UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn women survive upset bid by Buffalo to reach the Sweet 16

Buffalo's Cierra Dillard, right, is guarded by UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson during the second half of Sunday's NCAA women's basketball tournament game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn seniors Katie Lous Samuelson and Napheesa Collier will leave unbeaten in their careers at home. And they'll depart having played in UConn's 26th straight Sweet 16.

NCAA women's basketball roundup

Arizona State's Reili Richardson, left, and Robbi Ryan hug after the team defeated Miami 57-55 during Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round game in Coral Gables, Fla. Ryan made two go-ahead free throws with 5 seconds left to help the fifth-seeded Sun Devils knock off fourth-seeded Miami. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP Photo)

Robbi Ryan's free throws with 5.0 seconds left off a Hurricanes turnover put Arizona State ahead to stay, and the fifth-seeded Sun Devils ousted fourth-seeded Miami 57-55 in a second-round Portland Region game on Sunday night.

Louisville tops Michigan 71-50 to reach women's Sweet 16

Louisville guard Asia Durr shouts as she gets off the floor after being fouled during the first half of Sunday's NCAA tournament game against Michigan at Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Asia Durr took the initial lead for top-seeded Louisville by finding teammates for baskets before knocking down shots, making sure to do both quickly.

Buffalo's Cierra Dillard made an impact on many, including Auriemma

Buffalo's Cierra Dillard (24) scores over Rutgers' Sierra Calhoun in Friday's NCAA tournament game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Cierra Dillard, who has helped carry Buffalo into the spotlight during her time as a Bull, with NCAA tournament upsets two seasons in a row, played her final game Sunday night at Gampel Pavilion.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

There's no March Madness for UConn, but future holds some promise

Dan Hurley knew his first season at UConn would have its ups and downs, but his intensity and drive to improve could be seen in the results and there's optimism the program will make significant progress in 2019-20. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

UConn rarely comes up in March Madness conversation, except when talk turns to past national champions or highlights of magical moments. Yet signs exist that the program is heading in a positive direction.

UConn suffers humbling season-ending loss to Houston in AAC quarters

UConn's Christian Vital and Houston's Galen Robinson Jr. scramble for a loose ball during the first half of Friday's American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal game in Memphis, Tenn. The top-seeded Cougars ended UConn's season with an 84-45 victory over the No. 9 Huskies. (AP Photo/Troy Glasgow)

UConn was demolished and demoralized by a tidal wave of superior talent, experience and depth on Friday.

Curtain goes down on Jalen Adams' UConn basketball career

UConn's Jalen Adams, front, uses a screeen by Josh Carlton to dribble past Houston's Galen Robinson during Friday's AAC tournament quarterfinal loss to the No. 11 Cougars in Memphis, Tenn. The senior had 15 points and 10 rebounds in his final game with the Huskies. (Troy Glasgow/AP Photo)

His teammates badly wanted to give UConn senior Jalen Adams a proper send-off. Suffering a season-ending 39-point loss in the AAC tournament quarterfinals wasn't what the Huskies had in mind.

Sizzling start helps UConn top South Florida in AAC tournament opener

UConn coach Dan Hurley visits with referee Ted Valentine during the first half of a game against Wichita State on Feb. 28 at Wichita, Kan. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

UConn seized command early in its American Athletic Conference tournament opener and then held off a late charge from South Florida for an 80-73 victory.

COLUMNS

If you think nobody wants to play in Buffalo, you don't know Jack

We know of good wings, the Bills and baby, it’s cold outside.

COLLEGES

North Carolina returns to Sweet 16, beats Washington 81-59

North Carolina's Luke Maye shoots against Washington's Sam Timmins, right, in the second half of Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round game in Columbus, Ohio. Maye had 20 points and 14 rebounds as top-seeded North Carolina routed Washington. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Luke Maye and Nassir Little each scored 20 points and top-seeded North Carolina breezed into the Sweet 16, beating Washington 81-59

NCAA men's basketball roundup

Tennessee's Admiral Schofield, left, and Kyle Alexander celebrate after they defeated Iowa in overtime Sunday, 83-77, in a second-round NCAA Tournament game in Columbus, Ohio. (Tony Dejak/AP Photo)

Tennessee avoided one of the biggest meltdowns in NCAA Tournament history, letting a 25-point lead slip away before two-time SEC player of the year Grant Williams scored six points in overtime for an 83-77 victory over Iowa

Wisconsin wins 5th NCAA women's hockey title

Wisconsin's Maddie Rowe waves her championship towel after her team defeated Minnesota for the NCAA Division I women's Frozen Four championship on Sunday at Hamden. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

Senior captains Sophia Shaver and Annie Pankowski each scored, and Wisconsin won its fifth NCAA women's hockey championship with a 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

Williamson, Duke hold off UCF 77-76 to reach Sweet 16

Duke's RJ Barrett (5) drives while defended by Central Florida's Terrell Allen during the second half of Sunday's NCAA tournament game at Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won, and top-seeded Duke survived when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Stephens, Harris lift CGA to 8-2 baseball win over Albertus Magnus

Will Stephens hit his first career home run to back a solid pitching of Walter Harris as Coast Guard Academy rolled to an 8-2 baseball victory over Albertus Magnus in a non-conference game on Monday.

Local college notes

Around the region • Senior Brooke Scahill, a Ledyard High School graduate, has settled comfortably into her new college home at UMass Dartmouth. She contributed two goals and three assists in a 9-7...

Local roundup: Coast Guard softball opens NEWMAC play with a sweep

The Coast Guard Academy softball team opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play by sweeping Smith College 9-8 and 16-4 in a doubleheader on Sunday.

PROFESSIONAL

Gronk unleashed: Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates with teammates after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram Sunday, March 24, 2019, saying that a few months shy of this 30th birthday “its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is suddenly a hot free agent all year round without football strings attached after announcing his retirement.

In data-driven age, 'honor' of opening day start still big

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer still thinks its a big deal to be the opening day starter. He will take the the ball on Thursday for the Nationals against the Mets and Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

In baseball's data-driven age, 'honor' of getting opening starting pitching assignments still matters to many

Woods to open Match Play against PGA Tour rookie of year

Tiger Woods gets more fresh faces in his return to Match Play, opens WGC event against PGA Tour rookie of year

ON THE AIR

Baseball

1 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies from Clearwater, Fla.

5 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: New York Yankees at Washington Nationals.

8 p.m., MLB Network — Exhibition: Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers.

9 p.m., NESN Plus, WEEI (103.7-FM) — Exhibition: Boston Red Sox at Chicago Cubs.

Basketball

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Division I tournament coverage.

7 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic.

7:30 p.m., ESPN2 — High school boys: Powerade Jam Fest skills competition from Atlanta.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NIT men: Norfolk State at Colorado.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Division I tournament coverage.

10 p.m., YES, NBA TV, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers.

11 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Brigham Young at Stanford in Division I tournament.

Hockey

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7:30 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning.

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild.

Lacrosse

3 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Villanova at Brown.

Soccer

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 — UEFA 2020 qualifier: Serbia at Portugal from Lisbon. 

Tennis

11 a.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open. 

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open.