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Notebook: Jayhawks Looks to Fix Problems Over Winter Break; Wise, Dineen Reflect on Careers

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Kansas News

DaJon Terry officially signs with KU football
On the morning of Christmas Eve, DaJon Terry's signing with KU football was officially announced. Terry was presumed to sign in the early signing period, but was not announced on the Wednesday's opening day after he committed around 10:12 p.m. on the preceding Monday.

KU’s Bill Self tied in career coaching victories with the ‘Wizard of Westwood’
UCLA’s Wizard of Westwood won 664 games (against 162 losses, .804 winning percentage) in 29 years as a college head coach — two seasons at Indiana State followed by 27 at UCLA. Self has won an identical 664 games (against 202 losses, .767) in 26 seasons — four at Oral Roberts, three at Tulsa, three at Illinois and 16 at Kansas.

Jayhawks recruiting several top basketball players in Class of 2019 and beyond
Some of the country’s top uncommitted high school senior basketball players — as well as a batch of underclassmen — have been competing in holiday tournaments the past couple weeks while also updating analysts on recruiting.

Recent JUCO pro-style quarterbacks have struggled to make immediate impact | Jackson's Journal | KUsports.com
Recent history would suggest that the odds are stacked against transfer quarterback Thomas MacVittie, who signed his national letter of intent to the University of Kansas this month — well, at least on his chances to make an immediate impact.

'You couldn't ask for a better partner': Dineen, Wise feel they're leaving KU in better position than when they arrived | KUsports.com
During their last day playing together at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, in the Jayhawks’ season finale against Texas, Dineen not only came painfully close to snagging his second career interception, in dropping a would-be takeaway, he also blew the chance to take off for what looked to be a fairly open 40-yard dash to the end zone in the first quarter.

Dedric Lawson named Big 12 Player of the Week
The 6-foot-9 power forward and Memphis transfer was tabbed as Big 12 player of the week on Wednesday. Lawson set a new KU career high in scoring with 30 points in KU's loss to Arizona State last Saturday. Lawson also had 14 rebounds in that game and made 80 percent of his field goals, going 12 for 15 from the field.

A check-in on KU basketball's 3-point shooting
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was in the building for KU basketball's loss to Arizona State last Saturday. Of course, had it been the college-version of the former Jayhawk launching 3s in the second half and not the current 2018-19 KU basketball wings, the Jayhawks probably wouldn't have lost the game.

Bill Self, players assess Kansas' defense nearing Big 12 play
"You know what? I was really encouraged after the Villanova game and not very happy at all after the South Dakota game. It wasn't very good — at all," Self said. "I think that whether we want to admit it or not as coaches, I do think there's something that when there's anticipation to play a game of magnitude or national implications, you approach it a lot differently than you do sometimes another game."

Svi Mykhailiuk talks life in NBA, facing former KU teammate
“It's been great,” Mykhailiuk said of his time with the Lakers on the ESPN+ postgame show after Kansas fell to Arizona State. “Just a new environment, learning the game. It's definitely a different game. A different level of the game but it's great so far.”

Dedric Lawson continues dominant 2018-19 despite KU loss
Lost in the fray of KU basketball's loss to Arizona State — 80-76 on Saturday — was the performance of Dedric Lawson, who had arguably his best performance of a season that has catapulted him into the discussion for the nation's top player.

COMPLETED: Meet KU football's early class-of-2019 signees
The Jayhawks, under new head coach Les Miles, added a number of commitments in his short tenure as coach leading up to the period, with 11 players signing on the opening day of the early signing period. The first commitment Miles received came from in-state tight end Mason Fairchild on Dec. 9, and things only picked up from there.

Other Sports News

Buena Regional High School wrestling team to skip events officiated by referee who told Andrew Johnson to cut dreadlocks
A New Jersey school district says its wrestling team will no longer compete in events officiated by a referee who told a wrestler to lose his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout.

Weather cancels No. 23 Boise's First Responder Bowl vs. BC
"After more than an hour since stoppage of play, and with review of the active lightning and thunderstorm cells still in the area of the Cotton Bowl, it was determined that the game should be called," Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of ESPN Events and programming, said in a statement. "All parties were concerned about player safety first and foremost, and with that being the primary concern, as well as the fans in attendance, it was a unanimous decision to cancel the game."

Anthony Davis trade talk is the biggest story in the NBA
As the future of Anthony Davis surpassed the Warriors' spat and Whatever The Hell Is Happening With Markelle Fultz as the biggest story in the league, two streams of pushback trickled from concerned NBA citizens:

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks amazed at LeBron James comparisons
"I mean, it's amazing," Doncic said. "You all know that he's my idol, so it's just amazing to be there."

Derrick Rose scores 24 for Minnesota Timberwolves as 'MVP' chants rain down in Chicago return
The first time Derrick Rose visited the United Center as a member of an opposing team, he was booed. It was Nov. 5, 2016, and fans jeered when he touched the ball and heckled him when his name was called during player introductions.

Other News

Putin Says 'Invulnerable' New Hypersonic Nuclear Missile Is Ready For Deployment | HuffPost
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come.

Seth Rogen, Chris Evans and others shocked 'Home Alone' gangster movie is a fake film | Fox News
“My entire childhood, I thought the old -timey movie that Kevin [McCallister] watches in ‘Home Alone’ [‘Angels with Filthy Souls’] was actually an old movie," Rogen tweeted Christmas Day.

Dave Grohl's Backbeat BBQ Headlines L.A. Food Bank Fundraiser | Hollywood Reporter
By the time the first guests walked into the Eat, Drink and Support benefit at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Dave Grohl had been making brisket, ribs and pulled pork for around 36 hours. Grohl spent the night before the Saturday event at the Food Bank's downtown warehouse cooking meats to serve at his Backbeat BBQ pop-up — then sliced the brisket himself for the line of foodies that snaked through the venue.

Department Of Homeland Security Promises Changes To Protect Migrant Children : NPR
In the wake of the death of a second migrant child in U.S. custody within the past two weeks, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced on Wednesday the government is calling on several federal agencies to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection implement a host of new directives intended to improve how it cares for children and adults held in federal facilities.

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