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Okay, here’s how it goes. I’m the leader, Milhouse is my loyal sidekick, Nelson’s the tough guy, Martin’s the smart guy, and Todd’s the quiet religious guy who ends up going crazy

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 02 Big 12 Women’s Championship - Kansas v Kansas State Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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KU women fall to K-State, 69-61 on Kansas Day | KUsports.com
In a clash of Sunflower State rivals at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, it was the Kansas State women’s basketball team that came away with a 69-61 victory over Kansas on the 159th anniversary of the state’s admission to the Union in 1861.

Les Miles lauds 'anticipatory vision' of Super Bowl-bound Tyrann Mathieu | KUsports.com
“I’ve been a Chiefs fan since Tyson Jackson,” Miles proclaimed, referencing when the defensive lineman from LSU, where Miles coached at the time, became the Chiefs’ first-round pick, No. 3 overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft.

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Sofia Kenin takes down No. 1 Ash Barty to reach Australian Open final
The American is into her first major final at age 21, having beaten the woman ranked No. 1, Ash Barty, to get there. Next Kenin will need to beat a former No. 1, Garbine Muguruza, to win the trophy.

Sources - NBA set to release revised 2020-21 salary and luxury tax projections
The NBA has alerted teams to the impending release of adjusted 2020-21 salary and luxury tax projections, signaling the likelihood that a decline in revenue will cause a drop in the figures, league sources told ESPN.

'It's not all come together yet' for grieving Kawhi Leonard, as he ponders helicopter commuting
Still in disbelief and trying to process Bryant's death, Leonard recalled Wednesday how he talked to Bryant about everything from basketball to where to live to commuting in Los Angeles. Bryant lived in Newport Beach and talked to Leonard about using a helicopter.

Novak Djokovic tops Roger Federer to reach 8th Australian Open final
Casting aside a bit of a poor start during the rivals' 50th meeting, Djokovic stretched his Grand Slam winning streak against Federer to six in a row with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 victory Thursday night that earned the defending champion a record eighth trip to the final at Melbourne Park.

Vanessa Bryant - 'There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now'
"There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now," Bryant wrote in an Instagram post accompanied by a picture of her entire family. "I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon."

Eraser Dust

What is the USMCA? Here's What's in the New NAFTA - The New York Times
A trade agreement with Mexico and Canada revises Mexico’s labor laws and encourages more auto production in North America.

4,309-foot-long tunnel is longest discovered on Southwest border
Authorities have uncovered a cross-border tunnel that stretches more than three-quarters of a mile, making it the longest of its kind ever discovered along the Southwest border, the U.S. Border Patrol announced Wednesday.

Family Give Update On Health Of Star Wars Actor Jake Lloyd - That Hashtag Show
Much of the criticism surrounding The Phantom Menace centered on Lloyd’s acting. In most ways unfairly, the young actor was thus thrust into a negative spotlight. That, unfortunately, sent him on a self-destructive, downward spiral. A high speed police chase in 2015 led to a psychiatric arrest. Three years later, the “shattering” death of his sister in 2018 drove Jack Lloyd from Hollywood’s gaze for good. In speaking with friend of That Hashtag Show Dave Gremillion at geeknewsnow.net, however, Lloyd’s mother Lisa provided a positive update on her son’s health and well-being.

Quitting smoking can reverse, not just stop, lung cell damage, study shows - Daily Sabah
But a study published Thursday in the journal Nature found that the benefits may go further, with the body appearing to draw on a reservoir of healthy cells to replace smoke-damaged ones in the lungs of smokers when they quit.

Body found in Kalispell's Woodland Park
A body was found on Wednesday near Woodland Park in Kalispell.

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