UConn, Hartford women in NCAAs; BC in NIT

UConn, Hartford women in NCAAs; BC in NIT

UConn was named one of the four number one seeds in the women's NCAA Tournament on Monday. The Huskies will be going for their third straight championship title, which would be their second such stretch under coach Geno Auriemma. He guided his team to three straight championships from 2002-2004. A championship for Auriemma this season would be his seventh, tying him with Tennessee coach Pat Summit.

The Huskies will be hosting in-state foe No. 16 Hartford in the tournament's first round on March 19. The Hawks won the American East Conference to earn their automatic bid to the big dance. They are coached by former UConn player Jen Rizzotti, who helped Auriemma to his first national championship in 1995.

Boston College went 18-15 this season but was left out of the NCAA Tournament field. Instead, the Eagles will compete in the 64-team NIT, traveling to host Yale for their first round matchup with the Bulldogs Thursday.

Yale went 10-4 in the Ivy League, good enough for a second place tie and the league's automatic bid to the NIT. It is their first postseason appearance in more than 30 years.

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros


Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.