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Notebook: Kansas Secures Big Man Recruit; Thomas Robinson to Play in Russia

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Kansas News

2018 big man David McCormack says coaching staff, tradition made picking KU an 'easy decision' |
A little less than a month ago, the Kansas men’s basketball team officially jumped into the Class of 2018 recruiting game by landing a commitment from five-star big man Silvio De Sousa, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from IMG Academy by way of Angola.

Ainise Havili’s vision on display as KU bests K-State in five sets |
As the fourth set carried on in No. 12 Kansas' five-set win over Kansas State in Ahearn Field House (25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 16-14), Havili and senior Kelsie Payne each tracked after a ball and the two collided.

Starting slow: Latest KU football loss similar to 2 preceding it |
First came an 18-point deficit against Central Michigan, then another on the road at Ohio. In Saturday’s Big 12-opening defeat at the hands of West Virginia, the Jayhawks fared even worse, falling behind by 25.

KU soccer draws with Texas Tech |
Sophomore Sophie Maierhofer scored for Kansas’ soccer team, and the Jayhawks played Texas Tech to a 1-1 draw Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.

Former No. 5 draft pick Thomas Robinson to play in Russia this season
Former University of Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson is headed to Russia to continue his basketball career after five seasons in the NBA.

Oak Hill Academy big man David McCormack chooses KU
“Next year, I’ve decided I will attend Kansas University,” McCormack, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound Oak Hill Academy senior center, said as he opened two buttons on his light-blue, short-sleeved dress shirt, displaying a T-shirt with the words “Kansas Basketball” over his chest.

Other Sports

Sorting the Sunday Pile, Week 3: Finally, football is back to being wildly exciting -
After two largely lethargic weeks, the NFL was under fire for quality of play and the lack of offense. Thinkpieces were being written, and the gang of merry soap-boxers who love to be trendy and cool by loudly expressing their disdain for the NFL were prancing and preening on social media.

WATCH: Aaron Rodgers threads needle on game-tying TD, leads Packers to OT win -
The Cincinnati Bengals led the Green Bay Packers by 14 points at halftime and by seven points with less than four minutes remaining in Sunday's game. But for one reason, it never felt like they were going to hold onto their lead and leave Lambeau Field with a win. That reason is Aaron Rodgers.

Report: Bulls, Dwyane Wade reach buyout agreement; Cavs, Spurs, Heat early leaders -
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls have come to an agreement to buy him out of his contract, according to a report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Charles Barkley says he's embarrassed by response to Donald Trump in Alabama -
Charles Barkley, who was born and played college basketball in Alabama, was not pleased by the response to Donald Trump's speech in his home state. With Trump criticizing players kneeling during the national anthem, and rescinding a White House invitation to the Warriors, many athletes have come out and spoken against his words.


Here's How NFL Teams Demonstrated During The National Anthem Today [Updates]
President Trump’s call for NFL owners to get rid of “son of a bitch” players who chose to demonstrate during the anthem drew a ton of backlash from the sports world yesterday, and today, the players who were the focus of those remarks had their chance to respond before their games. Almost every team playing in the 1 p.m. games performed some show of unity during the anthem (at the very least by locking arms), while dozens of players took a knee. Here are images from anthems around the league:

Teresa Kaepernick On Trump Calling Injustice Protesters Sons Of Bitches: “It’s What Most Of Us Have Come To Expect From Him”
President Donald Trump has made something of a hobby out of attacking private citizens, Colin Kaepernick among them. During a rally held in Alabama last night, he referred to Kaepernick (among others), though not by name, saying that NFL owners should, when faced with a player kneeling during the national anthem, “get that son of a bitch off the field.” This demonstrated an already-evident dearth of intellect and a possible lack of understanding that Kaepernick is off the field due mainly if not entirely to his silent protests against police brutality.

Los Angeles Sparks Leave Court Before National Anthem In Game 1 Of WNBA Finals
The Los Angeles Sparks walked off the court prior to the national anthem before today’s Game 1 of the WNBA Finals in Minnesota, and returned to the court after the song concluded.

Seattle Seahawks: "We Will Not Stand For The Injustice That Has Plagued People Of Color In This Country"
Ahead of this afternoon’s game between Seattle and Tennessee, the Seahawks’ players released perhaps the strongest statement yet from an NFL team about social justice. In a statement attributed to “the players of the Seattle Seahawks,” the team explains its decision to stay off the field and not participate in the national anthem.

Richard Petty Says He'll Fire Anyone Who Protests During The National Anthem And In NASCAR He's Not Alone
As the sports world continues to erupt over President Trump’s call for the NFL to get rid of the “son of a bitch” players who protest during the national anthem, one sport still giving Trump seemingly unequivocal support—at least among its owners—is NASCAR, where every crew member stood for the anthem Sunday before the ISM Connect 300 in New Hampshire.