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DREAM ON! KU volleyball reaches Final Four |
Left for dead yet again, the remarkable Kansas University women’s volleyball team had one more comeback in it, and — miracle of miracles — the Jayhawks are headed to the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Oliver Luck admits Cheick Diallo case dragged on |
“Now, at the end of the day, I think we can shorten some of these cycles and get answers more quickly to coaches, to athletic directors like Bill Self or Sheahon Zenger, and we’re committed to doing that. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy by not turning around some of these cases quicker, but in the Diallo case I can tell you it was complex. The good news is he’s, I guess, playing well. I haven’t followed the Jayhawks that closely. By all accounts he has been a good student at the university, so I think all’s well in a sense that ends well.”

Unexpected lift not enough for Oregon State |
Tinkle fueled the Beavers to a 39-28 halftime advantage, but the Jayhawks locked in on him after the break — limiting him to four points on 1-of-3 shooting.

Column: Carlton Bragg makes his case for minutes |
When Bill Self needed a victory Saturday night at Sprint Center and decided the best way to get one would be shortening his bench in the second half, Kansas University’s basketball coach knew only one of the four big men sitting near him would get a crack at helping the Jayhawks rally.

Jayhawks improve to 28-6 at Sprint Center |
“I do like it. I think the players do, too. It’s fun playing at home. Allen Fieldhouse is definitely the best place to play. There’s a security blanket playing there (Allen), at least our players feel that way. This is a little different. It’s great preparation for the Big 12 tournament,” Self said.

Less is more: Shortened rotation propels KU |
A wide assortment of Kansas University basketball players, 11 in all, played two or more minutes in the first half on Saturday night, the Jayhawks trailing Oregon State by as many as 14 points in a dismal 20 minutes of play.

Jayhawks bounce back in K.C. |
Selden drained five three-pointers to lead all scorers. Frank Mason III, Perry Ellis and Devonté Graham joined Ellis in double figures with 18, 13, and 10 respectively.

Other Sports

The streak finally over, Warriors' best trait is their ability to bounce back -
About three hours before the Golden State Warriors' 24-0 start would come to an end in Milwaukee, amid an atmosphere that could only be compared to the NCAA Tournament, Doc Rivers stopped on his way to the locker room in Brooklyn and was asked to assess what impressed him most about "the streak."

Conor McGregor ends fastest title fight in UFC with KO of Jose Aldo -
Not only did the Irishman top “Iron Mike” in terms of pre-fight trash talk, but he delivered even quicker once hostilities began on Saturday night, erasing Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to win the UFC's featherweight championship atop a long-awaited pay-per-view show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Alabama RB Derrick Henry wins 2015 Heisman Trophy; closest vote since '11 -
Breaking a record owned by Herschel Walker puts one in the conversation for a myriad of awards, so it should come as no surprise that Alabama running back Derrick Henry brought home college football's most prestigious honor, the Heisman Trophy, on Saturday night.

LOOK: Ronda Rousey keeps promise, attends Marine Corps Ball -
Ronda Rousey kept her promise to Marine Lance Cpl. Jarrod Haschert on Friday when she attended the Marine Corps Ball with him.

Astronomy News

Hollywood preps for 'Star Wars' world premiere | Fox News
Hollywood is preparing for what could be the largest movie premiere in its history on Monday night when the hugely anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is screened for VIP audiences in three separate theaters amid tight security.

Remembering the Dark, Gritty 'Star Wars' TV Show That Never Happened (Yet) - Hollywood Reporter
Set in the 19-year gap between the prequel and original movie trilogies, Underworld was the working title for a proposed television series that would focus on all-new characters while still filling in pieces of the core backstory of the original movies. George Lucas announced the project during celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the franchise at Star Wars Celebration III in 2005, telling fans that he planned to "get it started, and hire the show runners and all of that, then I'll probably step away."

How 'Star Wars' could become Disney's next cash cow - LA Times
"I remember when it happened, thinking, 'Wow, what are they buying?'" JPMorgan analyst Alexia Quadrani said. "It was going to be several years before we'd even see the first film from that company."

'How do wookiees breed?': the big Star Wars questions answered | Film | The Guardian
Centives, an economics blog written by students from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, estimate a bespoke Death Star would cost the exchequer around $852,000,000,000,000,000 ($852 quadrillion), and that’s just the cost of steel. Centives also reckon that at today’s rate of steel production, it would take upwards of 800 millennia to create a homegrown apocalyptic weapon.