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Kansas News

Flight watch: Kansas AD Jeff Long returns from Dallas
The flight did not make its stop in Baton Rouge, a source told Phog.net, as the itinerary changed. It instead traveled straight to Lawrence. The passengers of the flight were Jeff Long, KU’s athletic director, and Sean Lester, KU’s deputy athletic director.

Report: Les Miles and KU have spoken about football job | KUsports.com
According to a report from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the former LSU and Oklahoma State head coach has spoken with unnamed officials at KU about the football program’s head coach opening. Plus, “there seems to be mutual interest between the parties.”

As coaching search continues, Jeff Long returns to Lawrence on flight from Dallas | KUsports.com
University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long returned to Lawrence Thursday evening on a flight from Dallas’ Love Field, with no potential football head coach in tow.

Jayhawks closing gap on Wildcats ahead of latest Sunflower Showdown | KUsports.com
Since 2010, Kansas and Kansas State have squared off eight different times in football. During that stretch, the Wildcats have won all eight meetings by an average margin of 24.4 points per contest. They have claimed five of those wins by at least 31 points.

Hiring an ol' ball coach with years (and years) of experience seems best move for KU | Smithology | KUsports.com
Whether the next head football coach at the University of Kansas turns out to be Les Miles or someone else, the man charged with turning around the Big 12’s worst program seems more likely to be long in the tooth than one of college football’s up-and-comers.

Devon Dotson learns from meeting with Bill Self before KU debut
Devon Dotson had some nerves before he took the floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Of course, the same was true of his roommate Quentin Grimes, even if both had shared some conversations with Bill Self leading up to the game that could have served to calm things down.

And then there were 8: See who's still alive in KU football coaching search bracket | Smithology | KUsports.com
How close we are to reaching the finish line in Jeff Long’s search to find the Kansas football team’s next head coach remains to be seen.

Other Sports News

Pittsburgh Steelers expect Le'Veon Bell to report next week
The Pittsburgh Steelers expect running back Le'Veon Bell to report to the team next week, president Art Rooney II said Thursday on Sirius XM radio.

NBA -- Bucks announce their presence in dominance of Warriors
"I think [their situation] is very similar to four years ago here," Curry explained. "A change of scenery sometimes helps. You get a little boost of energy, a little shift in focus and perspective, and that little difference can unlock something. It's still early. They're taking care of business like they should. It's important when you have that much potential to get off to a good start, but the season will shape out as it's supposed to."

Kristaps Porzingis posts sprint photos after David Fizdale says he hasn't progressed
Knicks coach David Fizdale said Thursday that injured All-Star Kristaps Porzingis was at the stage of light running -- but not sprinting -- in his rehab from last season's ACL injury.

Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors suffers left adductor strain against Milwaukee Bucks
Stephen Curry leaves the game vs. the Bucks in the third quarter with what turned out to be a left adductor strain. (0:20) OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry left Thursday's night's 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the third quarter and did not return because of an adductor strain in his left leg.

Zach Lowe 10 things I like and don't like, including Jayson Tatum - NBA
It can be hard to pinpoint what makes Lowry great beyond shooting and defense, which admittedly comprise a lot of it. So much of Lowry's brilliance lives in his bobs and weaves through the nooks and crannies of the game -- in those moments, invisible to some, between when he gives up the ball and when he gets it back. It's hard to conjure a signature move from those two-second bursts of bouncy hyperactivity.

Other News

Daily Inter Lake - Local News, Columbia Falls dentist drowns in boating accident
A well-known Columbia Falls dentist drowned in the Flathead River early Tuesday afternoon during a boating accident.

Disney planning Star Wars spinoff series starring Diego Luna | Film | The Guardian
In an earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the new show would act as a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It will star Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, the rebel alliance spy he played in the movie. According to a statement from Disney: “[T]he rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and PhD Thesis Sell at Auction
A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie’s auction. Among the items sold were his motorized red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes—one of five known copies—which sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402) and 584,750 ($763,381) respectively.

Ancient genomics is recasting the story of the Americas’ first residents
An analysis of genomes from dozens of ancient inhabitants of North and South America, who lived as long ago as 11,000 years — one of the largest troves of ancient DNA from the region studied so far — suggest that the populations moved fast and frequently. The findings were published on 8 November in Cell1 and Science2.