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Kansas Falls At Texas 75-72 in OT
Kansas dominated the early part of the game with its defense. Texas figured out how to attack the paint in the second half. The Jayhawks then found a way to even this game at the end to send it to overtime. In the end, free throws hurt the Jayhawks as they hit just 12 of 21 attempts.
Missouri Loses To Mississippi 60-53
Missouri struggled offensively all game, shooting just 35% from the field and 30% from behind the arc. Mississippi dominated this game on the boards. Missouri doesn’t have a good chance to win in any game in which Xavier Pinson goes 1-for-9 from the field and finishes with two points.
Two In A Row For K-State! Wildcats Beat OU 62-57
Kansas State controlled the final five minutes of the game for the second consecutive game, and now they have back-to-back wins for the first time since December. Down 52-47 with five minutes to play, Kansas State outscored Oklahoma 15-5 down the stretch to beat the Sooners.
Texas 75, Kansas 72 (Box Score)
Mississippi 60, Missouri 53 (Box Score)
Kansas State 62, Oklahoma 57 (Box Score)
Royals Spring Training Notes
Tuesday was Day 2 of full-squad workouts, and we learned a few things about the Royals’ plans. The roster is mostly set for the start of the season. There isn’t a lot of competition for spots this year. The starting lineup is basically set. The rotation is basically set. Seven or eight pitchers are battling for the last spot in the rotation. He also said that the core of the bullpen is set.
Dayton Moore feels good that the team is basically set entering camp. That’s both good and bad. If nobody is pushing for a spot in the starting lineup, what does that say about the depth of the position players? Injuries will happen. Guys will miss time during the season. Do the Royals have the depth necessary to cover those games?
Moore won’t hesitate to promote a young pitcher who’s ready, whether it be for a spot in the rotation or the bullpen. He is open to the idea of putting one of his young starters in the bullpen. This is what I have been pushing for a long time.
Breaking young starters into the major leagues through the bullpen is a great way to go. Look at how the St. Louis Cardinals brought Adam Wainwright to the major leagues. Wainwright appeared in 61 games in his first full season in 2006. He earned two saves during the regular season. Both of them came in his last two games. He went on to earn three saves in the postseason, including the final game of the World Series.
Dayton Moore isn’t going to go crazy, but you knew that. Some players have no chance of making the major league club. LHP Asa Lacy is going to the minor leagues regardless of his performance in the spring. In fact, Lacy won’t even pitch in games, at least early in Spring Training. It makes sense, but it is a little concerning to put any limit on any player. Why can’t Lacy earn a spot in the bullpen? Moore won’t hold players back who are ready, but he will take a little more time than some before he declares them ready. It’s not bad. It’s just Dayton Moore. He knows what he’s doing. He has proven that.
Tiger Woods crash… Tiger Woods was involved in a single-car rollover accident in Los Angeles Tuesday morning. Woods was removed from the car by the “jaws of life” and taken to a hospital where he was in serious condition with multiple leg injuries.
Missouri Athletics finances… Missouri released its financial information for the 2019 fiscal year, which ended in July 2020. In the fiscal year, Missouri increased revenue by $3.2 million to $110.2 million, but expenses increased by $10.6 million to $119 million. That’s a deficit of $8.8 million.
Missouri coaching news… Aaron Fletcher was named the next defensive backs coach for Missouri. Fletcher was previously at Tulsa. Wait. Don’t Missouri coaches usually go to Tulsa and not from Tulsa? Maybe that’s just head basketball coaches.
Also, in Missouri football news. Former Missouri WR L’Damian Washington was elevated to director of player development.
Redskins didn’t want Alex Smith back… Alex Smith said that the Washington Redskins did not want him back after two years of rehab on his leg. They didn’t think he could do it. It was a new regime that wanted to move on and didn’t want him.
Franchise Tag Tuesday… Tuesday marked the first day that NFL teams could franchise tag eligible players. Franchise tags essentially take the top free agents off the market.
There are three types of tags a pending free agent can receive. The Exclusive Franchise Tag offers the player the average of the top five salaries at his position once the restricted tender period ends in mid-April. The Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag offers the player is similar but offers the player less money based on a formula. The Transition Tag offers the player the average of the top ten salaries at his position.
One pending free agent per team can be designated with one of the three tags. Players who are tagged have until July 15 to sign the offer or negotiate an extension with the team. Players can be tagged while tagged but must sign the offer to do so. An unsigned tag is allowed, and the player is not penalized if they fail to appear at training camp.
Players who are given the non-exclusive franchise tag can negotiate deals with other teams. When they reach an agreement, the team holding their tag has five days to match the offer. If the team declines the offer, they will get two first-round picks as compensation. Players with an exclusive franchise tag cannot negotiate with other teams. Players with a transition tag do not include any draft compensation.
Baseball transactions… The San Francisco Giants signed LHP Scott Kazmir to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Kazmir will get the major league minimum if he makes the big league roster. Kazmir has not pitched in the majors since 2016.
The next Trebek… Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will host ten Jeopardy shows starting on April 5.
The defensive adjustment Kansas made that turned around its season (CJ Moore)
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