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Kansas Sports

Spark plug: Jamari Traylor making most of minutes |
If nicknames were handed out to athletes based on the most common words their coaches used to describe them, Kansas University senior Jamari Traylor would be known as The Spark.

Can KU replicate Austin ‘recipe’? |
Kansas University’s basketball team played perhaps the most efficient road game of the 13-year Bill Self era last season at Texas’ Frank Erwin Center, committing three turnovers in a 75-62 victory over Rick Barnes’ last Longhorn team.

Kansas-TCU women at a glance |
Tonight’s contest at TCU marks the final regular-season game of Brandon Schneider’s first season in charge of the Kansas University program. At 0-17 in Big 12 play following Saturday’s 11-point home loss to Texas Tech, the Jayhawks travel south to TCU for their second game with the Horned Frogs in the past 12 days. KU is looking to avoid becoming the first team to go winless in conference play since Marian Washington’s 2001-02 squad finished 0-16 in Big 12 play and 5-25 overall. KU has suffered through 16 consecutive losing seasons in conference play and has not finished above .500 in conference since the 1999-2000 season.

Kansas baseball edged by Beavers |
Kansas University freshmen right-handed pitchers Jackson Goddard and Zack Leban allowed just four hits over eight combined innings, but No. 5-ranked Oregon State made the most of those hits in a 3-1 baseball victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday at Surprise Stadium.

KU softball falls to South Florida |
Kansas University managed just one hit in a 6-0 softball loss to South Florida in the final game of the USF tournament on Sunday.

KU tennis sweeps New Mexico, 7-0 |
Kansas University bounced back from its first tennis setback of the season with a 7-0 sweep of No. 46-ranked New Mexico on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

D-Line coach Michael Slater officially joins KU football |
Kansas University coach David Beaty on Sunday confirmed the hiring of former Rice defensive line coach Michael Slater, who will join the Jayhawks for the 2016 season and replace Calvin Thibodeaux, who recently left for Oklahoma.

College Hoops

Bracketology Bubble Tracker: Badgers get big win vs. Michigan -
Wisconsin picked up another good win over Michigan on its senior night. The Badgers have a unique profile in the long time that I have been tracking selection data. Only four teams have ever received at-large bids with five bad losses, and it seems likely Wisconsin will be the fifth if it doesn't win the Big Ten tournament. No such team has ever been seeded above an 8, so don't look for Wisconsin to wear their white uniforms in the opening round. Lately, they aren't wearing white anywhere anyway.

Bracketology: Michigan State takes Xavier's place as a No. 1 seed -
Xavier got a little too high over its win over Villanova earlier this week, and ran into a team that needed and wanted it more in Seton Hall on Sunday.

Pro Sports

Here are the 2016 NFL franchise tag numbers for every position -
On Friday night we learned the NFL and NFLPA set the salary cap above $155 million. Which means we now know the franchise tag and transition tag numbers.

You're the best, around: And the Oscar goes to ... Steph Curry -
Trophies. Records. Clubs. And hearts. Those are the things that you probably expected to get broken this weekend. With college basketball still building up toward March, teams trying to figure out ways to stop Steph Curry, the Bear Trap 15th hole at the Honda Classic and the Oscars being given out this weekend, there was going to be a lot of drama throughout. In case you missed any of it, we've got the beats you need to know.

Report: Broncos privately preparing to part ways with Peyton Manning -
The "Peyton Manning Retirement Watch" officially went into circus mode on Saturday night when the Denver Post reported that Manning would likely be announcing his retirement by the end of the week.

Random News

The Oscar Robertsons: Best sports movies, actors and scenes ever -
For the rest of us, the Oscars offer an excuse to discuss what's really important: the best sports movies of all time, with the word "best" being used as liberally as possible.

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