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Today's look around the interwebs.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

 Not nearly as much KU news as I was expecting, but I'm sure more will come out today.  Feel free to FanShot anything you find.

-Kansas Sports-

Cummings gives Jayhawks a boost through the air | KUsports.com

During last week’s 27-20 loss to Oklahoma State, junior quarterback Michael Cummings, in his first start since 2012, completed seven passes of 17 yards or longer, including a 51-yard hook-up with senior receiver Nick Harwell on the Jayhawks’ second drive. The seven completed passes down the field marked just two fewer than the Jayhawks had recorded during the previous five games combined.

Kapaun graduate Michael Reynolds leads KU’s pass rush | The Wichita Eagle

A year ago, Reynolds led the Jayhawks with a team-high 6 1/2 sacks — a number that qualified as a near sack party in Lawrence. But his recent run has been particularly important. In six games, the Jayhawks have managed just 10 sacks. And after Reynolds’ four sacks, no other Jayhawks has more than 1 1/2 sacks.

2014-15 College Basketball Conference Preview: Big 12 - CBSSports.com

Kansas welcomes a new crop of top-rated recruits as Texas, Iowa State and Oklahoma try to end the Jayhawks' run of consecutive Big 12 regular season titles.

Big 12 players in Week 8 spotlight - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas LB Ben Heeney: Inspired by the fact we made the mistake of snubbing him for our midseason All-Big 12 team, Heeney will rack up 30 tackles against Texas Tech and makes us look like a bunch of fools. I really wouldn't be shocked. He is playing at an All-Big 12 level, no doubt; we simply ran out of linebacker spots.

Picking up 'hidden yardage' will be key for KU football against Texas Tech | CJOnline.com

Reagan says he has harped one message his entire coaching career: Blocks aren't about where you start with them, but instead where you finish with them. In other words, when the whistle blows to end a play, each offensive lineman should be either blocking or working to get on a block.

Younger brother of 76ers Embiid dies in Africa

"We're all a family here," Iske said. "Obviously, everybody's thinking about Joel and his family at this time. Our hearts and prayers are with him."

Ed. Note: Our condolences go out to Embiid today. FOE.

VIDEO: KU football players discuss program's road woes | KUsports.com

-College Sports-

Top 10 most important shooters - ESPN

These 10 players will need to shoot it well from distance in order for their teams to have success.

University of Michigan board, president will not rush to judgment on athletic director - ESPN

Michigan's board of regents and president will not rush to judgment on the fate of embattled athletic director Dave Brandon

Dan Mullen of Mississippi State Bulldogs -- Hire/fire websites insult to coaches - ESPN

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wasn't flattered to hear the news that two websites had been started by Florida fans to urge the school to hire him to replace Will Muschamp. In fact, he considers such websites an insult to college football coaches.

John Calipari, Bill Self, Fred Hoiberg offer advice on player autographs - CBSSports.com

Though it's really only affected college football stars, college basketball players have been warned about potential pitfalls as well.

-Professional Sports-

Let The Kansas City Royals Hating Begin!

Quick hits: Giants win NLCS over Cardinals with walkoff home run - CBSSports.com

Given that it's an even-numbered year, it makes sense that the San Francisco Giants are headed to the World Series.

Giants vs. Royals: Looking ahead to the 2014 World Series - CBSSports.com

According to sketchy message board scuttle, the Royals have won the American League pennant, and the Giants have claimed the National League pennant. As the ancient laws of combat mandate, these two teams will meet in the 2014 World Series.

Twitter campaign starts to bring SungWoo Lee back for the World Series | The Kansas City Star

Lee, an ardent Royals fan who lives in South Korea, made his first trip to Kauffman Stadium in August. During his visit to Kansas City, Lee became a celebrity as he visited all parts of the area. The Pine Tar Press blog noted that filmmaker Josh Swade is in Korea and plans to meet with Lee’s employer in an effort to give him the time off to return for the World Series.

President Obama Calls Cardinals to Laugh at Them for Losing NLCS - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

"That was outstanding," the president told Matheny. "I haven’t had a lot of positive things happening lately, but seeing the Cardinals get eliminated from the postseason was so much fun. The looks on your faces will stay with me forever. I also want to thank you personally for putting Michael Wacha into the game to pitch the ninth. I make a lot of decisions in my job, but that was up there with the dumbest decision I’ve ever seen in any line of work. Thank you."

-Videos of the Day-

VIDEO: Cory Schneider allows season's wackiest goal so far - CBSSports.com

Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward didn't mean to score, but he did as Cory Schneider gave up the weirdest goal of the young season so far.

Tom Brady takes the worst dive you'll ever see vs. Jets - CBSSports.com

The worst dive you'll ever see anywhere (including soccer and professional wrestling), courtesy of -- who else -- Tom Brady.