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‘The fans would never know’: A look inside the basketball team dances at Late Night in the Phog |
As fans camp outside and eventually pack into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, awaiting them will be a host of performances from the men’s and women’s basketball teams, who may be even more excited — or perhaps anxious — to take the court.

Dancing with the 'Hawks: What to expect — and what not to — from the men’s basketball team at Late Night | Chasen Point |
No, he wasn’t tired. The 45-minute practice paled in comparison to the rigorous work of boot camp and fell well short of a typical three-hour practice his newfound ‘coaches’ participated in. But after a mix-up with choreography led to Young dropping his dance partner, the JUCO transfer was a little frazzled.

Louisville names David Padgett interim head coach |
David Padgett, a member of the Louisville basketball staff for the last three years and a former three-year starter at center for the Cardinals, has been named as acting head men's basketball coach, the university announced Friday.

Five things to watch at Late Night 2017 |
"I never have watched the scrimmage before," Self revealed. "I'll probably watch half of this one because I'll be visiting the other half but I've never watched a highlight of it or anything like that. I won't even know who our leading scorers are. The one thing about things like that, you just hope you make shots so you don't look awful because you know nobody's going to guard anybody."

KU coach Bill Self opens up on pressure surrounding recruiting, college basketball | Tale of the Tait |
In discussing the “tough week” that hammered college basketball from nearly all angles this week, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Thursday night focused mostly on what could be done to fix a culture that has allowed shoe companies, third parties and the high-stakes world of recruiting to take control of the sport.

Going to Late Night in the Phog? Take some nonperishable food donations with you |
The event at Allen Fieldhouse is one of Just Food's largest drives of the year. Fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, and monetary donations will also be accepted. Just Food’s most needed items, according to a news release from the pantry, are healthy cereals, canned fruit, tomato products, peanut butter, canned meat and whole grains.

Batch of recruits, including Zion Williamson, to attend Late Night in Phog
Prep school senior power forward David McCormack, who has already committed to Kansas, and high school senior small forward Zion Williamson, who is right at the top of the Jayhawks’ wish list, will be attending Saturday’s Late Night in the Phog as part of official recruiting visits.

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Romeo Langford backs away from Louisville but schedules official visit to Kansas. Are the Jayhawks safe from scandal? | USA Today High School Sports
On Tuesday evening, Langford announced he would take an official visit to Kansas in late October. The Jayhawks are one of adidas’ most prominent collegiate brands, right alongside UCLA in terms of national awareness and media exposure (Louisville may have been a close third, but doesn’t have the depth of tradition featured at Kansas’ Phogg Allen Fieldhouse or UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion). If Langford is taking an official visit to Kansas it stands to reason he’s confident they won’t become embroiled in the ongoing scandal.

Jeter reportedly fires more Marlins execs, including VP who cost current MLB starter -
At some point soon, ownership of the Marlins will officially be transferred from Jeffrey Loria to the group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. MLB's owners unanimously approved the sale earlier this week. Now they're just waiting for the financial transaction to close.

Odell Beckham reportedly fined $12K for dog urinating on hydrant celebration -
Odell Beckham Jr. has once again been in the news throughout the week. The Giants' mercurial star had himself a big afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, catching nine passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his post-touchdown behavior drawing all the attention.

Bowl projections: Big Ten back as upset of USC shakes up College Football Playoff -
#Pac12AfterDark strikes again. After playing with fire every week so far this season, No. 5 USC finally got burned at No. 16 Washington State in a 30-27 loss. The upset of the Trojans undoubtedly shakes up my College Football Playoff and New Year's Six projections.

College football schedule, Week 5: Times, viewing guide, TV channels, what to watch -
With an unusual number of exciting games being played on Thursday and Friday this week, the Saturday slate is a bit diluted. The good news is that there are still two games between ranked teams taking place in the evening, and they don't start at the same time.

What this massive extension means for Russell Westbrook, OKC and GM Sam Presti -
Maybe it was the money. Maybe it was loyalty. Maybe it was the star power moves. Maybe it was all of the above. Either way, the Thunder have done what so many thought wouldn't be possible last summer: they've signed Russell Westbrook to a max extension, the largest contract in NBA history. Yahoo Sports reported Friday that Westbrook signed a new deal worth $205 million over five years, with a player option in the fifth season per USA Today.

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How Puerto Rico's power crisis ends
Water is one of the most pressing issues, however. Without power, there's no way to pump water into homes and businesses, and some residents are collecting it where they can, including out of open-road drainage tracts and fire hydrants. People in Utuado, a city of 30,000, are relying on a pipe tapped into a mountain spring by the side of a highway. Until help arrives, that's the only water available for drinking and cleaning in the area, CNN reports.

Army Corps: Puerto Rico looks a lot like Iraq in 2003 - Vox
And for Col. James DeLapp, commander of the Recovery Field Office for Puerto Rico at the US Army Corps of Engineers, the scene on the ground — and the challenge ahead — looks lot like what the Army Corps faced after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico - The New York Times
The sun rose Wednesday morning in the low mountains of north-central Puerto Rico, near the town of Corozal, to reveal the world that Hurricane Maria has made: shattered trees, traffic lights dangling precipitously from broken poles, and, here on the face of a weedy hill, a gushing spring, one of the few places where people from miles around could find fresh water.

Pharmacists in Puerto Rico struggle to get medication to people in shelters - CBS News
Ricardo Rivera has diabetes, and went to four drug stores in one day. "My insulin ends today and I need it to stay alive," he said.

Trump: Our response to Puerto Rico is “incredible.” San Juan mayor: “People are dying.” - Vox
“The loss of life, it's always tragic. But it's been incredible,” he said on CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin. “The results that we've had with respect to loss of life. People can't believe how successful that has been, relatively speaking.”

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