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Notebook: Defense in Adidas Case Claims Bill Self Knew About Payments

Out from his coffin, Drac’s voice did ring. Seems he was troubled by just one thing

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In closing, attorney for Adidas defendant argues KU’s Bill Self knew of payments
An attorney for an Adidas executive accused in a federal college basketball corruption trial argued coaches Bill Self and Rick Pitino knew about payments to players and his client was acting on their behalf to help Adidas and their schools, not to defraud them.

K-State’s Dean Wade, KU’s Dedric Lawson on Karl Malone power forward award list
Kansas State senior Dean Wade and Kansas junior transfer Dedric Lawson are two of 20 candidates for the 2019 Karl Malone power forward of the year award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

What can KU basketball do about potential NCAA violations when Adidas trial ends?
Stephen L. Hill Jr., a partner in the Kansas City office of the law firm Dentons, is quick to say that he doesn’t have the same knowledge Kansas Athletics does regarding the recent federal court case into college basketball corruption.

VIDEO: Josh Jackson shows off jumper, chase-down block in opener
Playing under Jay Triano, the interim coach who took over after the Suns fired Earl Watson just a few games into the year, Jackson looked out of control at times. He averaged just under five turnovers per game in the preseason and then struggled with shot-selection — and shot-making — to begin the year.

Defense attorney: Kansas coaches knew of payments
Adidas executive Jim Gatto’s attorney insisted in closing arguments Thursday that Kansas coaches were aware of payments made to Fenny Falmagne, the guardian of current Jayhawk forward Silvio De Sousa.

NBA's G League makes monster move that could impact college basketball recruiting | Tale of the Tait |
While the future of college basketball recruiting as we know it may be changing as a result of what comes from the three-week federal trial in New York City, the NBA’s G League on Thursday announced a move that could change things even quicker.

KU football's 2019 schedule finalized |
What exactly the Kansas football team’s lineups and coaching staff will look like by the time the 2019 season gets here is anyone’s guess at this point. As of Thursday, though, with the Big 12 unveiling next year's football schedule, we now all know the dates on which the Jayhawks will be playing on the forthcoming calendar.

KU's Dedric Lawson named to Karl Malone watchlist |
One day after learning he had been named the preseason newcomer of the year by the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball coaches, KU junior Dedric Lawson found himself on a list of 20 players in the running for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.

2019 PF Jeremiah Robinson-Earl closing in on a decision? | KU Basketball Recruiting Scoop with Matt Scott |
The end of Jeremiah Robinson-Earl's recruitment could be near now that the 6-foot-9 power forward from IMG Academy wrapped up his fifth and final official visit last weekend.

Defense attorney argues Bill Self knew about payments to families of KU players |
“The evidence, I submit, shows that Kansas’ head coach knew of and asked for a payment to be made to Silvio De Sousa’s handler,” Schachter told the jury. “More than that, Coach Self requested just the kind of help that Mr. (T.J.) Gassnola arranged as a condition for Coach Self to permit Adidas to continue their sponsorship agreement with the University of Kansas.”

Chancellor won't say whether he still has 'complete confidence' that KU follows recruiting rules |
As a federal corruption trial has made new allegations regarding the recruiting practices of the University of Kansas, Chancellor Douglas Girod won't say whether he still has “complete confidence” in the university’s staff to follow recruiting rules.

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NBA G League select salaries underscore how WNBA players aren’t paid what they deserve -
“People try to hijack this issue and say that women’s basketball may not be as interesting a game, because they disparage women in sports, period,” Diggins-Smith wrote in a widely mis-aggregated as-told-to essay on Wealthsimple this summer. “But we don’t even make the same percentage of revenue! And jersey sales…we don’t get any of it.”

Will ‘College GameDay’ run Washington State out of Fireball and weed? -
GameDay had never been to Washington State, a place in the middle of nowhere that’s known for its ability to put on a good time. And Cougs fans have been itching for this chance for years, led by a group of devoted alums who have made sure a Washington State flag has flown behind every GameDay set for the last 15 years. Fans were so excited about the news announced six days prior, they made shirts about it.

LeBron James’ Lakers debut: 8 things to know -
LeBron James’ start with the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t have gone much better, even though the team fell to the Portland Trail Blazers on the road, 128-119. He started by running the floor on a breakaway and absolutely slamming a ball through the net. He continued on the next play by running the floor and slamming a ball through the net. It was vintage LeBron in a new uniform

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Feds Launch Sex Abuse Probe Of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church : NPR
The Department of Justice has launched an investigation of child sex abuse within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church, sending subpoenas to dioceses across the state seeking private files and records to explore the possibility that priests and bishops violated federal law in cases that go back decades, NPR has learned.

Trump and Saudi Arabia could basically brush off the Khashoggi crisis - INSIDER
Despite the outrage over Trump's disregard for the press safety in his own country, and his apparent willingness to accept excuses from the Saudis as they draw out a long investigation into Khashoggi, Trump can probably put the issue to bed with some slaps on the wrist.

Daily Inter Lake - Lifestyle, Kalispell hunter bags record-book elk with a little good luck
Nine-year-old Olivia Warriner was a bit too young to join her dad, Odin, on his recent trip to the Upper Missouri River Breaks to hunt elk. While she wasn’t thrilled about having to stay home, she made sure dad was armed with everything he needed.