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Coaches focusing on positives of having little prep time during Maui Invitational | KUsports.com
“I think effort and passion take precedent over scouting report,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I really do. Even though we’ll scout and do all those things, usually if you’re turned up you can overcome mistakes and those sorts of things.”
Matt Rhule Press Conference: Kansas
“There’s no school Wednesday, so we’ll practice in the morning and let the guys go around 3, and let them go home Wednesday night and come back Thursday at 7. We’ll do our walk-through and stuff Thursday night and practice full speed Friday morning and then leave. It’s one of the great things about Texas kids coming to Baylor and staying in the state of Texas is they can go home for Thanksgiving and bring me back a plate of something, hopefully. Some of our guys will stay here, and we’ll have something for them, bring them over to coaches’ houses, have a dinner whatever. But a lot of our guys will group up and go to people’s houses and have fun.”
KU basketball vs. BYU: Quick recap & instant analysis
A sloppy first-half offensive performance ultimately culminated in a 15-point win for the Jayhawks, 71-56. The team used a 9-0 spurt to take a 42-31 lead in the second half and kept the Cougars at an arm's length en route to the lopsided win.
Bill Self impressed with KU basketball's defense in win vs. BYU
In KU basketball’s 71-56 win over BYU, the Jayhawks came up with a dominant defensive performance and held the Cougars to season-lows in point total, made field goals (22) and 3-point percentage (27.3). Additionally, KU forced BYU into a season-high 20 turnovers.
Media impressed with Kansas defense in win over BYU
Offensively, Kansas found points by playing bully ball. The Jayhawks shot 58.1 percent on their attempts inside the arc, with David McCormack scoring 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Udoka Azubuike scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and Devon Dotson and Ochai Agbaji combining for 27 points, with the two combining for nine made shots inside the arc.
Bits o Chalk
Why Colin Kaepernick and the NFL were never going to work out
This is the story of how a potential reconciliation between Colin Kaepernick and the NFL disintegrated into accusations and mistrust. It's told from the viewpoints of Kaepernick and his legal team, the NFL attorneys in charge of negotiating the deal for the league, an NFLPA at a curious remove from the center of the action and a host of sources close to the situation. After an extraordinary week of cynicism and possibilities, what remained after the doomed workout on Nov. 16 was a set of dueling narratives: One held that the NFL was never truly serious about a Kaepernick return; the other held that Kaepernick was so unwilling to compromise to a reasonable, professional standard that he closed the last, best chance to resume his NFL career. It all began two weeks ago, when the NFL informed Kaepernick's team that the league would hold a workout for the quarterback.
Stephen F. Austin hands Duke first nonconference loss at home since 2000
Stephen F. Austin beat No. 1 Duke 85-83 on a layup at the buzzer by Nathan Bain in overtime Tuesday, handing the Blue Devils their first nonconference loss at home since 2000.
Paul George -- Clippers' offense 'work in progress,' but defense 'scary'
The LA Clippers have yet to lose a game in which both of their perennial All-Star offseason acquisitions have played, but Paul George considers his pairing with Kawhi Leonard a "work in progress" on the offensive end.
Steve Kerr lauds effort of 'Elite Eight' amid Warriors' injury woes
"We could have used Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell for sure," Kerr said with a bit of a chuckle after Tuesday's film session in the wake of a 100-97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. "And Kevon Looney would have been very helpful. Jacob Evans would have helped. You need bodies in the NBA, especially to get through the long haul. And playing eight guys, as long as I've been doing this -- 30, 31 years in the league -- it seems like maybe once or twice a year you have eight guys. Maybe because of crazy circumstances.
Ravens' Lamar Jackson passes Michael Vick as Madden's fastest QB
Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens' electric dual-threat star and NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner, will achieve a 96 speed rating when Madden updates its player ratings later this week. That's the fastest ever for a quarterback.
Ohio State leaps LSU for top spot in CFP rankings; Clemson is No. 3, Georgia is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5
Ohio State leaped LSU as the No. 1 team in this week's edition of the College Football Playoff rankings after defeating Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes return to the top spot, where they debuted in the season's first edition of the CFP rankings before dropping to No. 2 the past two weeks.
Michael Harriot: Pete Buttigieg Called Me
Luckily, as soon as I agreed to take a phone call, the phone rang. The voice sounded vaguely familiar and I knew it wasn’t a surrogate or a campaign volunteer when the person said:
“I don’t think I’ve ever been called a ‘lying motherfucker’ before.”
Thanksgiving weather: An 'unprecedented' storm is hitting the West Coast as another continues to pile snow on the Midwest - CNN
Two massive storms are pounding the US from Oregon to New York with a combination of snow, rain and high winds as millions of people take to the roads and skies ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
California cannabis industry sends SOS - CNN
Now, members of California's cannabis industry are sending an S.O.S. to the state capitol, saying they're struggling to compete against black market operators who don't have to meet stringent regulations or pay taxes and fees. They're urging leaders to make swift regulatory changes or risk the collapse of their emerging industry.
This Man Fought a Grizzly Bear with a Pocketknife | Outside Online
Peddling away, I came around a bend, and there was a grizzly bear, about a hundred feet in front of me. So I stopped and said, “Hey bear,” because that’s what you do when you see one.
Papa John's founder John Schnatter ate 40 pizzas in 30 days and says it's gotten worse - CNN
"I've had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, and it's not the same pizza," Schnatter said of the company.