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UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn's Ralph named women's basketball coach at Vanderbilt

UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph, left, is expected to be named head coach at Vanderbilt. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Shea Ralph, a former UConn women's basketball great and assistant coach in the program since 2008, was named the new head coach at Vanderbilt University on Tuesday.

UConn women land Ohio St. transfer Juhasz

UConn has added another post player to its roster with Dorka Juhasz announcing she is transferring to the Huskies from Ohio State.

Anna Makurat leaving UConn women's basketball program

UConn's Anna Makurat (24), a sophomore guard from Poland, has announced on Tuesday her intentions to transfer to another school to compete her college career. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma announced Tuesday that sophomore Anna Makurat has decided to transfer and has entered her name in the NCAA transfer portal.

UConn's Bueckers wins Wooden Award

UConn guard Paige Bueckers looks to pass up court during the first half of Friday's NCAA tournament semifinal against Arizona at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

UConn women's basketball guard Paige Bueckers was selected as the 2021 Wooden Award recipient, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club Monday.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn's Polley announces plans to return for fifth season

UConn senior Tyler Polley announced Wednesday he plans to return for a fifth season of eligibility, although he will keep his name in the upcoming NBA Draft to receive feedback. The NCAA is allowing players a one-time option to play an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Tyler Polley, UConn's top scorer off the bench last season, plans to return next season.

Ex-UConn coach Kevin Ollie to coach in paid youth league

In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie signals to his team as associate head coach Glenn Miller looks on during a game against Maine in Hartford. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

Former UConn coach Kevin Ollie has joined a new basketball league designed to provide elite high school players another potential pathway to the NBA.

UConn's Whaley will return and use extra year of eligibility

UConn forward Isaiah Whaley (5) announced Tuesday he will take advantage of the NCAA's one-year eligibility waiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic and play a fifth season for the Huskies. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

Senior forward Isaiah Whaley, who started all 23 games last season and was voted Big East Defensive Player of the Year, will use the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to pandemic, UConn announced on Tuesday.

UConn's Bouknight leaving early to enter NBA Draft

UConn's James Bouknight, right, announced Wednesday he will leave the Huskies after justs two seasons and enter the 2021 NBA draft. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

UConn sophomore James Bouknight announced Wednesday he is leaving school after two seasons to enter his named in the NBA Draft.

COLUMNS

Villazante: 39 radiation treatments ... then a 67 at Shenny

Frank Villazante doesn't let radiation treatments for cancer hold him back

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Fitch boys' win lacrosse opener on new field

Fitch´s Devyn Jordan (45) takes a shot at the goal against Waterford´s Cody Brown (21) and Liam Pickett (31) during Thursday's 16-6 win over the Lancers. The game was held on the new turf field at Groton Middle School located next door to Fitch High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Devyn Jordan had five goals and an assist as Fitch began a new season on its new turf field with a 16-6 victory over Waterford in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I boys' lacrosse game on Thursday.

Local roundup: Stonington rolls to girls' track win over Lyman Memorial

Stonington had four athletes win two individual events apiece as the Bears opened their 2021 season with an 82-57 girls' track and field victory over Lyman Memorial on Wednesday.

Mitchell, struggling just to play games, splits baseball doubleheader with NEC

Figuring out a starting lineup is harder than usual for Mitchell College baseball coach Travis Beausoleil.

PROFESSIONAL

Red Sox have nine-game winning streak halted by Twins

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler, center with helmet, celebrates with his team after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Minneapolis. The Twins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Max Kepler’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Boston, stopping a five-game losing streak for the Twins and breaking a nine-game winning string for the Red Sox

MLB roundup

Texas' Jose Trevino, left, and Adolis Garcia celebrate the latter's go-ahead two-run home run off Tampa Bay reliever Cody Reed as catcher Francisco Mejia looks away during the 10th inning of Thursday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Texas won, 6-4. (Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Adolis Garcia’s first major league homer, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, gave the Texas Rangers a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays

NBA roundup

Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot over Hawks forward Solomon Hill in the first half of Thursday's game in Atlanta. Milwaukee won, 120-109. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in his return to the Milwaukee lineup and got plenty of help from his teammates as the Bucks cooled off the surging Atlanta Hawks 120-109

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

4:55 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

8:25 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

7 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Four-Wide Nationals qualifying from Las Vegas.

4:55 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN2 — Formula One Italian Grand Prix practice from Monza, Italy.

Baseball

2 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Michigan at Minnesota.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Vanderbilt at Tennessee.

8:30 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Colorado Rockies.

10 p.m., MLB Network — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres.

Basketball

3 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz.

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

7:30 p.m., YES2 — NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks.

Figure Skating

6 p.m., NBCSN — World Team Trophy from Osaka, Japan. (taped today)

Golf

7:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Austrian Open from Atzenbrugg, Austria.

Noon, Golf Channel — Champions: Chubb Classic from Naples, Fla.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: RBC Heritage from Hilton Head, S.C.

7 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: LOTTE Championship from Kapolei, Hawaii.

Gymnastics

1 p.m., ESPN2 — Women: NCAA Championships semifinal from Fort Worth, Texas.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — Women: NCAA Championships semifinal from Fort Worth, Texas.    

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN Plus, MSG Plus — NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from New York.

Mixed Martial Arts

9 p.m., Showtime — Bellator 257: Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis in a light heavyweight bout from Mohegan Sun Arena.

Rugby

4 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Newcastle Knights.

6 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Sydney Roosters at Melbourne Storm.

1 a.m. (Saturday), NBCSN — Premiership: London Irish at Northampton Saints. (taped today)

Soccer

3 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur at Everton.

9:30 p.m., FS1 — MLS: Minnesota United at Seattle Sounders.

Surfing

6:30 p.m., FS2 — WSL: Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic from Sydney.

Tennis

5 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Monte Carlo Masters from Monaco.

1 p.m., Tennis Channel — WTA: MUSC Health Women's Open from Charleston, S.C.