COLUMNS

Unified Sports: Where smiles tell stories words can't

It kept coming back to one word: isolation. Maybe that’s the worst of it. The inability to...

Could basketball be emerging as the sentimental favorite, after all?

I would be able to identify and analyze an infield fly much easier than I could a matchup zone. Not...

UCONN

UConn football players, especially Melifonwu, showcase their skills on Pro Day

The analyzing eyes of 24 NFL scouts looked on Wednesday as UConn football players participated in Pro Day.

Pro coaches impressed by the way UConn women go about their business

For seven days earlier this month former WNBA coach Dan Hughes had a front-row seat for not only five postseason games played by the four-time defending national champion UConn women’s basketball team, but also practices and shootarounds.

COLLEGES

X-Factor: Xavier shocks Arizona, 73-71

Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region

No. 1 seed Kansas routs Purdue 98-66 to reach Elite Eight

Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III poured in 26 points, Kansas turned on the jets in the second half and the top-seeded Jayhawks soared to a 98-66 blowout of No. 4 seed Purdue on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals

HIGH SCHOOL

New London is the one in final state poll

The New London girls' basketball team were a unanimous number one in the final GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 poll, the site announced Tuesday.

CIAC basketball roundup

Gabby Egidio had 12 points and six steals as second-seeded Hand used 17 steals to rally and beat top-seeded Holy Cross on Sunday, 50-45, in the CIAC Class L girls' basketball final at Mohegan Sun Arena.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local colleges: MIT thumps Coast Guard in women's lacrosse

Emily Young had seven goals and an assist as the MIT women’s lacrosse team downed Coast Guard Academy 15-4 in the New England Men’s and Women’s Conference opener for both teams on Thursday.

Local roundup: Coast Guard downs Maritime in men's lacrosse

Riley McNulty had three goals and two assists as the Coast Guard men’s lacrosse team beat Maritime (N.Y.) on Wednesday night, 14-8, its fourth straight home win.

PROFESSIONAL

Kucherov scores three, Lightning blitz Bruins 6-3

Nikita Kucherov had his third career hat trick to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins, snapping the Lightning's three-game losing streak

Lillard scores 30, Trail Blazers rout Knicks 110-95

Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the Portland Trail Blazers never trailed in a 110-95 victory over the New York Knicks

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

1:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Auto Club 400 practice from Fontana, Calif.

3 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity NXS 300 practice from Fontana, Calif.

5 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity NXS 300 final practice from Fontana, Calif.

7 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Auto Club 400 qualifying from Fontana, Calif.

2 a.m. (Saturday), NBCSN — Formula One Australian Grand Prix qualifying from Melbourne.

Baseball

1 p.m., YES — Exhibition: Philadelphia Phlllies at New York Yankees from Tampa, Fla.

1 p.m., SNY — Exhibition: Houston Astros at New York Mets from Port St. Lucie, Fla.

1 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays from Dunedin, Fla.

4 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies from Scottsdale, Ariz.

7 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins from Fort Myers, Fla.

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State in Division I tournament from Lexington, Ky.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Mississippi State vs. Washington in Division I tournament from Oklahoma City.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA women: Ashland vs. Virginia Union in Division II tournament final from Columbus, Ohio.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards.

7:09 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Butler vs. North Carolina in Division I tournament from Memphis, Tenn.

7:29 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Baylor vs. South Carolina in Division I tournament from New York.

7:30 p.m., CSN — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics.

8 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Stanford vs. Texas in Division I tournament from Lexington, Ky.

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Baylor vs. Louisville in Division I tournament from Oklahoma City.

9:39 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Kentucky vs. UCLA in Division I tournament from Memphis, Tenn.

9:59 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Florida vs. Wisconsin in Division I tournament from New York.

Golf

10:30 a.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Puerto Rico Open from Rio Grande.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Match Play from Austin, Texas.

8:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Kia Classic from Carlsbad, Calif. (taped today)

Rugby

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — English Premiership: Gloucester at Bristol.

Soccer

8:30 p.m., FS1 — Men: Costa Rica at Mexico in World Cup qualifier from Mexico City.

10:30 p.m., FS1 — Men: Honduras at United States in World Cup qualifier from San Jose, Calif.

Tennis

11 a.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open from Key Biscayne, Fla.

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open from Key Biscayne, Fla.