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KU basketball commit Gradey Dick earns gold at 2021 FIBA 3x3 World Cup
Team USA went an undefeated 6-0 throughout the tournament and beat Estonia, 21-14, in the gold medal game. Dick finished with three points, four rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in the gold medal contest.

Lance Leipold: Kansas quarterback battle progressing
"We'll have a lot of fun this year, right?" Leipold said with a laugh. "I'll just say that's 1B; maybe 1A is talking about injuries. So you guys hit both right away."

Countdown to KU football (4): Takeaways from Kansas depth chart reveal
Kansas football put out its first depth chart on Monday, as compiled by the program's communications department. You can view the full depth chart on our VIP board.

Crossroads Elite: 2023 Matas Buzelis makes a statement, discusses visits
ANDOVER, Kans. -- Just outside of Wichita, the 2021 edition of the Crossroads Elite Invitational took place over the weekend. One of the nation's premier camps for freshmen, sophomores and juniors -- and even some who are younger -- the camp is always loaded. For the last two days, 2023's Matas Buzelis stood out above anybody in camp.

Bits o Chalk

International transfer spending triples in last decade, reaches $48.5bn overall - FIFA
Spending on men's international transfer fees over the last decade increased from $2.66 billion in 2012 to a peak of $7.35bn in 2019 with $48.5bn spent overall, while players' agents received $3.5bn in commissions, a study by world governing body FIFA said.

Cristiano Ronaldo completes stunning Manchester United return
Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Manchester United for a second time, it was confirmed on Tuesday, after joining from Juventus. The deal is a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year, subject to international clearance.

Andy Murray 'lost respect' for Stefanos Tsitsipas over taking lengthy bathroom break during 5-hour match at US Open
"It's just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match," Murray said. "I'm not saying I necessarily win that match for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those breaks."

NFL Rank: Predicting the top 100 players for the 2021 season and why they'll be among the league's best
To create our list, we asked an ESPN panel of more than 50 NFL experts to rate players based on how good they will be in the 2021 season compared to their peers. Emphasis was placed solely on expectations for the upcoming season and predicting potential greatness, rather than past performance, career résumé or positional value. That means long-term injuries, like the one Michael Thomas is dealing with, played a part. From those ratings, we were able to rank the best of the best, 1 to 100.

High School Football Team Lied to ESPN to Play on National TV (UPDATE) | Complex
The outlet also confirmed that the Ohio High School Athletic Association doesn’t recognize Bishop Sycamore as a legitimate high school, and their “physical location, practice facilities, and roster eligibility could not be verified.”

Eraser Dust

The Caldor Fire has prompted evacuation warnings for those still remaining Lake Tahoe Basin - CNN
(CNN)The raging Caldor Fire in Northern California prompted evacuation orders and warnings in the Lake Tahoe Basin Sunday night after fire conditions resulted in rapid spread, causing at least one hospital to transfer all of its patients out amid the flames.

Hurricane Ida: Man attacked by alligator in flooded Louisiana waters
Hurricane Ida has destroyed homes, left millions without power and killed at least two people. But perhaps most ominous, it's brought danger in the water that's flooding into communities.

Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll in hospital after suffering heart attack
Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll has been hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, he’s revealed to fans.

Mom is asked to leave gym due to her workout clothes: ‘I’m so embarrassed’
Shelby Rodriguez (@shelby.bellz) is a 26-year-old TikToker and mom of one who recently shared a painful experience where she was fat-shamed and asked to leave a gym for showing her belly in a sports bra.

Former child actor Matthew Mindler died by suicide: coroner - New York Daily News
Mindler had numerous acting credits to his name including in productions like “As the World Turns,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Chad: An American Body,” and “Our Idiot Brother.”

California Fire Approaches Lake Tahoe After Mass Evacuation : NPR
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A ferocious wildfire swept toward Lake Tahoe on Tuesday just hours after roads were clogged with fleeing cars when the entire California resort city of South Lake Tahoe was ordered to evacuate and communities just across the state line in Nevada were warned to get ready to leave.