Life

Annika Sorenstam on decision to accept Presidential Medal of Freedom one day after Capitol riots: ‘It’s time to move on’

No. 19 Kansas upsets No. 2 Baylor as Bears suffer first loss of the season

It took Baylor 19 games to finally check into the loss column, but on Saturday – against the program that had held a stranglehold over the Big 12 for the last two decades – the Bears, ranked No. 2 in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll, finally succumbed to defeat. 

It was 19th-ranked Kansas, a program that had won 16 of the past 17 regular-season Big 12 titles, that held off a late surge to take down Baylor, 71-58. No. 1 Gonzaga is now the only undefeated team in the country.

The Bears (18-1, 10-1) were impressive in their winning streak throughout 2020-21, playing in the third-best conference in the country according the the NCAA's NET metric. 

David McCormack paced Kansas with 20 points. Kansas was able to win despite committing 14 turnovers (compared to Baylor's three) and shooting 3-for-16 (19%) from three-point range.  Baylor leading scorer Jared Butler finished just 2-for-9 from the floor with five points. 

Kevin Durant will miss more time with hamstring injury

Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant’s absence due to a hamstring injury is turning into an extended one.

Durant will be sidelined through at least the All-Star break, the team announced on Friday after a follow-up MRI on his left hamstring.

“The latest images provided a clearer picture of the hamstring and while we are confident that Durant will return at full strength, this extra recovery time will allow him to perform at the level at which he has been playing this season once he returns,” the team said in a statement. “Durant will continue to undergo rehabilitation and will be re-assessed following the break.”

Two weeks ago, the team said Durant would miss last at least two games. He has missed six games since the initial announcement and will miss at least three more before the All-Star break. Brooklyn is scheduled to resume play on March 11 against Boston. If he's available, that will mark four weeks between games played for Durant. 

No. 3 Michigan rolls Indiana, 73-57, now one win from Big Ten title

Michigan basketball presses on toward a Big Ten championship. 

The third-ranked Wolverines blew out Indiana, 73-57, in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall, and drew one game closer to winning their first conference title since the 2014. Michigan can secure the title by winning one of its three remaining games. 

Despite a short turnaround from Thursday night's win over No. 12 Iowa, Michigan had little trouble dispatching the Hoosiers. Michigan led for nearly the entire game — and by double digits for much of the second half. 

The Wolverines did not play a clean offensive game, but limited Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis, who had his worst game of the season, and received standout performances from Franz Wagner, who scored a game-high 21 points, and Isaiah Livers, who scored 16 (11 in the second half). Mike Smith added 14 points on 4 of 5 shooting and Hunter Dickinson scored 13 points with seven rebounds. 

LARRY CLISBY:  Longtime Purdue radio announcer dies

WHO'S GOT NEXT?Who will lead the next generation of Black basketball coaches?

Michigan's wings take over

Opinion: Young gymnasts trying to capitalize on unexpected chance at Tokyo Olympics

INDIANAPOLIS – The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics forced athletes in every sport to revise their plans, with most having to push their timetables back.

For a few athletes, however, it meant speeding them up.

Female gymnasts are required to be 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible for the Games. Skye Blakely and Konnor McClain are among those who, because they were born in 2005, set their sights on the 2024 Olympics in Paris because they were going to be too young for Tokyo. But with the 2020 Games delayed a year because of COVID, they’ve found themselves with an unexpected opportunity.

“It changes the strategy,” said Tom Forster, national team coordinator. “This would not have been a year they’re trying to make an Olympic team, obviously, and world championships would have been an individual worlds and much later. To fast-forward everything would be a really big challenge.

“So the skills they’re trying to plan for 2024, they take years to really perfect and I talked (to their coaches) about not pushing too fast so they stay safe and give them best opportunity to do their best this year.”

Annika Sorenstam on decision to accept Presidential Medal of Freedom one day after Capitol riots: ‘It’s time to move on’

Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam has no regrets about accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom, despite the ceremony taking place just one day after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

"I think that putting energy on things that I can't really control has not been my thing. And it's time to move on," she told interviewer Graham Bensinger in a video Bensinger posted to YouTube on Thursday. "Second-guessing, it's just not part of my nature."

Sorenstam and fellow honoree Gary Player were widely criticized for taking part in the White House event with President Donald Trump — so soon after the riots, which resulted in five deaths.