Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 4.11.2019

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Kansas News

Under center: Les Miles expects old school approach will benefit Jayhawks on some play calls | KUsports.com
At the University of Kansas, where Les Miles this past November took over a wobbling program that has won three or fewer games each of the past nine seasons, some modifications will be more drastic than others.

Big 12, ESPN announce new deal making select KU games only available online | KUsports.com
The Big 12 conference announced Wednesday morning that it has expanded its existing rights agreement with ESPN, which runs through the 2024-25 season. The agreement means that ABC or ESPN will now exclusively televise the Big 12 Football Championship every year through 2024.

Quentin Grimes announces NBA Draft decision
“Lastly, I want to thank the fans for always bringing “The Noise”!! At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to announce that I am declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I am looking forward to the next steps of my basketball career!”

RELEASE: Big 12, ESPN Enhance Comprehensive Rights Agreement
Under an agreement between the Big 12 Conference and ESPN, multiple Kansas State athletic events – including exclusive football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball games – will be available on ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer subscription sports streaming service, the conference office and ESPN announced Wednesday.

Bill Self comments on Quentin Grimes’ NBA Draft announcement
“When we recruited Quentin we knew the chances would be great for him to have the opportunity to declare for this upcoming NBA Draft,” Self said. “Quentin started every game for us and was a key performer in the success we had this past year. As a freshman he went through some highs and lows that, no doubt, will be great preparation for him moving forward.”

Full schedule: What will take place at KU football spring game
Admission is free for the event, with KU Athletic’s clear bag policy in effect. Parking will also be free, and there will be a food collection taking place at various gates to benefit “Campus Cupboard.” The game will start at 6 p.m., and it will be shown on ESPN+ (and other local channels — Midco Sports Network, Spectrum Sports, etc.).

Other Sports News

Top WNBA pick Young 1st of 5 ND players drafted
Jackie Young said it was a dream come true to be taken first in the WNBA draft.

Baylor’s Mulkey would welcome White House visit
Coach Kim Mulkey would welcome an invitation to the White House, if President Donald Trump were to offer it to Baylor.

Rosenthal retires 1st batter, drops ERA to 72.00
Washington Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal retired a batter for the first time this season on Wednesday night after allowing the first 10 he faced to reach safely.

Banana Boat crew cheers on Wade’s triple-double
After Dwyane Wade went for 30 points in the final home game of his career Tuesday night, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tried to downplay expectations about what Wade would be able to do for an encore Wednesday night in the final game of his NBA career.

How the Lakers wasted Year 1 of LeBron
For the 2018-19 Lakers, there is plenty of blame to go around. There is rarely a single moment that derails a team’s entire season. From injuries, to underwhelming player production, to questionable management decisions, the most anticipated season in L.A. in years morphed into a cautionary tale that could be retold around the league for decades. This is how the Lakers got here.

Everything to know for the opening round of the 2019 NBA playoffs
It has been a long regular season (177 days, to be exact), but the postseason has arrived, and it looks a lot different than it did a year ago. For the first time since 2010, a team not led by LeBron James will emerge from the Eastern Conference, and for the first time since 2005, James will not be involved in the festivities.

Other News

Louisiana church fires: Law enforcement official’s son taken into custody, reports say – CNN
A man arrested in connection with fires at three historically black Louisiana churches is a law enforcement official’s son, according to local reports. (Ed note – Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses)

Billy Corgan Reacts To CNN Disrespecting Smashing Pumpkins – AlternativeNation.net
In a new Instagram story Q&A, Billy Corgan reacted to CNN snubbing The Smashing Pumpkins from most of their 90’s series.

Opinion | Congress to I.R.S.: Don’t Even Think of Helping Taxpayers – The New York Times
On Tuesday, the House approved legislation misleadingly titled the Taxpayer First Act that includes a provision prohibiting the Internal Revenue Service from developing a free online system that most American households could use to file their taxes. The Senate is considering a similar piece of bipartisan legislation.

Chicken Murder – Flathead Beacon
9:30 a.m. A dog was chasing deer down at the dump.

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