Sun trade Williams, acquire January in three-team deal

Connecticut's Courtney Williams scores over Washington's LaToya Sanders during Game 4 of the 2019 WNBA at Mohegan Sun Arena. Williams was traded to the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal that will send veteran guard Briann January of the Phoenix Mercury to the Sun. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun traded Courtney Williams, at her request, to the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday and acquired Briann January and a 2021 second-round pick from the Phoenix Mercury as part of a three-way deal.

No. 6 UConn earns share of AAC title with 74-31 win over Tulane

UConn's Crystal Dangerfield, right, steals the ball from Tulane's Kayla Manuirirangi during the first half of the No. 6 Huskies' 74-31 victory on Wednesday night at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Freshman Anna Makurat finished with 18 points to tie a team high, and had five rebounds, five assists, six steals and a pair of blocked shots as No. 6 UConn continued its perfection against AAC opponents, beating Tulane 74-31.

UConn men face new challenges without Akok

UConn freshman James Bouknight pulls up for a jumper during Sunday's win over Memphis in Hartford. The Huskies visit Temple in Philadelphia on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Just days removed from a devastating season-ending injury to Akok Akok, UConn is attempting to regroup and gather steam for the home stretch.

Local roundup: Ledyard girls win ECC Division I tournament opener

Tallie Williams made a basket at the buzzer to give ninth-seeded Ledyard a 31-30 victory over No. 8 Woodstock in the first round of the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls' basketball tournament on Wednesday night.

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

This photo provided by Roush Racing shows NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his daughters, Brooklyn Sage, left, and Ashlyn Olivia, leaving Halifax Medical Center on Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla. Newman was released about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. (Roush Racing via AP)

Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital on Wednesday, two days after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.


NFA beats New London to improve to 19-0

NFA stretched its winning streak to 19 in Tuesday's win over New London, using a little cohesiveness and a lot of Mason Jackson.

Montville boys win first ECC regular-season title in 43 seasons

Montville's Isaiah Gallagher (31) and teammates celebrate a basket from the bench during the final moments of Tuesday night's 65-49 win over Putnam at Montville High School. The Indians clinched the ECC Division IV title, their first ECC regular-season crown since the 1976-77 season. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Junior Isaiah Gallagher scored 11 of his team-high 14 in the second half as the Montville boys' basketball team beat Putnam on Tuesday, 65-49, to win the ECC Division IV title.

Waterford boys hang on for 57-55 win over East Lyme

Waterford escapes with a 57-55 victory over rival East Lyme and qualfies for the CIAC Division II boys' basketball tournament.



Courtney Williams: Not here anymore because she didn't want to be

Courtney Williams had a specific target in mind for the summer of 2020. It wasn't Connecticut.



7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Ohio State at Iowa.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: UConn at Temple.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Vermont at Stony Brook.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: South Florida at Wichita State.

7 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Elon at James Madison.

8 p.m., TNT, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers.

8 p.m., YES — NCAA women: Virginia Tech at Notre Dame.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Michigan State at Nebraska.

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Santa Clara at Brigham Young.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Oregon at Arizona State.

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

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

10:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

10:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: UCLA at Utah.

11 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's.

11 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: San Francisco at Gonzaga.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Hawaii at Cal Riverside. 


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

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Mexico Championship from Naucalpan.


7 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Boston College at Northeastern.


6 a.m., Tennis Channel — WTA Dubai Championships from United Arab Emirates; ATP Rio Open from Rio de Janeiro; ATP Delray Beach (Fla.) Open; ATP Open 13 from Marseille, France.

5 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Rio Open from Rio de Janeiro; ATP Delray Beach (Fla.) Open.

Winter Sports

1 a.m. (Friday), NBCSN — Biathlon World Championships from Antholz-Anterselva, Italy. (taped today)


Holmes re-signs with Sun

Bria Holmes re-signed with the Connecticut Sun on Saturday after emerging as their top reserve in her first year with them last season.


Local roundup: ECC girls' basketball tourney begins on Wednesday

The 2020 Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' basketball tournament begins on Wednesday with three first-round games.


Pastrnak scores winner in Bruins' 2-1 OT win over Oilers

Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask makes the save as Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins falls on top of him during the second period of Wednesday's game in Edmonton, Alberta. Boston won in overtime, 2-1. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

David Pastrnak scored the winner 1:14 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Verlander, approaching age 37, hopes to remain among elite

Houston pitcher Justin Verlander poses for a photographer during photo day before Tuesday's practice in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

As Justin Verlander approaches his 37th birthday, Houston's ace continues to adapt in order to maintain the skills that allowed him to win his second Cy Young Award last season, eight years after he won his first one

Rangers top Blackhawks 6-3

New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich (89) of Russia, celebrates with teammate Mika Zibanejad (93) of Sweden, during the third period of Wednesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. New York won 6-3. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad each had a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers scored five times in the third period and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Road less traveled: Some NHL teams moving AHL squads closer

Dallas' Jason Dickinson moves in on Canadiens goaltender Carey Price as Canadiens' Victor Mete defends during the second period of a Feb. 15 game in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

The average distance from rink-to-rink between NHL teams and their AHL affiliates is roughly 460 miles. Several teams have recently moved their minor-league affiliates closer to base camp.

After pairing with Woods, Ancer reaching a higher altitude

Abraham Ancer plays his second shot on the 6th hole in his singles match during the President's Cup on Dec. 15, 2019 in Melbourne. (Andy Brownbill/AP Photo)

Abraham Ancer is no longer a token in the Mexico Championship, playing only because he is the highest-ranked Mexican in the world ranking.

Hornets' Graham emerging as Most Improved Player candidate

Charlotte's Devonte' Graham drives between Minnesota's Naz Reid, left, and another defender during the second half of a Feb. 12 game in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

Devonte Graham had mixed emotions when his buddy Kemba Walker left this past offseason for the Celtics. However, Walker's departure has opened the door for more playing time for Graham.

Stanton: I would have hit 80-plus homers if I knew pitches

The Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton takes batting practice during Tuesday's workout in Tampa, Fla. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton says he would have hit 80-plus home runs in 2017 if he had known what pitches were coming, just like the Houston Astros.


UConn women host Tulane in Hartford on Wednesday night

UConn looks to continue its dominance in the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday when the No. 6 Huskies host Tulane in a women's basketball game at the XL Center in Hartford (7 p.m., SNY).

UConn confirms Akok ruptures left Achilles tendon and is done for season

UConn's Akok Akok (23) is consoled by by teammate Jalen Gaffney, center, as Sidney Wilson, left, looks on, after Akok returned to the bench with a boot on his left foot in the first half of Sunday's 64-61 win over Memphis in Hartford. Akok suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is lost for the season. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn officials confirmed on Monday that Akok Akok suffered a complete rupture of his left Achilles tendon during Sunday's game against Memphis and he will be lost for the remainder of the season.

UConn's top five streak ends in AP women's basketball poll

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma reacts from the sideline during the Huskies' 67-47 win over South Florida on Sunday in Tampa. UConn dipped to No. 6 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, the first time the Huskies have dropped below the top five since 2007, a streak of 253 consecutive weeks. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

UConn's record streak of top five appearances in The Associated Press women's basketball poll is over. The Huskies fell to sixth on Monday, ending a run of 253 consecutive weeks as one of the first five teams.


Mamukelashvili shot at buzzer lifts Seton Hall over Butler

Seton Hall forward Sandro Mamukelashvili, left, celebrates wtih guard Shavar Reynolds (33) after hitting a go-ahead basket in the final second of Wednesday's game against Butler in Newark, N.J. The No. 16 Pirates stunned No. 21 Butler, 74-72. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Sandro Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler on Wednesday night.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

North Carolina State guard C.J. Bryce (13) and forward D.J. Funderburk react following a play against Duke during the second half of Wednesday's game in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack upset No. 6 Duke, 88-66. (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)

Markell Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, including his third halfcourt shot this season, to help North Carolina State beat No. 6 Duke 88-66 on Wednesday night.

University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims

Robert Julian Stone looks over his medical records on Jan. 20 in his home in Palm Springs, Calif. Stone, a former University of Michigan student, alleges that the late University of Michigan Athletic Department physician Robert E. Anderson sexually assaulted him during a medical examination in 1971. (Kim Kozlowski/Detroit News/AP Photo)

An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.