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Kansas News

Les Koenning not yet ready to forecast what KU football offense will look like in fall |
Unfortunately for those diehards who keep up with Kansas football and are curious about what the offense will look like this fall, with an overhauled staff working for new head coach Les Miles, the man who will be calling the Jayhawks’ plays is concealing more than he is revealing about his offensive philosophy — at least for now.

Three-point play: How KU freshman Devon Dotson got his teammates involved in win over WVU | Jackson's Journal |
Dotson dished out eight assists, which matched his career high, during KU’s 78-53 win over West Virginia Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) have now won three games in a row since falling on the road to in-state rival Kansas State.

KU baseball splits series at USC Upstate |
Backed by a strong showing by its bullpen to close the game, the Kansas baseball team defeated USC Upstate, 5-3, to split the four-game series at Cleveland Harley Baseball Park Monday afternoon in Valley Falls, South Carolina.

KU junior Mitch Lightfoot protects rim, abides by team motto: ‘No easy baskets’
Twitter accounts calling themselves “The Mitch Lightfoot Fan Club” and “Prison Mitch” have been active in response to the 6-foot-8 junior power forward’s five crowd-pleasing blocks the past two home games against Oklahoma State and West Virginia and three rejections in another win — at TCU.

Bill Self: Week off helpful for two KU basketball players
The Jayhawks have played the last five games without Marcus Garrett, a sophomore wing who might be the team's top defender. Garrett was ruled out before the game against Texas Tech on Feb. 2 with an ankle injury. KU coach Bill Self later said Garrett was "hopeful" to return for the game against Oklahoma State, but that got pushed back.

Devon Dotson 'maturing into a great leader,' teammate says
Devon Dotson sat down for his post-game breakout session with the media — following KU's 78-53 win over West Virginia — box score in hand. Dotson peered down at the sheet of paper as media members surrounded the freshman point guard.

Other Sports News

How we rank the top seven conferences in college basketball
There are, of course, lots of good, objective ways to measure conference strength, and we subscribe to them all. But there's also what we've been watching for the past 3 months, and that's the basis upon which college hoops experts Myron Medcalf, Jeff Borzello and John Gasaway have evaluated the leagues for you below.

PGA Tour golfers OK'd to wear shorts in practice rounds, pro-ams
The PGA Tour has relaxed its player attire guidelines and will allow golfers to wear shorts during practice and pro-am rounds at its events, starting with this week's WGC-Mexico Championship and Puerto Rico Open.

Red Sox owner John Henry says spending more tends to helps teams win
In apparent contradiction to his own commissioner, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry said Monday that, while there is not a perfect correlation between a bigger payroll and winning, "spending more money helps."

James Harden -- Rockets needed consistent scoring reflected in streak
"The scoring streak is obviously amazing, but it's something that I just had to do because of our situation," Harden said in a sit-down interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "We had all the injuries and guys in and out of the lineup and things like that. So I think the streak just started happening, and now it's like something to talk about.

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games
James "Jimmy" "Bah-Bah" "The Sheep" Battista was a stressed-out, overweight, Oxy-addicted 41-year-old, in the hole to some underground gamblers for sums he'd sort of lost track of, when he settled in to watch an NBA game for which he believed he'd just put in the fix. It was January 2007. A month or so back, not long before Christmas, he'd done something audacious: He'd sat down and cut a deal with an NBA referee. Now he feared the scheme had become too obvious.

Other News

Winter storm: Snow, ice, rain for 200 million from coast to coast
A powerful storm that began its journey Sunday in California will roar across the country over the next two to three days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.

West Virginia teachers are going on strike for the second time in a year - CBS News
Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on a strike that launched a national "Red4Ed" movement, they're doing it again.

Daily Inter Lake - Local News, Engineer finds new life in old decor
Engineer turned home decorator Brad Elliot began rescuing and reviving iconic pieces of the past as a way to recapture the nostalgia of his childhood while utilizing his creative side to build his own business.

Kalispell's Montana Raceway Park found vandalized -
Montana Raceway Park General Manager Giles Thornton tells us that on the night of Feb. 5, the park’s scoreboard cords were intentionally weakened and the locks of two of the main gates were cut. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office was called and following their investigation confirmed that the act was of malicious intent.

No, the Last Words of NASA's Opportunity Rover Weren't 'My Battery Is Low and It's Getting Dark'
The words spread like wildfire across the internet and were reported as fact by some outlets.