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10 things Bill Self said at his weekly press conference
A couple of weeks into the conference slate, the Jayhawks sit at 15-2 on the season and 4-1 against conference foes. They already have a pair of wins against top-10 ranked opponents in Michigan State and Tennessee, in addition to a handful of victories over teams ranked in the top 40 by KenPom in Marquette, Villanova, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas.

Press Virginia: A look at KU basketball's preparation for WVU
When you play against a team like West Virginia, you have to do things that are a little unorthodox. Bill Self and the No. 7-ranked KU men's basketball team, of course, are no exception to this rule, and thus the team worked on preparing for the full-court press of the Mountaineers by stacking the deck in the opposite direction.

West Virginia big man could be tough matchup for KU basketball
Earlier this season in a game against New Mexico State, the Jayhawks allowed forwards Ivan Aurrecoechea, listed at 6-8, 240 pounds, and Johnny McCants, listed at 6-7, 225 pounds, to go a combined 13 for 17 on 2-point baskets (26 combined points). That seemed to highlight some of the defensive issues the Jayhawks were having.

Getting to know: West Virginia basketball | Jackson's Journal | KUsports.com
The Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1) have now won three consecutive games, and will travel to West Virginia (8-9, 0-5) this weekend. Despite WVU being winless in league play, KU coach Bill Self believes that it will be a tightly-contested game.

KU claims it has $1.5 million in new Adidas money, but when asked to point to it on financial statements, it won't | KUsports.com
Since early December, the athletic department has refused to answer questions from the Journal-World about what the financial statements say regarding the Adidas money. When the Journal-World filed a request under the Kansas Open Records Act to obtain documents related to Adidas, KU officials denied the request after citing an attorney general’s opinion from Kentucky. An attorney for the athletic department said the Kentucky law was similar enough to Kansas law to give her confidence that the documents shouldn’t be released.

Potential OC candidate for KU football reportedly withdraws from consideration | KUsports.com
Though 247 Sports reported KU had interest in Cincinnati offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Mike Denbrock, the prospects of luring him away to Lawrence never escalated.

5 Jayhawks to showcase skills for NFL decision-makers Saturday | KUsports.com
Though they will be playing in separate stadiums on opposite coasts of the continent, five seniors from the 2018 Kansas football team will have very similar agendas Saturday: impressing NFL scouts, coaches and decision-makers.

Despite all the empty seats, KU says football ticket sales were up in 2018 | KUsports.com
KU sold $3.98 million worth of football tickets during the last season, which saw the Jayhawks go 3-9 and culminated with the firing of head coach David Beaty. That $3.98 million figure is up from $3.41 million in football ticket sales in the 2017 season. The numbers measure only the dollar value of tickets sold, not the actual attendance at games.

Quick scout: Why this isn’t the ‘Press Virginia’ we’re used to seeing
West Virginia is fifth nationally in O-board percentage, and actually has done a better job in this area since Big 12 play started.

Jayhawks wary of last-place West Virginia: ‘They hit a little speed bump’
Kansas junior forward Mitch Lightfoot plans on bringing an extra piece of protective equipment to Saturday’s Big 12 battle against West Virginia: That is, a mouth guard.

Other Sports News

Denver Nuggets hopeful of February return for Isaiah Thomas
There is optimism that former All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas will make his debut with the Denver Nuggets prior to the mid-February All-Star break, league sources told ESPN on Friday.

WATCH: LeBron James gets ejected for the first time in his career - CBSSports.com
James was ejected during the Heat-Cavaliers game in Cleveland after getting upset with an official over a non-call in the third quarter. The Cavs superstar clearly felt that he was fouled while driving to the hoop and he let his frustrations fly as play transitioned toward the other end of the floor.

Kenneth Faried agrees Nets buyout ahead of joining Rockets
Brooklyn Nets forward/center Kenneth Faried has agreed to a contract buyout, clearing the way for him to sign a free-agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told ESPN.

Australian Open - It's the No. 1 vs. the GOAT: Simona Halep and Serena Williams set for Aussie showdown
It's become as routine as her service motion: Serena Williams wins a match, walks to the net, hugs her opponent and then consoles the woman she just defeated. It's happened more than once here in Melbourne, and after her third-round 6-2, 6-1 win against 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska on Saturday afternoon, microphones caught Williams attempting to cheer the young Ukrainian, who was in tears. "You did so well," Williams said. "Don't cry. You're so young."

DeMarcus Cousins of Golden State Warriors scores 14 in season debut
The night began with DeMarcus Cousins' stomach churning with butterflies and nerves, and it ended with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson dumping bottled water on his head.

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Study: Vast Majority of Google Play Apps Are Covertly Tracking Users
A new study by France’s Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on Google’s Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, “including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid,” as well as innumerable others.

Mueller's office disputes BuzzFeed report that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress - CNNPolitics
Special counsel Robert Mueller's office disputed an explosive story from BuzzFeed News as "not accurate" Friday night, after the news outlet reported the President had directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, for which Cohen was later prosecuted.

George Bush pizza photo on Instagram: Feeds unpaid Secret Service detail, called for shutdown to end - The Washington Post
On Friday, he continued to embrace the role of good guy, with a photo of himself delivering pizzas to his Secret Service detail that he posted on Instagram.

A Kalispell Kind of Brewfest - Flathead Beacon
On Jan. 19, Kalispell’s four breweries — Bias Brewing, Kalispell Brewing Company, Sacred Waters Brewing Company, and SunRift Beer Company — along with the Brewing Academy from Flathead Valley Community College will present the first Frosty the Brewfest in downtown Kalispell. The event will take place in Valley Bank’s parking lot on the corner of Third Street West and First Avenue West. It runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.