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K-State Slate: 5.29.15 - Big 12 gets it right

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Your Friday Slate is light on news, as per usual.

Good times at the Sprint Center
Good times at the Sprint Center
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TB took a closer look at the APR report and concluded that everything is fine for now, but there is a risk that the recent basketball departures could keep the Wildcats out of the postseason. Then again, given the team's current circumstances, this is mostly an academic concern (pun not intended).

The Big 12 basketball tournament will stay in Kansas City, for at least the near future. The conference's agreement with the Sprint Center, due to expire after next spring, has been renewed through 2020.

In a spring of missteps and tone-deaf decision-making, this is at least one thing the Big 12 got exactly right (Sean Keeler, FoxSports Kansas City).

Four Kansas State athletes qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships by finishing in the top 12 spots in their respective events at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin yesterday.

On a day when the Wildcats struggled, Sara Savatovic qualified for the second year in a row with a fifth place finish in the hammer throw, a feat matched by Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye in the long jump. His fifth place finish was good for fifth overall in the Kansas State records and also set a new national record for his native Turks and Caicos. High jumpers Christoff Bryan (8th) and Nate Gipson (11th) both qualified in their event, which featured nine of the top ten high jumpers in the country.

Distance runner Laura Galvan's Kansas State career came to an end yesterday when she narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAAs in the 10K race. She finished just six seconds out of the top 12.

Track stars Tia' Gamble (400H) Sonia Gaskin (800m) and Kain Ellis (800m) all made it to the quarterfinals in their events and will compete today for a chance to advance. They'll be joined in action by Akela Jones, Alyx Treasure, Kim Williamson and Rhizlane Siba (all in high jump), A'Keyla Mitchell (200m), Terrell Smith (200m) and Morgan Wedekind (3000m steeplechase).

Those of you with interest in tennis know the French Open is currently in progress on the red clay in Paris. This longform piece, a must-read for tennis buffs and/or history buffs, describes the golden years of tennis in France and during World War II, in a conversation with the oldest living French Open champion, 97-year old Raymonde Veber Jones: Roland Garros at War.