Kansas News and Notes: 1.11.2019

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Kansas News

Chip Lindsey leaves KU football to become head coach at Troy | KUsports.com
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be the head football coach at Troy University,” Lindsey stated in a release from his new employer’s athletic department. “Our family is beyond excited to come back home to the state of Alabama and to Troy as we continue to build on the foundation that has been laid for this program. I have seen firsthand the passion of Trojan Nation and the student-athletes that represent it. I cannot wait to meet our team and get to work on strengthening our position among the premier Group of Five programs.”

Dedric Lawson beginning to grasp how to deal with defenses designed to stop him | Smithology | KUsports.com
In the first couple games of his Big 12 career, University of Kansas forward Dedric Lawson quickly discovered that his name and game were no secret to opponents.

Marcus Garrett’s stellar defense on TCU’s Alex Robinson was latest example of his invaluable versatility | Jackson’s Journal | KUsports.com
Garrett’s combination of length and athleticism allows him to defend just about any position on the floor. Garrett is more than capable of hanging with stretch forwards, and he can be overwhelming against opposing guards.

KU’s Self lauds freshman Agbaji in front of team, then on Big 12 teleconference
“He just told him how proud he was of him. He said Ochai didn’t play good, he played great. Ochai really came out there and produced and gave us minutes and played exceptional for us,” KU junior forward Dedric Lawson said of Agbaji, a 6-foot-5 Oak Park High graduate who scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two steals, one block and an assist in 25 minutes.

Ochai Agbaji’s family watched KU debut from up close and afar
When the ball was tipped shortly after 8:05 pm central time in Kansas’ game against TCU, Agbaji’s dad — Olofu — was tuned in all the way from Nigeria, where it was just after 3 in the morning. But he was not alone in watching his son.

Official: KU football loses OC Chip Lindsey to Troy
Hired by new KU coach Les Miles as KU’s offensive coordinator, Lindsey, who replaced Doug Meacham and David Beaty in that role, lasted just over a month before opting to hop back to Troy, where he previously coached. Lindsey was offered the head coaching position and accepted.

Former KU star Daniel Wise tabbed for 2019 NFL Draft combine
Daniel Wise will be participating in the 2019 NFL Draft Combine, the former Kansas Jayhawk announced on his Twitter account .

Other Sports News

Maori Davenport’s parents file lawsuit against Steve Savarese and AHSAA
The parents of embattled Alabama high school basketball player Maori Davenport have filed a lawsuit against the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its director, Steve Savarese, hoping to clear the way for Davenport to return to the court. It was filed on Thursday afternoon in Pike County Circuit Court.

Tim Tebow announces engagement to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
The Heisman Trophy winner announced his engagement on Instagram on Thursday to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a South Africa native and the 2017 Miss Universe.

UCLA overcomes 9-point deficit in final minute, dooms Ducks in OT
UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final minute Thursday night to beat Oregon in overtime, 87-84.

Andy Murray announces plans to retire from tennis in near future
Andy Murray said Friday he plans to retire after Wimbledon because of his right hip injury — if he can keep playing beyond this month’s Australian Open.

Other News

White House Considers Using Storm Aid Funds as a Way to Pay for the Border Wall – The New York Times
President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to warn of crime and chaos on the frontier, as White House officials considered diverting emergency aid from storm- and fire-ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California to build a border barrier, perhaps under an emergency declaration.

U.S. military announces start of Syria troop withdrawal – The Washington Post
The U.S. military said Friday it has begun withdrawing troops from Syria, initiating a drawdown that has blindsided allies and sparked a scramble for control of the areas that American troops will leave.

The Grinch surpasses Home Alone as the highest-grossing holiday movie ever
What hath inflation wrought? Variety reports today that Illumination’s wholly unnecessary Grinch reboot has now crushed a 29-year-old holiday movie record, surpassing Home Alone’s box-office total to become the most successful Christmas movie of all time. Yes, The Grinch. Yeah, the Benedict Cumberbatch one. No, we don’t entirely get it, either.

Senate president wants Montana to send $8M for Trump’s border wall | 406 Politics | missoulian.com
Montana Senate President Scott Sales plans to introduce a bill that would have the state of Montana direct $8 million in funding to a wall along the U.S. southern border.

Government shutdown: Paychecks on hold for thousands of federal workers
IRS tax examiner Lori McLaurin is used to hearing from people in a financial bind who are looking for help. But the single mother now finds herself among their ranks thanks to the partial government shutdown that’s left her furloughed and without a paycheck.

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