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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 9.10.2017

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Kansas News

KU volleyball swept by Creighton for first loss of season |
After picking up wins over nationally-ranked opponents in No. 13 Kentucky and No. 17 Purdue earlier in the week, the No. 7 Kansas volleyball team had plenty of confidence that it could exact some revenge No. 9 Creighton to round out the Kansas Invitational on Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center

Notebook: KU receiver Steven Sims limited with ankle injury |
However, after trying to return a couple punts and giving it a go on offense briefly, an ankle injury kept Sims from factoring in KU’s plans for the vast majority of what turned out to be a 45-27 loss at Memorial Stadium.

'We just sputtered': Jayhawks dropped by Central Michigan, 45-27 |
The fumes of past KU failures wafted in the air as an announced crowd of 28,531 saw the Jayhawks fail to build any momentum off a season-opening victory that included not only celebrating an Orange Bowl past, but also teases of an effective offense.

First-half miscues cost Kansas momentum, points in loss to Central Michigan |
While the KU defense struggled to contain a Central Michigan offense that was held to 21 points in regulation in its season opener against Rhode Island, the KU offense — especially in the first half — missed out on several key opportunities to come out with big plays. And it cost them.

Jayhawks crushed against Central Michigan, 45-27 |
In his second career start, Central Michigan senior quarterback Shane Morris shredded KU’s pass defense with 467 passing yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Morris, a graduate transfer from Michigan, completed 28 of his 37 passes and added 32 rushing yards.

Oscar-style celebration with those closest to him highlighted Bill Self's big night |
Mingling with friends, family and former players throughout the night, Self rarely was seen with anything but a huge smile on his face as he reminisced about the old days, shared stories and jokes about some of his favorite memories and even posed with various groups of former players for pictures in the adidas photo booth, which likely provided more laughs than frame-worthy portraits.

Other Sports

Prisco's Picks - Week 1 -
The Jets come in here with so many issues, but the Bills aren't far behind. Some will call this the Tanking Bowl with the way these teams have operated. The Bills have the better quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, so that's the reason I am picking them.

Fantasy Football Week 1: Marcus Mariota, Martavis Bryant flying up the rankings in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em -
It's here. The moment you've been waiting for. All the homework in the offseason to build your team and prepare for your draft - it's time to take the test. Or rather, the first part of a potential 16-part test.

WATCH: Baker Mayfield makes a statement by planting Oklahoma flag at Ohio State -
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield isn't exactly what you'd call soft spoken. He'll let you know exactly what he thinks. He talks a big game no matter the opponent, but he usually backs it up, and his teammates love him for it.

Le'Veon Bell walked away from more than $18M in 2017 alone during holdout -
While the Steelers and the agent for Le'Veon Bell never formally agreed to terms on a new contract with the deadline to sign the player on the franchise tag approaching this summer, they did draw up a contract all sides hoped the running back would sign, according to league sources.

2017 US Open: Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys in dominant performance -
Sloane Stephens has defeated Madison Keys to win her first Grand Slam title, completing a dominant American run during the US Open. Stephens took the match 6-3, 6-0, looking completely dominant in the second set. Keys' run comes to an end, but she and Stephens, along with CoCo Vandeweghe, showed that the future of US tennis is bright. There were four American women in the semifinals for the first time in a Grand Slam since 1985, and the first time in the US Open since 1981.

College football winners and losers, Week 2: Mayfield shines, Clemson dominates -
I'm not a fan of using individual games to make sweeping conference statements, especially when it comes to the College Football Playoff. At the end of the day, the selection committee picks what it feels are the four best teams, not the four best conferences. The rest is fun fodder and that's about it.