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Kansas News

Commitment weekend begins: Garrett Jones chooses KU football
KU football is expected to walk away from the weekend — which will feature a lengthy list of visitors — with several commitments, and the first announced one came in from offensive lineman Garrett Jones on Friday evening.

Jayhawks land commitment from 4-star DB, per his coach
JaCobee Bryant, who is a four-star prospect in the Top247 and the No. 25-ranked cornerback per the 247Sports staff, is apparently the latest player to commit to the Jayhawks. Bryant's coach at Hillcrest, Clinton Smith, Tweeted the news out with a picture of Bryant in a KU jersey. Bryant favorited that tweet and responded to another player who announced his KU commitment on the evening by saying, "Welcome to the family big bro."

Former Jayhawk Frank Mason III entering big summer with Sacramento |
“It’s not going the way I want it to go,” said Mason when asked about his career after dropping 33 points in Thursday’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic in Eudora. “But that’s fine with me. It just makes it tougher and makes me work harder. I believe in myself and, you know, my time will come, like always.”

Pair of 3-star prospects commit to KU football on Friday night of big recruiting weekend |
A large scale recruiting weekend for the Kansas football program got off to a promising start late Friday night, with a pair of commitments from high school prospects who were visiting Lawrence.

Busy recruiting weekend ahead for Les Miles and KU football staff |
The KU football staff planned Friday on playing host to 14 players who were in Lawrence to make official visits. What’s more, about five other prospects were expected to take unofficial visits to campus, and Saturday even more high school players will be in front of KU coaches, with a seven-on-seven tournament and camps for offensive and defensive linemen on the schedule

Report: Embezzled money directed to father of former LSU football player |
An embezzlement case in Louisiana has produced allegations that the father of an LSU football player was paid $180,000 while his son was on the team and coached by Les Miles.

Path to Golden State roster spot will be difficult for Dedric Lawson | Smithology |
The undrafted Lawson at least has a shot, though, thanks to the Golden State Warriors offering him a spot on their summer league roster. And if he’s going to prove himself deserving of a regular season spot with the defending Western Conference champs or one of the league’s other 29 teams, it will likely be Lawson’s jump shot that determines his staying power.

Other Sports News.

Vandy rallies in 9th after pitcher's profane taunts
He was pitching one of the best games of his life, against the No. 2 team in baseball, and Luke Smith, Louisville's flashy, emotional right-hander, notched his 10th strikeout of the night and let the expletives fly.

Brees awarded $6M in diamond fraud lawsuit
A jury has awarded more than $6 million to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him overpriced diamonds.

Pujols' Busch Stadium return 'just pretty amazing'
"Just pretty amazing," Pujols said. "That'll show you why they are the best fans in baseball. I'm just glad to be able to play here for 11 years, have the great memories."

QB Smith -- Big step will be learning to run again
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith hasn't abandoned hope of playing football again after suffering a devastating leg injury in November -- even though he will have an external fixator on his right leg for at least another month.

Other News

Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war
Long before Trump was elected, advocates of the nuclear agreement — including then-President Barack Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron and others — had argued that abandoning the accord carried grave risks that could lead to an armed conflict.

Elena Kagan becomes latest liberal justice to sound alarm on precedent - CNNPolitics
Kagan was dissenting from a case pitting a property owner against the government, but the liberal justice made clear that she was also looking forward, laying a marker and insinuating that the newly solidified conservative majority may be similarly dismissive of precedent in other areas. Those areas could include access to abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights -- all issues making their way up to the high court.

Taste of Kalispell showcases local food | KECI
Cookies, wine, pizza, pasta salad -- the Taste of Kalispell had a little bit of everything. The annual event showcases local food and connects businesses to customers.

Rat falls from ceiling onto table at Buffalo Wild Wings | WBFF
A woman who stopped by a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in the Los Angeles area was shocked by a very unpleasant surprise. Alisha Norman posted on Facebook a photo of a rat that reportedly fell "from the ceiling" and onto a table.

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