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'We've got to get better' Kansas basketball putting in extra court time to prepare for season opener vs. Michigan State |
“We’ve got to get better,” Kansas coach Bill Self said after the 86-60 victory at Allen Fieldhouse. “We play on Tuesday, so it's crunch time.”

Kansas volleyball drops opener at West Virginia |
The Jayhawks efficiency numbers were off from the start. KU recorded just six kills to go along with eight attack errors in the first set and surrendered five of the match's first six points.

Sam Burt may not play in KU football's rivalry game, but the veteran is making an impact |
One of the Kansas football players most fired up for this week’s Sunflower Showdown might not get to play one snap versus Kansas State on Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Nonetheless, super-senior Sam Burt is having an impact for the Jayhawks during their rivalry week.

Phoenix Suns' Chris Paul, Devin Booker focused on hoops as NBA investigates Robert Sarver allegations
PHOENIX -- The leaders of the Phoenix Suns vowed to focus on basketball while awaiting the conclusions from the NBA's investigation into allegations of misconduct by team owner Robert Sarver.

FBS schools spent over $533.6 million in dead money over 10+ years
November can be a cold and expensive month in college football. A number of coaches nationwide remain on the hot seat two-thirds of the way through the season, which has already seen eight Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches out of a job and owed dead money -- money owed to fulfill their contracts.

Sources - Cleveland Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. negotiating terms of release
The Cleveland Browns have been working with Odell Beckham Jr.'s representatives this week to negotiate an agreement on terms under which they would release the wide receiver, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Allegations of racism and misogyny within the Phoenix Suns: Inside Robert Sarver's 17-year tenure as owner
The young Phoenix Suns team had been toiling at the bottom of the NBA's standings for years, missing the playoffs for six straight seasons while churning through head coaches. Watson was the fourth in as many years. Still, the Suns were playing the eventual NBA champions close, even leading by 13 in the first half. But it didn't last. The Warriors took control in the fourth quarter and cemented a 106-100 win, dropping the Suns to 0-3.

Covid-19 vaccine mandate: Some companies and states are fighting the federal rules. But local efforts show mandates can work - CNN
(CNN)With the Biden administration's new timeline for mandating vaccinations or weekly testing for those working at private businesses with 100 or more employees, critics in the public and private sectors are quickly positioning themselves against the measure.

January 6 timeline: How Trump tried to weaponize the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 election - CNNPolitics
Four days after Election Day, CNN and other news outlets projected that Biden had won. Instead of conceding, Trump immediately started pressuring local, state and federal officials to overturn the results. Many of these officials rebuffed his demands, concluding they were unethical, illegal or unconstitutional. But some officials and advisers joined the charge and tried to help.

Flathead SWAT swarms neighborhood, suspect jailed on 3 warrants | KECI
Tevin Shane Groshelle, 27, is jailed in Flathead County on warrants for negligent homicide, possession of dangerous drugs and aggravated assault.

Construction underway for Pioneer League stadium | Daily Inter Lake
“We’re shooting for mid-December for a launch event for the nickname, logo, branding,” he said. “Possibly even some hats ready to go under the Christmas tree. That’s coming up quick, but we’re looking to get that all going, and to start taking some orders for season tickets.

Sinema's raking in cash from MLMs. They want to kill her party’s labor bill. - POLITICO
Unions have pushed for some of the Democrats' priorities in the PRO Act to be inserted into the reconciliation bill, but for the most part, the marquee labor bill has languished before Congress since passing the House in March. Sinema’s fellow Senate moderate, Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), has already signed onto the legislation, leaving just three Senate Democrats who have yet to co-sponsor the bill — Sinema, Mark Warner of Virginia and Mark Kelly of Arizona. Warner signaled his support for the PRO Act at a rally in Virginia on Monday. And Kelly has said he supports the bill broadly speaking, though he wants to see some changes, including the provision related to independent contractors, according to a Democratic Hill aide.