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Chou paces Jayhawks after day one of the Minnesota Invitational - Kansas Jayhawks
The Kansas women's golf team kicked off its 2018-19 season at the Minnesota Invitational against a talented field of 14 teams where they played 36 holes of continuous play on Monday at the Prestwick Golf Course.

10 players, 10 thoughts: Who stood out in KU's win over CMU
After each KU football game — and perhaps with basketball, too — will take a look back at the action to bring you 10 players who stood out from the previous contest. The 10 players may be chosen from either side of the ball, or from either team, but for the most part they'll be KU players who made a mark on the game one way or another.

KU's Joe Dineen, Pooka Williams receive weekly Big 12 honors
Joe Dineen, a redshirt-senior and the nation's leader in tackles per game one season ago, was picked as the conference's defensive player of the week. Pooka Williams, a true-freshman, earned conference newcomer of the week honors.

Here's how KU freshman Anthony Williams got the nickname 'Pooka'
Anthony Williams Jr., as was his name from birth, picked up the nickname Pooka in his childhood (more on that in a second). Upon breaking out in his first game with KU — Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Central Michigan — the four-star freshman out of Louisiana received a new nickname from former KU football player and current program color commentator David Lawrence.

Gary Woodland qualifies for Tour Championship |
Continuing his strong late-season play, former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland became one of the 30 players to advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sept. 20-23.

KU football's ball-hawking defense key to successful road trip |
The Kansas football team scored more points against an FBS opponent in Saturday’s road losing streak-killing 31-7 win at Central Michigan than it had since defeating Iowa State at home, 34-14, in 2014.

The Pooka Williams Hour (KU Sports Hour) |
Following the Kansas football team’s trip to Central Michigan, which included not only the end of the Jayhawks’ 46-game road losing streak but also the highly anticipated debut of freshman running back Pooka Williams, KU football beat reporter Benton Smith leads a discussion on how Williams’ 125-yard, two-touchdown performance shapes the season going forward. Tom Keegan and Matt Tait join to react to Pooka-mania, dive into David Beaty’s job security and answer Twitter questions from KU football fans.

Pooka Williams expected to play for KU this week vs. Rutgers |
But head coach David Beaty said Monday morning the freshman running back who raced to 125 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his debut will be back in action this Saturday for the Jayhawks’ home game versus Rutgers.

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Marshawn Lynch’s high school photo is full-on Urkel Mode -
Marshawn Lynch in high school might as well be a photo from an alternate universe where reality folded back on itself and gave us a timeline where Lynch went from being the president of the A/V club before parlaying it into a job managing a Radio Shack.

When Devin Booker hurt his fifth finger, did he pinky swear? -
The Suns announced Devin Booker had surgery on a knuckle joint on the pinky of his right hand and will miss about six weeks, putting him back in action right around opening night or a few days after. It’s an inauspicious start to the 2018-19 season for the Suns, and a worrisome bit of news given the Suns committed $158 million to Booker at the beginning of the summer. (Booker is still the only 2016 first-round pick with an extension.)

Watch: Marshawn Lynch dragged damn near every Rams defender for this touchdown -
The Rams almost stopped Marshawn at the three-yard line early in the first quarter. But that’s when his offensive line joined in and gave the veteran running back a colossal shove to the end zone. Every Rams player joined the pile, but Lynch stuck his arms just enough to get the touchdown. It’s art.

How Lions’ Monday night game vs. Jets into a nightmare in 3 minutes -
Although the game was large uninteresting and one-sided, there was a wild three-minute sequence where the Jets scored three touchdowns after the Lions tied the game at 17. The Jets scored on offense, defense, and special teams to quickly pull away and turn the game into a laugher.

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R.I.P. Subway's $5 footlongs
Ten years ago, Subway began offering its best-known promotion: A footlong sub sandwich for $5. You know that jingle. (Our apologies for inserting that between your ears.)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Sets Co-Head Writers For Season 44 | Deadline
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Jost and Che became co-head writers last year after beginning their tenure on “Weekend Update” in 2014. Jost started at SNL as a writer in 2005. Che appeared on The Daily Show before joining SNL in 2013. Sublette has been a co-head writer since season 42.

Pluto is most definitely a planet — and should never have been downgraded, say some scientists |
The research, published in the scientific journal Icarus, says Pluto never should have been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet 12 years ago. Why? Because, the authors say, the rationale behind the decision wasn’t valid.

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