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Senior Class Award names Joe Dineen 1st-team all-American | KUsports.com
Down in Florida this week for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game, Lawrence native and recent University of Kansas graduate Joe Dineen learned the Senior CLASS Award named him a first-team all-American.

Tyler Johnson medically disqualified from basketball | KUsports.com
Junior center Tyler Johnson has been medically disqualified and will step away from basketball after suffering from chronic knee issues throughout her career at Kansas.

The NCAA recently switched from RPI to NET. No team has been impacted more than KU
If the NET is used as it’s intended — as a sorting tool — then this actually might not hurt KU much at all. The NCAA Selection Committee’s stated main purpose for the RPI/NET in the past two years was to help determine a team’s “Quadrant” wins and losses, which breaks down each result into a category.

KU working on WVU press: ‘You’ve got to be composed, really look at your options’
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self uses scholarship players, walk-ons and even some of the Jayhawks’ student managers to swarm the starters during frantic full-court drills held in advance of the KU-West Virginia game.

Prep senior forward from Netherlands receives scholarship offers from KU, Texas Tech
Kansas has offered a basketball scholarship to Tristan Enaruna, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound senior small forward from Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, Rivals.com reports.

10 things Bill Self said at his weekly press conference
"I did not watch one play. I saw the ticker and said I would follow it on the ticker. I didn't watch one possession. It's too early in the season to be hopeful on something happening. I really thought Tech was a team that would be hard for anybody to beat them anywhere, so that win that Iowa State had was the most impressive win so far in our league."

Silvio De Sousa's attorney calls for immediate reinstatement
Silvio De Sousa's attorney, Scott Tompsett, released a statement calling for the Kansas basketball sophomore to be immediately reinstated by the NCAA, the Kansas City Star's Jesse Newell tweeted on Thursday.

CONFERENCE CALL: Week Three
The Red Raiders are no longer in sole possession of first place after suffering their first conference loss. It’s still those two teams at the top, but after some hot weeks, teams like Kansas State and others are starting to make a charge towards the standings and could potentially shake a few things up moving forward.

Kansas targeting new name for offensive coordinator position
We’ve been told current University of Cincinnati offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Mike Denbrock is the name to watch for that role under new Jayhawks head coach Les Miles. Our sources have indicated that Denbrock, who has been coaching for 30-plus years, is very much coveted by those in Lawrence and the higher-ups are working hard to get him on campus for an in-person interview. An offer would likely follow at that point.

Down a go-to dunker, Jayhawks need to actively attack paint for more below-the-rim points | Smithology | KUsports.com
In the four games since its starting center was lost for the season, KU (15-2 overall, 4-1 Big 12) has only been outscored in the paint once, 32-24 at Baylor. In defeating the Longhorns two days later, UT scored on three dunks in each half for 12 total points, but slam-less KU still prevailed in points in the paint, 34-28.

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NFL conference championship playoff game guide - score predictions, key matchups, stats to know, betting nuggets and more - 2018
The Patriots haven't been an underdog since Week 1 of the 2016 season, but have thrived in this spot, having gone 5-1 ATS with five outright wins in six games as a 'dog over the past five seasons. As for the total, the under is 21-8-1 in the Chiefs' past 30 home games

ESPN's college football Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019
The confetti has just finished falling at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where Clemson stunned Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff National Championship, handing Nick Saban his worst loss as the Crimson Tide's coach.

Quarterback Paxton Lynch signs with Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have signed quarterback Paxton Lynch to a futures deal, giving the former first-round pick an opportunity to compete to be Russell Wilson's backup.

Refs admit mistake at end of regulation in Thunder-Lakers game
The referees admitted that a shooting foul called on the Los Angeles Lakers' final defensive possession in regulation Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder should not have been called

Lakers' Michael Beasley tries to enter game wearing wrong shorts
With his team trailing by double-digits in the first quarter and looking for a spark off the bench, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton signaled for scoring savant Michael Beasley to come in off the bench.

OTL: How the wild world of Super Bowl ticket brokering can burn regular fans
IT'S SNOWY AND 14 degrees below zero the day before Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. A man in a silver puffer jacket and a diamond-encrusted watch scurries into the NFL headquarters hotel and greets Drew Rosenhaus, one of football's most powerful agents.

Other News

Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project
President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown : NPR
The State Department on Thursday ordered employees to return to work next week, despite the partial government shutdown, saying it would figure out how to cover the next paycheck.

Kalispell Women's March warns counter-rally is set, likely to intimidate marchers | KECI
Organizers of the Kalispell Women's March warn that someone has scheduled a pro-Donald Trump rally on the sidewalk outside Depot Park at noon on the same day as the Women's March.

Charles Barkley Calls The 76ers "The Stupidest Organization In The History Of Sports" For Allowing An Injured Joel Embiid To Play Against The Pacers
Let me just say this about the Philadelphia 76ers: they’ve got to be the stupidest organization in the history of sports. You’ve got a franchise player who’s got a bad back, who’s injury-prone. He can barely walk and you’ve got him out there playing in a regular season game. You have to be the stupidest organization...

High School Students Bring Trump 2020 Flag To Basketball Game Against Predominantly Black School
In an effort to taunt the visiting team, a group of Minnesota high school students brought a Trump 2020 flag to a boys basketball game Tuesday night. Considering that the road team, Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, has a predominantly black student body and has been staying in the locker room during the national anthem for their previous games, this would seem like more than some good-natured ribbing. Not to the mom who owned the Trump flag, though!