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Opening Act: Mason, Lucas lift Jayhawks to 86-80 win in Big 12 opener |
After watching his team miss eight of its first nine shots inside TCU’s jam-packed Schollmaier Arena, Mason stopped reacting and started creating, often lowering his head near mid-court and driving to the rim no matter who or what stood in his way.

Notebook: Jackson 'lost composure' during technical foul; Jayhawks make key free throws |
For the first time since struggling mightily in the Jayhawks’ season-opening loss to Indiana in Hawaii, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson battled foul trouble and his emotions during the Jayhawks’ 86-80 victory over TCU on Friday at Schollmaier Arena in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Veterans key Kansas road win to open Big 12 play |
Winning conference games on the road can be difficult in college basketball without some veterans to lead the way. No. 3-ranked Kansas couldn’t have opened Big 12 play Friday night at TCU without seniors Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas.

Kansas survives TCU’s upset bid in Big 12 opener
“Coming into this game there was a lot of talk of how good a rebounding team they were,” Lucas said. “I emphasized getting on the glass. I’ve always taken pride in that. This year I got off to a poor start in rebounding. With a fresh season and the Big 12 coming around, I wanted to get back to doing that.”

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Washington over Alabama would be college football's biggest postseason upset ever -
Judging by some of the media questions directed at Washington players this week, it's a wonder why the Huskies even bothered showing up for the Peach Bowl. You know there's not much faith in a competitive game when ESPN puts ratings juggernaut Alabama in the afternoon College Football Playoff Semifinal to try to maximize viewership at night for Clemson-Ohio State.

Washington vs. Alabama prediction, Peach Bowl odds, line: Huskies can hang with Tide -
The first of the two College Football Playoff semifinals will be the Peach Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

UFC 207 results -- Amanda Nunes obliterates Ronda Rousey with first-round TKO -
Amanda Nunes is the baddest woman on the planet. That's the title you get when you destroy Ronda Rousey in under a minute. Nunes defended her title with a precision striking display that Rousey had absolutely no answer for.

Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant lead Warriors to easy win over Mavs: Takeaways -
The Golden State Warriors cruised by the Dallas Mavericks for a 108-99 win on Saturday, led by Klay Thompson's 29 points on 11-for-19 shooting and a triple-double from Kevin Durant. The final score is misleading - the Warriors and Mavericks played evenly for a quarter, then the superteam took control until a meaningless 21-9 run from Dallas' reserves late in the fourth quarter.

Clemson vs. Ohio State prediction, Fiesta Bowl pick, odds, line: Top stars collide -
The dominance of Alabama, both during the 2016 season and through much of the Nick Saban era, can get a little predictable and -- at times -- a little boring. Loads of future pros continue to shine on a defense that takes away all of your good plays, best players, and over the course of 60 minutes, your hope for victory. The one program, one voice approach has worked, but it doesn't quite deliver the entertainment or star-power you get with the Fiesta Bowl participants: Clemson and Ohio State.

Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid in All-Star Game Good or Bad for League?
But, where does that leave the rest of the guys? In particular, and I didn’t think I’d be saying this, Joel Embiid. Yes, Joel Embiid is receiving a huge amount of voting traction within the Philadelphia 76ers fanbase and beyond. He is without a doubt one of the most popular players in the league. Will this popularity, along with his historic play in his first season, get him the All-Star nod?