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Why KU's season could hinge on Carlton Bragg

If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.

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Showtime in Vegas: Jackson gives Jayhawks 'spark' in 71-53 win |

"It seems like he’s been doing that a lot more in games, where he’ll kind of spark us," KU senior Landen Lucas, who finished with a dozen rebounds in 27 minutes. "And that’s big. We need him to do that and be that kind of presence for us to put us ahead, to extend our lead and he definitely did that tonight."

Notebook: Azubuike's season-ending injury 'kind of a freak deal' in practice |

"It wasn’t a play," he said. "I think he was just banging on somebody and got his hand kind of caught in a shirt and somebody hit his hand in an awkward position."

Why KU’s season could hinge on Carlton Bragg’s unselfishness

"He’s not going to play the 4 much. He can’t," Self said of Bragg after the game. "We don’t have enough depth to do that."

In short: KU needs Bragg to become something he’s not for the good of the team. Bragg needs to start to play like a center, think like a center and play with physicality like a center.

Jayhawks envision Willie McCaleb as ideal complement to Dorance Armstrong Jr. |

McCaleb’s productivity at the junior college level for NMCC, where the 6-foot-2, 235-pound lineman made 42 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and one pass breakup as a sophomore, leads Beaty to think the former Troy commit could turn out to be far more talented than many anticipated.

Big 12 releases 2017 volleyball schedule

The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2017 volleyball schedule, featuring reigning conference champion Kansas opening its league slate on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Kansas State.

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Blue bloods with Bobby: Dec. 22 | Call it a Nightengale |

But instead of focusing just on Grayson Allen and one headline, here’s a look at all of the top-10 teams in the country.

Duke indefinitely suspends Grayson Allen after latest tripping incident -

"We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen," Krzyzewski said. "As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable. "

Idaho highlights its bowl moment with one-handed catch, record win -

Paul Petrino and the Vandals are set to transition out of FBS play after a Potato Bowl victory.

North Carolina's arrogance might have backfired in NCAA academic fraud case -

But UNC couldn't leave well enough alone. So the Tar Heels argued with a straight face that the worst academic fraud scandal in college sports history isn't subject to NCAA jurisdiction. To follow that argument to a logical conclusion, the NCAA then shouldn't be involved in academics at all.

What a college football team’s canceled boycott reveals about the politics of rape - Vox

While the football team’s boycott is over, the larger story of sexual assault on college campuses — and by football players specifically — is not.

Filing indicates damages case vs. NCAA, conferences moving toward settlement

The sides in a lawsuit against the NCAA and 11 major conferences that seeks damages based on the difference between the value of a traditional athletic scholarship and one that also covers the full cost of attending college provided strong signs Thursday that they are working on a settlement.

Kenneth Starr’s Baylor Exit Followed Years of Hidden Turmoil - WSJ

In 2011, Baylor University football star Tevin Elliott was suspended from school for academic misconduct, but was reinstated after university president Kenneth Starr intervened on his behalf.

"Keep riding that white horse," Baylor football coach Art Briles wrote in an appreciative email to Starr, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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NFL refs flag 1-hand touch as unnecessary roughness on the Giants -

Eli Apple attempted to pull up on the tackle as Wentz went into the slide. There was still some contact as Wentz slid into Apple, but it was with a single hand and hardly forceful. Wentz exaggerated the contact, and Apple was flagged.
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'A Christmas Carol' In Klingon

We all know the story by heart. A miserly Klingon warrior is visited by three ghosts from Sto-vo-kor and taught the true meaning of Christmas… which to Klingons is of course vanquishing your enemies and signing about your great deeds while drinking blood wine or prune juice. Wait, is that not the way you remember Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol? Weird.