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Kansas Volleyball Clinches Big 12 Outright; Football team finishes season

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KU volleyball clinches outright Big 12 title in 5-set win |
It took another five-set match, but the No. 4-ranked Kansas volleyball team clinched sole possession of the Big 12 Conference title with a thrilling road victory against Baylor on Saturday, 25-20, 25-15, 16-25, 22-25, 15-9.

Big takeaway: Turnovers cost Jayhawks in loss to K-State |
When David Beaty looks back on the final Saturday of his second season as Kansas football coach, he will find it difficult to ignore a bumpy first-half stretch that sent his underdog Jayhawks into constant comeback mode for the remainder of the Sunflower Showdown.

Azubuike's presence in KU's starting lineup plenty exciting but not necessarily permanent |
Bill Self’s decision to start freshman center Udoka Azubuike and sophomore wing Lagerald Vick in place of struggling starters Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg Jr., brought some buzz to Friday’s 95-57 Kansas victory over UNC Asheville at Allen Fieldhouse.

Notebook: KU special teams find success; road woes continue |
With only fair catches and no returns in the punt game in its season-ending loss Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the Kansas football team finished the year with negative-10 punt return yards in 2016. However, the Jayhawks kept themselves in what became a 34-19 defeat at Kansas State with some special teams success.

Jayhawks drop season finale at K-State, 34-19 |
Similar to the arc of the 2016 season, the Kansas football team couldn’t fight back from a big first-half deficit in its regular season finale against Kansas State.

Other Sports

Bowl projections: Ohio State will make the playoff if the committee does its job -
The final full weekend of the regular season has provided us with some dramatics, a shake up in the New Year's Six games and an interesting situation for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

College football winners, losers in Week 13: Give thanks for an absurd rivalry weekend -
At the risk of being too corny, college football gave us a lot to be thankful for this weekend.

Michigan has legit beef with controversial spot on Ohio State's 4th-down conversion -
Ohio State's 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan was a defensive struggle for nearly the entire 60 minutes of regulation, but it morphed into college football's heart attack-inducing game of the season in overtime.

Seven takeaways: The Warriors win their 11th straight as they outpace the Wolves -
The Golden State Warriors won their 11th game in a row Saturday night with a 115-102 home victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Steph Curry finished with 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting while Kevin Durant had a 5X4 with 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks.

WATCH: A special Alabama senior day moment almost made Nick Saban cry -
In this big business that we call college football, it's easy to forget the ones playing the game are still 18-to-22-year-olds. Call them adults, call them kids, call them whatever you like, but they're still non-professionals. And football is still a sport bigger than the outcome of a game.

Other News

How Jack Johnson's Parents Screwed Him And Left Him Millions In Debt
Jack Johnson's financial troubles came to light in November, when the Columbus Dispatch revealed that the Blue Jackets defenseman had filed for bankruptcy after his parents—who had been in control of his money since 2008—created eight figures' worth of debt for him. But it wasn't just poor management: according to a source close to both Johnson and his family, his parents knew exactly what they were doing from the very beginning.

The Democratic Party Needs to Stop Using Reaction Gifs
The Democrats lost the election, and now they’re just trying to pick up the pieces. The party’s current social media strategy is unfortunate—using reaction gifs to warn of the horror a Trump presidency might bring.

Report: Research Suggests That Russia Played a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
Speculation about Russia’s interference in the U.S. Presidential election has run rampant throughout the campaign. Now, researchers from two independent groups have confirmed that Putin’s minions wielded a complex misinformation apparatus to unleash a "firehose of falsehood" on the American public.

Betsy DeVos and the Wrong Way to Fix Schools - The New York Times
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has sent shock waves through the educational establishment. Understandably so, since this is a clear sign that Mr. Trump intends a major national push to direct public funds to private and charter schools. But this is more than just a political or financial loss for traditional public schools. It will also most likely be a loss for students.