UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Big East turns on the bright lights to welcome back UConn

A sign outside Madison Square Garden in New York welcomes UConn's return to the Big East Conference on Thursday. (Photo by Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Big East Conference commissioner Val Ackerman laid out the welcome mat UConn during a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York.

UConn Board of Trustees votes to leave AAC and join Big East

University of Connecticut Board of Trustees members, from left, Denis Nayden, Andy Bessette, UConn President Susan Herbst and interim board chairman Tom Ritter, attend a public board meeting on Wednesday in Storrs. The board accepted an invitation to move most of the school's athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference to the Big East. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, as expected, voted Wednesday to accept an invitation to return its athletic programs to the Big East Conference.

Big East votes to extend invitation to UConn

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma speaks to reporters during his charity golf event on Monday at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. UConn is expected to announce this week that it will leaving the American Athletic Conference and rejoin the Big East for basketball and other sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

UConn took another significant step toward rejoining the Big East Conference. Big East presidents voted to extend an invitation to UConn during a conference call on Monday, according to CBS Sports Network.

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL

UConn men's basketball team gets probation for NCAA violations under Ollie

In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during the second half a game against Tulsa in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

UConn's men's basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and former coach Kevin Ollie has been sanctioned individually for violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.

Hurley says recruiting getting a bump from Big East move

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley talks with Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman last week in New York prior to the announcement that the Huskies are re-joining the Big East. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Men's basketball coach Dan Hurley says he's already seen benefits on the recruiting trail from UConn's decision to move back to the Big East

Return to the Big East a game changer for UConn men's basketball

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley talks with Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman on Thursday in New York before the announcement that the school is re-joining the Big East Conference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

No sport at UConn will benefit more from the move than men's basketball.

COLUMNS

Honoring the life of Dick Donovan leads to reflective moment

Mr. Donovan, Dick — or "Gerry" as some knew him — was a fixture in the bleachers here...

Stiff competition not only obstacle to winning 93rd Norwich Invitational

Beating a highly-competitive field is just one obstacle to winning this weekend's 93rd Norwich...

UCONN FOOTBALL

American commissioner Aresco: No plans to replace UConn

UConn football coach Randy Edsall talks to his team during the second half of a game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in East Hartford. On Tuesday, Edsall was left to answer questions about his team's future, as the Huskies enter their final year in the American Athletic Conference. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

American Athletic Commissioner Mike Aresco says league has no plans to add member to replace UConn when school leaves to join Big East

COLLEGES

Mitchell teammates travel 2,000 miles to reunite in Moose Jaw

Five current or former Mitchell College players are teammates again, this time with the Moose Jaw Miller Express of the Western Canadian Baseball League. From left are Eric Marriott, Montville's Dougie DelaCruz, Jeff Nicolosi and Markus Melendez. Missing from photo is New London's Jeremy Santos, who recently joined the team after visiting his friends. (Photo courtesy of Doug DelaCruz)

At first glance, Moose Jaw seems the unlikeliest of places for five teammates from last season's Mitchell College baseball team to spend a summer together.

Ohio State, other Big Ten East powers facing uncertainty

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, left, talks to reporters during the Big Ten media days on Thursday in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

The two most important spots on a football team are the coach and the quarterback

Former BC coach suffers brain injury in fall

Former Boston College women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese suffered a brain injury when she fell Wednesday, according to a social media post by her sister

Florida's Mullen hoping for sizable leap in second season

Florida head coach Dan Mullen speaks during Monday's Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

Dan Mullen made a big leap in his second season at Mississippi State, but his Florida team doesn't have quite so much room to grow

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Barmakian providing a spark for Schooners while preparing for future

Steve Barmakian of the Mystic Schooners, right, talks with manager Phil Orbe in the bottom of the first inning during the opening game of a NECBL doubleheader against the Danbury Westerners on Monday at Fitch High School in Groton. (Gavin Keefe/Day photo)

With the Law School Admission Test approaching in September, Barmakian, who'll be a senior this fall, is preparing for his future. He plans to go to law school.

Local roundup: New London/Mystic ousted from Intermediate baseball regionals

The New London/Mystic team was eliminated from the Intermediate League (ages 12-13) Eastern Regional on Monday, falling 16-15 to Montgomery, N.Y.

Harrington holds off Cameron to win his second Norwich Invite title

Nick Harrington captured his second Norwich Invitational title, beating Josh Cameron, 3 and 1, in the final at Norwich Golf Course. He also won in 2016.

PROFESSIONAL

Column: Shane Lowry's British Open win caps off big year in majors

Ireland's Shane Lowry kisses the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championships on Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Column: Lowry's victory at British Open symbolizes a solid year in golf's majors

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman spotted with brace on thumb

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman seen wearing brace or splint on left thumb at youth camp he organized last weekend, will reportedly be limited for three weeks

Twins hit five homers, turn triple play in 8-6 win vs Yankees

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia reacts after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota's Mitch Garver in the fourth inning of Monday's game in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 8-6. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

Garver hits pair of homers as Twins go deep 5 times, hang on for 8-6 win vs Yankees

ON THE AIR

Baseball

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays.

7 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Staten Island Yankees at Connecticut Tigers.

8 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins.

Basketball

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA All-Star Game Selection Show.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA: Seattle Storm at Las Vegas Aces.

Cycling

7:30 a.m., NBCSN — Tour de France.

Soccer

6:30 a.m., ESPN2 — Men's exhibition: FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea in Rakuten Cup from Saitama, Japan.

7 p.m., ESPN — International Champions Cup: Real Madrid vs. Arsenal from Landover, Md.

9 p.m., ESPN — International Champions Cup: Guadalajara vs. Atletico Madrid from Arlington, Texas.

11 p.m., ESPN — Leagues Cup: Tijuana at Los Angeles Galaxy in a quarterfinal.

Swimming

Noon, NBCSN — FINA World Championships from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

7 p.m., NBCSN — FINA World Championships diving from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

Midnight, NBCSN — FINA World Championships from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Hamburg European Open from Germany; ATP Swiss Open from Gstaad, Switzerland; WTA Baltic Open from Jurmala, Latvia; WTA Palermo Open from Italy.

1:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Atlanta Open.

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Atlanta Open.