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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...

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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

UConn out to break bad habits in game before exam break

UConn, which has regularly sputtered in the first half of gams, will try to break that habit on Saturday against Coppin State at Gampel Pavilion.

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.

NCAA football playoffs

James Madison quarterback Bryan Schor carries the ball against Weber State during the first half of Friday night's FCS playoffs quarterfinal at Harrisonburg, Va. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

Easton Stick threw for three first-half touchdowns and ran for another in the second half and second-seeded North Dakota State rolled to a 42-10 win over seventh-seeded Wofford in the FCS quarterfinals on Saturday.

HIGH SCHOOL

H.S. swimming / 2017-18 preview capsules

Fitch's Pat Nowak set the ECC record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.38 and went on to finish fourth in Class L. Nowak was The Day's 2017 All-Area Swimmer of the Year. (Sarah Gordon/Day File Photo)

East Lyme Coach: Rob Bouchey (2nd year). Key returnees: Sr. Eain Goolsbey, Sr. Ben Prouty, Sr. Nathan am Ende.Jr. Jack Zhang, So. Jack Mucciarone, So. Bobby...

Darien is No. 1 in The Day's season-ending state coaches' poll

Darien's Tyler Herget (29) is congratulated by teammates after making a diving touchdown catch during the Blue Wave's 31-22 win over Greenwich in Saturday's Class LL state final. On Tuesday, Darien was voted No. 1 in The Day's state high school football coaches' poll for the third straight year. (Photo courtesy of Bob Luckey Jr./Hearst Connecticut Media)

Darien finished as the number one team in The Day's state high school football coaches’ poll for the third straight season.

H.S. hockey / 2017-18 preview capsules

Ryan Huta of the Eastern Connecticut Eagles, left, fires a shot during a game against the Redhawks last season at Connecticut College's Dayton Arena. Huta returns to lead an improved Eagles teams this winter. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Eastern Connecticut Eagles Coach: Randy Craig (5th year) Key returnees: Sr. F Kevin Close, Jr. F Ryan Huta, Jr. D Riley Jordan, Sr. F Quenten Dean, Sr. F Zach Bradley, Sr. D Han...

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

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

Dunn comes through in the clutch as Bulls beat Jazz 103-100

Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn reacts after scoring a basket against the Utah Jazz during the second half Wednesday in Chicago. The Bulls won 103-100. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

Mirotic scores 29 as Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 103-100 for 4th straight victory

Agent Boras: Marlins turning into 'pawn shop' under Jeter

In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins part owner Derek Jeter speaks during a press conference in Miami. Jeter is trying to revive a moribund Marlins franchise, and so far the former New York Yankees captain appears out of his league as a CEO, said agent Scott Boras. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Agent Scott Boras says Derek Jeter and his ownership group are turning the Miami Marlins into a pawn shop

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.