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Kansas News

KU men's basketball news: Lagerald Vick picks new number with special meaning
After Vick declared for the draft and was presumed gone by KU coach Bill Self, the team and, really, himself, KU passed his No. 2 jersey along to Charlie Moore. When Vick's name came up in a pair of surprising announcements — first as he pulled his name out of the draft and then when it was announced he'd be returning to KU — the rising senior had to figure out what else to wear.

KU's Silvio De Sousa mentioned in FBI subpoena sent to Maryland basketball
The University of Maryland has received a subpoena from the FBI requesting information about the school's recruitment of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, according to a report Friday from Yahoo Sports.

Kansas Jayhawks in the NBA: KU basketball's Billy Preston signs two-way contract with Cleveland Cavaliers
According to multiple media reports, including from Dave McMenamin, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman announced on Friday the team will be signing the former five-star recruit and KU-signee to a two-way contract.

Former KU guard Devonté Graham signs contract, produces in first game for Hornets
Former Kansas point guard Devonté Graham signed his first NBA contract — terms not disclosed — with the Charlotte Hornets at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas.

CBS Sports: Should Kentucky or Kansas be No. 1 in college basketball?
Kansas or Kentucky. Kentucky or Kansas. The order at the top of the college basketball world will be debated through and through until the start of the 2018-19 season, and possibly even after that as both teams hurtle toward Jan. 26, when Kansas will travel to Rupp Arena to take on blue-blood counterpart Kentucky as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

ESPN's Dick Vitale picks his top four college basketball teams for 2018-19
Vitale’s ranking was a response to CBS Sports writer Gary Parrish’s indecision on the debate between Kentucky and Kansas as college basketball’s No. 1 team for 2018-19 — Parrish eventually picked Kentucky 1A and Kansas 1B, saying he “never found the clear-cut answer I wanted” — by stating that he believed the Jayhawks should be No. 1.

Other Sports

Thai soccer coach trapped in cave pens apology to boys' parents
The soccer coach trapped in a cave with 12 Thai boys apologized to the boys' parents in the first letter he and the team have sent out through divers, in which the boys say they're doing well but missing their families.

Tony Parker agrees to deal with Charlotte Hornets
Free agent guard Tony Parker has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, bringing to a close his 17-year career with the San Antonio Spurs.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban talks burying hatchet with DeAndre Jordan -- 'I just want to win'
"There's like four guys I hold grudges with, and three of them are from grade school, maybe even before," Cuban told ESPN hours after Jordan officially signed with the Mavericks on Friday. "I just want to win. Look, only Dirk [Nowitzki] and J.J. [Barea] were there from that period anyway. All of our guys were like, 'Go get him! Go get him!'

Koby Altman, Cleveland Cavaliers GM, says LeBron James' departure left 'a level of hurt' but he's 'very thankful'
"When you first get hit with it, there is a level of hurt," Altman told a small group of reporters underneath the bleachers at the Cox Pavilion. "You're hurt because of what you went through for the four years with him and what he meant to us. But I was extremely thankful, at the same time. I realize what we accomplished this year and the last four years, and we did a lot. I mean, it was four incredible years led by him, and I'm very thankful for the years he gave our team, this organization, the city."

Other News

Twitter is Suspending More Than One Million Accounts Per Day in Latest Purge
Apparently sick of being criticized by everyone from US Congress to Seth Rogan for not doing enough to purge its platform of bots, trolls, and malicious foreign actors, Twitter has started liberally dropping the ban hammer on suspicious accounts, suspending more than 70 million users over the course of May and June.

The Earth Is Farthest From the Sun Today, So Why Is It So Hot?
All-time heat records have been set around the world this week, in North American cities including Denver, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; and Montreal, Quebec; as well as in cities in Europe and Russia. But here’s something that might confuse you: Today is also aphelion day—the day in Earth’s orbit that where it’s farthest from the Sun. What gives

Record-Breaking Heat in California Led to Home-Destroying Wildfires
Record-setting heat plagued much of southern California Friday, with temperatures touching as high as 117 degrees during the day. The unseasonably hot weather sparked a number of brush fires that swept across hundreds of acres of land and destroyed several homes.

One of the New Star Trek Shows Should Have a Non-Starfleet Point of View
Very few Star Trek fans believe that the first seasons of Deep Space Nine—focusing on the unstable relationship between the Bajoran government, its spiritual leaders, and the only-sort-of welcome Federation—are its strongest. But it’s gotten me thinking lately that it could form the basis of a fascinating Trek show in its own right.