Vikings deep in playoffs, thanks in part to diligent Diggs

Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer greets wide receiver Stefon Diggs during a press conference following Sunday's 29-24 win over New Orleans in Minneapolis. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

The Minnesota Vikings are deep in the playoffs, thanks in part to the diligence of Stefon Diggs

Jaguars' Ngakoue trying to turn heads on AFC's biggest stage

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Jacksonville defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, left, and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue during the first half of Sunday's AFC divisional game in Pittsburgh. The loose ball was recovered by linebacker Telvin Smith and returned for a touchdown. Ngakoue has a knack for strip-sacks. The second-year pro led the NFL with six forced fumbles in the regular season and added another one last week at Pittsburgh. Ngakoue would love to add New England's Tom Brady to his growing resume in the AFC championship game. (Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)

Yannick Ngakoue has a knack for the strip-sack and could pose problems for the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game

Aggressive Eagles set to face Minnesota's top-ranked defense

Philadelphia offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, head coach Doug Pederson, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and tight ends coach Justin Peelle talk during a Oct. 9, 2016 game against the Lions in Detroit. Whether it's a deep pass into the wind on the first play from scrimmage, going for it on fourth down or trying new plays, the Eagles' offensive coaching staff is aggressive no matter the conditions. (Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

The Philadelphia Eagles are aggressive no matter what

Van Noy's versatility key in Patriots defensive improvement

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) during a game on Dec. 3 at Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Not being in the limelight has never bothered Kyle Van Noy.

COLUMNS

Tonight's game should be outstanding, but let's keep it in perspective

An enduring lesson on perspective came once from Geno Auriemma, who said they spelled his last name...

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Jags 'threw a tantrum' when Marrone made changes

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone talks with reporters following a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional round on Sunday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Jacksonville Jaguars "threw a tantrum" when coach Doug Marrone started making changes

Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer waves as fans looked into his postgame press conference following Sunday's 29-24 win over New Orleans in an NFC divisional playoff game in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

The resilient Minnesota Vikings have taken their cue from head coach Mike Zimmer

Titans fire coach Mularkey despite win in AFC playoffs

Despite leading Tennessee to its first playoff win in 14 years against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Titans fired coach Mike Mularkey on Monday, less than 48 hours after losing to the Patriots in the AFC divisional round. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change. They fired coach Mike Mularkey and want someone to help them chase a...

AP source: Colts closing in on deal to hire McDaniels

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Indianapolis Colts are "close" to reaching a deal to hire Josh McDaniels as their new coach

UCONN

Lack of depth an issue for No. 1 Huskies

UConn's Megan Walker scores over Maryland's Ieshia Small (1) in a game on Nov. 19 at the XL Center in Hartford. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Contrary to what some might believe, UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma does not recruit players to merely sit on the bench and check in for the final few minutes during blowout victories.

Memphis makes quick work of UConn 73-49

Memphis guard Kareem Brewton Jr., right, is fouled by a UConn defender while driving the lane on Tuesday night in Memphis, Tenn. The Tigers routed the Huskies 73-49, ending UConn's three-game winning streak. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Mike Parks Jr. and Jeremiah Martin had 21 points and 11 rebounds each as Memphis built an early lead and ran away from UConn 73-49

COLLEGES

Coast Guard wrestling team puts on a good show in only home match

Coast Guard Academy's Parker Brunkala, left, prepares to wrestles Rhode Island College's Brandon Nunez during the 125-pound match on Wednesday night at Billard Hall on the campus in New London. Brunkala won 15-5 and Coast Guard won the match 49-0.   (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Coast Guard Academy wrestling coach Kevin Bratland recently spoke to his Bears about sharpening their focus.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Georgetown's Jagan Mosely looks to pass as he is guarded by Villanova's Jalen Brunson (1) and Mikal Bridges during the first half of Wednesday's game in Washington. Top-ranked Villanova thrashed the Hoyas, 88-56. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points and gave Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry by beating the Hoyas 88-56

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Detroit, Connecticut Tigers extend affiliation agreement

The Connecticut Tigers and the Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday they have agreed to a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract, keeping the Connecticut Tigers as the short-season Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Major...

Local roundup: Morgan lifts Wheeler girls past Griswold 28-26

Emma Morgan had a double-double, 11 points and 12 rebounds, as Wheeler ended a five-game losing streak with a 28-26 victory over Griswold in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division III girls' basketball game on Tuesday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, poses while meeting with South Korean national short track skaters during a visit on Wednesday to Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, South Korea. (Ha Sa-hun/Yonhap via AP)

The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.

NBA roundup

The Bulls' Kris Dunn is treated by the medical staff after hitting his face on the floor after a dunk during the second half of Wednesday's game against Golden State in Chicago. Dunn, the former New London High School star, was being evaluated for a possible concussion after the Bulls' 119-112 loss. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

Klay Thompson scores 38 points as Golden State Warriors beat Chicago Bulls 119-112 for 14th straight road win

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., theday.com — High school boys: East Lyme at Waterford.

7 p.m., SNY, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: Tulsa at UConn.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Tennessee at Notre Dame.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Syracuse at Miami.

7 p.m., TNT, NBCSB — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Jacksonville State at Morehead State.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Murray State at Belmont.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Minnesota at Maryland.

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Alabama-Birmingham at Western Kentucky.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Saint Mary's at Gonzaga.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Southern California at Oregon.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: North Carolina-Asheville at Winthrop.

9:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Loyola Marymount at Brigham Young.

11 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: UCLA at Oregon State.

Figure Skating

Noon, NBCSN — European Championships pairs free program from Moscow.

2 p.m., NBCSN — European Championships women's short program from Moscow. (taped today)

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Abu Dhabi Championship from United Arab Emirates.

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

7 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Championship from Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

10 p.m., Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Singapore Open.

3 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Abu Dhabi Championship from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders.

7 p.m., WCTX — NCAA men: Providence at UConn.

7 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils.

7:30 p.m., NBCSN, MSG — NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers.

10 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Los Angeles Kings.

Tennis

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

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

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

Winter Sports

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — Biathlon World Cup from Antholz-Anterselva, Italy. (taped today)

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.