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Badgers defeat Penn State, earn first-round tournament bye

Wisconsin earned a first-round bye in this week's Big Ten men's basketball tournament, in part by winning its regular season finale on a buzzer-beater.

Traevon Jackson ran almost the length of the court to hit a three-pointer, which gave the Badgers a 63-60 victory at Penn State Sunday. Later in the day, Indiana won the league's regular season title outright, edging Michigan by one point.

Indiana's win gave Wisconsin an extra day off in this week's Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers earned the No. 4 seed, and will play in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon against either fifth-seeded Michigan or No. 12 Penn State. Those two teams will square off in the first round on Thursday.

Wisconsin finished its regular season at 12-6 in the conference and 21-10 overall. It was the fourth year in a row that Bo Ryan's Badgers won 12 league contests.

Jackson led the Badgers with 15 points in yesterday's win over the Nittany Lions. Jermaine Marshall scored 23 for Penn State, which went only 2-16 in the conference and 10-20 overall in the regular season.

Kenseth wins Las Vegas Sprint Cup race

Wisconsin's top NASCAR driver celebrated his 41st birthday Sunday by winning the Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge won the Kobalt Tools 400 in a final 30-lap duel with Kasey Kahne.

The difference was a late pit stop during a caution, in which Kenseth only took fuel for his No. 20 Toyota. That pushed him into first place out of pit road, while most of the other leaders took two tires.

It was Kenseth's third career victory in Las Vegas and his first since 2004. He also became the third driver in NASCAR's top circuit to win on his birthday, joining Kyle Busch and Cale Yarborough.

Kenseth now has a pair of Top-10 finishes in his three races this year, putting him 12th in the Sprint Cup point standings.

Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 10th Sunday. He's 12th in the point totals.

Beloit-born Danica Patrick was 33rd in the race and 30th in the standings.

Travis Kvapil of Janesville placed 39th at Vegas with engine trouble 50 laps before the finish. He's 32nd in the early standings.