the most intrigue heading into Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguards in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Brady's hand, trash talk add lots of intrigue to AFC championship matchup between Jaguars and Patriots

NHL roundup

Nathan MacKinnon, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist each, Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves and the streaking Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday for their ninth straight win.

Titans hire Mike Vrabel as new coach after quick search

Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel watches from the sideline during a game against the Jaguars on Dec. 17, 2017, at Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

Noon, WCCT — NCAA men: Boston College at Louisville.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA women: George Washington at Dayton.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA women: South Carolina at Kentucky.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA women: Marquette at Villanova.

12:30 p.m., NESN, YES — NCAA women: Virginia Tech at Virginia.

1 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: UConn at Temple.

1 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA women: DePaul at Georgetown.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Tulsa at Tulane.

2:30 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Duke at North Carolina.

3 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Mississippi State at Tennessee.

3:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers.

4 p.m., YES, WCBS (880-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA women: South Florida at Wichita State.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Loyola of Chicago at Valparaiso.

5 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Florida State at Louisville.

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Virginia at Wake Forest.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Washington State at Utah.

Football

3 p.m., Ch. 3, WFAN (660-AM) WTIC (1080-AM), WMOS (102.3-FM) — NFL playoffs: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.

6:40 p.m., Ch. 61, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL playoffs: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Championship Game.

Golf

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

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: CareerBuilder Challenge from La Quinta, Calif.

3 p.m., ESPN — Latin America Amateur Championship from Santiago, Chile. (taped today)

Hockey

12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals.

3 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: Notre Dame at Wisconsin.

10:30 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings.

Soccer

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Werder Bremen at Bayern Munich.

11 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham at Southampton.

7:30 p.m., ESPN — Women's exhibition: Denmark at United States from San Diego.

Tennis

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

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

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

Skiing

5 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — Skiing and Snowboarding U.S. Grand Prix from Mammoth Mountain, Colo. (taped today)

9 p.m., NBCSN — Skiing World Cup Women's Super G from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (taped today)

10 p.m., NBCSN — Skiing World Cup from Kitzbuehel, Austria. (taped today)