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Sunday Snap Judgments and Big 12 Hoops Power Rankings
College football season is over and all the focus is on basketball now. Teams have hit the halfway point of conference play and our opinions on each squad are clearing up. Each week, we'll recap what happened for each team in the Big 12 Conference over the previous seven days, then update our Actually Accomplished Rankings, a version of a power ranking that does not take into account who we "think" is better, but rather who has done the most on the court.

Notebook: Azur Kamara picked for NFL Draft Combine, XFL Jayhawks
Kamara was invited to the 2020 NFL Draft Combine, which technically goes by the name of the "NFL Scouting Combine," as was announced by the KU football program on Saturday. The combine will take place from Feb. 24 to March 1, and it will air on NFL Network.

KU basketball coach Bill Self earns 700th win in victory at TCU
A 60-46 win at TCU. A locker-room celebration featuring athletic director Jeff Long, who handed a commemorative basketball to KU's head coach. A photo with his granddaughter reminiscent of one taken of Phog Allen at the same point in his career.

Udoka Azubuike 'unbelievable,' 'terrific' in Kansas' win at TCU
If KU basketball were a sports car, Udoka Azubuike would be the engine. Azubuike is KU’s fulcrum on both ends of the court and when he’s on, there aren’t many other teams in the nation that can keep up with KU.

Media lauds Udoka Azubuike in Kansas road win
Of all of Kansas coach Bill Self's now 700 career wins, the Jayhawks' 60-46 victory over TCU in Fort Worth isn't likely to be one for the history books. But Self probably took a few minutes to grin about some of the things that did go right, moments that showed off the kind of toughness he's attempted to instill in his program.

NCAA Tournament committee releases top seed projections
The NCAA Tournament selection committee released its projected top 16 seeds for the 2020 NCAA Tournament Saturday, providing yet another look into their process of slotting teams into a potential bracket. And not only did the committee rank said teams 1-through-16, they slotted them into each regional if the NCAA Tournament were played today.

Bilas: This is Kansas' best shot at a national title in 10 years
But I would say that this year, based upon this year’s field, I think Kansas has as good of an opportunity to win a national championship this year as they’ve had in the last 10,” Bilas concluded.

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Inside the XFL - Rules, schedule, rosters, salaries and more for the 2020 season
For that reason, the XFL dismissed more radical changes, like making all 11 offensive players eligible to catch a pass. "That's not football," Luck said, "and people would know it." After more than a year of testing in junior colleges and semipro leagues, the league settled on about 15 tweaks. Those changes focused mostly on pace of game and a boost in scoring, while discouraging punts and overtime but encouraging kickoff returns. An ideal XFL game, vice president of football operations Doug Whaley said last fall, would have a 34-28 score and be played in two hours, 45 minutes -- about 25 minutes shorter than an NFL game.

Emotional Bob Knight ends 20-year split with Indiana
"It was one of the greatest and most emotional things for me," said former player Randy Wittman, who had a key role in the reunion. "I don't know if we'll see something like this again in college basketball. When he moved back here, I told him, 'You're back here because this is where you belong.'"

LeBron James' soaring dunk nearly identical to Kobe Bryant's 2001 move
"Ever see the movie 'The 6th Man'?" James asked after the Lakers' 125-120 victory over the Warriors. "Kobe came down, put himself in my body and gave me that dunk on that break."

Manager - Khabib Nurmagomedov uninterested in fighting 'scumbag' Conor McGregor
"The only chance this fight could happen is in the street," Abdelaziz said Saturday at UFC 247 at Toyota Center. "[McGregor would] have to do something spectacular. He's s---, you understand?

Wendell Moore Jr. caps frenzied Duke rally to beat North Carolina in OT
Jones hit a jumper at the horn to force the extra period, then Moore scored on a putback of Jones' air-balled jumper as time expired in OT to help the No. 7 Blue Devils top the Tar Heels 98-96 in a wild renewal of the longtime series Saturday night.

Jon Jones pressured by Dominick Reyes but pulls off another record-setting win
It was razor-close. Perhaps even controversial. But Jon Jones pulled off another record-setting victory Saturday night.

Eraser Dust

Liam Gallagher on Oasis Reunion Possibility – Rolling Stone
I don’t know, mate. Listen, all jokes aside, I don’t think he’s writing good music at the moment. I think if you played any of them songs on the acoustic guitar, you’d get laughed at. It’s just stupid, mate. He thinks he’s fucking David Bowie, but he’s not. It’s not for me, mate. I would much prefer to be stuck in the Nineties.

Netflix has removed nine titles from its service to comply with government requests - The Verge
Since Netflix was founded almost 25 years ago, the company has removed nine titles from its service around the world in compliance with government demands, including Night of the Living Dead in Germany and Full Metal Jacket in Vietnam.

Daily Inter Lake - Local News, Roundabout opponents sound off to council
Williams recognized the proposed project is under state jurisdiction, rather than the city, but he emphatically expressed his concerns with the proposed roundabout to the council. Williams called the roundabout a “travesty” that would “forever ruin the character of the neighborhood.”

Missing hawk returns home to Kalispell owner
Hawkeye, a rescue hawk missing one eye, spent 6 long nights away from shelter before being rescued and returned safely back to Kari’s home Thursday night.

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