Sun having a quiet offseason

Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller goes over strategy with point guard Jasmine Thomas during a game last season at Mohegan Sun Arena. Thomas recently re-signed and Miller, who also serves as general manager, has 12 players under contract. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for the Connecticut Sun by pro sports standards. It resigned point guard Jasmine Thomas last week, giving them 12 players under contract who will comprise their 2019 roster, barring the unforeseen.

Jasmine Thomas re-signs with Sun

Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Sparks in a WNBA game on Aug. 19, 2018 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Point guard Jasmine Thomas has resigned with Connecticut Sun, the team announced Thursday. Thomas was named an All-Defensive first-team pick for the second year in a row last season, as chosen by WNBA coaches.

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UCONN

UConn men fight to the finish in loss to No. 9 Houston

UConn's Tarin Smith, center, is pressured by Houston's Corey Davis Jr., left, Galen Robinson Jr., back center, and DeJon Jarreau, right, during the first half Thursday night's 71-63 loss to the No. 9 Cougars at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Small victories are taking the place of bigger ones for the UConn basketball program. In their current state, the Huskies can compete with but not beat top 10 ranked teams.

Younger Huskies giving Hurley hope for the future

These UConn men's basketball players, especially the younger ones, are far removed from the program's basketball glory days. Yet expectations are that they'll eventually help restore the Huskies to elite status with coach Dan Hurley in charge.

UConn men to play two-game series with Florida

UConn and Florida, two men's basketball programs that met in the 2014 NCAA national semifinals, have agreed to play a home and home series.

COLLEGES

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Missouri forward Cierra Porter, left, hugs guard Sophie Cunningham after the team upset No. 5 Mississippi State 75-67 on Thursday in Starkville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo)

Sophie Cunningham scored 24 points, Amber Smith added 16 and Missouri upset No. 5 Mississippi State 75-67 on Thursday night

No. 1 Tennessee beats South Carolina 85-73 for 19th straight win

Tennessee forward Grant Williams blocks the shot of South Carolina forward Chris Silva as forward Kyle Alexander defends during the first half of Wednesday's game in Knoxville, Tenn. Top-ranked Tennessee beat South Carolina, 85-73, for its 19th straight win. (Wade Payne/AP Photo)

Schofield's double-double helps No. 1 Tennessee beat South Carolina 85-73 for 19th straight win

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Providence's Makai Ashton-Langford tries to keep the ball away from Villanova's Joe Cremo and Collin Gillespie during the first half of Wednesday's game in Villanova, Pa. No. 13 Villanova won, 85-67. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Eric Paschall scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and No. 13 Villanova rebounded from its first Big East loss by running away from Providence 85-67

HIGH SCHOOL

Bauman sets East Lyme career scoring record in ECC tourney win over NFA

East Lyme's Megan Bauman (23) celebrates with Nadia Tarhini after breaking the Vikings' career scoring record during the first quarter of Thursday's 54-47 win over Norwich Free Academy in the quarterfinals of the ECC Division I girls' basketball tournament at NFA. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

With her first two points of the night, East Lyme's Megan Bauman became the girls' basketball team's all-time leading scorer during the Vikings' 54-47 win over NFA in the ECC Division I tournament.

ECC tournament: No. 1 New London girls cruise into D-I semis

Freshman Joniyah Bland-Fitzpatrick scored 23 points as top-seeded New London cruised to a 67-23 win over No. 8 Ledyard in the quarterfinals of the ECC Division I girls' basketball tournament on Thursday.

NFA's Briones honored as CHSCA Coach of the Year in boys' soccer

Robert Briones, the boys' soccer coach at Norwich Free Academy for the past 22 seasons, has been named Coach of the Year in his sport by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Ledyard boys lose to Granby on two late free throws

Elliyas Delaire made two free throws with three seconds remaining to lift Granby Memorial to a 60-59 non-league boys' basketball victory over Ledyard on Thursday night.

Local roundup: Witkowski leads Coast Guard men past Wheaton

Packy Witkowski scored a game-high 16 points while Tyler Perez added 14 points off the bench, leading Coast Guard Academy's men's basketball team to a 76-57 win over Wheaton College on Wednesday.

PROFESSIONAL

Knicks snap 18-game skid with win over Hawks

Knicks guard Kadeem Allen goes in for a basket as Atlanta center Alex Len defends during the first half of Thursday's game in Atlanta. The Knicks won, 106-91, ending a franchise-worst 18-game losing streak. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

The New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-91 to snap a single-season, franchise record 18-game losing streak

Wade, Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary All-Stars

The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki left, and Miami's Dwyane Wade talk as they swap jerseys after Wednesday's game in Dallas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo)

Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary additions to All-Star weekend

Logano and Harvick lead Ford sweeps in Daytona qualifying

Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the first of Thursday's two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (John Raoux/AP Photo)

Ford drivers swept both of the Daytona 500 qualifying races to position the manufacturer for a strong run in "The Great American Race." Kevin Harvick won the first qualifying race and Joey Logano won the second

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