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59th af­ter ty­ing for fourth in the Honda Clas­sic, is sit­ting pretty for an in­vi­ta­tion as one of the top 64 in the world. Day said, “I re­ally en­joyed (holes) No. 12 and 13 down by the river, the combo of a par-5 and a drive­able par4. I love the side down by the river. It’s a beau­ti­ful set­ting. You’re in among the cliffs, then the back side is more open.” Ryan Moore loved “the va­ri­ety of the holes be­cause it doesn’t fa­vor just one type of golfer.” Ser­gio Gar­cia called ACC “a great venue for match play that sets up great for risk-re­ward shots. You can be re­ally ag­gres­sive. It’s one of the best match-play venues.” 3. Are you sit­ting down? The Texas baseball team has two sac­ri­fice bunts in eight games. Two. Kansas State leads the Big 12 with nine. Only TCU with zero has fewer sac bunts than Texas, which had 12 by this point last sea­son — four by Bret Boswell, who’s yet to lay one down but is hit­ting .333 with a homer and two dou­bles. Texas had 75 sac­ri­fice bunts all of last year. Now if David Pierce can just cut down on his team’s Big 12-worst 75 strike­outs, 14 worse than run­ner-up Kansas. 4. Shaka Smart says watch out for Tu­lane trans­fer Dylan Osetkowski, who’s sit­ting out this sea­son. Asked who could pro­vide some lead­er­ship next year, Smart said of the 6-foot-9 Osetkowski, “The best can­di­date for that would be Dylan. I’m not say­ing he’s a sav­ior who is go­ing to come in and av­er­age 20 (points) and 10 (re­bounds), but he’s the most out­spo­ken and the most hun­gry. Eric (Davis Jr.) and Snoop (Ker­win Roach Jr.), those guys have two years un­der their belt. They’re re­ally go­ing to have to fig­ure out their place and their role and the level of in­flu­ence they want to have. They’re go­ing to need to take a big jump.” ... The high-char­ac­ter Davis may not have ex­celled this sea­son, but he showed up and served or­ange juice to 300 at the Foun­da­tion for the Home­less break­fast at 5 a.m. Tues­day. He said he does it be­cause “it puts things in per­spec­tive.” ... Frank Ma­son wowed Kansas’ fren­zied crowd Mon­day night and willed the Jay­hawks’ come­back win over Ok­la­homa. “He’s build­ing a strong case for na­tional player of the year,” ESPN an­a­lyst Fran Fraschilla told me. “KU’s suc­cess and Ma­son’s al­laround bril­liance clinch the case (for his Big 12 hon­ors). He is an NBA out­lier, but be­cause small guards are a lit­tle more in vogue, his com­bi­na­tion of speed, strength, com­pet­i­tive­ness and shoot­ing give him a chance to make a ros­ter.” 5. Texas Sports Hall of Fame in­ductee Dar­ren Wood­son’s son might be the next big thing for the UT baseball pro­gram. He’s Jaden Wood­son, a 16-yearold sopho­more short­stop from Dal­las Je­suit and al­ready a Texas pledge. His dad said Jaden may be a bet­ter ath­lete than him. “I think so, too,” Jaden said. “I’ve got very good range at short­stop, and I’ve got some pop. I can swipe some bases, too.” The 6-foot, 175-pounder also played wide re­ceiver in foot­ball but has given that sport up. He chose Texas over TCU, Texas A&M, Ok­la­homa and Ok­la­homa State. 6. Scott Drew doesn’t get enough credit for the job he’s done at Bay­lor. The Bears are sit­ting as a sec­ond seed na­tion­ally and helped their stand­ing by beat­ing West Vir­ginia af­ter los­ing three of the last four games by a to­tal of 11 points. His Bears are good every sea­son and have wins over po­ten­tial fel­low No. 2 seeds Ore­gon and Louisville and other stout teams like Xavier and Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth. The Bears have just one se­nior and are long and ath­letic, led by Jonathan Mot­ley . ... If a Bay­lor male coach had made the pro-vi­o­lence com­ments women’s bas­ket­ball coach Kim Mulkey made about punch­ing some­one in the face for say­ing they’d never send their daugh­ter to Bay­lor, he’d have been sus­pended or worse. Mulkey should con­tinue apol­o­giz­ing for her dis­gust­ing re­marks that in­sult the vic­tims in­volved in the school’s sex­ual as­sault scan­dal. 7. TSHOF in­ductee Wade Phillips put in his two cents about the trav­esty of ex­clud­ing Ter­rell Owens from the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame. “I’m dis­ap­pointed for him,” said Phillips, who coached Owens with the Cow­boys. “He was one of the great­est play­ers of all time. I do think he’ll get in be­cause the offthe-field stuff was never a prob­lem. No steroids, no drug use. He prac­ticed hard all the time. It wasn’t like he was a prima donna. He played in the Su­per Bowl with a bad an­kle, and not many play­ers would have even played in that game. That showed he was a great player.” 8. Want to rec­og­nize UT Hall of Honor mem­ber Hub In­gra­ham, a great end and de­fen­sive back in the 1950s who died a week ago af­ter a rich, ful­fill­ing life of ser­vice and de­vo­tion to com­mu­ni­ca­tion and fam­ily. As fine a gentle­man as I’ve ever known. 9. I didn’t re­ally want to like “La La Land.” I de­test tap danc­ing, and the open­ing scene made me cringe. But I loved the story, act­ing and mu­sic. I think Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have great chem­istry. Gave it 8½ ducks. Also loved “Manch­ester by the Sea.” Casey Af­fleck was ter­rific as was bud­ding star Luke Hedges. Su­perb cin­e­matog­ra­phy and sound-mix­ing. Gave it 9 ducks. C razy pre­dic­tion: Adrian Peter­son tops 1,200 yards and fin­ishes among the top three rush­ers in the league.


Dylan Osetkowski (left), a trans­fer from Tu­lane who’s sit­ting out this sea­son, is viewed as a po­ten­tial leader for the Longhorns next year.

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