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No, Selma. This is lying. That was a well-plotted piece of nonclaptrap that never made me want to retch

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The Rock Chalkboard

Former Jayhawk Devonte' Graham still living and dying with Kansas basketball | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com
Today, with Graham in his rookie season with the Charlotte Hornets, the Jayhawk legend finds himself in the tough position of having to watch whatever KU games he can watch happen from hundreds of miles away on the television screen in his new apartment instead of being able to control and dictate what goes down.

2020 CB no longer committed to KU football | KUsports.com
After a long talk with my family it was best to decide that I should reopen my recruitment,” Hooker wrote in a note he posted to Twitter, in which he thanked KU coaches for recruiting him.

Bill Self looking for KU basketball reserves to 'play older'
"I think we have had a drop off [in production],” Self said of his bench. “That's not being negative, but I think a lot of the drop off is not anyone's fault — it's just maybe confidence and being reactionary as opposed to just [doing]."

Bits o Chalk

Devonte’ Graham’s Breakout Is the NBA’s Biggest Surprise - The Ringer
Where did Graham come from? Though college basketball fans will remember him from his time at Kansas, Graham has been like a meteor unexpectedly smashing into the league for NBA fans.

Hornets, Devonte Graham, erase 20-point deficit, stun Nets in Brooklyn collapse - NetsDaily
Graham, who registered a 40-points, buried back-to-back ice-cold threes to give Charlotte a 112-106 lead with just 22.7 remaining.

Where the heck did Devonte' Graham come from?
However, the Charlotte Hornets trusted their new man. They let him milk the shot clock, then made a screen to get Joe Harris on him. He made a bit of a stutter step to get the Team USA shooter off-balance, resulting in a launched three a couple of feet away from the line. The ball went in, and the former Kansas standout had all the confidence in the world, as he celebrated his 40-point game with his overjoyed teammates.

Why Devonte' Graham Is the NBA's Most Improved Player – And It's Not Even Close
But regardless of his competition, the Most Improved Player race begins and ends with Graham.

Meet Hornets guard Devonte' Graham - New York Daily News
Last year, that didn’t mean much. Graham was a rookie, barely playing behind two stars in Kemba Walker and Tony Parker. They’re both gone now.

Devonte' Graham -- The Charlotte Hornets' New Superstar
Hopefully he will make a trip to Chicago in February for the NBA All-Star Game. If he continues this kind of play, it will be hard to not send him there. We are excited about this Charlotte Hornets team and the play of Devonte’ Graham, and you should be too.

Former KU guard Devonté Graham of Hornets in line for raise? | The Kansas City Star
Graham, a former Kansas point guard who is averaging a team-leading 18.2 points and 7.4 assists a game for Charlotte (8-13), is in the second year of a three-year contract worth $4 million. He’s being paid $1.4 million this season, a bargain for the team considering the 24-year-old second-year pro’s productivity.

Eraser Dust

Last Tax Season Was a Mess. Now’s Time to Prepare for This One. - The New York Times
If you didn’t change the tax withholding in your paycheck, you still have time to avoid another unpleasant surprise — or even a fine.

British Election, Advancing Brexit, Heralds End of a Global Trade Era - The New York Times
The decisive Conservative victory leaves no doubt that around the world, the postwar push for economic integration is over.

"I’ll take great pleasure in ruining their days" Noel Gallagher on making the new High Flying Birds EP for himself - Guitar.com | All Things Guitar
“Gibson is doing a signature model of that one,” Gallagher says, when we ask about the J-200 he was referring to, the infamous sunburst model from his Oasis days, with the Adidas sticker above the soundhole. “I sent it there to be photographed, the grain and the whole thing. It’s not even a J-200, you know. It’s a J-150 that I just took off the shelf in London, played it, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll take it.’ I never thought anything of it. But I’ve written some great fucking songs on that guitar.

Ronan company picks up first-ever hemp processing license
(Here) we further refine it, clean it up, and then we take and put it into end products,” said Sam Belanger is the COO of Green Ridge BioSolutions , a CBD manufacturing company in Ronan.