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No. 25 UConn prepared for a battle with St. John's

UConn's R.J. Cole (1) drives against DePaul's Charlie Moore during the first half of a game on Jan. 11 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

UConn (7-1, 4-1) is on a roll, carrying a season-high four game winning streak into Monday's Big East game against St. John's (7-7, 2-6) at 2:30 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.

Buccaneers top Saints 30-20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tom Brady's best game in three tries against New Orleans kept the Buccaneers moving on in the NFL playoffs, and has Saints quarterback Drew Brees headed home — perhaps for good.

Chiefs beat Browns 22-17 as Mahomes leaves with concussion

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne celebrates after a run during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion and were in danger of losing the game.

Knicks blow out Celtics 105-75

New York Knicks' Mitchell Robinson (23) falls on Boston Celtics' Jeff Teague during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Julius Randle scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and RJ Barrett had 19 and 11 on Sunday to help the New York Knicks snap a five-game losing streak and beat the Boston Celtics 105-75.

Pagan scores 1,000th point for Stony Brook women's basketball team

In this June 26, 2019, file photo, New London's Tai Pagan, left, and her sister, India Pagan, right, pose for a photo with former Stonington great Heather Buck at the conclusion of The Day High School Athlete of the Year Awards banquet at the Port 'N Starboard banquet hall at Ocean Beach Park.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

India Pagan of New London became the 18th 1,000-point scorer in Stony Brook University women's basketball history Sunday in the Seawolves' 64-41 America East Conference victory at New Hampshire.

Nathan Chen wins fifth straight U.S. Figure Skating title

Nathan Chen performs during the men's free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Even with an error at the beginning of his free skate, Nathan Chen was unbeatable Sunday, winning his fifth straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship.

HIGH SCHOOL

New London's Jayden Burns will play basketball at Post University

New London´s Jayden Burns (2) drives the ball down court during a game against Bacon Academy last season. Burns will be continuing her basketball career at Division II Post University in Waterbury. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

During the 2019 season, Jayden Burns, taking over the point guard's role for the first time, helped lift the New London High School girls' basketball team to a Class LL state championship berth at Mohegan Sun Arena.

CIAC approves H.S. winter sports regular season with no state tournaments

In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, NFA players race onto the court to celebrate their win over Bacon Academy in the ECC Div. I girls' basketball tournament championship game at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Directors approved a plan for a modified high school winter sports season on Thursday.

CIAC's winter sports plan greeted with mixed emotions

In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, New London football coach Johnny Burns offers encouragement to his team in a game against New Canaan in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

New London football coach Johnny Burns is in the unique position of knowing what both sides are going through after the CIAC's Board of Control announced its plans for winter sports Thursday.

COLUMNS

Contradictory H.S. sports rules leave many of us befuddled

Spring football never had a real chance in Connecticut.

Hard-luck Friars have been on wrong side of fantastic finishes

Providence is one of frontrunners for the Big East's Hard Luck Team of the Year award. The Friars...

ON THE AIR

Basketball

11 a.m., ESPNU — High school boys: Legacy Early College (S.C.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.) in St. James Invitational from Springfield, Va.

Noon, MSG, NBA TV — NBA: Orlando Magic at New York Knicks.

1 p.m., ESPNU — High school boys: iSchool of Lewisville (Texas) vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in St. James Invitational from Springfield, Va.

2:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: St. John's at UConn.

2:30 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks.

3 p.m., ESPNU — High school boys: IMG Academy (Fla.) vs. Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.) in St. James Invitational from Springfield, Va.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: St. Joseph's at La Salle.

5 p.m., TNT — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Memphis Grizzlies.

5 p.m., ESPNU — High school boys: Montverde (Fla.) vs. Wasatch (Utah) in St. James Invitational from Springfield, Va.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Florida State at Louisville.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Arkansas at South Carolina.

7:30 p.m., TNT, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Kansas at Baylor.

9:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: New Mexico at UNLV.

10 p.m., TNT — NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers.

Hockey

Noon, NBCSN — NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings.

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

7:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers.

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: North Dakota at Denver.

10 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights.

Soccer

2:55 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Newcastle United at Arsenal.

7 p.m., FS1 — Women's exhibition: Colombia at United States from Orlando, Fla.

Winter Sports

1 a.m. (Tuesday), NBCSN — Bobsledding World Cup from St. Moritz, Switzerland. (taped today)

LOCAL ROUNDUP

New London's Lucas watched and learned at Hartford, then grabbed her opportunity

Jada Lucas (3) is a senior on the University of Hartford women's basketball team. Lucas, a New London High School graduate who led the Whalers to two state championships during her career and played in three title games, had to wait a couple seasons to get playing time at Hartford but has thrived as a junior and senior under coach Morgan Valley. (Photo courtesy of Steve McLaughlin Photography)

Former New London High School whiz kid Jada Lucas, a member of The Day's All-Decade Team, is a senior member of the women's basketball team at the University of Hartford and the Hawks' leading scorer.

PROFESSIONAL

Kevin Na has a big finish and wins the Sony Open

Chris Kirk putts on the 13th green during the third round at the Sony Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Three shots behind with six holes to play, Kevin Na birdied three straight holes and finished with an up-and-down birdie from behind the 18th green for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot victory in the Sony Open.

Red Sox bring back LHP Martin Perez

After declining the left-hander's club option in November, the Red Sox and Perez agreed to a one-year contract for the 2021 season with a club option for 2022, a source confirmed to the Herald.

72 tennis players in lockdown after virus cases on flights

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, on Jan. 14. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)

The number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne for the season-opening...

Rodgers, Packers beat Rams to reach NFC title game

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones (33) is chased down by Los Angeles Rams' Jordan Fuller (32) and Rams' Darious Williams during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and also ran for a score as the top-seeded Green Bay Packers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 32-18 in an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday.

Bills advance to AFC championship

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver (91) celebrates after stopping Baltimore Ravens' J.K. Dobbins in the backfield during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Taron Johnson could’ve kept running into next week on a 101-yard interception that carried the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship game appearance in 26 years.

Steele takes lead in Sony Open

Brendan Steele lines up his putt on the ninth green during the third round at the Sony Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

One year after Steele lost a late lead at Waialae and lost in a playoff, he delivered the lowest score of his career Saturday in ideal conditions with a 9-under 61 that gave him a two-shot lead going into the final round.

Rangers beat Islanders 5-0

New York Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates a first-period goal by Pavel Buchnevich, not seen, against New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin in an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin each scored twice and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 23 shots for his fifth career shutout, leading the New York Rangers to a 5-0 win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

UCONN

UConn women add Poffenbarger to roster for second semester

The UConn women's basketball program announced Friday morning that Saylor Poffenbarger has enrolled in classes and will join the team for the second semester.

Corey Floyd Jr. commits to play for UConn men

Corey Floyd, Jr. a Class of 2022 recruit out of Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, committed to the Huskies, making his announcement on Twitter.

UConn women reschedule two games

The Big East Conference announced an updated women's basketball schedule on Thursday, and two of the rescheduled games involve UConn.

COLLEGES

No. 1 Stanford women fall to Colorado

Colorado guard Mya Hollingshed, right, pulls in a rebound as Stanford guards Lexie Hull, left, and Haley Jones defend in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Stanford escaped two close calls against Colorado last year. The Cardinal couldn’t avoid a loss to the Buffaloes a third time.

College basketball top 25 roundup: No. 2 Baylor improves to 12-0

Baylor's Jonathan Tchatchoua (23) dunks the ball during the second half of Saturday's Big 12 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)

Davion Mitchell had 19 points and Jared Butler finally scored late as No. 2 Baylor overcame No. 15 Texas Tech 68-60 on Saturday to stay undefeated after their closest game this season.

Butler erases 13-point deficit, upsets No. 8 Creighton in OT

Butler's Myles Tate (12) is defended by Creighton's Shereef Mitchell (4) during the first half of Saturday's Big East game in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs upset the No. 8 Bluejays 70-66 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Butler coach LaVall Jordan challenged Aaron Thompson on Saturday. The senior guard responded just as Jordan envisioned.