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World Baseball Coaches' Convention moves very successfully online due to COVID-19

Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker of Waterford argues with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez before being ejected during 11th inning of a 2019 game in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pete Walker, entering his ninth season as the pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays and a part of professional baseball for 30 years, is still learning, he said.

Local roundup: Sun sign forward Mompremier to qualifying offer

The Connecticut Sun announced Monday that Beatrice Mompremier has accepted and signed a qualifying offer and will return to the WNBA franchise in 2021.

Local calendar

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 calendar

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,...

Stonington coach Paulla Solar: 2020 was a year of life lessons for all of us

Stonington coach Paulla Solar, who still hopes to begin her 29th season this winter, called 2020 a year

This has been a year like none other and the changes to high school athletics is no exception. My heart goes out to all the young athletes, especially the seniors, who are sidelined by this terrible virus.

COLUMNS

Hard-luck Friars have been on wrong side of fantastic finishes

Providence is one of frontrunners for the Big East's Hard Luck Team of the Year award. The Friars...

MORE LOCAL SPORTS

Ledyard coach Dave Cornish: 2020 took the air out of the balloon for everyone

Ledyard boys' basketball coach Dave Cornish, whose team remains idle as 2021 begins, says,

High school sports should be fun for kids and coaches but in today's world, unfortunately, things have changed drastically.

Conn College student-athlete Mya Johnson: Our 'normal' got flipped upside down

Former Old Lyme High School soccer star Mya Johnson, now a sophomore at Connecticut College, said everyone's

It almost felt selfish to pray for a soccer season this summer when thousands of lives were being lost. Everyone’s “normal” day got flipped upside down. My “normal” day just happened to be playing soccer.

New London student-athlete Caylee Parker: Staying safe was our top priority

New London's Caylee Parker (17) quickly came to realize that despite missing her softball season and then forced to play her volleyball season wearing a mask, she was

I think it’s important for people to realize that yes, we have lost what are supposed to be “the greatest years of our life” or our most important seasons but it’s all for good reason, to help save others lives.

UCONN

UConn women add Poffenbarger to roster for second semester

The UConn women's basketball program announced Friday morning that Saylor Poffenbarger has enrolled in classes and will join the team for the second semester.

Corey Floyd Jr. commits to play for UConn men

Corey Floyd, Jr. a Class of 2022 recruit out of Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, committed to the Huskies, making his announcement on Twitter.

COLLEGES

Top 25 women's basketball roundup

Ohio State players celebrate on the court after their 84-82 overtime victory over Iowa in Wednesday's game in Iowa City, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

Madison Greene had 20 points and a career-high six steals, Jacy Sheldon and Braxtin Miller each added 18 points and No. 15 Ohio State beat Iowa 84-82 in overtime to snap the Hawkeyes’ 42-game home winning streak

Top 25 men's college basketball roundup

Louisville guard Dre Davis shoots over Wake Forest guard Jonah Antonio (20) and forward Ismael Massoud during Wednesday's game in Winston-Salem, N.C. No. 16 Louisville won, 77-65. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal/AP Photo)

Carlik Jones scored a season-high 23 points to help No. 16 Louisville beat Wake Forest 77-65 on Wednesday night

CT SUN

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.

PROFESSIONAL

Stefanski out of basement, back with Browns after COVID-19

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Positive COVID-19 tests have knocked Stefanski out of Cleveland's wild-card game at Pittsburgh on Sunday night — the Browns' first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. (AP Photo/Justin Berl, File)

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is back with his playoff team after having COVID-19

Urban Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL's Jaguars

In this Dec. 4, 2018, file photo, Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during a news conference announcing his retirement in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Urban Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday

NFL wild-card games show potential for alternate broadcasts

Nate Burleson, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green and Noah Eagle are part of Nickelodeon's kid-focused broadcast of the NFL wild-card playoff game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 in New Orleans. (CBS/Viacom via AP)

Brian Robbins directed "Varsity Blues" and was the producer of "Coach Carter," but both of those might have been eclipsed last Sunday with Nickelodeon's successful kids-oriented broadcast of an NFL playoff game.

Pebble Beach for pros only this year because of COVID spike

In this Feb. 7, 2020, file photo, Bill Murray massages a volunteers shoulders on the fifth tee of the Monterey Peninsula County Club Shore Course during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players

ON THE AIR

Basketball

5 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Marshall at Western Kentucky.

5 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Alabama-Birmingham at Charlotte.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Bowling Green at Buffalo.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Duquesne at St. Bonaventure.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Cleveland State at Wright State.

7:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Milwaukee Bucks.

7:30 p.m., NBCSB — NBA: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Wisconsin at Rutgers.

10 p.m., ESPN — NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers.

11 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Fresno State at Nevada.

Figure Skating

4 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Championships from Las Vegas.

8 p.m., Ch. 30 — U.S. Championships from Las Vegas.

Golf

7 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Sony Open from Honolulu.

Hockey

3:30 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Maine at Providence.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Northeastern at Boston College.

7 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers.

Sailing

9 p.m., NBCSN — America's Cup Challenger Series from Auckland, New Zealand.

Swimming

11 p.m., NBCSN — Pro Swim Series from San Antonio. (taped today)