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Katz predicts Kansas to fall in the Sweet 16 in 2018-19’s Andy Katz has laid out plenty of predictions this offseason, including his recent look at streaks that might continue (or discontinue) this season. Perhaps most surprising among his predictions was his take that a Kansas NCAA Tournament streak would end this year.

Dineen: 'Crucial' for KU football to get sacks vs. West Virginia
“We've got to find a way to get our playmakers to the quarterback,” David Beaty said. “I think we've got to do some things to help Daniel Wise get to the quarterback, because he's a talented player and I think that's going to be a focus of ours, to try to make sure we get our guys to the quarterback a little bit easier than what we have in the past.”

KU's Joe Dineen rated as college football's best linebacker through 5 weeks |
This season, Dineen’s name routinely shows up on PFF’s Big 12 Team of the Week — KU redshirt senior defensive tackle Daniel Wise joined him this week. But it reached another level when PFF, in an article titled “The best college player at every position through Week 5,” identified Dineen as the nation’s top linebacker, giving him a season grade of 90.8 at this point.

Witness details secret payments in college hoops recruiting |
A New Jersey financial adviser-turned-bag man in a college basketball corruption scandal testified Wednesday about a clandestine mission last year to deliver an envelope with $19,400 in cash to the father of a highly sought-after prospect.

KU women's basketball team enters season with postseason aspirations |
Jessica Washington’s return is much anticipated after the success from Christalah Lyons and Kylee Kopatich, who each averaged double digits for the University of Kansas women’s basketball team last season.

Former Royals pitcher, KU baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at 75 |
Former Kansas City Royals pitcher and University of Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin, of Lawrence, died in his sleep Wednesday during a trip to visit friends in his hometown of Charleston, Ill., according to family friends.

Chris Thompson set to start rookie season on PGA Tour |
Two-time University of Kansas All-American and Lawrence resident Chris Thompson tees off at 3:20 p.m. Thursday in the Safeway Open, his first tournament as a member of the PGA Tour.

KU's De Sousa could be ruled ineligible, NCAA rules experts say; chances of vacating Final Four appearance less clear |
Former NCAA officials and an attorney on Wednesday told the Journal-World that KU may have a defense against NCAA sanctions if it can prove that athletic department officials were unaware that money was paid to get De Sousa to attend KU. But they also said there are ways KU could be punished even if the facts show university leaders weren’t directly aware of the alleged payment.

Other Sports News

Basketball corruption trial drags in the names of Markelle Fultz, Kyle Kuzma
A former financial adviser, who pleaded guilty to conspiring with three men to facilitate money from Adidas to the families of high-profile recruits and also bribing college basketball coaches, told a jury on Wednesday that he worked with another sports agent to provide money to people associated with NBA players Kyle Kuzma and Markelle Fultz while they were still in college.

Cristiano Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad for games vs. Poland and Scotland
Portugal coach Fernando Santos did not call up Ronaldo, the country's World Cup captain, who has been the subject of a reopened investigation into an alleged rape in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

Miami Heat pushing Minnesota Timberwolves to accept revised Butler deal
The Miami Heat were pushing the Minnesota Timberwolves to accept a revised trade offer on Wednesday for All-Star forward Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN.

C.J. Fuller, former Clemson Tigers running back, dies at 22
"Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with C.J.'s family," Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. "I've known C.J. a long time and watched him grow up through the Easley rec leagues [in South Carolina] all the way through Easley High School. I'm proud of what he accomplished as a Clemson Tiger, most of all his accomplishment of being a Clemson graduate. Our deepest condolences and the thoughts of our program are with his family this evening. May he rest in peace."

College basketball corruption trial: 5 things we learned from opening arguments -
The FBI has wiretaps and video documenting the alleged crimes. Gatto’s lawyer is aware of this and isn’t even trying to argue the Adidas executive is innocent. Instead, as the prosecution seeks to show the universities involved were defrauded, the defense is trying to paint a picture that everyone is cheating in college basketball. It’s saying Gatto’s actions were merely to “level the playing field.”

Klay Thompson rumors: His thirst for recognition could speak to something deeper -
Klay Thompson sat down with Stadium’s Shams Charania this week. The big headline out of the interview hovers around Thompson’s declaration that he knows that he’s a better defender than some of the players who have been on the NBA All-Defense teams the last couple of years.

Other News

Why you didn't get the FEMA presidential phone alert — Quartz
Why? Well, it’s not entirely clear. There were a few things that could’ve prevented people from getting the alert, FEMA said, such as if you were in the middle of transmitting data or having a long conversation on your phone. Phones that were switched off or out of range of cell service didn’t pick it up either.

Lockheed Martin reveals space lander for moon missions using NASA tech
Aerospace company Lockheed Martin unveiled a spacecraft concept it says can land humans on the moon once again, responding to NASA's call for more missions to the moon and Mars.

Here is a majestic video of a deer performing Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" drum fill
Well, those days are over. The deer are learning, taking dainty little hoof steps toward mastering our instruments, and, at long last, have chosen one among them to debut its skill. Watch on as this maverick stand-in for all deer-kind signals the end of our musical superiority with a performance of the famous drum fill from Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.”