Van Demark growing into his role on UConn football team

True freshman Ryan Van Demark regularly lines up against stronger and more experienced football players.

Point guard battle highlights UConn-UCLA matchup

UConn head coach Geno Auremma gives advice to point guard Crystal Dangerfield Sunday's 97-72 win over Maryland in Hartford. The No. 1 Huskies begin a west coast road trip on Tuesday night against No. 5 UCLA in Los Angeles. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

No. 1 UConn begins a long west coast road trip at UCLA on Tuesday night in a game that features an intriguing point guard matchup in the Huskies' Crystal Dangerfield and the Bruins' Jordin Canada.

Vital emerges from slump, sparks UConn men to comfortable win

Christian Vital of UConn gestures after making a three-point basket during the first half of Sunday's game against Boston University at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Christian Vital, a sophomore guard, felt bad about his performance in the first two UConn basketball games. He was disappointed that he failed to live up to his role as a spark off the bench.

UConn women rout No. 15 Maryland, 97-72

UConn's Crystal Dangerfield goes by Maryland's Blair Watson (22) and Sarah Myers during Sunday's game at the XL Center in Hartford. No. 1 UConn beat No. 15 Maryland 97-72. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Kia Nurse scored 21 points to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed No. 15 Maryland 97-72 on Sunday.

Speeding up tempo UConn's goal against Boston University

UConn's Jalen Adams glides to the basket and is fouled by Stony Brook's Tyrell Sturdivant, center, during the Huskies' 72-64 win on Tuesday night. UConn hosts Boston University on Sunday night in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn looks for its third straight home win of the young season when the Huskies welcome Boston University to the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday night.

COLUMNS

We present the Second Annual Non-Football Fans' Guide To Surviving Thanksgiving

What if you are sitting in a room with people watching football on Thanksgiving and have no idea...

Ouellette's story resonates ... the way so many others have, too

Maddie Ouellette played with a broken left wrist, suffered in Tuesday's semifinal game, and still...

UCONN

Dillon, Boston College run over UConn in Fenway Gridiron game

UConn linebacker Cameron Stapleton (10) and defensive back Anthony Watkins (29) attempt to bring down Boston College running back AJ Dillon (2) during the second quarter of Saturday night's game at Fenway Park. Dillon, who grew up in New London, rushed for 200 yards on 24 carries and scored a pair of TDs to lead the Eagles to a 39-16 win. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

AJ Dillon, Boston College's standout true freshman from New London, piled up 200 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles past UConn 39-16 at Fenway Park on Saturday night.

UConn's Stevens ready to step in if Samuelson misses Maryland game

UConn's Azura Stevens (23) goes by California's Kristine Anigwe (31) during Friday night's 82-47 win over the Bears. Stevens, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Duke, could move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Maryland if Katie Lou Samuelson can't play because of a foot injury. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

UConn's Geno Auriemma has a pretty good option in Azurá Stevens if All-American Katie Lou Samuelson misses Sunday's game against Maryland with a foot injury suffered during Friday's win over California.

COLLEGES

Miami gets bump to No. 2 behind Alabama in playoff rankings

Miami head coach Mark Richt walks off the field following a 44-28 win over Virginia on Saturday. The Hurricanes moved past ACC rival Clemson and into second place in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four

Texas Tech wins tourney title at Mohegan Sun

Keenan Evans scored 25 points to lead Texas Tech over No. 20 Northwestern 85-49 on Sunday in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Hynes leads Conn women to easy hoop win

Mairead Hynes scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Connecticut College to an 84-59 victory over FDU-Florham in a women's basketball game on Thursday night.

Local roundup: Veitner leads UConn to NCAA field hockey title

The UConn field hockey team won its third national title in five years, beating Maryland 2-1 on Sunday to finish off an unbeaten (23-0) season.

PROFESSIONAL

Giants' offensive line changing again heading to Washington

Change has been a constant for the New York Giants' offensive line this season, and it seemingly is happening again

Braves lose 13 international players in MLB sanctions

Braves lose 13 international players as part of penalties from MLB for rules violations; former GM Coppolella banned from baseball

ON THE AIR

Basketball

1:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Marquette vs. Wichita State in Maui Invitational semifinal from Hawaii.

3:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Oklahoma State vs. Pittsburgh in Legends Classic third-place game from New York.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Virginia Commonwealth vs. California in Maui Invitational from Hawaii.

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: George Mason vs. Louisiana Tech in Cancun Challenge from Mexico.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Texas A&M vs. Penn State in Legends Classic final from New York.

6 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Boston University at Harvard.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Chaminade vs. Michigan-Louisana State loser in Maui Invitational consolation from Hawaii.

8:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Fresno State vs. Evansville in Cancun Challenge from Mexico.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Creighton vs. Baylor in Hall of Fame Classic final from Kansas City, Mo.

10:30 p.m., ESPNU, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: UConn at UCLA.

10:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Notre Dame vs. Michigan-Louisana State winner in Maui Invitational semifinal from Hawaii.

10:30 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers.

Boxing

7:30 p.m., FS1 — Devon Alexander vs. Walter Castillo and Miguel Cruz vs. David Grayton in welterweight bouts from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Football

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Kent State at Akron.

Hockey

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., FS1 — UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid at APOEL.

8 p.m., ESPN — MLS playoffs: Toronto FC at Columbus Crew.

9:30 p.m., FS1 — MLS playoffs: Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo.

Tennis

3 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: Hawaii Open from Honolulu.

11 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: Hawaii Open from Honolulu.