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Self says Jayhawks should know Silvio De Sousa's status 'by the end of the week for sure' |
“I do feel really optimistic about that one, unless something went really haywire,” Self added.

3rd juco prospect, CB Elijah Jones, commits to KU on eve of early signing period |
A busy Tuesday for Kansas football recruiting continued into the evening, when the program added its third junior college prospect of the day, and ninth overall, to its 2018 recruiting class.

KU football adds 8th juco prospect, DL Charles Cole, to recruiting class |
The Kansas football program’s 2018 recruiting class picked up its eighth junior college prospect — and second of the day — Tuesday afternoon, hours ahead of the beginning of the new early signing period.

KU receiver Chase Harrell witnessed brother shot and killed |
This past weekend University of Kansas football receiver Chase Harrell, back home near Houston after the completion of the fall semester, saw his older brother shot and killed at a house party.

Plans for a new KU volleyball home pushed back a year |
Marchiony said the delay was “not altogether unexpected,” and added that everyone involved was confident that the new timeline would give Kansas the best chance to build a state-of-the-art arena that accommodates the needs of KU's fan base and the team itself.

Malik Newman, KU hoops teammates shop for needy families Tuesday night
Asked how much Preston could play in the Big 12 opener against Texas and/or ensuing league games if he’s deemed eligible to play soon, Self said: “I don’t think he’s done enough for 20, 25 minutes (in a game) but I think in a couple of weeks (he could do that) certainly.”

Jayhawks not drawing many fouls: ‘That game was over in 1 hour, 40 minutes’
“That game was over in 1 hour, 40 minutes,” Self, who is Kansas’ 15th-year coach, said in an somewhat incredulous tone, adding, “they (ESPN2 announcers) had to fill a lot of time. I know because they interviewed Svi (Mykhailiuk, 26 points) about 10 minutes. I bet that was a fun interview understanding Ukrainian English.

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Oklahoma freshman phenom Trae Young ties NCAA record with 22 assists -
Superstar Oklahoma freshman Trae Young has taken the college basketball world by storm, drawing Steph Curry-like comparisons through 10 games for his ability to shoot it from anywhere on the floor and score at an elite level. Not only does his 28.8 points per game lead the Big 12, but also the NCAA (by a pretty wide margin), which was on full display Saturday when he casually dropped 29 to lead the Sooners' charge against third-ranked Wichita State on the road.

Marlins Man attended Derek Jeter's town hall, and agreements were not reached -
For reasons sufficient unto himself, Derek Jeter, Marlins CEO and co-author of the flames that presently engulf that team, decided to hold a town hall with season ticket holders. This was bound not to go well. After all, Jeter is the freshly-minted face of the team that in recent days has traded away Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna for pennies on the dollar. The Marlins are going to be bad for a long time, and the paying customers know it.

NBA trade rumors: Who should the Celtics target if Anthony Davis is unavailable? -
More than any NBA team, the Boston Celtics have proven that they're willing to go all-in when the opportunity arises. First they parted ways with franchise legends Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for a bevy of draft picks that may or may not have worked out (they definitely worked out). Most recently, they traded Boston folk hero Isaiah Thomas because of the potential they saw in Kyrie Irving as a franchise leader, and got rid of all-around good guy Avery Bradley to make room for Gordon Hayward.

Turkey seeks jail term for Knicks' Enes kanter for insulting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors to miss Christmas Day game against Cleveland Cavaliers
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry won't play in the team's Christmas Day game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle.

Timing Of Trademarks Suggests "New XFL" May Be A Response To NFL Protests
Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football. Mr. McMahon has nothing further to announce at this time.

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Mamie Johnson, Woman Who Pitched In Negro Leagues, Dead At 82
Johnson began playing baseball as a child and first attempted to try out for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as a 17-year-old, but she wasn’t allowed on the field because she was black. So she turned to the Negro Leagues, where she signed on with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 and spent three seasons racking up a 33-8 record as a pitcher while hitting .270. She became the first woman to pitch in the league. Johnson was tagged with the nickname “peanut” for her small size and was said to throw a fastball, slider, screwball and circle change.