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Kansas News

Udoka Azubuike in early stages of getting back to his dominating ways | Smithology |
That’s not to say one of the leading candidates for Big 12 Player of the Year next season has much to worry about regarding his future on the court. It was just obvious Tuesday afternoon inside Allen Fieldhouse that Azubuike can’t yet dominate inside the way he’s used to doing.

Missouri prep Luke Grimm commits to Kansas football |
Rated a two-star prospect at receiver by Rivals, the 6-foot, 170-pound senior to be at Raymore-Peculiar High (Mo.) picked up his first Power Five offer from KU a few weeks back, when Grimm was in Lawrence, along with numerous other prospects, to play in front of head coach Les Miles and his staff at a KU camp.

Rosters set for Thursday's Rock Chalk Roundball Classic in Eudora |
Thursday night, the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic will be heading east and bringing with it one of the biggest and best crops of former Kansas basketball players ever.

Improvment of KU sophomore David McCormack includes expanded range |
“It was repetitive,” McCormack said with a laugh during a break at Bill Self Basketball Camp on Monday. “But at the same time it was good because it was a constant reminder not to get anxious in the plays I made.”

Jalen Wilson makes unofficial KU debut in second camp scrimmage
“I didn’t shoot that well, but I mean that’s just all a part of it,” Wilson said of his performance afterward. “You have good days and bad days. I loved the kids. [We] tried to put on a good show for them because they support us so much. I thought it was really fun.”

KU lands commitment from two-way 2020 prospect Luke Grimm
"I'd like to say thank you to every coach who has given me the chance to play football at the next level. Second, I can't express how blessed I am to have such amazing parents who have helped me so much through my life," Grimm said in a message posted to his Twitter. "With that being said, I am excited to announce that I am committed to the University of Kansas."

The best centers in college basketball for 2019-20
Just two years ago, DeAndre Ayton roamed the paint as Arizona was knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That same year, Duke combined both Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. and still didn't make the Final Four. And only one center a year ago even made either consensus All-American team: Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, who also saw his Badgers go out in the first round.

The best college basketball programs of the decade
Ask your average college basketball fan, and they might predict that Kansas was superior offensively to Kentucky over the last decade, with the Wildcats taking the edge defensively. But Kansas falls just shy with the No. 3 offense — and we do mean just shy, as both teams had adjusted offensive efficiency ratings of 117.3, and were only separated by hundredths of a point. And Kansas, somewhat surprisingly, topped Kentucky on defense as well, serving as the only team to have adjusted efficiency ratings in the top three on both sides of the court. Kansas reached the Final Four on the strength of both; the 2011-12 team had the No. 3 defense, while the 2017-18 team was No. 5 on offense.

Other Sports News

Ex-RB 'He Hate Me' Smart found safe, police say
Former Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers running back Rod Smart has been found safe, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday evening, after he was reported missing in South Carolina.

Source -- Knicks reject Hawks' offer for No. 3 pick
The New York Knicks have declined a recent trade offer that would have sent the No. 3 overall draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the eighth and 10th picks, a source told ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

Sources -- Horford to seek deal outside of Boston
Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season and seek to leave the franchise as an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN.

Sources -- Lakers hustling to create max salary slot
The Los Angeles Lakers are scrambling to reshape the parameters of the Anthony Davis trade with New Orleans and create the capacity for $32 million-plus in salary-cap space when the free-agent moratorium ends on July 6, league sources told ESPN.

The latest intel on this loaded free-agent market
With loads of cap space, dozens of high-quality free agents, a changing of the champion and lots of uncertainty, the next three weeks could reshape the face of the NBA.

Other News

What does this hat mean to Americans? BBC News - YouTube
As President Donald Trump prepares to launch his re-election bid, his campaign has announced it is close to selling the millionth official Make American Great Again (MAGA) hat.

Feds Seize Estimated $1 Billion In Cocaine From Ship In Philadelphia : NPR
Authorities in Philadelphia have seized what they believe to be more than $1 billion worth of cocaine in what's being described as one of the largest drug busts in U.S. history.

A 'muted' Johnson inches closer to premiership after TV debate | UK News | Al Jazeera
The frontrunner to become the United Kingdom's next prime minister has edged one step closer to Downing Street on Tuesday after a television debate which did not shed any new light on his views on Brexit.

Flathead trail races through grizzly habitat face scrutiny | State & Regional |
On Sept. 22, the Foy’s to Blacktail Marathon plans to send runners on a trail course from near Blacktail Mountain ski area to Herron Park west of Kalispell. Then, on Oct. 5 and 6, Whitefish Legacy Partners plans to run several races on its trail network, the longest of which is a 50-kilometer (31-mile) ultramarathon from downtown Whitefish to the top of Whitefish Mountain and back.

Fed delivers interest rate decision: Morning Brief
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will deliver its interest-rate decision, following a two-day meeting. After the committee’s announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will hold a press conference. Given the recent escalation of the U.S.-China trade war and slew of worrisome economic data, this month’s FOMC meeting will be even more closely watched than usual.

Riddle of the Day

A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, turned left where there was a “no left turn” sign, and went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Yet, he didn’t break any traffic laws.

Why not?