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Why no pads?: Beaty would like to see players better protected at early practices | KUsports.com

"It actually concerns me. We need to put pads on them early," Beaty said of those helmets, jerseys and shorts practices, "because it’s too dangerous. You’re bound to run into each other but you don’t have any pads on. It doesn’t make sense to me from a health standpoint."

2016 Hawk Talk With David Beaty Dates Finalized

Hawk Talk with David Beaty dates were announced Wednesday, with the first of the 12 shows scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29

Prep coach believes KU's Carlton Bragg is poised for a monster season | KUsports.com

"Between his freshman and sophomore year of high school was as big of a jump as I’ve ever seen," Kwasniak said. "I don’t think it was the basketball stuff as much as it was the life skills. And that just kind of carried over into the basketball court. That’s when we were like, ‘Whoa, man. This kid could be really, really special.’"

Amended lawsuit claims KU policy requires rowers to attend football games, parties | The Kansas City Star

Former rowers Daisy Tacket, Sarah McClure and their parents are part of a class-action lawsuit against KU which states the university violated the state’s consumer law by not being truthful about dormitory safety during the women’s recruitment.

- College Sports -

Inside the University of Houston's Political Push to Join the Big 12 - Texas Tribune

The university's most powerful supporters have urged state leaders to back their bid for months. Aware that college sports and politics are inextricably linked in Texas, university boosters have used friendly political allies, face-to-face lobbying and campaign contributions to make their case. It seems to be working.

(Mr. Ed says: Oh good, Texas politicians are getting involved.  Cuz it worked out so well when they got Baylor into the Big 12.)

Art Briles: 'I've got to redefine myself and start a new chapter'

"Around November, December, unfortunately some job will come open. I’ve never rooted against anyone or any team," Briles said via the DMN, "but that’s the nature of the business. It’s going to be a new journey and I’m excited to take it, I really am."

- Professional Sports -

ESPN’s John Saunders passes away at 61 - The Washington Post

Saunders, a Canada native, joined ESPN in 1986 and has been one of the faces of the network, helming its college football studio show that aired on ABC and hosting "The Sports Reporters," its journalist roundtable that has been a Sunday-morning staple for years. He also hosted "SportsCenter" and the network’s college basketball and Stanley Cup finals coverage.

USA vs. Australia 2016 final score: Americans hang on for 98-88 victory in first Olympic scare - SBNation.com

Other than Anthony and Irving, the Americans leaned heavily on defense and three-pointers to get the win. The team shot just 39 percent overall, but settled in on the defensive end and hit enough from beyond the arc to hang on. The U.S. actually shot better on threes (17-of-39, 44 percent) than twos (17-of-48, 35 percent) in the game. Another big difference was turnovers, as Australia had 16 to USA's nine.

Ease up, America. Gabby Douglas wasn’t dissing you during the Olympics medal ceremony. - The Washington Post

"In response to a few tweets I saw tonight, I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played," Douglas, a London Olympics darling after her gold medal performances, tweeted in part.

Prince Fielder: "I can’t play Major League Baseball anymore" – HardballTalk

With his children by his side and the entire Texas Rangers team in attendance, Fielder offered tearful words about how his wife and family are there for him as support, Fielder said what no ballplayer every wants to say: "I can’t play Major League Baseball anymore."