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Notebook: KU Volleyball Sweeps K-State

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Self seeking better days from KU defense as regular season draws near |
The major letdown during Tuesday’s 86-57 victory over Fort Hays State in the exhibition finale at Allen Fieldhouse came in the energy department, where the Jayhawks started slow and remained sluggish much of the way.

Bill Self: Lack of ‘respect’ for FHSU led to KU basketball defensive lapses | The Topeka Capital-Journal
The Kansas basketball coach cited effort, focus, toughness and technique as attributes that make up a good defensive squad, and he wasn’t pleased with the Jayhawks on any of those fronts in the aftermath of an 86-57 victory over Fort Hays State on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

David Beaty to KU football fans: ‘Have courage enough to stay with us’ | The Topeka Capital-Journal
“I think the best way to say it is, we don’t get the luxury of just saying that we should quit or we should change — ‘Let’s just change and go get us a new one. That will fix it,’ ” Beaty said. “That’s not how it works, man. That’s perception. The way it gets fixed is you work at it and you stay at it. You develop some continuity amongst your players, amongst your staff, amongst your programs and you stay at it and develop an identity.”

KU football coach David Beaty ‘not at all’ concerned for his future | The Topeka Capital-Journal
“I’m not at all (concerned),” Beaty said. “I feel great.”

Kevin Haskin: Patient handling of Beaty could undermine KU’s football project | The Topeka Capital-Journal
Yet they have been overwhelmed in almost every game after progress on the field seemed to be a logical step in Beaty’s third season.

Texas has 'a little extra motivation' for this week's football matchup with KU |
“Kansas beat Texas in football” even became a cult hit meme on Twitter. So its easy to picture the UT players who experienced the 24-21 loss in Lawrence referencing their darkest memories from the upset as they prepare to face Beaty’s Jayhawks again, Saturday at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium (5 p.m. kickoff, Longhorn Network and Jayhawk TV Network).

Little by little: KU volleyball shuffles rotation, defeats K-State in four sets |
As the two best friends and littles — back row players — on the No. 11 KU volleyball team stood together outside the locker room following a four-set win (14-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22) over K-State, they simply started to laugh.

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I had one of my best weeks ever for Start 'Em and Sit 'Em in Week 9. Including sleepers, we mentioned two of the top three starting quarterbacks (Jared Goff and Tyrod Taylor), five of the top eight starting running backs (Alvin Kamara, Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch, Christian McCaffrey and Adrian Peterson), the top two receivers (Marvin Jones and T.Y. Hilton) and two of the top five tight ends (Evan Engram and Jared Cook). You can see all of those recommendations here, among many more.

Lonzo Ball on shooting woes: 'It's in my head to be honest' -
Lonzo Ball had another rough shooting performance on Wednesday night, going just 4 for 15 from the field in the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Boston Celtics. It was the fourth straight game in which Ball had shot under 27 percent.

Two anonymous players say Giants quit on Ben McAdoo, but DRC and Landon Collins disagree -
"McAdoo has lost this team," one player told Anderson. "He's got us going 80 percent on Saturdays before we get on a plane to play a game. It's wild. Changed our off day. He's dishing out fines like crazy. Suspended two of our stars when we need them the most. Throws us under the bus all the time. He's ran us into the ground and people wonder why we've been getting got."

Texans could solve their quarterback problem, end a saga, by signing Kaepernick -
There is no salient, cogent, believable, realistic football explanation for how the Texans are handling their quarterback situation in the aftermath of Deshaun Watson's horrible season-ending injury. There is no explanation that makes sense for these signings given the obvious alternative to them. There is no amount of salesmanship that would make any discerning fan believe the Texans' bevvy of recent QB maneuvers is actually about giving them the best roster possible and best chance to win.

Preseason Bracketology: Projecting the 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament field -
The Jayhawks are the overwhelming favorite to win a 14th consecutive Big 12 championship despite the losses of National Player of the Year Frank Mason and top freshman Josh Jackson. Devonte' Graham will be this year's Player of the Year candidate. Transfer Malik Newman and a strong recruiting class will help Kansas be near the top of college basketball once again.