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Notebook: Kansas Mauls Emporia State; KU Soccer Mauls WVU

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Kansas News

KU stuns No. 13 West Virginia in overtime |
Katie McClure's golden goal in the eighth minute of overtime closed out the regular season on a high note as the University of Kansas women's soccer team upset No. 13 West Virginia, 1-0, Thursday night inside Dick Dlesk Stadium.

'Matchup nightmare' Dedric Lawson dominates KU exhibition opener
Lawson, a transfer from Memphis who had to sit out last season, unofficially started his 2018-19 All-American campaign with a self-described "sloppy," ho-hum 31 points and 15 rebounds in a 93-55 KU basketball win over Emporia State. Tabbed as preseason Big 12 newcomer of the year and as a preseason All-American — yet not picked for preseason conference player of the year honors — Lawson scored the first 10 points of the game for the Jayhawks, had a double-double in his first 10 minutes of action and finished the first half with a line that no other current KU big man has ever posted in a college game.

'For her': Kyle Mayberry refocused after losing aunt to cancer
“Man, he actually instilled in me toughness — never giving up and never quitting — which my father instilled in me as well," Mayberry told back during Fall Camp, "He just reiterated it for me and told me never to give up.”

Kansas offense still a work in progress after exhibition opener
For the majority of the roster, Thursday night was the first time playing as a cohesive unit against an opposition not consisting of other teammates. The lack of chemistry showed as KU racked up 22 turnovers.

Five observations from KU’s exhibition win over Emporia State
KU’s defense will naturally improve this season with added rebounding and rim protection. But if the Jayhawks can add some pressure like this? The defensive ceiling gets even higher.

Lawson’s 31 points help KU paste Emporia State 93-55: ‘I felt like a freshman out there again’
Lawson scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the first half and finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds in 23 minutes as the Jayhawks coasted to a somewhat sloppy 93-55 victory over Division II Emporia State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas is No. 1 in preseason coaches poll as well; K-State ranked 11th
Kansas, which was the No. 1 team in the country in the preseason AP basketball poll on Monday, landed an identical No. 1 spot in the USA Today coaches poll released Thursday.

Former Miege standout Jeremiah Robinson-Earl cuts recruiting list to Kansas, Villanova
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a 6-foot-9 senior forward formerly of Bishop Miege and now at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has cut his recruiting list to Kansas and Villanova, his mother, Katie Robinson, confirmed on Thursday morning.

'So gifted': 5-star Quentin Grimes makes debut for KU basketball
Quentin Grimes has heard Bill Self's message about how he wants the Jayhawks to lock in on defense and force the opposition to play poorly.

Other Sports News

How the Pacers may have censored an NSFW play - Indy Cornrows
Four-letter words are relatively commonplace in the throes of NBA action, but the context in which Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was caught on camera shouting, “What the F—!” near the end of the third quarter of last Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers was anything but.

LeBron James knows Los Angeles Lakers fans will rewrite history if he wins there -
“I didn’t come here thinking we were going to be blazing storms right out of the gate,” he told reporters at the Staples Center. “It’s a process and I understand that.”

Why in the world was this Brock Osweiler disaster not a Texans touchdown? -
Late in the second quarter of a Thursday Night Football game, the Dolphins’ Brock Osweiler robot malfunctioned and launched a football in the opposite direction. Every thing about the play looked like a fumble, so the Texans scooped it up and ran into the end zone for what appeared to be a fumble.

Bob Bowlsby Faces Tough Questioning on Adidas, Kansas Trial
Bob Bowlsby had his hands full on Wednesday morning at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. He was asked extensively about the court case involving Adidas, Kansas and the NCAA.

Big 12 Basketball Media Day 2018 Notebook
Heartland College Sports was on site for the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day in Kansas City. Below are some of the top notes and storylines to come out of the session.

Big 12 Media Day? More Like Kansas Media Day
Wednesday marked the first time the Big 12 media, en masse, could ask Self about the startling accusation from a week ago that Self personally asked former Adidas executive Jim Gatto for a payment to be made to forward Silvio de Sousa’s handler in order to secure de Sousa’s recruitment to Kansas. That accusation was made by Gatto’s attorney, Michael Schacter, during his closing argument at Gatto’s trial in New York City.

Other News

Suspicious package manhunt: FBI descends on Florida mail center - INSIDER
The FBI appears to have zeroed in on a Florida mail center amid a nationwide manhunt for the perpetrator of a wave of suspicious packages resembling pipe bombs sent in the mail.

Kroger shooting suspect Gregory Bush apparently sought access to mostly black church before slayings - CBS News
A white man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a predominantly black church in Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two African-Americans, police said

What happened Wednesday is the logical conclusion of our poisonous political environment - CNNPolitics
It's easy amid the nearly hourly revelations of new mail bombs being sent to prominent Democrats and others who have been heavily criticized by President Donald Trump to lose sight of the big picture here: We are dealing with an act of political terrorism the breadth of which we haven't seen in a very long time.