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Les Miles provides details about KU's upcoming spring game |
“There were several points of emphasis. And it seemed to me that the offense took control a little bit of the time. And the defense in the back end did exactly the same thing,” Miles recounted of Tuesday’s practice. “So the ebb and flow, I like that about our team. There was competition. We got what we needed to get accomplished.

KU golf hall of famer, LPGA founder Marilynn Smith dies at 89 |
Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Tuesday. She was 89.

Mike Lee has bold takeaway numbers in mind for KU defense in 2019 |
Always confident and inevitably glad to let anyone who is listening know what’s on his mind, the Kansas football safety made it known this spring he has considerable goals in store for the defense in 2019.

KU baseball completes sweep of Missouri State |
Junior reliever Nathan Barry (2-0) earned the win with a career-high 2 2/3 innings pitched. He held off the Bears after sophomore starter Steve Washilewski gave Kansas four innings. Washilewski has struck out 15 batters in 9 1/3 innings of work spanning two starts against the Bears.

Les Miles gives more details on KU football's spring game
No, Kansas football’s spring game this Saturday will not have trick plays or intricate route concepts. A vanilla playbook is “exactly” what Les Miles and the KU staff will use for the annual event. But that won’t take away from the competitiveness on the field.

247Sports' Way-Too-Early Top 20 for 2020
In a year where the Jayhawks saw all kinds of attrition, Kansas found some positives in surrounding star Dedric Lawson with four freshmen. Lawson is gone, but Kansas has at least a solid chance to return each of those other four, depending on Quentin Grimes. Devon Dotson looks like a star in the making, while Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack both flashed potential. Marcus Garrett may be the Big 12’s top defender. The question here will be several decisions. The Jayhawks are in on multiple top 50 recruits, and look like they’ll spend some time on the graduate transfer market, while the biggest decision may belong to the NCAA after Kansas appealed for Silvio De Sousa to be able to play next year. With Udoka Azubuike likely to go pro, De Sousa adds a potential star to the frontcourt.

Way-too-early top 25s: Jayhawks landing in top 15 by CBB experts
Already with one major departure, the Jayhawks seem one of the more difficult teams to predict for next year. Should Quentin Grimes and Udoka Azubuike return to Lawrence, the Jayhawks could be in a great spot entering the season. Should neither return but the Jayhawks land one of the remaining potential four-plus five-star recruits they're in on (counting those that could reclassify), that could also raise the ceiling.

Other Sports News

Wall (Achilles) not sure if he'll return next season
"You have to do what's best for the team and make sure that we have pieces,'' Wall told reporters Tuesday night at halftime of Washington's regular-season finale, then added with a smile: "And when I come back, he can be a great backup to me.''

Gentry: AD got 'bad advice,' led to toxic situation
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the fallout from the Anthony Davis trade discussions -- for both his team and the Los Angeles Lakers -- was the most "toxic" situation he has seen in more than three decades in the NBA, and noted that Davis got "bad advice" in the process.

Dirk stars for Mavs, makes retirement official
Dirk Nowitzki, the NBA legend who refused to go on a retirement tour, had no choice but to have his career celebrated Tuesday night in what he confirmed afterward was the final home game of his career.

Missouri man cited for flashing laser at Brady
A citation has been issued against a Missouri man accused of flashing a laser at New England quarterback Tom Brady during the Patriots' AFC Championship Game victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Magic Johnson decided it's better to just be Magic Johnson
Being president of basketball operations for the Lakers is hard. Really, really hard. And Magic Johnson never figured out how to be Magic Johnson in that role, so he abruptly quit Tuesday night.

Professional sports bettor sets 'Jeopardy!' record
James Holzhauer won $110,914 during the episode that aired Tuesday, the most ever on a single day in the popular game show's 35-year history, according to a news release from the TV program. The previous single-day mark was $77,000, set on Sept. 14, 2010, by Roger Craig.

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Boeing shareholders file class-action lawsuit over 737 Max plane crashes
Boeing's legal troubles grew Tuesday as a new lawsuit accused the company of defrauding shareholders by concealing safety deficiencies in its 737 MAX planes before two fatal crashes led to their worldwide grounding.

Tax withholding: IRS to release new , more complex W-4 form this year
The agency plans to release a new W-4 form that better incorporates the changes ushered in by the new tax law so that the amount held back for taxes in each of your paychecks is more accurate.

Man accused of abandoning pet fish has animal cruelty charges dropped
Charges have been dropped against a North Carolina man accused of leaving his pet fish behind without food when he was evicted.

Trump wondered why Washington didn't name Mount Vernon after himself: report | TheHill
“If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Trump said during a tour of Mount Vernon last April that he shared with French president Emmanuel Macron, three people briefed on the exchange told Politico this week.