UConn men fall to No. 14 Villanova, 61-55

UConn's Alterique Gilbert, right, drives to the basket against Villanova's Jermaine Samuels, left, during the second half of Saturday's game at Philadelphia. Villanova won 61-55. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The Huskies lost to No. 14 Villanova, 61-55, in a non-conference game at Wells Fargo Center.

UConn women are back home on Sunday

UConn guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) drives to the basket defended by Memphis guard Gazmyne Herndon in the second half of Tuesday's game at Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

But back to the positives. UConn will be at home the next three weeks, starting with Sunday’s American Athletic Conference game against Tulsa at Gampel Pavilion (noon, SNY).

Huskies hit the road for difficult test at No. 14 Villanova

Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts to a call during the first half of Tuesday's game against DePaul. The No. 14 Wildcats host UConn on Saturday at noon. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

UConn is trying to earn more than a marquee victory on Saturday against No. 14 Villanova in Philadelphia. The Huskies are also trying to earn some respect.

Sun expect to benefit from WNBA's new CBA

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller, right, shares a laugh with point guard Jasmine Thomas after she was hit in the face by an errant ball during warm ups prior to a game against Dallas on Sept. 4, 2019, at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Eight of the Connecticut Sun's 12 players from last season are free agents, and the new CBA between the WNBA and its players gives the Sun more salary cap space.

Black Wolves to meet Wings with first place at stake

When the Philadelpha Wings and the New England Black Wolves meet, they call it Rivalry Night. Last season it featured a fistfight.

Local roundup: T-More reaches final of Founder's Tournament

Fitch's Ian Sanok swims to victory in the 400-meter freestyle during the cooperative program's 110-71 win over host Waterford on Friday. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jared Garcia scored 17 points Friday leading St. Thomas More into the championship game of the Founders Tournament with an 84-55 win over Eduard Montpetit.

H.S. basketball: Ledyard boys beat Woodstock in ECC D-II play

Dorell Cagle had 13 points and six rebounds as Ledyard defeated Woodstock Academy 60-44 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II boys' basketball game on Friday night.

HIGH SCHOOL

VIDEO: Coderre's clutch 3 helps Waterford hand Old Lyme its first loss

Old Lyme´s Ray Doll, left, goes up for a shot against Waterford´s Ryan O'Connell and has it blocked during Thursday night's high school boys' basketball game at Waterford High School. O'Connell finished with 28 points as Waterford pulled off a 91-85 victory in double overtime. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A four-point deficit in the first overtime with 10 seconds left – and the game was eventually tied with a 3-pointer from senior Owen Coderre, who may have never made another 3 in his life, including in warm-ups.

Grim helps Ledyard wrestling beat NFA

Ledyard's Brayden Grim attempts to pin NFA's Theran Vanase during their 170-pound match on Wednesday night at NFA. Grim would later win by injury forfeit and as the Colonels beat the Wildcats 43-33. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Ledyard's Braydin Grim bumped up a weight to 170 pounds and won of the most important bouts of the night during Wednesday's 43-33 win over NFA.

New London no match for unbeaten South Kingstown girls

Trailing 11-2 against No. 2 New London, South Kingstown switched to a zone defense and stopped the Whalers cold in a 74-45 rout.

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ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

10 p.m., NBCSN — AMA Supercross from Anaheim, Calif.

Basketball

Noon, FS1 — NCAA men: UConn at Villanova.

Noon, Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Seton Hall at St. John's.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA men: North Carolina at Pittsburgh.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA men: Baylor at Oklahoma State.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Ohio State at Penn State.

Noon, YES — NCAA men: Syracuse at Virginia Tech.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA women: Duquesne at St. Joseph's.

12:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: La Salle at Rhode Island.

1:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Auburn at Florida.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: St. Bonaventure at Virginia Commonwealth.

2 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Kansas at Texas.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Purdue at Maryland.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: West Virginia at Kansas State.

2 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Marquette at Georgetown.

2 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Elon at Delaware.

2 p.m., YES — NCAA men: Clemson at North Carolina State.

2:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Colorado at Arizona.

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: Richmond at George Mason.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans.

3:45 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Oregon at Washington.

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: St. Mary's at Pepperdine.

4 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Kentucky at Arkansas.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Houston at Wichita State.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Iowa State at Texas Tech.

4:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Providence at Creighton.

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: George Washington at Massachusetts.

6 p.m., YES, NBA TV, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets.

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: New Mexico at UNLV.

6 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Louisville at Duke.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Northern Iowa at Bradley.

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: South Florida at Central Florida.

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

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks.

8 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Nevada at San Diego State.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Louisiana State at Mississippi.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Temple at Southern Methodist.

8 p.m., FS1 — NCAA women: West Virginia at Baylor.

8:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets.

9 p.m., CBSSN — High school boys: Tournament of Champions final from Springfield, Mo.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Brigham Young at Gonzaga.

10 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Utah State at Boise State.

Boxing

6:30 p.m., FS1 — Undercard bouts from Philadelphia.

8 p.m., Ch. 61 — Julian Williams vs. Jeison Rosario in a super welterweight bout from Philadelphia.

10 p.m., ESPN — Eleider Alvarez vs. Michael Seals in a light heavyweight bout from Verona, N.Y.

Football

3 p.m., NFL Network — NCAA: East-West Shrine Classic from St. Petersburg, Fla.

5 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl from Pasadena, Calif.

Midnight, CBSSN — High school: Polynesian Bowl from Halawa, Hawaii.

Golf

3:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Abu Dhabi Championship from United Arab Emirates.

Noon, ESPNews — Latin America Amateur Championship from Mayakoba, Mexico.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Tournament of Champions from Orlando, Fla.

3 p.m., Ch. 30 — LPGA: Tournament of Champions from Orlando, Fla.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: The American Express from Palm Springs, Calif.

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

1:30 a.m. (Sunday), Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Singapore Open.

3:30 a.m. (Sunday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Abu Dhabi Championship from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

4 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: UConn at Northeastern.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Providence at New Hampshire.

7 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mixed Martial Arts

8 p.m., ESPN — UFC 246 preliminaries from Las Vegas.

Rugby

1 a.m. (Sunday), NBCSN — European Cup: Northampton at Lyon. (taped today)

Soccer

7:25 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham at Watford.

9:30 a.m., FS1 — Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund at FC Augsburg.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Sheffield United at Arsenal.

12:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — Premier League: Chelsea at Newcastle United.

Swimming

6:30 p.m., NBCSN — Pro Swim Series from Knoxville, Tenn.

Winter Sports

5 p.m., Ch. 30 — World Cup women's giant slalom skiing from Sestriere, Italy. (taped today)

8 p.m., NBCSN — World Cup men's downhill skiing from Wengen, Switzerland. (taped today)

CT SUN

Sun's 2020 schedule announced

The Connecticut Sun will play two of their four nationally televised games at the Washington Mystics in a rematch of last season's WNBA Finals, according to the league's regular-season schedule announced Thursday.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Coast Guard women begin league play 11-4, but still have work to do

Renee Hudson scored 38 as New England College beat Coast Guard on Thursday night 81-70 in a women's basketball game.

Local roundup: Ericson leads the way as NFA girls win fourth straight

Sarah Ericson made four 3-pointers and scored 21 for Norwich Free Academy in its 52-34 win over East Lyme on Thursday in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls’ basketball game.

PROFESSIONAL

AP source: Giants hiring Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett takes part in a news conference following an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Arlington, Texas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says New York is hiring Garrett to be the Giants offensive coordinator. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, because the team did not immediately announce the move. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

Jason Garrett is headed to the other side of the Giants-Cowboys rivalry.

Rodgers-Sherman matchup highlights NFC title game

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) intercepts a pass in front of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) during the second half of an NFL playoff game on Jan. 11 at Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Waiting for Sherman will be the same quarterback he faced the last time he made it to the conference title game five years ago in Aaron Rodgers for the latest matchup between two of the NFL's best who have nothing but respect for each other.

Titans kicker OK kicking extra points

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill passes during Friday's practice at Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Tennessee Titans have found a way to fix the NFL's worst field goal unit: Ignore the kicker and just score touchdowns.

Fowler, Scheffler share lead in American Express tournament

Rickie Fowler follows through on his shot from the 10th fairway during the second round of The American Express golf tournament on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Rickie Fowler came to The American Express for the first time in six years to prepare for the next two weeks at Torrey Pines and TPC Scottsdale.

Red Sox fans make pitch for Varitek as manager

FILE - In this June 30, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek trots back to the dugout after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Drew Carpenter during a baseball game in Philadelphia. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston's front office to hire former catcher and team captain Jason Varitek as manager. at a town hall event Friday, Jan. 17, during the team's winter festival. Members of the team's leadership group were hit with “Hire 'Tek!” chants throughout the night. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for the front office to hire former catcher and team captain Jason Varitek during the team's winter festival.

Red Sox: Cora departure won't force a Mookie Betts trade

Boston's Mookie Betts smiles as he crosses home plate on his solo home run off Oakland starting pitcher Aaron Brooks in the first inning of a April 30, 2019 at Fenway Park. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

The Boston Red Sox say the turmoil in the manager's office isn't a reason to give up on this season and trade outfielder Mookie Betts.

Antetokounmpo, Bucks hold off Celtics, 128-123

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to drive between Boston's Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart during the first half of Thursday's game in Milwaukee. The Bucks won, 128-123. (Morry Gash/AP Photo)

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 on Thursday night.

UCONN

No. 4 UConn breaks loose late in first half, beats UCF 59-52

UConn forward Megan Walker, left, holds the ball as University of Central Florida guard Diamond Battles defends during the first half of Thursday's college women's basketball game in Orlando, Fla. (Willie J. Allen Jr./AP Photo)

Megan Walker scored 19 points and Crystal Dangerfield sparked a big first-half rally, leading No. 4 UConn to a 59-52 win over Central Florida on Thursday night.

UConn women need more consistency from Nelson-Ododa

Memphis forward Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, center, grabs a rebound from UConn's Olivia Nelson-Ododa, left, and Kayla Irwin during Tuesday night's game in Memphis, Tenn. Nelson-Ododa's inconsistent play is a concern of head coach Geno Auriemma, whose Huskies complete a two-game road trip on Thursday in Orlando against Central Florida. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

It’s one thing to get dominated by Baylor’s Lauren Cox, who is probably the best post player in the country. But it shouldn’t happen in American Athletic Conference play to UConn center Olivia Nelson-Ododa,

No. 4 UConn pulls away from Memphis

UConn guard Chrystal Dangerfield, right, drives to the basket defended by Memphis guard Aerial Wilson, left, in the first half of Tuesday's game at Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 and fourth-ranked UConn used a late run to pull away from Memphis in a 68-56 on Tuesday night.

COLLEGES

Ionescu has 37 and No. 6 Oregon downs No. 3 Stanford 87-55

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu celebrates a 3-pointer against Stanford during the third quarter of Thursday's game in Eugene, Ore. Sixth-ranked Oregon beat the No. 3 Cardinals, 87-55. (Chris Pietsch/AP Photo)

Sabrina Ionescu had a career-high 37 points to become Oregon's all-time leading scorer, and the sixth-ranked Ducks handed No. 3 Stanford its first conference loss with an 87-55 victory Thursday night.

Jeffries, Achiuwa lead No. 22 Memphis past Cincinnati 60-49

Memphis' forward Precious Achiuwa goes all out for a rebound in the second half of Thursday's game against Cincinnati in Memphis, Tenn. No. 22 Memphis won, 60-49. (Karen Pulfer Focht/AP Photo)

DJ Jeffries scored 18 points, Precious Achiuwa added 12 points and 11 rebounds and No. 22 Memphis used a rally midway through the second half to defeat Cincinnati 60-49.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Washington State forward CJ Elleby, right, drives to the basket as Oregon forward Chandler Lawson, guard Will Richardson and forward Shakur Juiston watch during the first half of Thursday's game in Pullman, Wash. Washington State knocked off the No. 8 Ducks, 72-61. (Pete Caster/AP Photo)

Elissa Cunane scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and No. 9 North Carolina State beat No. 13 Florida State 68-51.