De Sousa opts out of Kansas sea­son

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Sports -

Kansas for­ward Sil­vio de Sousa is opt­ing out of the up­com­ing col­lege bas­ket­ball sea­son, po­ten­tially end­ing what has been one of the most con­tro­ver­sial tenures of any player to have joined coach Bill Self’s blue­blood pro­gram.

Self said in a state­ment that de Sousa was opt­ing out to “fo­cus on mat­ters in his per­sonal life.” Self added that it be­came clear in re­cent work­outs that de Sousa was dis­tracted, and af­ter the two of them talked re­cently, “it was clear this was the best de­ci­sion for him and Kansas bas­ket­ball.”

De Sousa joined the Jay­hawks mid­way through the 2017- 18 sea­son and helped them to reach the Fi­nal Four. But he was forced to sit out the next sea­son amid el­i­gi­bil­ity ques­tions af­ter his name sur­faced in the FBI probe into col­lege bas­ket­ball cor­rup­tion, then served a 12game sus­pen­sion last year for his role in a brawl against Kansas State.

Pro foot­ball

NFL lead­ing rusher Dalvin Cook will sit out Min­nesota’s game Sun­day against At­lanta be­cause of a groin in­jury, giv­ing Alexan­der Mat­ti­son the op­por­tu­nity for his first ca­reer start at run­ning back.

Hockey

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 41- year- old for­ward Joe Thorn­ton to a one- year, $ 700,000 con­tract. Thorn­ton, a six- time all star and the win­ner of the Hart Memo­rial Tro­phy in 2006 as the NHL’s MVP, has played 1,636 reg­u­lar- sea­son games with the Bos­ton Bru­ins and San Jose Sharks.

Col­lege foot­ball

De­fen­sive end Samdup Miller, safety Travis Whillock, quar­ter­back Ai­dan Smith and tight end Ja­son Whittaker have opted out of North­west­ern’s pan­demic- short­ened sea­son.

• The South­east­ern Con­fer­ence post­poned next week’s game be­tween Missouri and No. 10 Florida, the third league con­test moved this week be­cause of COVID- 19 out­breaks.

Ten­nis

Wim­ble­don iis plan­ning its come­back in 2021. Wim­ble­don was the only Grand Slam tour­na­ment can­celed this year be­cause of the coron­avirus pan­demic, but the All Eng­land Club an­nounced plans for its re­turn next year with or with­out fans.

• An­drey Rublev eased into the semi­fi­nals of the St. Peters­burg Open af­ter de­feat­ing Bri­tain’s Cameron Nor­rie, 6- 2, 6- 1. The third- seeded Rus­sian will play De­nis Shapo­valov for a place in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

Auto rac­ing

NASCAR is in the process of re­view­ing a re­quest by Cup driver Kyle Lar­son to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion af­ter he was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely from the sport in April for us­ing a racial slur in an iRac­ing event.

• Bret Holmes took sec­ond at the ARCA Series fi­nale at Kansas Speed­way to win the series cham­pi­onship.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Kansas for­ward Sil­vio de Sousa, left, helped the Jay­hawks to the Fi­nal Four in 2018 against Vil­lanova.

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