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Each day during the noon hour, we'll offer five reading recommendations from around the Web.

1. No asterisk for this Kansas win [By Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star]: Even though the W came against the Blake Griffin-less Sooners, it was thrilling enough to justify a Big 12 regular season title.

2. Real and spectacular [By John Feinstein, Washingtonpost.com]: For college basketball like Gary Williams and Jim Valvano, it's the two hours of competitive coaching on the court that counts most in their minds.

3. At 44, a running career again in ascent [By Michael Brick, The New York Times]: As the grand paladin of high-altitude running, Matt Carpenter aims to stay on top of his game in the slipstream of middle age.

4. Tiger's greatness hinges on longevity [By Gwen Knapp, San Francisco Chronicle]: Should Tiger Woods be chasing Jack Nicklaus' 18 Majors or the fact that he won his last at 46?

5. Big-time fun is a bargain at the lower levels of sports [By Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe]: In these hard times, downgrading your tickets from Major League arenas to minor league games may be the best way to save.

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