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Alyssa Thomas has surgery on torn Achilles tendon

In this Sept. 17, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) drives against Los Angeles Sparks guard Seimone Augustus (33) during the second half of a WNBA playoff game in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Alyssa Thomas' 2021 WNBA season may be in jeopardy after she underwent successful surgery on Tuesday afternoon to repair a torn Achilles tendon. The Connecticut Sun mainstay is an unrestricted free agent.

Miller signs four-year extension with Connecticut Sun

In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller questions a foul call against the Las Vegas Aces during Game 4 of a WNBA semifinal round playoff series in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Connecticut Sun announced Tuesday that general manager and head Ccach Curt Miller has signed a four-year contract extension through the 2024 WNBA season.

Hiedeman accepts qualifying offer to return to Sun

In this Aug. 16 filep ohot, Natisha Hiedeman of the Connecticut Sun, right, drives to the basket against Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Connecticut Sun announced Friday that reserve guard Natisha Hiedeman has signed the qualifying offer extended by head coach and general manager Curt Miller.

COLUMNS

Etess belongs on the state's Rushmore of sports

Former Mohegan Sun CEO leaves quite a legacy.

Villanova finally returns to action and picks up a win

The Wildcats, picked to win the Big East in the league's preseason poll, last played on Dec. 23.

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UCONN

Christyn Williams will be at home as No. 3 UConn travels to No. 19 Arkansas

UConn junior Christyn Williams (13) shoots while defended by Tennessee's Jordan Walker (4) during last Thursday's game in Knoxville, Tenn. (Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Christyn Williams spent a significant amount of time last year at home in Little Rock, Arkansas, due to the pandemic, more than she has since she left to play for the UConn women's basketball team.

COVID-19 issues force UConn men to postpone next two games

Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts during a 71-56 win over Providence last Saturday in Villanova, Pa. The third-ranked Wildcats were scheduled to play at UConn on Thursday night, but the game was postponed due to a COVID-19 related case involving the Huskies. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

An official who worked Tuesday's home game against Butler at Gampel Pavilion tested positive for COVID-19, forcing UConn to postpone Thursday's showdown with No. 3 Villanova and Sunday's game at St. John's.

UConn men roll by Butler, 63-51

UConn forward Tyler Polley (12) celebrates with head coach Dan Hurley, left, guard Tyrese Martin (4) and assistant coach Tom Moore, second from right, after making a three-point basket against the Butler during the first half of Tuesday's game in Storrs. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

The Huskies led by as many as 19 on the way to beating Butler, 63-51, at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, snapping a two-game losing streak.

COLLEGES

NCAA, Power Five play defense with Dems controlling Congress

A panel of witnesses, from left, Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, National Collegiate Athletic Association President Mark Emmert, University of Kansas Chancellor Dr. Douglas Girod, National College Players Association Executive Director Ramogi Huma and National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Chair Kendall Spencer, listen during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on intercollegiate athlete compensation on Capitol Hill on Feb. 11, 2020 in Washington. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

The NCAA and the Power Five conferences will have to work harder to prevent major changes to college sports now that Democrats control Congress and the White House

Reaves' 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79

Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves shoots over Texas guard Andrew Jones during the second half of Tuesday's game in Austin, Texas. No. 24 Oklahoma beat the fifth-ranked Longhorns, 80-79. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)

Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference as No. 24 Oklahoma beat short-handed No. 5 Texas 80-79

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Alabama guard Jaden Shackelford gets by Kentucky forward Keion Brooks Jr for a shot during the second half of Tuesday's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The ninth-ranked Crimson Tide beat Kentucky, 70-59. (Vasha Hunt/AP Photo)

Jaden Shackelford scored 21 points to help No. 9 Alabama beat Kentucky 70-59 and complete its first regular season two-game sweep over the Wildcats since 1989

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALLEastern Connecticut Board of Umpires — Looking for new members for the high school and American Legion baseball seasons. Training will begin in February. Contact: Matt McShane,...

Local colleges: Mitchell names Bashant men's and women's cross country coach

Michael Bashant, a recent University of New Hampshire graduate, has been named head coach of the Mitchell College men's and women's cross country programs.

PROFESSIONAL

Yanks finalize deals with Kluber, LeMahieu, agree with O'Day

Atlanta Braves pitcher Darren O'Day works against the Miami Marlins during a game last season in Atlanta. The free agent has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Yankees. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

The retooling New York Yankees have finalized a $90 million, six-year contract to retain AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu and completed an $11 million deal to add right-hander Corey Kluber

New Jays OF Springer sees echoes of Astros in Toronto's core

With the Houston Astros, outfielder George Springer witnessed firsthand how a group of talented youngsters could grow and develop into consistent World Series contenders

Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy

Then-Boston pitcher Curt Schilling throws against Colorado in Game 2 of the World Series on Oct. 25, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year’s ballot

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Marquette at Providence.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Georgia at South Carolina.

7 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Creighton at Seton Hall.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Virginia Tech at Notre Dame.

7:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks.

7:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers.

8:30 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs.

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Boise State at Colorado State.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Kansas State at Baylor.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Washington State at Colorado.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: St. John's at DePaul.

9 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Louisville at Clemson.

10 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors.

11 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Utah State at UNLV.

Football

12:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Senior Bowl practice from Mobile, Ala.

Golf

4:30 p.m., Golf Channel — NCAA: Southwestern Invitational from Westlake Village, Calif.

11 p.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Dubai Desert Classic from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators.

Soccer

3:10 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Sheffield United at Manchester United.