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Q&A: TJ Finley on LSU taking two QBs, the transfer era, more
TJ Finley, a hulking 6-foot-6, 239-pound four-star prospect, does not fit in the above five-star category, but his status as one of two LSU quarterback commits in the 2020 class might be a byproduct of the transferring quarterback trend that’s only grown more dizzying in the age of the NCAA Transfer Portal. Upwards of 100 quarterbacks (scholarship and non-scholarship) at least tested the portal waters this past cycle, per 247Sports data, including 24 who were rated four stars or better as a high-school recruit.

The Les Miles Show brings signs of life, hope to Kansas football program - nola.com
“This is the start of the Les Miles era at Kansas,” the public address voice says to the approximate 5,000 fans in the stands at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Despite the weather, it’s the largest crowd at a Kansas spring game in the past decade. Another sign of life? More than 70 recruits and their families flocked to witness Miles’ return to coaching.

Unlikely path led juco LB Hayden Hatcher to join Jayhawks this year | KUsports.com
An unheralded junior college linebacker out to make a name for himself at a summer camp inside the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium a couple weeks back, Hayden Hatcher was caught off guard when someone pulled him away from a drill to let him know he needed to take a break.

First-year Baker football coach Jason Thoren primed and ready for new role | KUsports.com
“For me, it was all about that I knew that I loved football from a very, very young age,” Thoren said after a recent Baker high school camp in Lawrence. “So it wasn’t really a choice of if I wanted to coach, it just sort of happened. Those first couple of years after college, I couldn’t get away from it. The smell in the air leading up to fall camp and things like that made me feel like I have to be around football. I finished playing and the next year I was like, ‘Well, it’s football season. I’ve got to do something with football.’ So I went over to Lawrence High and helped Coach (Dick) Purdy.”

Landen Lucas to play with Atlanta Hawks in NBA Summer League
“Last year, I had an injury in Tokyo, came back and was healing up on that,” Lucas said in an interview session earlier this spring. “The process didn’t go as smooth as I would have liked. And so I ended up going back overseas. And so with this break, it gives me even more time to finish healing up and with this other avenue of business and stuff that I’m getting into, I’m able to really focus in on what I want to do with basketball, and that’s play at the highest level. And I’m able to put all my attention toward that, and it’s similar to my decision to come to Kansas.”

Other Sports News

Sources -- Irving, Nets moving toward 4-year deal
Six-time All-Star Kyrie Irving will be meeting with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday in New York, and both sides are motivated to reach a deal on a four-year, $141 million maximum contract, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

Cubs' Strop: Puig 'stupid' for fuming after HBP
There aren't likely to be any Christmas cards exchanged between Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig after the two had words with each other as the benches cleared in the Cubs' 6-0 win on Saturday.

Sources -- Rose, Pistons to meet, eye 2-year deal
Free-agent guard Derrick Rose is expected to meet with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, with both sides motivated to find a path to a two-year contract, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.

Teen ump involved in brawl invited to MLB game
Major league umpire Chris Guccione invited a teenage ump who was involved in a game that ended in an adult brawl to attend the Dodgers-Rockies series finale Sunday at Coors Field.

Vlad Jr., Bell, Santana added to HR Derby list
Blue Jays rookie star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and a pair of veteran first basemen -- Pittsburgh's Josh Bell and Cleveland's Carlos Santana -- will compete in the Home Run Derby on July 8.

Other News

Daily Inter Lake - Law Roundup, Maybe he was in the mood for a tune
A property manager called and said his tenants told him a transient man was living inside a van parked near the residences and that he “dumps his urine” in the morning. An officer learned the van was legally parked on a city street. It did contain several bags of clothes, but the man wasn’t inside at the time.

Man breaks in to rob a Florida Wendy's but stops to make himself dinner first - CNN
He's the "modern day Hamburglar," police say, and he was caught on camera making himself a burger before robbing a Florida Wendy's.

Florida man's body parts found inside alligator stomach, officials say | Fox News
Pieces of a human body were found inside of an alligator in Florida on Thursday, officials said.

Daily Inter Lake - Local News, Mountain biker has lion scare on Whitefish Trail
A brief encounter involving a mountain biker and a family group of mountain lions on a forested trail system north of Whitefish on Friday highlights the need to be aware of possible wildlife encounters and to follow safety precautions, wildlife officials warned.