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Kansas News

Graham, Self pleased with Big 12 Player of the Year honor but hungry for more |
On Sunday morning, a little less than 24 hours after his team was drubbed by Oklahoma State for the second time this season, Kansas coach Bill Self got to break up the post-loss hangover with a phone call that was much more fun than watching film.

Ryan Zeferjahn named Big 12 pitcher of the week |
After striking out a career-high 14 batters during a 7-1 victory Sunday, Kansas sophomore right-hander Ryan Zeferjahn was honored with the Big 12's pitcher of the week honors on Monday.

Report: Former KU basketball player Billy Preston no longer playing overseas |
Six weeks after leaving the University of Kansas basketball program in an attempt to jumpstart his professional career, Billy Preston’s stint overseas already is through.

Self says Graham will have jersey retired; Jayhawks hold clinic for Special Olympians
Kansas point guard Devonté Graham stood near the free-throw line on the north end of James Naismith Court and, with the help of fellow senior shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk, assisted 120 Special Olympians in a lay-up drill on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Humble Devonté Graham takes Big 12 honor in stride, lands on one All-America team
“I was shocked at first. I didn’t know what to think,” Graham, KU’s scoring and assist leader said of his reaction to Self’s interrupting Graham’s sleep to say he’d been chosen Big 12 Player of the Year in a unanimous vote of the league coaches.

Former KU forward Billy Preston leaves pro team in Bosnia because of injury
Preston, who joined the squad in late January as he continued to wait for his amateur status to be cleared by the NCAA, has been experiencing shoulder pain and has decided to return to the U.S. to have the shoulder evaluated. Preston will “not likely” return to Bosnia, his mom, Nicole Player, told

Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self says 'we don't put fear in anybody' after loss to Oklahoma State Cowboys
"I'm really proud of our team ... and to win the league is a pretty remarkable accomplishment for this group. But we don't put fear in anybody. We used to play people and there was doubt before they played us whether or not if they could play with us -- there's not that doubt this year," Self said after the No. 6 Jayhawks' 82-64 blowout loss to unranked OSU.

Other Sports News

Ultimate March guide
And we're here to prepare you for the pending whirlwind. With this survivor's guide, you'll walk into that NCAA tournament party feeling omniscient.

Which teams and have leagues have the most at stake during Champ Week
The final sprint to Selection Sunday is officially here, with Champ Week moving into high gear -- even with the Big Ten throwing a wrinkle into everyone's plans this year. The field of potential champions moves from the 300s to 68 over the next several days. Mid-major favorites will fall, bubble teams will be eliminated, 1-seeds will be decided. Which teams have the most at stake during Champ Week?

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr thinks undrafted players should be allowed to return to college
"Don't keep this ruse going," Kerr told reporters Monday. "We all know what's going on. Let's do what's best for the kid and give them some options, and work together between the NBA and NCAA to find the right system. I think it's entirely doable if you people just open their eyes."

Texas Tech signs Chris Beard to a new six-year deal
"Coach Beard continues to elevate Texas Tech basketball to a record level of success," Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement on Monday. "Under his leadership, our program is going to continue to elevate to an elite level. I am extremely proud of the direction of his program and know that Red Raider Nation joins me in our level of excitement for the future."

Memphis coach Tubby Smith thinks that allowing players to transfer more freely will teach them to quit.
Memphis coach Tubby Smith expressed his displeasure Sunday with the high number of players transferring in college basketball, telling reporters the practice teaches athletes "to quit."

Texans Deny Report That They Won't Sign Free Agents Who Protested During National Anthem
The Texans are refuting a Houston Chronicle report from this weekend that said the team wasn’t interested in signing free agents who’d protested during the national anthem:

Other News

Updates on the Next Terminator Movie, Black Mirror's Return, and More
We are starting to shoot Terminator 6 in June to the middle of October, so I am in that. I am looking forward to coming back as the T-800 model. It’s gonna be great with Tim Miller as the director and Jim Cameron is kind of supervising the whole thing.

Here’s why you don’t like new music any more
Every week, Spotify and Apple Music are flooded with a slew of new, zeitgeist-defining albums that are yours for the streaming. Why, then, after a few songs, do we tend to retreat back into the comforting arms of Tupac Shakur, Alanis Morissette, or Robert Smith? No, it’s not because nobody makes ’em like they used to; it’s because, as is the case with pretty much everything in life, we’re still beholden to the things that shaped us as teenagers.

Lawsuit of the Day

Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods sued by 20-year-old over gun sale ban
An Oregon man filed suits Monday claiming Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against the 20-year-old when they refused to sell him a rifle.