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Notebook: Les Miles ESPN Doc to Premier Next Week; New Strength Coaches Interviewed

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The Rock Chalkboard

Report: Joe Dineen out for remainder of preseason |
Mike Kils, of 9 News, in Denver, reported Dineen, a Lawrence native and graduate of both Free State High and KU, broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand and will be out two weeks.

KU's inside linebacker duo forms important bond during preseason camp |
At the end of each day, Kansas inside linebackers Dru Prox and Kyron Johnson head back to their room. The two roommates then go over film together from that particular practice, and test each other on any new plays added by the coaching staff.

KU AD Jeff Long expects hiring process for Hudy replacement to move quickly |
Former Kansas basketball strength coach Andrea Hudy and former KU football trainer Murphy Grant, who served recently as KU’s Associate Athletic Director for sports medicine, both started new jobs this week at Texas and Wake Forest, respectively.

KU QBs, Andrea Hudy and a few football players to watch (KU Sports Hour) |
On our latest KU Sports Hour we talk KU QBs, Andrea Hudy's departure and a few football players to watch this season.

'Miles To Go' set to debut on ESPN+ on Aug. 29 |
Any Kansas football fans who have looked forward to getting some behind the scenes glimpses of Les Miles and the Jayhawks through a new ESPN+ series will have to wait another week — and then binge watch the first four episodes before the season kicks off.

Baker Mayfield's high school is a college QB factory
But the most impressive ax tossed by any of the Cavaliers may go to Todd Reesing, the first quarterback in Lake Travis’ run. Millennials may only have blurry memories of Reesing, but he led Kansas to an Orange Bowl victory during the 2007 season. Consider this: Kansas went 12-1 that season and has won 12 games the past six seasons.

KU football's Ricky Thomas setting big goals for junior year
Ricky Thomas’ first season with KU didn’t go as he planed. A position change and an injury slowed what had been a promising start to the season for Thomas. But after an offseason of work and a few weeks of fall camp, Thomas believes he could be poised for a big junior year.

Bits O Chalk

Zion filing vs. ex-agent alleges early recruitment
Attorneys for New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson filed additional amendments to a lawsuit that is attempting to enforce the termination of a signed agreement with a Florida marketing company.

Pac-12 decides against 9 a.m. kickoffs this year
The Pac-12 has decided not to move forward with any 9 a.m. PT kickoffs this season, but is open to revisiting the idea in the future, a conference spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Cardinals reach deal with Crabtree, release White
The second time was the charm for the Arizona Cardinals landing Michael Crabtree.

Astros stunned in historic upset at sportsbooks
For the second time in two weeks, the Houston Astros lost as historic favorites with Justin Verlander on the mound, helping sportsbooks to a profitable night Wednesday.

Walker lifts Team USA past Aussies in warm-up
Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Myles Turner added 15 to give Team USA a 102-86 win over Australia on Thursday in a World Cup warm-up game.

Eraser Dust

I Was an NRA Lobbyist. Here’s My Road Map for Gun Reform. - POLITICO Magazine
I'm a long-time gun rights proponent with pretty solid credentials. I lobbied for the NRA. I am the president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association and I even gave Ronald Reagan his first shooting lesson with a customized AR-15 when I ran the Firearm Industry’s Trade Association in 1992. I am also someone who has worked successfully on bipartisan gun control measures, specifically a child safety lock agreement supported by Bill Clinton, which explains in part why I am also a former NRA lobbyist.

Large swathes of the Amazon rainforest are burning - YouTube
There have been more than 72,000 fire outbreaks in Brazil so far this year, up 84% on the same period in 2018, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research. More than half were in the Amazon. It followed reports that farmers were feeling emboldened to clear land for crop fields and cattle ranches because the new Brazilian government was keen to open up the region to economic activity. The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, instead accused environmental groups of starting fires

Hong Kong protests: 9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask - Vox
Protesters have sustained the demonstrations for 11 weeks, making it hard to keep track of all the developments. Here’s a guide to the unrest in Hong Kong: how it started, what it’s all about, and why China is so worried about it.

Kansas City Fed's Esther George says July rate cut was not needed
“My sense was we’ve added accommodation and it wasn’t required in my view,” George told CNBC’s Steve Liesman in an interview that aired Thursday. “With this very low unemployment rate, with wages rising, with the inflation rate staying close to the Fed’s target, I think we’re in a good place relative to the mandates that we’re asked to achieve.”

What a Yield-Curve Inversion Really Says About the U.S. Economy - Bloomberg
The chance of a recession in 2020 has Democratic campaign strategists feverish with anticipation—while trying not to show it—and President Trump even more amped up than usual. While Trump says he’s confident of the strength of the U.S. economy, his actions indicate otherwise. He’s demanding that the Federal Reserve cut its key rate target by at least a full percentage point, which would be extraneous at best and outright inflationary at worst if the economy really is running strong. He recently delayed some tariffs from September until just before Christmas to leave more money in consumers’ pockets. He’s also mulled tax cuts, although he told reporters on Aug. 21 that they’re off the table for now. Surely Trump is mindful that the reelection bids of both Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were derailed by recessions.