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Did I burn down the joint? I don't think so. I was making ornaments out of fish-hooks

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Kansas News

Senior forward Landen Lucas shouldering huge load for No. 3 Kansas |
“He's like your binky or your security blanket,” Self said of KU’s 6-foot-10, 250-pound big man. “I mean, he's a guy that no matter how bad we want to (play someone else over him and) think, you know what, if we could just get somebody else, we haven't found anybody as good or better. He's been good. I mean, he's been really good.”

Chat with Matt Tait |
Gameday Chat: Join Matt Tait to talk KU's massive Big 12 showdown with No. 2 Baylor

National Signing Day: Meet KU football's 2017 recruiting class | Smithology |
Within the college football universe, few offseason dates carry the weight and excitement of National Signing Day. Even for a reconstructing program such as Kansas, the future possibilities that accompany an influx of new blood are more than enough to invigorate coaches and the most loyal members of a longsuffering fan base.

Kansas expecting 12 additions to Class of 2017 on National Signing Day | Smithology |
In order for the Kansas football team to continue on its measured upward trajectory in head coach David Beaty’s third season in Lawrence, the Jayhawks will have to carry on with improving their depth and talent in 2017.

KU-Oklahoma women at a glance |
Kansas ended its 27-game Big 12 losing streak and earned its first conference win of the season with a 66-60 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. The triumph was also the first Big 12 win for Brandon Schneider as the Kansas coach. As Kansas looks for its second consecutive win at No. 18 Oklahoma, it will have to do something it hasn’t succeeded in doing all year: beat a ranked team.

KU planning for metal detectors on game days at Allen Fieldhouse, Memorial Stadium |
Kansas law requires state universities to allow concealed handguns on their campuses beginning July 1, but KU anticipates banning guns from athletic events where attendance is expected to be more than 5,000 people, according to newly released concealed carry implementation information from the university.

Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. No. 2 Baylor |
Kansas, which enters the game averaging 84.3 points per game, has shown no problem scoring at home this season and tends to play at its best when running the floor, firing away from 3-point range and putting points on the board.

Bragg drug paraphernalia case proceeding in municipal court |
Bragg is now scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. March 3, according to Lawrence Municipal Court case documents, requested by the Journal-World and obtained Tuesday morning.

Other Sports

2017 National Signing Day: 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for top recruits -
Our good buddies at 247Sports are the soothsayers of college football recruiting. They sort through all the news and the multiple finalists to offer predictions for where the top players in the country will decide to play college football. National Signing Day is here, and there are more than a dozen top prospects who have yet to announce their decisions.

NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs reportedly interested in Mavs' Deron Williams -
Not mincing any words, LeBron James made his feelings about the Cavaliers' roster well-known when he told reporters he wants the team to add a play-maker off the bench. Taking James' public request into consideration, the Cavs are working out Lance Stephenson, Kirk Hinrich and Mario Chalmers. But that's not all the Cavs are doing.

Malik Monk's heroic performance pulls Kentucky out of its losing streak -
In the absence of starting point guard De'Aaron Fox, who did not play due to an illness, the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats looked discombobulated and downright awful on its home floor at times against unranked Georgia. Falling behind by as many as 14 points in the first half, the young Wildcats overcame some struggles taking care of the ball and rallied to close the gap at halftime 29-29.

Russell Wilson: Donald Trump might not last four years in the White House -
Russell Wilson, like a long line of nationally recognized professional athletes before him, has redefined boring when it comes to public comments on any topic, sports-related or otherwise. So it's with some surprise (OK, we were floored) that Wilson fired up Facebook Live to talk about the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump.

LeBron/Barkley Beef Day 2: Electric Beefaloo

Barkley responds to LeBron's rant: I'm not friends with any of these young guys -
"I have no problem with what LeBron said," Barkley said on ESPN Chicago's Waddle & Silvy radio show on Tuesday. "Some of it was true. I did pay my debt, that's not true. I was never late to the All-Star Game, so that's not true. But I don't overreact, I'm not gonna say anything bad about him or get personal, I stick by what I said. He was all whiny and everything last week. If I'm going to be straightforward, like I always try to be, I know guys are going to come back at me sometimes. I'm good. He got personal but I'm never going to get personal on an NBA player. All of my criticisms or critiques are always just about basketball and I'm going to keep doing what I do."

Not all Heroes Wear Capes News

Rob Gronkowski Once Tanked A Free Throw To Keep His High School Basketball Team At 69 Points
Yeah, that checks out. Also, Gronk’s hobbies listed in the school’s media guide: “working out, playing sports, chicks.”