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Big 12 slate completes 2018-19 KU women’s hoops schedule - Kansas Jayhawks
KU's final 18 games of the regular season begins on Saturday, Jan. 5 against Iowa State. The Jayhawks have opened their conference slate with the Cyclones the last two seasons. Kansas will hit the road for the first time in 2019 and face Texas Tech in Lubbock on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

McClure tabbed Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week - Kansas Jayhawks
Following another stellar weekend that saw her help Kansas soccer to a pair of victories, junior forward Katie McClure was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. McClure tallied a pair of goals as well as an assist in the Jayhawks' wins over Utah and No. 25 Butler. It marked the second time McClure has earned the honor this season, as she also garnered the award following the opening week of the season on Aug. 21.

Q&A: Kyron Johnson on CMU prep, performance vs. Nicholls State
Last season, the KU football team lost 45-27 to Central Michigan. This year, the Jayhawks will have a chance to avenge that meeting and snap a 46-game road losing streak.

KU athletic director Jeff Long gives statement on David Beaty
The 2018 KU football season got off to a bit of a bumpy start, as the Jayhawks dropped a contest to FCS-foe Nicholls State, 26-23, in overtime at the newly renamed David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

David Beaty press conference takeaways — Central Michigan
This week, the focus was on Central Michigan, a team that defeated the Jayhawks last season. Beaty met with the media to preview the road contest, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 at Kelly Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Kickoff for the season opener will be at 2 p.m. CT, as the Jayhawks will look to end a 46-game road losing streak. The game can also be seen blackout-free and nationwide on ESPN+.

Speedy Stephon Robinson standing out among KU football WRs
"I helped the team in ways I've never helped the team before," Robinson said. "Scoring a touchdown is in its own lane, but blocking a punt is a big play because it can change the game, give us great field position, and I've just never blocked a punt before. I've seen on TV all the time, like people blocking punts and the same person that blocks the punt scores. So I got up as fast as I could to find the ball. It wasn't anywhere near me, but we still got the punt blocked."

Jayhawks might play reserve O-linemen more after lackluster opener | KUsports.com
In its first game of the season, the Kansas football offense only finished with 255 yards — the lowest output among Big 12 teams in Week 1 — in its overtime home loss to Nicholls State.

David Beaty owns up to 'Hawk Talk' gaffe | KUsports.com
According to Kansas football coach David Beaty, he mistakenly described some of the circumstances surrounding his team’s final offensive play of an overtime home loss to Nicholls State while appearing on his weekly radio show, "Hawk Talk," Monday night.

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Doc Rivers wishes for mending of fences among '08 Celtics ahead of Ray Allen's HOF induction
Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it bothers him that his 2008 title-winning team remains fractured and that he wishes his players would get past their differences, particularly as Ray Allen prepares for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

LeBron James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to Colin Kaepernick
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he `stands with Nike,' a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.

Retiring Ryan Howard is MLB’s true single-season home run king - SBNation.com
The 2018 season is the 20th anniversary of the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home run chase in which they traded dingers back and forth in a quest to be the first to pass Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61, set in 1961. McGwire would reach 62 first, and then finish with 70, but Sosa’s second-place finish of 66 was enough to be the second-highest all-time single-season total in the game’s history, too.

Nike’s Colin Kaepernick campaign seeks praise and profit, not justice - SBNation.com
Nike has signed Colin Kaepernick to a new multi-year endorsement deal, making him the face of the 30th iteration of the prized “Just Do It” campaign. A slogan sits atop a black and white image of the embattled gunslinger: “Believe in something. Even if that means sacrificing everything,” it reads. As it presently stands, the announcement is a collection of unknowns combined with ambiguous phrasing. There is no stated reason why Nike cares about Kaepernick or his message outside of what it could do for their wallets.

WNBA Playoffs: Masked Sue Bird set the Internet ablaze with dagger after dagger - SBNation.com
A masked Sue Bird grabbed a winner-takes-all Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals by the throat, draining 3-point shot after 3-point shot until the clock died. It was a signature 22-point game on 5-of-11 threes — so many of them daggers — from one of the best to ever do it in what could be her last run to the Finals.

Rick Pitino tells AP he knows his coaching days are in past | NCAA Men's Basketball
"I think my time has passed, I really do," Pitino said of coaching again on Tuesday from the headquarters of The Associated Press. "I'm young. I'm physically very young and mentally very young. I just think there are a lot of young reporters out there that won't let it go. The moment I'm hired, 'Why didn't school X look at this'?"

College athletes in court to fight NCAA compensation caps | NCAA Men's Basketball
Attorneys for college football and basketball players returned to court Tuesday to fight NCAA rules that cap athletes' compensation at what is traditionally covered by a scholarship.

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Nielsen says U.S. sports gambling market could be worth $2.3 billion annually to NFL
The number: $2.3 billion. That's how much Nielsen says a fully mature U.S. sports gambling market could be worth annually to the NFL.

Facebook and Twitter Executives Head to Capitol Hill - The New York Times
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, will testify in Washington on Wednesday about their companies’ response to foreign interference in elections and the moderation of online content.

Serial’s long-awaited third season is coming on September 20th - The Verge
True crime podcast Serial is finally coming back. The podcast announced this morning that its long-awaited third season will begin airing on September 20th, and released a trailer for the season, which will spend a year within the Cleveland court system, exploring the less exceptional cases that go in and out of the court system.