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Notebook: Kendrick Will Play in Every Game; Trob Signs with Atlanta

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Strides in these two areas made Peyton Bender KU football's starting quarterback
“There’s going to be a place and a time for all of those guys throughout the season,” Beaty said on the Big 12 football coaches teleconference. “We’re going to need all of ’em in the Big 12. It’s a very rigorous place to play for quarterbacks, and every one of these guys has got to be ready to be the starter on a moment’s notice.”

Jayhawks in the NBA: Ben McLemore disputes 'misleading' TMZ story on anthem protests
After a TMZ story appeared to wildly exaggerate Ben McLemore's views on protests of the national anthem — most prominently taking place in the NFL, at the moment — the former KU basketball star issued a clarifying statement on Sunday.

David Beaty addresses Peyton Bender winning KU football QB competition
After naming a starting quarterback last Tuesday, KU coach David Beaty addressed the decision publicly for the first time in the first Big 12 Coaches' Teleconference.

Jayhawks in the NBA: Thomas Robinson signs with Atlanta Hawks
After playing overseas in Russia for the 2017-18 season, Thomas Robinson, a former top-five NBA Draft pick and the leader of KU basketball's 2012 national-runner-up team, has reportedly signed a contract to play for the Atlanta Hawks.

KU football OL Malik Clark arrested on suspicion of DUI
Malik Clark, an offensive lineman on the KU football team, was arrested Sunday Morning in Lawrence according to the booking log from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. The charge, according to the log, is for "driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs; 1st conviction."

A complete breakdown of the 2018 KU football depth chart
While some of the battles had already been defined, such as Peyton Bender earning the starting quarterback spot, the update brought answers to plenty of battles across the roster, and it left several others up in the air, including at three of the offensive line spots.

Report: Former Jayhawk Thomas Robinson signs with new NBA team
After playing overseas in Russia for the 2017-18 season, Thomas Robinson, a former top-five NBA Draft pick and the leader of KU basketball's 2012 national-runner-up team, has reportedly signed a contract to play for the Atlanta Hawks.

Though not KU's starting QB, Miles Kendrick will play 'in every game' | Smithology | KUsports.com
It is clear David Beaty, who a week ago named Peyton Bender KU’s No. 1 QB for the season opener, and offensive coordinator Doug Meacham didn’t think Kendrick possessed the right combination of attributes at this stage of his career to supplant Bender, a senior who started eight games in 2017. That doesn’t mean they have completely discounted Kendrick, either.

KU football reveals its first depth chart of 2018 | KUsports.com
The reveal of the depth chart, though, provided a first glimpse at how KU’s coaches have evaluated the level of play at several other positions — a subject both head coach David Beaty and his players addressed only in vague terms during interviews earlier this month, as the battles played out behind the closed gates of the team’s practice fields.

New-look Jayhawks impress assistant coach Kurtis Townsend: ‘We’re going to be deep’
“We’ve got veteran guys. We’ve got young guys. We’ve got talented guys. We’re going to be deep,” Townsend said, offering impressions of the hoops squad Saturday after rappelling the 888 Lofts apartment building in downtown Lawrence as part of a fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club.

KU assistant coach says overseas trips helped these two Jayhawks this offseason
Kansas assistant basketball coach Norm Roberts supported fellow KU staff members Kurtis Townsend, Jeremy Case and former Jayhawks guard Jeff Hawkins at Saturday’s “Over the Edge” rappelling event from the safety of ground level in downtown Lawrence.

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College football gambling cheat sheet for 2018, with numbers to help - SBNation.com
Welcome to the first college football season since the Supreme Court allowed states to start legalizing sports gambling. Maybe you’re betting on the sport in person for the first time, or maybe you’re still betting online.

US Open results 2018: Serena Williams downs Magda Linette in opener - SBNation.com
The match was close to start, with Linette keeping games close and looking good for the most part, but she simply couldn’t keep up with Williams in the end. Williams will go on to the second round, where she’ll face Carina Witthoeft. Caroline Dolehide was Witthoeft’s first-round opponent, but Witthoeft won in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(6).

WNBA playoffs: How the Mystics and Storm won their Game 1s - Swish Appeal
On Sunday afternoon, the Mystics and Storm won Game 1 of their semifinals series against the Dream and Mercury, respectively, to get an early advantage toward the WNBA Finals. Here’s how they did it.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s monster contract explained by 5 of his best plays - SBNation.com
When Beckham is on the field, his talent is undeniable. He’s arguably the best receiver in the game and a crucial piece to the Giants’ offensive success. There’s no way the Giants could have afforded to let their best player walk, so it was smart of them to lock him up for the future.

GI-NOOOOOOOO-BILI: Manu Ginobili, the most beloved Spur, retires - SBNation.com
Manu Ginobili has retired. He played 23 years of professional basketball, all 16 in the NBA with the Spurs. The best sixth man of his generation, he shockingly only won Sixth Man of the Year once. But he made two All-NBA teams, two All-Star teams, and had raging success in the playoffs with four championships. And this doesn’t even get into his leadership of the thrilling Argentinian national team.

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Alec Baldwin Will Play Batman's Dad in the Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie
It’s a day ending in “y,” which means we’re about due for some bit of news involving a movie about the Joker. Today the prize wheel lands on Joker, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring origin movie, with this casting announcement: Alec Baldwin will play Thomas Wayne, also known as Batman’s father.

How to Make Economy Class Tolerable on a Long Flight
If you’re facing the prospect of 10+ hour flight in crowded, cramped economy class, remember that there are still some in-flight luxuries they can’t take from you at the security gate.

New Merchandise Gives Us a Sneaky Look at Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel soars into cinemas next March, but everyone’s been feverishly waiting to actually see Brie Larson in costume. We’ve had concept art, we’ve had set photos, hell, we’ve had a T-shirt modeled by Sam Goddamn Jackson, but nothing official has actually emerged...until now. Sort of.

America's last remaining Blockbuster store gets its own beer
If there was ever a beer that could encapsulate the feeling of being a weird tween dragged to the movie-rental store and forced to compromise with your sniveling little brother on a “family comedy” because you’re too lamely prepubescent to have plans on a Friday night, this is that beer. The Last Blockbuster is a new beer brewed in collaboration with Bend, Oregon’s Blockbuster store, the last remaining Blockbuster in the U.S. (Alaska was home to a few holdout locations, thanks to the high price of broadband internet there, but those too closed this summer.)