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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji drives to the basket against USC during the first half of a game in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. 

KU tabbed by coaches as Big 12 preseason favorite

IRVING, Texas | Kansas has been picked by Big 12 head coaches as the favorite to win the conference title after Baylor won the league title last season and went on to win its first national championship.

The Jayhawks got eight of 10 first-place votes and 80 of 81 potential points from the coaches, who couldn’t vote for their own teams in the poll released Thursday. Texas got the remaining two first-place votes and 70 points to rank second.

Baylor was picked third after the departures of AP Big 12 player of the year Jared Butler and fellow standout guards Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague.

Texas Tech was picked fourth, ahead of Oklahoma State and West Virginia, who got the same number of points in balloting. Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State were seventh through ninth, while Iowa State was listed last on every ballot.

Three Kansas seniors — guards Ochai Agbaji and Remy Martin, and 6-foot-10 forward David McCormack — were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, as selected by the coaches. Martin was tabbed the league’s preseason player of the year.

Washington Football team announces jersey retirement amid scandals

ASHBURN, Va. | The Washington Football Team announced Thursday it is retiring late safety Sean Taylor’s number this weekend, last-minute timing that sparked criticism while the organization is dealing with multiple off-field scandals.

The team said in a statement this has been in the works since before the season and apologized to fans for the lack of notice.

Washington’s head athletic trainer is on administrative leave for what a team spokesman called an ongoing criminal investigation unrelated to the club after federal authorities, including agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, searched the practice facility Oct. 1.

Former employees are also calling for the NFL to release the findings of an investigation into Washington workplace misconduct after emails from Jon Gruden led to the Raiders coach’s resignation.

White Sox star says he wants La Russa to return

CHICAGO | White Sox star Tim Anderson made his feelings clear about manager Tony La Russa. He wants the Hall of Famer to return for another season in Chicago.

“I want him to be back,” Anderson said Thursday. “At the end of the day, my decision doesn’t really matter.”

La Russa’s future was a bit of a question mark after the White Sox were eliminated Tuesday by Houston in Game 4 of the AL Division Series.

— From AP reports

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