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Kansas News

KU offense's 'procedural' improvements don't lead to results | KUsports.com
While quarterback Peyton Bender’s 221 passing yards marked KU’s second-highest total this season, behind Carter Stanley’s 247 against Oklahoma State, 161 of the Jayhawks’ passing yards at Tech came in the second half, which KU entered down three touchdowns.

Jayhawks enter 2018-19 season ranked No. 1 in AP poll | KUsports.com
“Obviously, we lost a lot off last year’s team with Devonte’ (Graham), Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Malik (Newman), so I’m a little surprised that the writers put us there this preseason,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in a news release. “It’s definitely a spot we welcome and certainly know the goal is to be playing to that ranking by when it counts the most.”

Beaty will 'look at who has the best week' at QB for KU | KUsports.com
“We continue to compete at all of our positions. And we’re going to continue to do that from this point going forward,” Beaty replied. “We’ll look at who has the best week and make a decision going from there.”

KU ranked No. 1 in AP preseason basketball poll, K-State 12th
“Obviously we lost a lot off last year’s team with Devonte’, Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Malik (Newman), so I’m a little surprised that the writers put us there this preseason,” KU coach Bill Self said in a statement to the Associated Press. “It’s definitely a spot we welcome and certainly know the goal is to be playing to that ranking by when it counts the most.

David Beaty not locked into starting quarterback vs. TCU
The senior quarterback completed one-third of his passes in the first half and less than 50 percent for the game. He threw for two touchdowns, albeit one on the final offensive drive with the game out of reach, and never really settled into a rhythm, even throwing a rare red zone interception in the 48-16 KU loss.

Bill Self needed one look at Ochai Agbaji to be impressed
"It took me like a week, I probably would say," said point guard Devon Dotson. "When we go out, people ask him what's his name. He'll say it and it takes like a good four times for them to know what he's saying. Like sometimes he gets Ocho, Ultron, it's kind of different."

Associated Press releases preseason college hoops poll
Kansas was the media pick to win the 2018-19 national championship, claiming a place atop the Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Wednesday.

KU football news: Kansas-Iowa State game time announced
On Saturday, Nov. 3, KU will face off against the Cyclones at 11 a.m. CT at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. The game will be shown on Fox Sports Network and will be shown opposite a meeting between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Baylor Bears over on Fox Sports 1.

Other Sports News

Should UNC fire Larry Fedora? 5 pros and 4 cons - SBNation.com
It hasn’t worked out that way. The Heels are almost certainly going to miss a bowl again, with S&P+ giving them an 89 percent chance of finishing between 2-9 and 4-7. In all likelihood, their record would be worse if their game against UCF hadn’t gotten canceled.

NFL bans sale of custom Rae Carruth jerseys - SBNation.com
Rae Carruth was released from prison on Monday after serving 18 years for conspiring in the murder of his girlfriend Cherica Adams, and attempt to kill his unborn son. It took less than a day before NFLShop.com had to ban the sale of custom jerseys with his name.

Booger McFarland calls Odell Beckham Jr. a ‘diva’ for not peeing pants - SBNation.com
“You know, back in my day ... we would do that on the sideline. I didn’t need to go to the back for that. We just kind of sat down on the bench and do your business and move on,” Booger said.

16 reasons to watch the 2018 World Series - SBNation.com
The 2018 World Series is here, and you don’t need reasons to watch it. It’s the World Series, you goober. It’s the Boston Red Sox vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, two historically significant, rich, powerhouse teams loaded up with talent. Take a week or two off work and relax a little. Watch the danged Series.

Why the Giants made right call on the failed 2-point try vs. Falcons - SBNation.com
Against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made a controversial call ... that shouldn’t be considered controversial at all. In the fourth quarter, Shurmur and the Giants went for a two-point conversion after scoring a touchdown when his team trailed by 14 points.

76ers' Joel Embiid wants to work for NASA, says it would be 'easy' to learn rocket science after NBA - CBSSports.com
Embiid says he's not so sure he's as good with numbers anymore. But he's undeterred. He figures maybe he can get into some program that'll help put him on the path to NASA. The ever-confident Embiid says it'd be "easy" to pick up rocket science once he's done with this job, dunking on people. Despite the obvious hurdles, he estimates that he could be the first seven-footer in space in a year and a half, if he really put in the time.

Lakers' Brandon Ingram expected worse suspension
Brandon Ingram was relieved to receive a four-game suspension after expecting a harsher punishment from the NBA for his role in Saturday night's brawl between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.

Other News

Titanic II, a Painstaking Replica of the Titanic, Set for 2022
“The Titanic II is set to make its two-week maiden voyage in 2022, and construction of the replica recently resumed after a financial dispute held up the $500 million project for several years,” USA Today reported. “The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” Clive Palmer, the architect of this extremely bold project, told MSN. Not really sure where the mystery comes in, since the whole deal seems pretty straightforward, unless it’s the mystery of why anybody would

Against all odds, Phil Collins rocks first Twin Cities concert in 26 years - StarTribune.com
With a cane in his left hand, he hobbled to a swivel chair and plopped down like a bespectacled, unshaven grandpa ready to watch a football game on television.

Bible Museum says five of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake - BBC News
The tests were ordered after biblical scholars who examined 13 of the museum's previously unstudied fragments said there was a "high probability" that a number of them were modern forgeries

Supreme Court case could decide FB, Twitter power to regulate speech
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds.

World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered at bottom of the Black Sea
A team of maritime archaeologists, scientists and surveyors has discovered what it believes to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck – a Greek trading vessel whose design had previously been seen only on ancient pottery.