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No. 18 Jayhawks surge past Western Michigan 2-0 |
A pair of reserves came off the KU bench and netted late goals as No. 18 Kansas surged past the Western Michigan Broncos 2-0 Sunday afternoon at WMU Soccer Complex.

ESPN updates Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings
Kansas looks to have a pretty solid two-deep heading into this season, with the Jayhawks having one of the more versatile collection of players in the nation. It all starts with the nation’s deepest — and probably best — frontcourt with Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa, David McCormack, Mitch Lightfoot and newcomers Jalen Wilson and Tristan Enaruna. And point guard Devon Dotson could actually prove to be the team’s best player and Ochai Agbaji the team’s best pro prospect. With Marcus Garrett back to play positions 1-through-4 as needed — he should spend less time at the four this year with that frontcourt — and Iowa sharpshooter Isaiah Moss joining the fold, this team looks pretty loaded, and better equipped to deal with the injuries that were last year’s downfal

Listen: The Drive, 09.15.19
On Friday night, Kansas took apart Boston College on the road. Then on Saturday, Kansas State won at No. 23 Mississippi State. It was a weekend of two big road wins for the state's football teams, making this a fun edition of The Drive. The Drive is in Season 14 on Topeka's WIBW-13 with co-hosts Tim Fitzgerald ( and Scott Chasen ( discussing K-State and KU sports. The Drive will be available as part of the 247Sports Podcast Network the day after its television airing on WIBW. Due to altered highlight rights, the video version of The Drive is no longer available for replay on the internet.

Las Vegas releases odds for WVU-Kansas
For the first time this season, West Virginia is favored to beat an FBS football team. The Mountaineers opened as 7-point favorites over Kansas, according to the Circa Sportsbook and Casino in Las Vegas. Within minutes, though, the line had been bet down to 5.5 points as heavy money apparently came in on the Jayhawks. The over/under for the game started at 50.5 points.

KU defense had 'one hell of a performance' in win over BC
Situated just inside the red zone, the Eagles were in the midst of a 13-play 69-yard drive when KU stopped running back AJ Dillon in his tracks on third and short. On fourth down, Anthony Brown couldn’t connect with his receiver and KU took over possession.

Tadokoro leads KU women's golf at Sunflower Invitational |
After dealing with inclement weather during the first tournament of the season, the Jayhawks were greeted with sunny skies as they competed in the first two rounds of the Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan.

KU basketball coaches ramp up recruiting in 2020 and beyond |
Last Monday marked the first day of an open recruiting period that leads up to Nov. 13, the first day of the early signing period, and coaches nationwide made sure to get out on the road to catch up with some of the top talents in the current class.

Jayhawks conclude Kansas Invitational with loss to Syracuse |
Kansas concluded the Kansas Invitational with a three-set defeat to Syracuse on Sunday afternoon in the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena. KU finished the tournament 1-2 with a win in its home opener against Morehead State.

Bits o Chalk

Fan tackled after running at Ogwumike sisters
The fan, who, according to reports, had earlier been reprimanded for doing pushups on the sideline during the game, appeared to have something in hand as he ran toward the Sparks' Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike.

Rodgers, LaFleur downplay 'animated' exchange
The calmness in Matt LaFleur's voice and the smile on Aaron Rodgers' face were all that was left of the first animated sideline interaction between the Green Bay Packers' new head coach and the veteran quarterback in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Pac-12 -- Refs erred on last play of Arizona St. win
"An Arizona State defensive player took a running start and leapt over the kicking team's line in an attempt to block the kick," the Pac-12 said in a statement. "In the process, he leapt into the frame of the body of an opponent. The penalty would have been 15 yards from the previous spot and an automatic first down. In this case, it would have been administered as half the distance to the goal and Michigan State would have been provided one untimed down."

QB Carr blasts offensive PI call -- 'Blows my mind'
Carr had just thrown his second interception in the third quarter of the Raiders' 28-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, when a flag came flying in. Surely, it would be for defensive pass interference after Oakland receiver Ryan Grant was knocked off his route by Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, milliseconds before Kansas City's Charvarius Ward snagged the pass meant for Grant, no?

Sources: Big Ben surgery call expected Monday
A decision is expected to be made Monday on whether Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will need elbow surgery, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Eraser Dust

Purdue Pharma, Maker of OxyContin, Files for Bankruptcy - The New York Times
The filing is a centerpiece of an agreement to settle thousands of cases against the company for its role in the opioids crises. But it is expected to be vigorously contested by many states.

California woman dreamed about eating engagement ring — woke up to find she really did
Evans was relieved on Wednesday morning that the whole episode had just been a vivid, bizarre dream, that she told "Today" was "very James Bond." That is, until she realized her engagement ring was no longer on her finger.

Daily Inter Lake - Montana Life, Eclectic record shop moves to Whitefish storefront
“It’s a misconception” that her record store specializes in “really old stuff,” she explained. The record collection at Spanky’s and Gus includes “new and used records,” from The Beatles to The Black Keys. She said she works with various record labels to supply current music she described as “lo-fi,” “indie” and other categories that would bewilder the classic artists whose famous faces decorate the store’s walls.

Live: Saudi attacks send oil prices soaring - CNN
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Monday the US made "hasty conclusions" in blaming Iran for the attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.