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SI names Kansas LB Joe Dineen a 2nd-team All-American | KUsports.com
A week after learning the Big 12’s coaches voted him a second-team all-conference linebacker, Kansas redshirt junior Joe Dineen picked up a national honor Thursday from Sports Illustrated with an even more prestigious ring to it: second-team All-American.

Phone call with Syracuse staff helped Washington's Mike Hopkins game plan for Kansas | KUsports.com
“I talked to Gerry McNamara and Allen Griffin on the Syracuse staff and we watched the game,” Hopkins explained. “Obviously, I'm really familiar with the (Syracuse) program and you're watching the game and you just figure, this could be our best opportunity to win the game if we do this. And we were able to execute.”

Sprint Center has been unkind to Jayhawks of late
The Kansas basketball team has won 225 games and lost 10 at Allen Fieldhouse during the 15-year Bill Self era. That calculates to an amazing 95.7 win percentage in KU’s tradition-rich campus building.

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NBA Trade: Sixers send Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas to Nets for Trevor Booker - CBSSports.com
After completely falling out of the Sixers rotation, former No. 3 overall draft pick Jahlil Okafor wanted out of Philadelphia. He apparently got his wish on Thursday, as multiple reports surfaced saying that that the 76ers have agreed to trade Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Trevor Booker. Via Shams Charania of The Vertical:

2017 College Football Awards: Complete list of all this season's winners - CBSSports.com
Baker Mayfield, Bryce Love, Lamar Jackson, Saquon Barkley and more of college football's biggest stars were all gathered on Thursday night for an evening of honoring the best in college football. It's all a precursor leading up to Saturday's Heisman Trophy ceremony, where Mayfield, Love and Jackson are up for the stiff-arm trophy. But Mayfield snagged a pair of awards in the leadup by winning the Maxwell, Walter Camp and Davey O' Brien awards on Thursday night.

LOOK: LaVar Ball reignites feud with Donald Trump via awesome animated tweet - CBSSports.com
The world's most prominent Basketball Dad sparked up a match to reignite the rivalry Thursday afternoon, and he did in a way that not many people could have anticipated. Ball took to Twitter to share a custom-made animated GIF featuring himself dunking on POTUS in ruthless fashion.

Early NBA All-Star Game locks, debates, snubs: Towns, Drummond, Klay tough calls - CBSSports.com
We are less than three weeks from Christmas Day, which means we are also three weeks from the opening of voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. It's always a tough choice, especially this early with so many good players off to hot starts. This year is no exception.

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Forcing Teen to Masturbate for Police Photos Is 'Obvious' Rights Violation, Court Rules
In the latest episode in a twisting and grotesque teen sexting case, an appeals court has reversed a lower court’s ruling related to the case a 17-year-old boy who was asked to strip, then masturbate in front of police officers in Virginia. A district court previously ruled that the estate of the lead detective, who died in 2015, could not be sued for violating the boy’s Fourth Amendment rights. The lawsuit can now move forward.

Christmas Songs, Ranked
But first, a note on our methodology. We made a long list of Christmas songs, secular and religious, and then everybody went down the list and gave each song a score between 0 and 10; then we added up the sum for each song; they're listed below from highest score (best) to lowest score (worst). As you can see, this makes our rankings unimpeachable and indisputably correct forever.