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The Rock Chalkboard

Bill Self, KU basketball players preview road game at Stanford
The KU coach had not yet finished his deep dive into Stanford's film by Friday afternoon, when he spoke to the media, but he already had some early impressions of the team No. 5-ranked KU will play on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT on ABC.

WATCH: Kansas basketball's biggest shots of the decade
And Kansas hit some monstrous shots to get there, with Rock Chalk Blog’s Nick Weippert tweeting out some of the Jayhawks’ biggest makes of the decade, set to the inevitable Titanic soundtrack.

A breakout outing? Christian Braun talks performance in Philly
In the video that went semi-viral following his impressive second-half performance at Villanova, the KU basketball freshman was spotted saying a couple of less-than-TV-friendly words after making two big plays — one on each end of the floor.

Lessons learned: Where KU basketball can improve after Nova loss
Close games have not been particularly kind to the KU basketball team this season — and neither have trips away from Allen Fieldhouse.

Bill Self on Marcus Garrett: 'He'll play against Stanford'
“I thought he was good yesterday and I thought he was sore today," said Self on Friday. "You could tell he didn’t move [as well], but we practiced at 9 a.m., too. I think he’s going to be fine. I don’t know he’ll be 100 percent, but he’ll play against Stanford.”

Bits o Chalk

Antonio Brown works out for Saints
The New Orleans Saints were doing their due diligence by working out embattled free-agent receiver Antonio Brown on Friday morning, said coach Sean Payton, who added that no signing is imminent.

Alex Ovechkin to skip All-Star Game - 'Have to listen to my body'
"Thanks, first of all, fans, for voting me," he said after the Capitals' 2-1 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. "It's a hard decision, but I have to listen to my body. I have to get ready for the second half of the year. I have to be healthy and focus on different things."

Beast Mode Apparel sales spike with Marshawn Lynch's return
Marshawn Lynch cited "unfinished business" as the reason he wanted to rejoin the Seattle Seahawks.

Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning among All-Time Team QBs
You have first pick for the NFL All-Time Team's quarterback. The 10 possibilities are Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Johnny Unitas, Otto Graham, Sammy Baugh, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Roger Staubach, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.

Why this year's College Football Playoff quarterback class is the best yet
It would be hard to imagine a more star-studded crop of quarterbacks than the four we have in the College Football Playoff.

Eraser Dust

Glacier Guides to Offer E-Bike Rentals on Sun Road in 2020 - Flathead Beacon
The decision to purchase the bikes, also known as “e-bikes,” comes just months after an order by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior paved the way for the powered bikes to be used in national parks. In August, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued a directive to create a clear and concise e-bike policy on all federal lands managed by his department, and on Sept. 19, Glacier Park officials announced that they would be treated like any other bicycle.

FDA Makes It Official: Legal Smoking and Vaping Age Raised to 21
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially raised the legal smoking age from 18 t0 21. The measure marks a culmination of a monthslong, bi-partisan campaign aimed at curbing the use of tobacco products— particularly electronic cigarettes—among youth amid rising concerns about the health effects of vaping.

FDA Approves First Drug of Its Kind to Treat Acute Migraines
People dealing with painful migraines will soon have a new treatment available. This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a unique drug meant to shorten acute migraine episodes. It’s the latest treatment for a condition that’s historically had few.

A Man's Penis Started Rotting After a Getting Bitten During Sex
A harrowing medical case reported by doctors this month should remind everyone to keep their teeth away from each other’s genitals. It details how an accidental love bite during sex left a man’s penis on the verge of rotting away, though thankfully doctors intervened in time to save it.

This Man's Penis Is Literally Turning Into a Bone
Penile ossification is caused by calcium salt buildup in the penis’s soft tissue. The authors wrote that there are less than 40 published case reports of penile ossification. A 2017 report from Reviews in Urology documents the case of a 43-year-old man who sought medical help after pain in his “mid-shaft” area spread to his “entire shaft.” Doctors initially removed fibromas, or fibrous benign tumors from his penis. A few months later, the patient decided to have an inflatable penile prosthesis implanted because he’d been experiencing erectile dysfunction, and doctors found “what appeared to be calcified tissue along 80% of the shaft.”