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UConn, Seton Hall men have plenty of motivation as regular season nears end

UConn guard James Bouknight (2) was injured when the Huskies lost to Seton Hall earlier in the season. The sophomore is back in the lineup as UConn prepares to play the Pirates again on Wednesday night in Newark, N.J. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

Seton Hall is in a must-win situation when it faces UConn on Wednesday night in a Big East men's basketball game. The Huskies, meanwhile, can only enchance their NCAA chances with their third straight win.

Surprising East Lyme boys beat Ledyard and improve to 5-1

East Lyme's Rowan Mundell (0) and other members of the bench celebrate durng the Vikings'; 56-34 ECC South victory at Ledyard on Tuesday night. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

East Lyme, 6-14 a year ago, paid homage to the concepts of discipline, teamwork and effort Tuesday night, remaining atop the South Division of the Eastern Connecticut Conference (tied with Fitch) following a 56-34 win over Ledyard.

Stonington girls run to 51-46 victory over New London in ECC South

The the difference between Stonington and its biggest win of the season, beating New London 51-46, came down to a freshman, Cierra Bravar, standing on the free throw line with 14.2 seconds left for a one-and-one, the Bears leading by one point.

Montville girls get best of St. Bernard in competitive ECC matchup

Junior Maya Hillman had 22 points and 18 rebounds to led Montville girls' basketball to their first win of the season on Tuesday night, 47-43 over St. Bernard.

Local roundup: NFA girls moved up to No. 1 in state basketball poll

NFA center Anajah Ingram, right, blocks a shot attempt by Fitch guard Dre'Ana Singleton (5) during an ECC South Division game last Friday at Alumni Gym in Norwich. The Wildcats have moved up to the state's No. 1 ranking in the weekly GameTimeCT basketball poll. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Norwich Free Academy moved to the top of the weekly GameTimeCT top 10 state girls' basketball poll on Tuesday.

UConn's Edwards named Big East Freshman of the Week

UConn's Aaliyah Edwards, a 6-foot-3 forward, was named Big East Freshman of the Week on Tuesday. The top-ranked Huskies will open play in the Big East tournament on Saturday at noon with a quarterfinal date against the winnere of Friday's first-round game between No. 8 St. John's and No. 9 Xavier. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

UConn's Aaliyah Edwards as named Big East Freshman of the Week in women's basketball on Tuesday after helping the No. 1 Huskies finish the regular season with three more wins.

Walker's 25 lift Celtics over Clippers 117-112

Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) blocks a shot attempt by Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Kemba Walker had 25 points and six assists, and the Boston Celtics took advantage of a late scratch of All-Star Kawhi Leonard and held off the Los Angeles Clippers 117-112 on Tuesday night.

HIGH SCHOOL

Grasso Tech girls' outlast Norwich Tech 34-30

Norwich Tech´s Kaylee Gray, left, loses her footing as she attempts to throw a pass around Grasso Tech´s Cindy Holland (10) and Sophie Byrne (3) during Monday night's Connecticut Technical Conference game in Norwich. Grasso won 34-30 as Norwich Tech finally opened its season. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Junior Sam Post made a go-ahead 3-pointer with under two minutes left as the Grasso Tech girls' basketball team, six players strong, scratched out a 34-30 win over Norwich Tech on Monday, their first victory in 438 days.

COLUMNS

We will miss Guisti's one-liners (and red shoes)

NFA coach leaves his mark on his school, program

UConn, Seton Hall and Xavier still have work to do

Villanova and Creighton are already locks to participate in March Madness.

ON THE AIR

Baseball

3 p.m., ESPN — Spring training: Seattle Mariners at Chicago Cubs from Mesa, Ariz.

8 p.m., MLB Network — Spring training: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers from Glendale, Ariz.

Basketball

3 p.m., ESPNU — NBAGL: Agua Caliente Clippers vs. G League Ignite from Orlando, Fla.

6:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: UConn at Seton Hall.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Providence at St. John's.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Oregon State at Utah.

7:30 p.m., ESPN, YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Houston Rockets.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Creighton at Villanova.

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: San Diego State at UNLV.

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

10 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers.

10:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Stanford at Southern California.

Hockey

4:30 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: UConn at Northeastern in Hockey East semifinal.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Maine at Providence in Hockey East semifinal.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins.

9:30 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks.

Soccer

12:55 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Leicester City at Burnley.

2:30 p.m., ESPNews — German Cup: Wolfsburg at RB Leipzig in a quarterfinal.

10 p.m., FS2 — Liga MX: Club América at Club Tijuana.

Tennis

5 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP World Team Tennis Tournament from Rotterdam, Netherlands; WTA Lyon Open from France; ATP Argentina Open from Buenos Aires; WTA Qatar Total Open from Doha.

6 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP World Team Tennis Tournament from Rotterdam, Netherlands; WTA Lyon Open from France; ATP Argentina Open from Buenos Aires; WTA Qatar Total Open from Doha.

CT SUN

Mohegan Sun Sports VP Amber Cox named COO of Kansas City's NWSL team

Amber Cox, the vice president of Mohegan Sun Sports, was named the Chief Operating Officer for Kansas City’s new National Women's Soccer League franchise on Monday.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Coast Guard Academy to proceed with spring sports season

Coast Guard Academy will have a spring sports season after the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference's Presidents Council announced Monday an outline path forward to stage first full seasons.

Local roundup: Old Lyme girls beat Morgan for sixth straight win

Sam Gray scored 23 points as surging Old Lyme defeated Morgan School 56-40 in a Shoreline Conference girls' basketball game on Monday.

PROFESSIONAL

Lyles, Murray lead Spurs to victory, snapping Knicks' streak

Spurs guard Patty Mills drives to the basket against New York guard RJ Barrett during the second half of Tuesday's game in San Antonio. The Spurs won, 119-83. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)

Trey Lyles scored a season-high 18 points, Dejounte Murray added 17 and the San Antonio Spurs used a balanced effort to beat New York 119-83 on Tuesday night, ending the Knicks’ three-game winning streak.

NBA roundup

Lakers guard Dennis Schroder, left, loses control of the ball as Phoenix guard Devin Booker takes it during the first half of Tuesday's game in Los Angeles. Phoenix won, 114-104. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

Dario Šarić scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker's ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Rangers beat Sabres 3-2

Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin defends against Buffalo's Tobias Rieder (13) during the second period of Tuesday's game in New York. The Rangers won, 3-2. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist, Igor Shesterkin stopped 22 shots and the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 Tuesday night.

Isles beat Devils 2-1

Islanders left wing Anders Lee scores the go-ahead goal against New Jersey goaltender Aaron Dell during the second period of Tuesday's game in Newark, N.J. The Islanders won, 2-1. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves and came within 14 seconds of his fourth shutout, and the red-hot New York Islanders beat the slumping Devils 2-1 on Tuesday night in New Jersey's first home game with fans in almost a year.

NHL roundup

The net falls over Philadelphia goaltender Carter Hart as the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) and Travis Sanheim (6) tangle during the first period of Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won, 5-2. (Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)

Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.

'Emotional wreck': Star departures hit Houston sports fans

Texans fans show their support for J.J. Watt during the first half of a Jan. 3 game against Tennessee in Houston. It's a sad time for Houston sports fans after multiple superstars have left he city in the last year. (Sam Craft/AP Photo)

It’s a sad time for Houston sports fans after multiple superstars have left the city in the last year, and things soon could get even worse after Deshaun Watson requested a trade amid continued turmoil with the Texans.

Indians' Francona says team didn't cover up for Callaway

Then-Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway, left, watches with current manager Terry Francona during the first inning of a May 3, 2017 game against the Tigers in Detroit. Francona said no one in the Cleveland organization “covered up” for Callaway, who is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of sexual harassment. In a story Tuesday, The Athletic reported that 12 current and former Indians employees have come forward in the last month to say the Indians were aware of Callaway’s inappropriate behavior while he was their pitching coach from 2013-17. (Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

Indians manager Terry Francona says no one in the Cleveland organization “covered up” for former pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of sexual harassment.

UCONN

Nelson-Ododa lifts No. 1 UConn women past Marquette 63-53

UConn's Christyn Williams (13) shoots against Marquette's Lauren Van Kleunen (42) during the first half of Monday night's Big East game in Storrs. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

Olivia Nelson-Ododa had 19 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high six blocked shots Monday night as the top-ranked UConn women's basketball team completed the regular season with a 63-53 victory over Marquette at Gampel Pavilion.

New Jersey connection runs deep with UConn men

UConn point guard R.J. Cole (1) is one of three players with New Jersey ties and will return to their home state on Wednesday to play Seton Hall in Newark. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

UConn head coach Dan Hurley, assistant Kevin Freeman, three current players and two future Huskies all have ties to the state of New Jersey, where UConn is headed on Wednesday night to face Seton Hall.

No. 1 UConn women getting a lot of contributions in the scoring column

UConn forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) looks to pass with guard Paige Bueckers (5) looking on during the second quarter of a game against St. John's on Feb. 17 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

"I feel like us other guards hitting our shots takes pressure off Paige," UConn junior Christyn Williams said of freshman teammate Paige Bueckers. "I mean, everybody knows she's a great 3-point shooter, but I feel like against the good teams they're...

COLLEGES

Intense No. 4 Illinois makes statement, drubs No. 2 Michigan

Illinois guard Andre Curbelo (5) chases a loose ball as Da'Monte Williams defends Michigan guard Chaundee Brown in the first half of Tuesday's game in Ann Arbor, Mich. No. 4 Illinois routed the second-ranked Wolverines, 76-53. (Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

Trent Frazier scored 22, Andre Curbelo scored 11 of his 17 in the first half, and No. 4 Illinois dismantled No. 2 Michigan with a smothering defensive performance on Tuesday night, 76-53.

No. 3 Baylor clinches Big 12 title in OT, 94-89 over No. 6 West Virginia

Baylor guards Adam Flagler, left, and Jared Butler celebrate the team's win over West Virginia on Tuesday in Morgantown, W.Va. The third-ranked Bears beat No. 6 West Virginia in overtime, 94-89. (Kathleen Batten/AP Photo)

Jared Butler scored 25 points before fouling out, Davion Mitchell hit the go-ahead basket in overtime and third-ranked Baylor beat No. 6 West Virginia 94-89 Tuesday for the Bears' first Big 12 regular-season title.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) comes from behind to block the shot of Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford during the first half of Tuesday's game in West Lafayette, Ind. No. 23 Purdue held on for a 73-69 victory over the No. 25 Badgers. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

Freshman Zach Edey scored a season-high 21 points and Jaden Ivey added 18 as No. 23 Purdue held on for a 73-69 victory over No. 25 Wisconsin.