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Sports Brief: Nov. 13 – 20

CFB: KU hires Les Miles, Army in AP Poll

Les Miles, former Louisiana State University head football coach, accepted the head coaching position at Kansas University. Miles signed a five-year contract, which will pay $2.775 million per year with additional retention bonuses given in November 2020 and 2022. Athletic Director Jeff Long is no stranger to the now Jayhawk head coach, as they previously spent time together in Ann Arbor, MI in the early 90s.

Although the AP top six have remained steady for the past two weeks, Army officially jumped into the top 25 for the first time since 1996. Army will play long-time rival Navy Dec. 8. Other jumps include Washington State climbing to No. 7, University of Central Florida climbing up three spots to No. 8 and Ohio State dropping to No. 10.

In Big 12 news, the No. 6-ranked University of Oklahoma beat Kansas 55-40 on Saturday while West Virginia lost to Oklahoma State University 45-41, complicating the prediction of the potential participants in the Big 12 Championship game.

The University of Texas beat Iowa State 24-10 and will play Kansas this Friday, Nov. 23. With a win against the Jayhawks, the Longhorns should solidify their spot in Arlington for their shot at the Big 12 title. Oklahoma and West Virginia will also play Friday night with the winner potentially meeting up with Texas.

NBA: Kemba Walker drops 60, Golden State dispute

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker scored a career high 60 points Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, which is the highest point total this season for any player and a franchise record for the Hornets organization. Despite his output, the 76ers and their newly acquired shooting guard Jimmy Butler produced some late-game heroics as Butler came up clutch on both ends of the floor. Butler blocked Walker’s potential go-ahead basket and knocked down a game-winning three with 00.3 seconds left to play to get the win 122-119.

In a loss earlier this week to the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State forwards Draymond Green and Kevin Durant engaged in a heated argument, which has had effects on the team. Green was given a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team” and since the dispute, the Warriors have gone 1-4. The conflict has decreased in intensity and appears to be mended but with Durant’s contract running out at the end of the season, it begs the question: Will he stay in “Dub-City?”

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-100 Saturday night and moved their record to 10-5 on the year. This places the Thunder fifth in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City displayed a unique combination of players highlighting their flexibility and depth throughout their roster. Russell Westbrook is still out of the lineup with a high ankle sprain and the timetable for his return is still in flux. The Thunder will play the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night in one of the league’s premiere matchups.

NFL: Chiefs and Rams finally meet, Smith/Theismann share same injury 

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith went down awkwardly Sunday afternoon, breaking both his fibula and tibia, and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery. His injury fell on the 33-year anniversary of Joe Theismann’s traumatic experience, which was “eerily similar.” At 34 years of age, the timetable for Smith’s recovery is uncertain, but it is likely it will impact the remainder of his career.

The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs squared off in a potential Super Bowl preview last night that ended 54-51 in the Rams favor. The game was initially scheduled to be played in Mexico City but due to poor field conditions, the game was moved back to Los Angeles, acting as another home game for the Rams. Free tickets were given to the men and women fighting the wildfires, which have been spreading throughout California.

The dynamic offenses of both squads were on display as Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 478 yards and three touchdowns. Jared Goff did his best to match those numbers throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns on the opposite side of the ball. Both teams had over 500 yards of total offense.

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