The Commercial Appeal

Kansas coach Bill Self ‘day to day’ at March Madness

- AP source: Buccaneers, Baker

DES MOINES, Iowa – Bill Self’s status for Kansas’ opener in the NCAA Tournament was uncertain Wednesday, though assistant coach Norm Roberts said the Jayhawks remain hopeful he’ll be on the bench when they play Howard on Thursday.

Kansas’ Hall of Fame coach was discharged from a Kansas City-area hospital Sunday, where he’d been recovering after a procedure to treat blocked arteries in his heart.

Self attended practice at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday morning but did not participat­e in his team’s media availabili­ty.

“He’s getting better all the time,” Roberts said. “We’re hopeful. Everything is day-to-day with him. If you ask our guys, he got after them today.”

Roberts said Self missed the news conference so he could get some rest before the top-seeded Jayhawks begin play in the West Region.

Mayfield agree on 1-year deal

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed on an $8.5 million, one-year contract with quarterbac­k Baker Mayfield, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because signings can’t be announced until the league year officially starts at 4 p.m. EDT.

Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in 2018, joins his third team since last July. He gets an opportunit­y to compete with Kyle Trask to replace Tom Brady, who retired after three seasons with the Buccaneers.

Mayfield was 1-5 as a starter last season in Carolina before he was released. He joined the Los Angeles Rams and went 1-3 in four starts.

Mayfield’s best season was 2020 when he led the Browns to an 11-5 record and a playoff win over the rival Steelers. Mayfield threw for 3,563 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight intercepti­ons that season.

— Wire reports

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