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Notebook: Prohm Calls KU an ‘Elite” Defensive Team

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Poor fourth quarter dooms KU women's basketball in Big 12 home opener against West Virginia |
Despite a back-and-forth first three quarters, Kansas women’s basketball dropped its Big 12 home opener against No. 19 West Virginia 68-49 Wednesday night

Former KU All-American golfer Ryan Vermeer wins second consecutive national honor |
Vermeer, 41, also finished tied for eighth at the PGA Professional Championship and tied for 80th at the PGA Championship. His 2019 season also included a third consecutive Nebraska PGA Player of the Year award and a 69th-place finish at the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

After reporting KU offer, Jackson Satterwhite commits to KU
"These last couple of years have been a really hard and emotional journey," Satterwhite tweeted. "Now, it is a new year, and with the help of God and support from my family and friends I am now on the other side of things. I have worked extremely hard to get to where I'm at today and will continue to be the best I can be!"

76ers release diagnosis for Joel Embiid's injury
"Sixers center Joel Embiid will have surgery on left hand tomorrow and be re-evaluted in one to two weeks, league source tells ESPN," Adrian Wojnarowski wrote in a tweet.

Kansas defense enjoying one of its best stretches in last 3 decades |
“They’re an elite defensive team,” Prohm said of Bill Self’s Jayhawks, who improved to 12-2 with the runaway victory. “They’re long at every position and (Devon) Dotson, athletically, is tremendous at the point.”

'21 QB Chayden Peery set for big off-season
Peery is a pure pocket passer but shows some mobility to escape and is comfortable throwing outside the pocket as well. He’s solid mechanically with a smooth, easy delivery and can get the ball down the field. He throws with very good touch and throws the deep ball about as well as anyone in the region.

Bits o Chalk

Mike Leach leaves Washington State for Mississippi State
"Mike Leach is a proven winner who has established a culture of excellence for nearly two decades as a head coach," Cohen said in a statement. "An offensive genius and two-time national coach of the year, he has a track record of building programs to national prominence with accountability and a blue-collar approach. We are thrilled to welcome him and his family to the Mississippi State family and look forward to watching our football program grow under his leadership.

NFL doctor calls Eagles' Carson Wentz 'heroic' for reporting concussion
The NFL's chief medical officer called Carson Wentz "heroic" for reporting his concussion during Philadelphia's playoff loss and disputed the notion the league's system failed the Eagles quarterback.

Russell Westbrook honored, embraced by Thunder and fans in OKC return
"MVP! MVP! MVP!" the fans roared after Westbrook sprinted from the Rockets' bench to the opposite sideline, gestured toward the crowd and then held one finger up in the air as his Houston teammates surrounded him near the free throw line.

Lawyer warns Brandel Chamblee -- Stop calling Patrick Reed cheater
An attorney for Patrick Reed sent a cease-and-desist letter to Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee demanding he stop referring to the golfer as a cheater for his actions at a tournament in the Bahamas last month.

Eraser Dust

How to Be a Better White Person in Six Easy Steps
Of course, Melania Trump has already cornered the market on how to “be best” (I still don’t know what that means). But for the new year, we thought we’d outline a few suggestions on how you can be a better white person in six easy steps.

2 men plead not guilty in Kalispell drive-by shooting | KECI
The men are accused in a drive-by shooting in Kalispell in December. They’re charged with two counts of assault with a weapon and three counts of criminal endangerment.

Iraq Calls on U.S. to Prepare for Troop Withdrawal - WSJ
Iraq’s prime minister asked the U.S. to start preparing for the safe withdrawal of American troops from the country, the latest sign of diplomatic fallout from the killing of an Iranian general on Iraqi soil.

Boeing 737 Max: Emails show 'Jedi mind tricks' vs. FAA before crashes
Boeing went to lengths to downplay the computerized flight-control system that turned out to be deadly in the 737 Max jetliner, a new batch of internal communications show.

LOOK: Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins trade savage barbs on Twitter
Just a few years after they were teammates on the court, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins traded barbs with each other on Thursday night in another heated Twitter exchange involving one of the NBA’s biggest stars.