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Notebook: Kansas Ready For WVU

Some of those who work forces are the same who burnt crosses

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The Rock Chalkboard

'Bully ball': Previewing 'fistfight' contest between Kansas, WVU
The Jayhawks have three big men who have all contributed at some point of their KU careers, but the team hasn't quite played in a "fistfight"-style matchup, which is how the KU coach referred to the upcoming game against West Virginia.

247Sports’ All-Combine Team from the 2020 National Combine
As we do every year, 247Sports has compiled the All-Combine Team for the 2020 event. Former standouts from the event include D’Andre Swift (2016), Najee Harris (2016), Kyle Pitts (2017), Darnell Wright (2018) and Donell Harris (Alpha Dog 2019, Texas A&M signee).

How KU women's basketball went undefeated in nonconference play after dropping exhibition opener | KUsports.com
“I don’t look at it like that,” Schneider told the Journal-World after Monday's win over Wofford. “What I’m proud of is that we had two players who were very important to our team go down with season-ending injuries days before that exhibition game. Following that loss, I thought our group did a great job of recalibrating and making a decision that they weren’t going to let that determine the course of their season.”

KU coaches think 'sink or swim' freshman year will benefit LB Gavin Potter | KUsports.com
Head coach Les Miles and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot spoke highly of the young linebacker, even before Potter left Broken Arrow, Okla., to officially join the Jayhawks in Lawrence. Still, those flattering remarks usually came regarding his long-term potential.

Bits o Chalk

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson still motivated by 2019 wild-card loss
"That game still motivates me," Jackson said Friday after the Ravens' final practice of the bye week. "I still haven't played my second playoff game yet. ... That game is over with. We've been having a great year this year. We just got to keep it going. I want a Super Bowl. I'm not worried about that. That was my rookie season."

Jalen Suggs commits to Gonzaga, says overseas 'very serious' option
Top-10 prospect Jalen Suggs announced his commitment to Gonzaga on Friday night, becoming the highest-ranked recruit in program history.

"I think Mark Few is the best coach in the country," Suggs said during his announcement on ESPN2.

Wizards' Isaiah Thomas ejected less than 2 minutes into game for making contact with ref
Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas was ejected in the first quarter of the Wizards' game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night for making contact with an official.

Sixers' Joel Embiid admits losing streak 'taking toll on me'
It was a stark contrast to his comments after the Dec. 27 loss to the Orlando Magic that started the long road trip and losing streak. That day, Brown dismissed a comment about the Sixers' late rally, saying it was "hollow praise to go there."

Eraser Dust

Was The Killing Of Qassem Soleimani Legal? : NPR
The U.S. killing of a top Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani, in an airstrike in Baghdad this week has raised thorny legal questions. Experts disagree over whether the U.S. had the legal authority to launch the deadly strike.

United Methodist Church Announces Plan to Split Over Same-Sex Marriage - The New York Times
Under an agreement to be voted on in May, a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination would continue to ban same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian clergy.

Australia's fires could change the country forever
If species are adapted to one set of climatic conditions and are now being forced to regenerate in climatic conditions that are very different, it’s going to be a lot harder to come back,” said Camille Stevens-Rumann, an ecologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, who focuses her research on how ecosystems recover after major disturbances.

Flathead Valley could see weekend storm | KECI
Flathead Electric Cooperative says Kalispell could see 25 to 45 mile per hour winds on Saturday.