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Report: Frank Mason signs two-way contract with Orlando Magic
After a storied career with the Jayhawks in college, Mason was drafted in the second round, 34th overall, of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He played one full season and 38 games of a second season before he was waived by the Kings. Mason averaged 6.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game before he was waived by Sacramento.

KU basketball vs. K-State: Who stood out and who didn't...
Arguably the most impressive part of McCormack’s game was his passing, even though he didn’t have any assists. McCormack had four good passes out of the post when his looks weren’t available, but missed KU shots — the Jayhawks went 31 percent from 3 — kept him from getting any assists.

Live updates: Meet Kansas football's National Signing Day 2021 class
After adding 20 prospects in the early-signing period, Kansas football heads to the 2021 iteration of signing day with only a few more names to add. Perhaps most notably, after already landing their highest-ranked signee in program history — Devin Neal, four-star (Top247) RB — the program is slated to do that a second time in the 2021 cycle with the expected addition of four-star wideout Quay Davis.

National Signing Day: Get to know Kansas' 2021 early enrollees
National signing day has arrived for the 2021 class. While the Jayhawks did much of their work in the early period, there were a few more names set to sign with the program on Wednesday. There were also a number of early enrollees the program was able to bring in, a list Phog.net was able to confirm back in late January.

KU basketball seeking to return to 'top-5' form after rout of K-State
“We were for sure a top-five team in the country,” reflected Braun of December. “We’re just trying to get back to what we know we are and what we know we can be.”

Three takeaways: Reviewing KU basketball's win vs. Kansas State
“It felt good to get an easy basket for my first one,” Braun said after the game. “I missed a couple looks early — to be honest I missed a lot of looks tonight that I should’ve hit. But it was a good thing to get ... going early. It feels good against [K-State], too.”

Photo gallery: KU basketball blows out K-State at Allen Fieldhouse
In fact, the Jayhawks' top-three scorers — David McCormack, Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji — scored as many points as Kansas State for the game. McCormack posted 18 points, Braun matched that total and Agbaji added 15, good for a mark of 51 combined points. The Jayhawks' other two starters added another 12, while the bench chipped in with 11.

Andy Reid: Mike DeBord 'a great addition' for Kansas football
"I've known Mike DeBord for over 20 years," Reid said, as shared by the Kansas football Twitter account. "He has done nothing more than construct one dominant offense after another. There just isn't much he hasn't seen or done at the highest level of college football. Mike can coach any position to excellence on offense."

Quick recap & instant analysis: No. 23 KU basketball vs. K-State
Prior to Tuesday's game, No. 23 Kansas (12-6, 6-4 Big 12) had defeated ranked foes in at-the-time No. 7 West Virginia, No. 8 Creighton, No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 20 Kentucky. Kansas also holds a win over Oklahoma (current No. 9). The Jayhawks had dropped games to Gonzaga, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Oklahoma State.

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College football's February 2021 national signing day tracker - Live updates, news, analysis and more
Despite the NCAA enacting a dead period amid the COVID-19 pandemic since last March, meaning recruits haven't been able to take official visits, recruiting has gone on as normal. The early signing period in December came and went, and now the regular signing period takes place.

Fanatics sees record sales for Tom Brady merchandise in 2-week period before 10th Super Bowl
With Tom Brady leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an NFC championship and a trip to Super Bowl LV, fans are gobbling up all they can in Brady and Bucs merchandise.

Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet scores 54 points to break franchise record
"Unbelievable. I'm very humbled and honored to be in the same sentence as both of those guys," said VanVleet, who finished the game 17-for-23 from the field, 11-for-14 from the 3-point line and 9-for-9 from the foul line. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks in 37 minutes.

Eraser Dust

Biden, Yellen say GOP virus aid too small, Democrats push on
President Joe Biden panned a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan as insufficient as Senate Democrats pushed ahead, voting to launch a process that could approve his sweeping rescue package on their own, if Republicans refuse to support it.

Biden Executive Orders: How He Stacks Up With Other Presidents : NPR
In his first two weeks in office, President Biden has signed nearly as many executive orders as Franklin Roosevelt signed in his entire first month. And President Roosevelt holds the record.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi detained for 2 weeks under import-export laws following coup - CNN
Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained for two weeks, according to her party's spokesperson, two days after the country's powerful armed forces seized control in a coup.

China takes WHO team to Wuhan bat lab at center of coronavirus conspiracies - CNN
A team of World Health Organization investigators in Wuhan are visiting a laboratory Wednesday that has been the focus of conspiracies and speculation about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

Old Navy opens Wednesday in North Kalispell
The San Francisco-based clothing retailer has been working on a new store location in the North Kalispell commercial corridor for about a year.

Dogs shot in Columbia Falls, couple claims defending livestock | KECI
A Columbia Falls neighborhood is at odds after residents say a neighbor shot two dogs on Sunday.