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KU's Pooka Williams, Daniel Wise and Joe Dineen named All-Big 12 first-teamers |
With the help of yet another Pooka Williams Jr. feat, the Kansas football program, in spite of its 3-9 season, landed three players on the 2018 All-Big 12 First Team.

Trying to project what's to come for Les Miles and KU football | Ask Us Anything |
The past few days inside Anderson Family Football Complex, according to those who would know, new Kansas football coach Les Miles has stayed busy by assessing various aspects of the Kansas football program he just took over.

Top 2020 point guard sets official visit to Kansas | KU Basketball Recruiting Scoop with Matt Scott |
Class of 2020 point guard R.J. Hampton made news this week by officially announcing that he would visit Kansas the weekend of Dec. 15, when the Jayhawks host Villanova.

KU’s Jeff Long gets ‘edible’ as thank you for Les Miles hire | The Kansas City Star
Long tweeted a photo of the gift and wrote: “Thanks @cmlippol for the edible!! Promise made...promise kept!! Now come see us next fall!! Rock Chalk!!!”

10 OC names to keep in mind as Les Miles fills out his staff
While no candidates have been publicly reported for any of the KU staff positions just yet, we went through some of the names fans are talking about — and a few others — to list some potential coaches to keep an eye on while Miles fills out his staff.

11 KU football players tabbed with Big 12 honors
Pooka Williams headlined the Jayhawks' All-Big 12 selections, earning first-team running back and return-man honors, in addition to a spot as the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year. Williams rushed for 1,125 yards in 11 games this season, which included a 252-yard rushing performance (three total touchdowns) against Oklahoma.

Pooka Williams named Big 12 offensive freshman of the year
The Big 12 awards were announced on Wednesday. Eleven different Jayhawks were honored, but perhaps most prominently, standout Kansas football running back Pooka Williams was named as both a member of the All-Big 12 first team and as the offensive freshman of the year.

Other Sports News

Player whose death Irish amateur club falsely reported will not press charges
A footballer whose death was falsely reported by his former club, Ballybrack FC, will not press charges and has claimed the amateur side from Dublin did it in order to get a game postponed.

Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder ties Jason Kidd on triple-doubles list
A few evenings after staying more than 2½ hours past the buzzer for a late-night solo shooting session, Russell Westbrook bounced back with one of his most complete games of the season, which included his 107th career triple-double to tie Jason Kidd for third on the all-time list.

Trinity High in Louisville cancels classes after receiving threat due to Jeff Brohm's decision
Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky, canceled Thursday classes after an alleged threat was made against the school on Twitter due to football coach Jeff Brohm's decision to turn down the University of Louisville job and instead remain at Purdue University.

Cleveland Cavaliers trade Kyle Korver to Utah Jazz
The Jazz (9-12) have been determined to thrust themselves out of an early-season malaise, and they pursued Korver to deepen their ability to spread the floor with their shooting. Korver, 37, has been one of the most pursued available players on the trade market.

Predicting Kevin Durant's next team and NBA legacy
Durant will almost certainly decide not to take his $30-plus million player option for next season, which will make him the most coveted superstar in a deep free-agent class. Half the league could have max cap space to recruit him away from Golden State. Our panel has the Warriors as the front-runners for KD, though the rest of the field got a majority of the votes.

Golden State Warriors hit road to face Toronto Raptors, ready to move past 'tough times'
The Golden State Warriors come into Thursday night's showdown against the Toronto Raptors having won three straight games, with Kevin Durant racking up consecutive 40-point games for the first time in his Warriors career. They are expected to get Stephen Curry back Saturday after the point guard missed nearly a month because of a strained left groin. Draymond Green is also expected back soon as he continues to rehab a toe injury that has been bothering him for several weeks.

Other News

Two Suppressive People Walk into the Church of Scientology — Good Beer Hunting
In hindsight, we probably could have found a less stupid way to spend an afternoon than dangling ourselves over the open jaws of a notoriously dangerous international cult. But it was a Tuesday in L.A. and my hotel didn’t have a swimming pool.

Corporate America Gets Some Reprieve in IRS's Foreign Tax Rules - Bloomberg
U.S. companies won some concessions from the Internal Revenue Service following proposed regulations that would soften the blow of a new foreign tax -- but the rules didn’t go as far as the business community had hoped.

Handmade Holiday Returns to Whitefish - Flathead Beacon
Three years after starting up her business, Rag and Stone, Whitefish metalsmith Erin Hawley applied to sell her jewelry at Missoula’s Holiday Made Fair alongside dozens of other artists and craftspeople at one of the state’s largest annual fairs.

In defence of Chinese Democracy: Guns N' Roses' misunderstood gem | Louder
ou had to see it right there in the shops to believe it. After 15 years, $13 million dollars, a revolving door of contributors and so many false starts it had become its own myth, Chinese Democracy, the long-awaited new album from Guns N’ Roses, was finally out in the world. The better part of two decades after Use Your Illusion I and II, it served as the first new GN’R studio album for a whole generation of rock fans, and would mean that Axl Rose could finally answer the questions that had been following him around for all those years in the wilderness. Questions like: who the fuck was actually on it? What does a Guns album without Slash sound like? And, most importantly, would it live up to 15 years of expectation and controversy?

Rage Against The Machine Bassist's Wife Files For Divorce -
According to The Blast, Tim Commerford's wife has filed for divorce from the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and PROPHETS OF RAGE bassist.