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Coverage of High school basketball continues on Tuesday night here at KMZU. We’ll get things underway at 6 p.m. with a boys Class 1 sectional matchup that has the Meadville Eagles taking on the LaPlata Bulldogs at Truman State University in Kirksville. That game will be followed at 7:45 by a girls class 1 sectional battle which features the Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs against the Lady Lions from St Joseph Christian. That game will be contested at Missouri Western State University in St Joe. Nathan Stuedle and Mark Davis will have the call from Mo-West and Rod Tompkins and Coach Greg Hough from Kirksville.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Two former athletic officials each received two years probation for failing to tell authorities about a $2 million ticket-scalping scheme at the University of Kansas. U.S. District Judge Wesley on Monday also ordered Brandon Simmons, the former assistant athletic director of sales and marketing, to pay $157,480 in restitution. He ordered Jason Jeffries, former assistant director of ticket operations, to pay $56,000 in restitution. Simmons struggled to keep from crying as he told the judge he will spend the rest of his life repairing the damage to his name and reputation. He said he made a terrible error in judgment. Jeffries told the judge he took a wrong turn in his life’s path. He said he knows he still has work to do before people trust him again.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – Teenager Gunnar Sandberg pulled Easton-Bell’s prototype of a protective pitchers helmet over his high school baseball cap and immediately deemed it comfortable. His father thinks it looks cool, too. The Sandbergs now plan to work convincing others of the importance of such headgear. This Friday marks the one-year anniversary since Sandberg sustained a life-threatening skull injury while pitching in a scrimmage for Marin Catholic High School. He got hit by a line drive traveling at 130 mph. The 17-year-old Sandberg is back on the field for his senior season, playing designated hitter and first base. Easton-Bell spent most of the past year developing a lightweight, padded product to keep pitchers’ heads safe – and it’s a far cry from those bulky batting helmets worn by hitters.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Pat Knight is telling The Associated Press he’s glad his firing from Texas Tech was handled professionally, unlike what happened when his famous father was ousted at Indiana in 2000. Tech fired Knight on Monday, though he will coach the team in this week’s Big 12 tournament. He is 50-60 in his first Division I coaching job and his third full year as head coach. He had only one winning season after taking over for Bob Knight in February 2008. He says he would have liked another year to prove himself but understands that college basketball is a business.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Kansas’ Bill Self, whose remarkable run of seven consecutive Big 12 championships has astounded his rivals and probably spoiled his fans, is the Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year. Self easily outpolled everyone else in voting by writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the Big 12. It’s the third time in his eight seasons at Kansas that the affable Oklahoma native has won the honor. Of all the championships in Self’s trophy case, this year’s was perhaps the most improbable. The Jayhawks lost two NBA lottery picks off last year’s team as well as playmaking guard Sherron Collins. They also had injuries, suspensions and the tragic death of one player’s mother. But they still finished 29-2 overall and 14-2 in the league, losing only to Texas and Kansas State.

By The Associated Press

Connecticut remains No. 1 in women’s college basketball, and Ohio State is back in the Top 25 rankings by The Associated Press. UConn received 37 of 39 first-places votes Monday, with Stanford drawing the other two. The Huskies play Rutgers on Monday night in the Big East semifinals. Baylor, Tennessee and Xavier complete the first five. The Musketeers face Dayton on Monday night in the Atlantic 10 championship. Ohio State rejoins the poll at No. 18 after sweeping through the Big Ten tournament with wins over Iowa, Michigan State and Penn State. They fell from the poll Jan. 31 after being ranked 130 straight weeks. Georgia Tech also rejoined the Top 25 at No. 24. Iowa State and Iowa dropped out. One voter was unable to vote this week.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

L-A Clippers at Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Portland at Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Utah at New York 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
New Orleans at Chicago 8:00 p.m.