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Game day Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball vs. Texas A&M |
The fact that the Aggies are big makes this the perfect game for KU to bring its unselfish nature to the forefront to force the Aggies to defend all over the floor and find open players for jumpers whenever possible.

Report: Veteran assistant Bill Miller to join David Beaty's KU football staff |
FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported earlier this month Jeremy Springer would become KU’s next special teams coordinator. The university never announced such a hire, even after Beaty did not retain former Kansas special teams coordinator Joe DeForest. Springer went on to join Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Arizona as special teams coordinator. Feldman later reported Springer, who worked with Sumlin previously at Texas A & M, was set to join KU before the position at Arizona became available.

KU coach Bill Self searching for ways to fight fatigue factor |
Amid questions on top of questions about Udoka Azubuike's free throw shooting woes and what, if anything, can be done about them, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Thursday addressed an issue that might actually be more critical for this Kansas team.

Quick scout: Why Texas A&M could remind KU fans of another recent foe
Texas A&M is one of the tallest teams in the nation, so it’s not surprising that it has a strong defense inside. The Aggies rank 10th nationally in block rate and 24th in two-point percentage defense.

KU, rest of Big 12 gear for Challenge: “There’s not a deeper league in America.”
“There’s not a deeper league in America. You could make a case if certain teams get hot in our league, all 10 have a legitimate shot. All 10 do,” Self, Kansas’ 15th-year coach, insisted this week. “I think eight out 10 is realistic. I’d like to say 10 out of 10, but I don’t know if that is realistic.”

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Michigan State Spartans coach Mark Dantonio denies allegations concerning handling of sexual assault complaints
Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio, the two most prominent coaches at Michigan State, said Friday night that they have no plans to step away from their positions in the wake of a report about a pervasive culture of sexual assault on campus and within their two programs.

Pattern of denial, inaction, information suppression at Michigan State goes beyond Larry Nassar case - ESPN
Over the past three years, MSU has three times fought in court -- unsuccessfully -- to withhold names of athletes in campus police records. The school has also deleted so much information from some incident reports that they were nearly unreadable. In circumstances in which administrators have commissioned internal examinations to review how they have handled certain sexual violence complaints, officials have been selective in releasing information publicly. In one case, a university-hired outside investigator claimed to have not even generated a written report at the conclusion of his work. And attorneys who have represented accusers and the accused agree on this: University officials have not always been transparent, and often put the school's reputation above the need to give fair treatment to those reporting sexual violence and to the alleged perpetrators.

Oklahoma Sooners QB Baker Mayfield to play in Senior Bowl
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield will play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, though it may just be for as little as one series, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Legwold.

Tiger Woods birdies final hole to make first PGA Tour cut since 2015
He will tee off early Saturday, and far removed from the leaders. And to think that Tiger Woods is OK with that shows how much things have changed after numerous injuries and comebacks.

DeMarcus Cousins of New Orleans Pelicans tears Achilles
NEW ORLEANS -- Pelicans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins will undergo surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN.

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Commander Sisko to Return? Rumors of DS9 Reboot in the Works
Could the nostalgia wave resulting in numerous rebooted shows be good for Trek fans? Sources close to Avery Brooks, who played Commander Sisko in the long running Deep Space Nine series, claim the actor is deep in negotiations to bring the show back.