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Kansas News

Is Friday the big day for some Silvio De Sousa news for Kansas? | Tale of the Tait |
Speaking with Kyle McFadden of following a recent IMG Academy victory, De Sousa said he believed he would know the results of his latest SAT test on Friday. And, as many KU fans speculated recently about a generic Tweet sent out by De Sousa that read, “Imma be there sooner than u thought,” the 6-foot-9, 245-pound Angolan is optimistic about his chances of receiving good news.

KU assistant pinpoints ways Jayhawks can improve defensively |
Monday afternoon, a little more than 24 hours after watching the Jayhawks get torched by Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas basketball assistant Norm Roberts grabbed a couple of KU's younger players and had a conversation about defense.

Report: New Orleans prep WR Devonta Jason still considering Kansas |
Jason, a 6-foot-3 senior at Landry-Walker High (La.), who long served as a gleam of hope for the downtrodden KU fan base — Rivals currently ranks him as a four-star prospect and the 31st-best player in the Class of 2018 — told SEC Country he still is considering signing with KU, along with LSU and Mississippi State. Jason even claimed KU is his “lead team.”

Wait is over for Sam Cunliffe, who’s set for KU debut: ‘I like all the excitement’
“I’ve got a lot of Tweets, Instagrams, Snapchats, (people) looking for a little change. I tell them, ‘Hey we’ve got a good team as it is. I’m just going to add what I bring.’ I like all the excitement,” Cunliffe, KU’s 6-foot-6, 200-pound redshirt sophomore guard from Seattle said Tuesday.

Other Sports

Aaron Rodgers 'medically cleared to return,' presumably starting for Packers in Week 15 -
There was some concern that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers might not actually be able to come back from the collarbone injury that has kept him off the field for the past two months, but that concern no longer exists because Rodgers announced on Tuesday night he had been medically cleared to play football again.

Ex-Olympian Oscar Pistorius reportedly injured in prison brawl over a phone -
The brawl, which the BBC said took place on Dec. 6, occurred at Attridgeville Correctional Centre, where the six-time Paralympic medalist is serving time for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. It has since spawned an investigation, the report added, "to establish the facts and to ensure that appropriate action is taken as incidents of assaults are not allowed."

LaVar Ball, Los Angeles Lakers have meeting over his criticisms of Luke Walton
The Los Angeles Lakers' front office recently had a meeting with LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, asking him to tone down some of his public criticisms of head coach Luke Walton and help create a more positive atmosphere around his son, sources told ESPN.

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson believes he is living with CTE
At this time, CTE can be confirmed only after death. Johnson told the Washington Post that his anxiety, paranoia and self-destructive impulses match the symptoms of CTE victims. He describes brief, intense headaches, the jitters, mood swings, violence and forgetfulness.

LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers sees parallels between his rookie year, that of Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball
"The kid hasn't said anything," James told ESPN when asked about the hype surrounding Ball. "It's been everybody else. So, I love his humility. He goes out, every time someone asks him a question, he says, 'This is not about me, man. I just want to win. I don't care about what I did.' I seen he had a triple-double one game and they lost. He was like, 'I don't care. We lost.'

New Orleans Saints season ticket holder sues team, wants refund over player protests during national anthem
The fan, Lee Dragna, claims in his lawsuit that he bought the tickets for the "entertainment and intellectual enjoyment" of himself and his family and that he never would have bought them if he had known that players would "use Saints football games as a platform for protests." The suit claims Dragna has not attended a Saints home game since Week 2.