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Kansas opens Big 12 play against TCU Saturday - Kansas Jayhawks
The Kansas volleyball team opens Big 12 Conference play on Saturday against TCU to close a seven-match home stand inside Horejsi Family Athletics Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m., on ESPN+.

Kansas freshmen shine at the Big 5 Challenge - Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' 2018 fall campaign did not start as anticipated as they dropped two out of three doubles matches. KU's freshmen tandem of Sonia Smagina and Malkia Ngounoue triumphed over Rachel Chong and Brooke Broda (6-1). Cameron Corse and Zoe Spence, ranked the No. 32 doubles team in the nation, overcame junior Maria Toran Ribes and freshman Julia Deming (6-4). The Kansas senior duo of Janet Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia was downed by Ally Bojczuk and Bess Waldram (6-4).

Newcomers Corione Harris, Ricky Thomas helping out KU secondary
Coming off back-to-back outings with six takeaways apiece — though obviously the level of competition has to be considered — the KU defense is in new territory. The team has never quite had a stretch with as much success under David Beaty as the run its currently in the midst of.

CBS Sports ranks top 25 NBA stars under 25 years old
The talent level in the NBA these days is nothing short of astounding. The likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant still reign supreme. Fans just saw James put together one of his most productive seasons of his career in Year 15 and Durant earned his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP playing alongside Stephen Curry and company.

Pro Football Focus ranks Pooka Williams among nation's best
Kansas running back Pooka Williams has been among the nation’s best freshmen so far this season. Just how good as the Louisiana product been? Pro Football Focus ranked Williams as the No. 3 true freshman through the season’s first three weeks.

KU basketball recruit Matthew Hurt being pursued heavily by in-state school
Minnesota remains a serious contender for Matthew Hurt, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from John Marshall High in Rochester, Minn., who also has basketball powerhouses Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Villanova on his list of prospective schools.

Boot camp a success so far, Self says: ‘I can’t get over how hard they are trying’
“I know it doesn’t translate to playing well (in games),” Self added, “but attitude, togetherness in conditioning has been very good. I can’t get over how hard they are trying,” Self added.

Pooka Williams rated 3rd-best true freshman in FBS |
The freshman’s open-field speed, power, vision and agility, which have played a central role in consecutive victories for the Kansas football team, also are drawing the attention of college football evaluators nationwide.

Former FSHS standouts continue to lead KU defense |
After three weeks, a trio of former Free State players have become the Jayhawks' go-to line of defense. Joe Dineen Jr., Bryce Torneden and Keith Loneker Jr. are in the top three in tackles, combining for 48 solo tackles, along with three fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.

Can KU football lay another streak to rest? |
But the Jayhawks’ victories over Central Michigan and Rutgers have allowed them to enter Big 12 play at Baylor on Saturday in a more ideal head space than seemed possible after their Week 1 home loss to Nicholls State.

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PSA: Please do not fight Stephen Jackson -
Over the span of my small time in this world I have come across what I would consider the Gospel I try to abide by. I do not fancy clear liquor because I’m not a poor 19-year-old. I do not buy Under Armour sneakers because no one should pay $100 for whatever cult-branded bullshit Steph Curry tries to sell. And I don’t fight dudes like Stephen Jackson. Lemme rephrase: I don’t even think about fighting dudes like Stephen Jackson.

What was happening in the world the last time the Browns had won a game -
Remember 2016? It was a happier, simpler time. Halcyon days where waking up was exciting and full of promise. LeBron was a Cavalier, Tony Romo was a quarterback, and Toad was just Mario’s friend. Much has changed in two short years, but there has been one constant to give us a clammy hug of mediocrity and remind us of the good old days — the Browns’ losing streak.

‘Disturbing and heartbreaking’: the Mavericks investigation is over, and it’s bad -
The investigation into the Dallas Mavericks’ failure to provide a safe working environment for women over the past 20 years has concluded. It’s as bad as you’d think after reading the Jessica Luther and Jon Wertheim story that sparked the investigation. The full report can be found here. The NBA’s statement can be found here.

How the Browns beat the Jets to get their first win since 2016 -
They did it, they really did it. The Browns hadn’t won a game since they beat the then-San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve in 2016, but they were finally able to get over the hump this week, beating the New York Jets, 21-17.

Other News

Blake Novacek Sues Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Over Alleged 2015 Hazing Incident At University Of Oklahoma
Football fans of a certain age will remember Jay Novacek as the infuriatingly dependable third-down target of Troy Aikman on those dominant Cowboys teams of the mid-90s. Novacek retired from football in 1997. His son, Blake Novacek, was also pursuing a career in sports—sports broadcasting, to be exact—before he was involved in a fraternity hazing incident at University of Oklahoma that he says left him with severe and permanent brain damage.

Disney CEO: Star Wars Movies Won't Be Yearly After Episode IX
The Star Wars movies under Disney’s purview have ranged from excellent expansions to the franchise to perfectly fine—opinions may vary of course, but there hasn’t really been a generally poorly-received one. There has been quite a lot of them though, with even more on the way. But Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger says that maybe we can start to expect them to spread out going forward.

New Mexico Observatory Closed Because of Child Porn Investigation, Not Aliens
After weeks of suspicion about the mysterious closure of the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, unsealed FBI records have provided an explanation: a child porn investigation.

The Current U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis Began in the Late 1970s, Study Finds
The devastation wrought by opioids in recent years is only part of a much larger drug crisis in the United States that stretches back four decades, according to a new study published Thursday in Science. Since 1979, the study found, the overdose death rate has been exponentially climbing, even as the deadly drugs of choice have changed.