PROVIDENCE — Back in 2015, Ed Cooley fanned the flames by declaring that Providence’s annual in-state college basketball showdown against the University of Rhode Island isn’t a rivalry game. The PC coach also expressed that the game against the Rams should always take place at the Friars’ venue.

Boston hosts the Miami Heat after Jayson Tatum scored 49 points in the Boston Celtics' 134-121 victory against the Miami Heat. Friday's game will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The Celtics won the previous matchup 134-121. Boston is 12-4 against the Eastern Conference, and Miami is 6-8 against conference opponents.

    Sponsored by Antonino Auto Group: For the 2022-2023 school year, The Westerly Sun will be selecting high school Athletes of the Week. Voting closes on Tuesday at 9am and the top selection will be announced on Thursday. The nominees for the week ending November 26 are as follows:

    August Mahoney had 18 points in Yale’s 86-40 win over Howard. Mahoney finished 6 of 10 from 3-point range for the Bulldogs. Bez Mbeng added 13 points while shooting 5 for 9, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc, and had eight assists. John Poulakidas finished 4 of 8 from 3-point range to finish with 12 points. The Bison were led by William Settle, who recorded 14 points. Howard also got eight points and five assists from Kobe Dickson.

    Led by Briggs McClain's 23 points, the Hartford Hawks defeated the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 74-66 on Wednesday night. The Hawks improved to 4-6 with the victory and the Knights fell to 3-6.

    The Boston Athletic Association has named Jack Fleming as its new president and chief executive officer. The association that manages the Boston Marathon announced the hire Wednesday in a statement. Fleming will assume the post immediately. He replaces Thomas Grilk after he stepped down from his posts on April 30 as part of a planned transition into an advisory role. Fleming had been serving as acting CEO since May 1. His appointment follows a five-month national search. He was previously the association's CEO from 2017 to 2022. He’s also served various other roles in the organization since 1992.

    WNBA teams will play a record 40-game schedule this upcoming season that begins on May 19. All 12 teams will have games the opening weekend, starting with New York playing Washington and Connecticut facing Indiana. Las Vegas and Connecticut, who played in the WNBA Finals last season, will play three times with consecutive games in Connecticut on June 6 and 8 and then in Las Vegas on July 1. The regular season concludes on Sept. 10 with all 12 teams playing.

    A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a former University of Connecticut women’s soccer player who lost her scholarship after giving the middle finger to a television camera. Three judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City ruled Wednesday that Noriana Radwan presented sufficient evidence to go to trial on her claim that she was punished more harshly than male athletes who violated conduct rules. A lower court judge dismissed Radwan's lawsuit in 2020. The case returns to the federal trial court. UConn officials say they're confident they will prevail in court.

    The Connecticut Sun have hired Darius Taylor as the team’s general manager and added assistant GM to Morgan Tuck’s title. Taylor takes over for Curt Miller, who served as Connecticut’s coach and general manager before he left to take the coaching job with Los Angeles last month. Taylor had been with Atlanta since 2017, rising from assistant coach to interim head coach and assistant GM in 2021. The 28-year-old Tuck has been working in the Sun’s front office since retiring in 2021 because of injuries.

    Mike Sainristil wanted to have the ball in his hands to make plays at receiver when he chose to attend Michigan. Sainristil got his wish, scoring touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. But coach Jim Harbaugh asked Sainristil last spring to switch to cornerback, and it has proved to be a win-win move. The second-ranked Wolverines will likely line up Sainristil at times against standout receiver Charlie Jones on Saturday night when Michigan faces Purdue in the conference championship game in Indianapolis.

    Jayson Tatum leads Boston into a matchup with Miami averaging 30.8 points per game. Wednesday's meeting will be the second of the season between the two teams. Boston is 11-4 against the Eastern Conference, and Miami is 6-7 against conference opponents.

    Led by Raheem Solomon's 26 points, the Sacred Heart Pioneers defeated the Western New England Golden Bears 100-59 on Monday night. The Pioneers improved to 4-3 with the win and the Golden Bears fell to 0-1.

    Led by Antwan Walker's 19 points, the Bryant Bulldogs defeated the Framingham State Rams 98-44 on Monday night. The Bulldogs improved to 6-1 with the victory and the Rams fell to 0-1.

    South Carolina remains the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Gamecocks suffered a scare when reigning Player of the Year Aliyah Boston left Sunday’s game with a foot injury. Stanford, UConn, Ohio State and Indiana round out the top five. No. 9 Virginia Tech is in the top 10 for the first time since 1999. Louisville saw its run of 98 straight weeks in the top 10 end as the Cardinals fell to 18th. It was the longest active streak.

    Boston looks to prolong its eight-game home win streak with a victory over Charlotte. The teams play Monday for the first time this season. Boston is 10-4 against the Eastern Conference, and Charlotte is 3-10 against conference opponents.

    Donovan Clingan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 20 UConn to a 71-53 win over Iowa State in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament. Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the undefeated Huskies, who went 20 for 25 at the free-throw line. Alex Karaban and Andre Jackson, Jr. each had 10 points. Osun Osunniyi led Iowa State with 14 points. Tamin Lipsey had 12 points and Jaren Holmes finished with 11.

    Led by Caleb Fields’ 21 points, the Fairfield Stags defeated the Evansville Purple Aces 63-56 at the Hostilo Hoops Community Classic. The Stags are now 2-5 on the season, while the Purple Aces fell to 2-6.

    The Brown Bears defeated the Maine Black Bears 70-63 on Sunday led by Kino Lilly Jr.'s 32 points. The Bears are now 2-4 on the season, while the Black Bears dropped to 4-2.

    Tristan da Silva scored 20 points and reserve J’Vonne Hadley scored 12 shooting 5 for 6 and Colorado held off Yale in the final seconds for a 65-62 win. Following a Yale timeout, Colorado’s Julian Hammond III made two foul shots with nine seconds left for a three-point lead. After another Yale timeout, Jalen Gabbidon stole Bez Mbeng’s inbounds pass, got fouled and made two foul shots to seal it with five seconds left. John Poulakidas scored 22 points for Yale shooting 6 for 8 from 3-point range.

    Azzi Fudd scored 24 points to rally No. 3 UConn past No. 9 Iowa 86-79 in the championship game of the first Phil Knight Legacy women’s tournament. Fudd had plenty of help, with Aaliyah Edwards scoring 20 points and three other Huskies reaching double-figures. Edwards was named MVP of the tournament. Iowa star Caitlin Clark had 25 points, and Kate Martin added 20. Edwards got UConn off to a strong start, scoring 10 points while the Huskies built a 20-14 edge.

    Devin McGlockton hit the go-ahead layup and iced the game with a pair of free throws a minute later and Boston College defeated Rhode Island 53-49. Jaeden Zackery scored 16 points for Boston College and McGlockton finished with 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. McGlockton’s layup with 1:07 remaining gave the Eagles the lead for good at 50-48. Rhode Island fought hard on its next possession, grabbing three offensive rebounds before Ishmael Leggett was fouled and went to the line with 36 seconds remaining. He made one of two to trail 50-49. Later, Brayon Freeman missed inside for Rhode Island before McGlockton hit two free throws for a four-point BC lead with 8 seconds remaining.

    David Craig had 18 points and 11 rebounds in Mercer’s 60-58 win against Fairfield. Shawn Walker scored 16 points while going 7 of 10 from the field, for the Bears (4-3). Luis Hurtado scored nine. Supreme Cook led the Stags (1-5) with 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

    Sherif Gross-Bullock scored 15 points, including a go-ahead runner in the lane with 0.8 seconds left, and Bryant beat Syracuse 73-72 in a game that got testy midway through the first half. The Bulldogs are off to their best start in their Division I history. Syracuse’s Joe Girard sank a pair of foul shots with eight seconds to go for a 72-71 advantage before Gross-Bullock took the inbound, drove the length of the floor, put up a floater in the middle of the lane that bounced off the rim and in. The Orange did not get off a shot at the end.