Twenty years later, UConn's first national championship win still a shocker

UConn's Khalid El-Amin celebrates after the Huskies upset Duke 77-74 to win their first NCAA men's basketball championship on March 29, 1999, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. UConn will celebrate the 20th anniversary of that accomplishment on Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP File Photo/Eric Draper)

The night before shocking the college basketball world almost 20 years ago, UConn players gathered in a Tampa hotel room.

UConn men fall to SMU 77-59

Southern Methodist forward Ethan Chargois (25) fights to get a shot off against UConn forwards Eric Cobb (0) and Tyler Polley (12) during the first half of Thursday's game at Dallas. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Jahmal McMurray drove for three straight layups in a 12-2 run late in the first half, and SMU went on to beat UConn 77-59 on Thursday night.

Spanos embracing challenge as UConn's new defensive coordinator

Lou Spanos, whose 24-year coaching career has included stops in the NFL and some of college football's elite programs, is embracing the opportunity as UConn's new defensive coordinator.

UConn men visit SMU in Desperation Bowl

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 of a Feb. 14 game in Hartford. Houston won, 71-63. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

UConn and SMU share so much in common. Both teams are in a funk, with the Huskies dropping a season-high tying three straight games and the Mustangs on a five-game losing streak.

No. 3 UConn routs Memphis behind Samuelson's 32 points

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson, left, grabs a rebound over Memphis' Ashia Jones during the first half of Wednesday night's game at the XL Center in Hartford. Samuelson had 32 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 3 Huskies rolled to a 102-45 victory over the Tigers. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Katie Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 UConn routed Memphis 102-45 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in six seasons of American Athletic Conference play

COLUMNS

Bill Scarlata: A coaching icon with an understated touch

It is with a sense of bittersweetness that we bid adieu to Bill Scarlata, the greatest coach in the...

UCONN

No. 3 UConn women host Memphis on Wednesday in XL Center finale

UConn plays its final game at the XL Center in Hartford on Wednesday night when the No. 3 Huskies host Memphis in an American Athletic Conference women's basketball game at 7 p.m.

Collier leads No. 4 UConn to rout of UCF

UConn forward Napheesa Collier (24) drives around Central Florida forward Masseny Kaba (5) during the second half of Sunday's game at Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Naphessa Collier had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to help No. 4 UConn rout UCF 78-41 on Sunday.

COLLEGES

BUBBLE WATCH: Florida regroups to improve hopes for NCAA bid

Florida's Keyontae Johnson (11), Andrew Nembhard (2), Noah Locke (10) and Jalen Hudson celebrate the team's 82-77 overtime win over LSU on Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/AP Photo)

Florida is building momentum and putting itself in the running for an NCAA Tournament bid after a rough start to the season

Sampson's family feel has No. 9 Houston soaring

Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson and assistant coach Kellen Sampson, right, celebrate after a score during the first half of the American Athletic Conference tournament championship game against Cincinnati on March 11, 2018 in Orlando, Fla. The entire team piles into coach Sampson's house before each home game to prepare for the next opponent, eat his wife Karen's delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies and bond like a family. The routine is something Sampson and his players agree has created an environment of closeness and trust that is an integral ingredient in the ninth-ranked Cougars' success this season. (Phelan M. Ebenhack,/AP Photo)

Houston coach Kelvin Sampson's family feel has No. 9 Cougars soaring and looking to bring team first-ever NCAA championship

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Killingly trio reaches State Open wrestling semifinals

Dan Charron (106 pounds), Mike Charron (113), Derek Turner (170) of Killingly are among five Eastern Connecticut Conference wrestlers who reached the CIAC State Open semifinal round on Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Mitchell hosts NECC men's basketball title game on Saturday

The Mitchell College men's basketball team, improbably, will host the New England Collegiate Conference tournament championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Local roundup: Finke leads Mitchell men into the NECC tournament final

Matt Finke made a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to lead the Mitchell College men's basketball team to an 87-85 win over top seed New England College in the semifinals of the New England Collegiate Conference tournament on Thursday night.

PROFESSIONAL

Patriots owner Robert Kraft to be charged with soliciting prostitute

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, in Kansas City, Mo. Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.  Jupiter police told reporters Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, that the 77-year-old Kraft has not been arrested. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor

NBA roundup

New York's Emmanuel Mudiay drives into Minnesota's Anthony Tolliver during the second half of Friday's game at Madison Square Garden. Minnesota won, 115-104. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Derrick Rose scored 20 points, Taj Gibson added a season-high 19, and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame the first missed game of Karl-Anthony Towns' career to beat the New York Knicks 115-104

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

9:30 a.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Rinnai 250 qualifying from Hampton, Ga.

10:30 a.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Atlanta 200 qualifying from Hampton, Ga.

Noon, FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Folds of Honor 500 final practice from Hampton, Ga.

2 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Rinnai 250 from Hampton, Ga.

4:30 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Atlanta 200 from Hampton, Ga.

7 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Arizona Nationals from Chandler, Ariz.

Baseball

1 p.m., NESN Plus, WFAN (660-AM) — Exhibition: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox from Fort Myers, Fla.

1 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — Exhibition: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets from Port St. Lucie, Fla. 

Basketball

Noon, Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Marquette at Providence.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA men: Tennessee at Louisiana State.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA men: Texas at Oklahoma.

Noon, NESN, YES — NCAA men: Boston College at Clemson.

Noon, WCCT — NCAA men: Virginia at Louisville.

1:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Auburn at Kentucky.

2 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Navy at Colgate.

2 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Ohio State at Maryland.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Iowa State at Texas Christian.

2 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: West Virginia at Baylor.

2 p.m., YES — NCAA men: Georgia Tech at Miami.

2:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA men: Georgetown at Creighton.

3:45 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Florida State at North Carolina.

4 p.m., theday.com — High school boys: Norwich Free Academy vs. Woodstock Academy in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I tournament semifinal from Waterford. 

4 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Saint Louis at Dayton.

4 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Virginia Tech at Notre Dame.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Oklahoma State at Kansas State.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Missouri at Florida.

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: St. Bonaventure at Fordham.

5 p.m., SNY — NCAA men: Delaware at Drexel.

6 p.m., theday.com — High school boys: Fitch at Waterford in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I tournament semifinal. 

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Northern Illinois at Toledo.

6 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Duke at Syracuse.

6 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: South Florida at Houston.

6 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Vanderbilt at Alabama.

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Charlotte Hornets.

8 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Fresno State at Nevada.

8 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Kansas at Texas Tech.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Memphis at Wichita State.

8 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: East Carolina at Tulane.

8 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Seton Hall at St. John's.

8 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls.

8:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NBA: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors.

10 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Brigham Young at Gonzaga.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Oregon at UCLA.

10 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: San Diego State at UNLV.

Boxing

3:45 p.m., Showtime — James DeGale vs. Chris Eubank Jr. in a super middleweight bout from London.

10 p.m., FS1 — Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim in a super middleweight bout from Minneapolis, Minn.

Football

8 p.m., NFL Network — AAF: Memphis Express at Orlando Apollos.

Golf

Noon, Golf Channel — PGA: Mexico Championship from Mexico City.

2:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — PGA: Mexico Championship from Mexico City.

2:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Puerto Rico Open from Rio Grande.

11:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Honda Thailand from Chonburi.

Hockey

1 p.m., MSG — NHL: New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers.

1 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres.

4 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues.

5 p.m., NBCSN — NCAA men: Massachusetts at Providence.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Northeastern at New Hampshire.

8 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers.

Lacrosse

11:30 a.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Michigan at Jacksonville.

Mixed Martial Arts

11 a.m., ESPN2 — UFC Fight Night 145 preliminaries from Prague, Czech Republic.

9 p.m., Paramount — Bellator 217: James Gallagher vs. Steven Graham from Dublin, Ireland. (taped today)

Rugby

12:30 p.m., NBCSN — Six Nations: Scotland at France from Saint-Denis. (taped today)

2:30 p.m., NBCSN — Six Nations: England at Wales from Cardiff. (taped today)

Soccer

7:25 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham at Burnley.

9:55 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Huddersfield Town at Newcastle United.

12:30 p.m., Chs. 10, 30 — Premier League: Leicester City at Crystal Palace.

Tennis

9 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Open 13 from Marseille, France; WTA Duty Free Championships from Dubai; WTA Hungarian Ladies Open from Budapest.

3 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Rio de Janeiro Open; ATP Delray Beach Open from Florida.

Track & Field

6:30 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Indoor Championships from New York.