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Notebook: Dedric Lawson Mauls Declaring For Draft; Virginia Mauls Texas Tech

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Bill Self comments on Dedric Lawson's NBA Draft decision
"First, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent and opportunities to play the game I love," Lawson wrote. "I would also like to thank Coach Self, KU coaching staff, academic advisors, and the best fans in the country from the University of Kansas allowing me to recreate myself and display my talents."

Former Adidas executive agrees to pay KU for his part in illegal pay-to-play scheme |
A former Adidas executive has agreed to pay the University of Kansas restitution as part of a federal fraud case involving college basketball recruiting.

'Back and forth': KU's Dom Williams, Khalil Herbert splitting spring carries at RB |
Considering how crowded the backfield seemed for Kansas ball carriers the past couple of seasons, the contrast during practices and scrimmages this spring could have felt jarring for Dom Williams.

A look back at key moments from Dedric Lawson's lone season as a Jayhawk | Jackson's Journal |
Kansas fans may not have fully appreciated what Lawson accomplished this season, especially given the fact the team was unable to make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Lawson, who was a consensus third team All-American, averaged 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Tadokoro moves up 26 spots, records under-par round at Clemson Invite |
Tadokoro carded three birdies on her way to firing her fourth under par round of the year, shooting an 1-under 71 for a two-day 2-over 146. Kansas ultimately posted an 11-over 299 and carded nine birdies as a team in the second round but still sits in a tie for 18th place. After two rounds, the team is shooting 26-over 602, 47 strokes out of the lead behind leader Vanderbilt (-11).

Ex-Adidas worker Jim Gatto to pay over 300K to Kansas, NC State
Former Adidas executive Jim Gatto entered an agreement on Monday to pay a total of $342,437.25 to Kansas and NC State after he was one of three men convicted on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud last October

Chris Harris returning to KU for Late Night Under the Lights
No, this time it isn't a recruit — we listed some of the names expected to be in attendance, here (VIP) — but instead a former KU football star that will be making a trip out to Lawrence for the event this Saturday, which has been dubbed Late Night Under the Lights.

Dedric Lawson declares for NBA Draft, thanks KU fans
While many expected Dedric Lawson to declare for the NBA Draft following a standout junior season — and a report surfaced over the weekend suggesting as such — the power forward made things official on Monday with a note posted to his Twitter account.

Other Sports News

How one controversial call swung NCAA tournament title game
With Virginia leading by two points, a missed shot was tipped from the front court toward the half-court line. Texas Tech guard Davide Moretti sprinted between two Virginia players to corral the ball just past half court and clearly held possession. He took one dribble near the free-throw line and appeared to get fouled from behind by Virginia’s Kyle Guy before Cavs forward De’Andre Hunter stripped the ball from him and deflected it out of bounds.

Sources -- Mullin likely to step down at St. John's
Chris Mullin is expected to step down as the men's basketball head coach at St. John's, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Barnes stays at Tennessee after UCLA push
"The last few days have been interesting to say the least," Tennessee director of athletics Phillip Fulmer said in a statement. "One of the nation's most tradition-rich college basketball programs identified what we here at Tennessee already knew -- that Rick Barnes is one the game's elite coaches and a program-changer."

John Football? Manziel not Johnny anymore
Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback said: "I have a little update for you. I actually go by John these days. So, I'm kind of just turning over the page and moving forward a little bit."

Virginia favored to repeat in 2020 at Vegas books
Oddsmakers in Las Vegas like the Virginia Cavaliers to repeat as NCAA men's basketball champions in 2020.

Where does Virginia rank among all the national championship teams?
27. Kansas Jayhawks, 2008 (37-3)

This is possibly the best 21st-century team never to have been ranked No. 1 in its championship season. Mario Chalmers, Darrell Arthur, Brandon Rush, Sherron Collins and the Jayhawks dropped road games at Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma State and fell to as low as No. 7 in that season's AP poll. But Bill Self's team showed its true colors in the NCAA tournament, blowing out North Carolina (that season's perennial No. 1) in the national semifinal, and then winning the title with a thrilling overtime victory against Memphis.

Other News

Daily Inter Lake - Front Page Slider, Quintessential outfitter reflects on a lifetime in the backcountry
Roland Cheek clung to his dream even when his tenacity caused marital strife, threatened his family’s financial stability, lodged him crosswise with the U.S. Forest Service and pushed him to the edge of exhaustion.

Drinking Bacon: In Defense of Smoking Beer Slow & Low
Unfortunately, sometimes just knowing a beer is “smoked” can be enough to scare people off. Jack’s Abby, a rare lager specialist craft brewer in New England, calls its Smoke & Dagger a “black lager.” The only indication that it’s smoked is in the name but, of course, a craft beer’s name can be any damned thing. While it has only 10 percent smoked malt, it has still been a bit of a challenge to sell it.

Kalispell apartment complex starts neighborhood watch | KECI
Residents of the Spring Creek Apartments in Kalispell are fed up with crime, and they’re organizing to fight back. Residents are signing up to start a neighborhood watch group for the apartment complex.