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KU notebook: Udoka Azubuike learns his lesson |
Rome — The thing about Udoka Azubuike’s second game in Italy this summer — a 92-61 win over Players Group at Honey Sport City gymnasium in Rome — was not that he stopped dunking or even that he stopped dunking so hard.

Notebook: Bowen reports early positive signs from KU's corners at camp |
Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen has been doing this long enough to know there is no reason for him to feel overly excited about what he sees out of players at an August practice that doesn’t even involve full pads.

Lawrence's Boye-Doe picks up offers from KU, K-State |
After beginning the summer searching for his first Division I college football scholarship offer, Boye-Doe landed offers from Kansas State and Kansas on back-to-back days.

KU holding Armstong out of practices, but Beaty wants DE back on field quickly |
The Big 12’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year watched most of Thursday morning’s Kansas football practice from the sideline. But Dorance Armstrong’s coaches aren’t nearly as concerned about the severity of what ails the star defensive end as they were a year ago at this time.

Repeat performance: Jayhawks deliver another blowout in Italy |
That was the story Thursday night from Rome, where the Kansas men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on its four-game Italian exhibition tour with a 92-61 victory over Players Group Roma, a collection of professional players from various Italian leagues.

Vatican tour a mind-blowing experience for Jayhawks |
Prior to entering the famed chapel, the Jayhawks passed through a series of galleries that featured statues, tapestries and paintings. Upon entering the gallery that sits just before the main entrance to the Sistine Chapel, KU coach Bill Self glanced up and said simply, “Good gosh.”

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NFL preseason takeaways: Gabbert shines, Rico looks suave as Cowboys top Cardinals -
The Cowboys and Cardinals squared off in this year's edition of the Hall of Fame Game, but Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, pretty much every starting offensive lineman, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Sean Lee, and every other defensive star sat this one out.

Dolphins reportedly fear Ryan Tannehill will need season-ending surgery on knee -
The Dolphins' season was put in jeopardy on Thursday -- in August -- when quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a non-contact knee injury during practice and hobbled off the field.

Warriors star Steph Curry impresses with 4-over 74 in professional golf debut -
Stephen Curry pumped his right fist, raised his arms in the air with club in hand and gave a firm shoulder bump to caddie Jonnie West, his golf partner on road trips with the Golden State Warriors.

Jerry Jones says there's no domestic violence issue with Ezekiel Elliott -
Like the other inductees, Jones was interview by Al Michael and Cris Collinsworth during the game. He touched on the team's secondary, on former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS analyst Tony Romo (Jerry said the biggest regret of his career was never managing to put a good enough team around Romo to win a Super Bowl with him), on Tex Schramm and Tom Landry, and more. Of course, he also talked about Ezekiel Elliott.

Coaches Poll top 25: Alabama is preseason No. 1, Ohio State over Florida State -
The 2017 preseason Coaches Poll was released Thursday afternoon. That's right, for the first time in the 2017 season, we have teams ranked in list form with numbers next to their names. This means that actual football will be here soon, but even though we still have a few weeks to wait, at least we have rankings.

Cardinals prez sends jet to pick up Kurt Warner's stranded family for HOF induction -
This coming weekend is a pretty big one for the NFL. Sure, the first game of the 2017 preseason is happening Thursday night, but the main event this weekend is really Saturday night's Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Tim Duncan's trainer says he could compete in MMA: 'He's a f---ing monster' -
It's amazing how a person as mild-mannered as Tim Duncan can continuously put himself in some of the most competitive contexts imaginable. A week ago, there was video of Duncan practicing some mixed martial arts, presumably to keep himself in shape with all of his newfound downtime.

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Texting suicide case: Judge stays 15-month jail sentence -
Michelle Carter, whose own words helped seal her involuntary manslaughter conviction in the suicide of her teenage boyfriend, was sentenced to 15 months in a Massachusetts jail Thursday -- but will remain free pending appeals.