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Kansas News

Game day breakdown: No. 2 KU basketball vs. Washington | KUsports.com
With Graham setting the tone defensively, Svi Mykhailiuk defending right there with him and Malik Newman improving in both effort and execution game in and game out, the depth-challenged Jayhawks are slowly starting to morph into the kind of defensive team head coach Bill Self likes to see.

Jayhawks to get second crack at Syracuse-style zone | KUsports.com
And that will not be exactly the case at 8 p.m. Wednesday, when No. 2 Kansas faces Washington at Sprint Center in the Jayhawk Shootout in Kansas City, Mo. But the unbeaten Jayhawks will be getting the next best thing.

Four-star KU football recruit narrows choices down to two programs | KUsports.com
As Dec. 20 and the NCAA’s new early signing period for college football nears, one of the New Orleans high school players Kansas has coveted for months has eliminated all but two programs from his list of potential destinations.

DA drops assault charge against ex-KU football player accused of threatening girlfriend with gun | KUsports.com
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony assault charge against a former University of Kansas football player accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun.

Washington will resemble Syracuse when it plays KU at Sprint Center
What that means, of course, is Hopkins’ Huskies (6-2) will be using the same 2-3 zone defense against Kansas at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sprint Center that Boeheim has used the last four decades with the Orange — and used exclusively Saturday against KU at the Hoophall Miami Classic in Florida.

KU-Washington basketball preview: Projected lineups, time, TV, what to expect
KU will have a new player available tonight. James Sosinski, a 6-7, 250-pound sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., and South Mountain Community College, will wear jersey No. 55. He’s been added to the basketball team after playing tight end for the KU football team this season

Other Sports

LOOK: LeBron's tweet calling Trump a bum is the most retweeted athlete post in 2017 - CBSSports.com
LeBron James is one of the most influential athletes in the world, so it stands to reason that he would have one of the most seen tweets of 2017, Twitter announced this week. That tweet happened to be one criticizing President Donald Trump.

Villanova, once again, operating at a high level and stacking early quality victories - CBSSports.com
Obviously, the Wildcats are also great in the middle of the season. And that 2016 national title suggests they're nice late in the season, too. But early in the season? Nobody is better. And that 88-72 victory against Gonzaga on Tuesday night in the opening game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden was merely the latest reminder

WATCH: LaVar, LiAngelo Ball explain shoplifting incident in China, decision to leave UCLA - CBSSports.com
"We got the NCAA holding back, where they're waiting 2 or 3 months to see if he can play or not," said father LaVar on CNN. "That's one of the main reasons he went to UCLA is to play basketball. That's his passion. For them to prolong this and to go on and on, it's ridiculous to me."

Oregon coaching candidates: Kevin Sumlin, Mike Leach, Lane Kiffin among others - CBSSports.com
Willie Taggart's time in Eugene with the Oregon Ducks came and went quickly. He bolted town on Tuesday after a 7-5 record in favor of the Florida State gig. What's next for the Ducks? This is a program that has played for two national titles this decade and has been one of the most prominent teams in the Pac-12 since it expanded in 2011.

After LiAngelo Ball leaves UCLA at least one mid-major coach says he'd take him - CBSSports.com
In a stunning twist of events on Monday, LaVar Ball yanked his middle son, LiAngelo, out of UCLA. The move put one of the best shooters in the 2017 recruiting class back on the market, and Oakland coach Greg Kampe was quick on the trigger to put his name in the hat among those who might be interested.

Other News

Homeless Veteran Gets His Dream Truck And A New Home After Gifting Stranded Motorist Gas Money
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran who gave his last $20 to a stranded motorist last month, has now purchased a new home and a 1999 Ford Ranger thanks to money raised by the woman he helped.

As MoviePass Looms, Cinemark Starts Its Own Movie Club Program
Hollywood wrapped up the 2017 summer movie season with its worst number of tickets sold in a quarter century, ushered in by a series of massive box-office flops made worse by ubiquitous critical social media reviews and the growth of competing streaming services like Netflix and HBO Go. Theater chains in particular got real spooked out by MoviePass , a subscription service startup which offers customers unlimited movie tickets at the impossibly low, low price of $10 a month ($7 during specials )—with some like AMC worried it could drive down the price of tickets in the long run to disastrous levels.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is All About Saving the Dinosaurs... and a Big-Ass Volcano
This Thursday, we’ll get our first meaty look at the follow-up to Jurassic World (now with exactly 400 percent more Jeff Goldblum). But before that, we’re getting early details on just what Fallen Kingdom is about... and it apparently revolves around the people behind Jurassic World being dumb enough to build a park on top of an active volcano.

IOC Bans Russia From The 2018 Winter Olympics For Absurdly Intricate Doping Scheme
The International Olympic Committee announced today that it has banned Russia—but not all Russian athletes—from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as an unprecedented punishment for systemic doping, including at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Hyperloop Co-Founder Steps Down Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
Following a report that detailed numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations against Shervin Pishevar, the venture capitalist is taking a leave of absence from Virgin Hyperloop One and VC firms Sherpa Capital and Silicon Foundry. Pishevar released a statement on Tuesday announcing his departure, saying that it was his own decision. He noted that he is going to focus on the defamation lawsuit he filed against Definers Public Affairs, the organization Pishevar has claimed is responsible for a “smear campaign” against him.