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Jeff Long hopeful Kansas fans will follow stadium COVID policies
Baylor's efforts at implementing social distancing and mask-wearing policies for its season opener — a 47-14 win over Kansas football — were about as successful as the Baylor basketball team's quest to hold off the Jayhawks in last year's Big 12 title race.

Kansas O-line talks improvement at Baylor, hopes for OSU contest
In the opener, a 38-23 loss to Coastal Carolina, the Jayhawks allowed 12 tackles for loss, as well as five sacks. Kansas recorded three turnovers, though none necessarily on the offensive line, and made life difficult for a quarterback group that finished 21-for-35 passing with 189 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.

Kansas players excited for fans to return to Memorial Stadium
After averaging some 34,000 fans per game last year — a significant increase from the 2018 average of just over 19,000 — the Jayhawks opted to keep fans out of the stadium for their 2020 season opener. That will change on Saturday, as the program will be allowing 10,000 fans — 1,000 students and around 9,000 season-ticket holders — in the stadium for the upcoming contest, a 2:30 p.m. showdown with Oklahoma State on ESPN.

Preview: Kansas football looks to slow down Chuba Hubbard, OSU
During the 10-game losing streak, Kansas has lost by an average margin of 27.6 points. The closest game between the two teams came in 2012, as the Jayhawks fell 20-14 in Stillwater. The Jayhawks also fell by seven to a ranked Oklahoma State squad in 2014.

Bits o Chalk

Sources -- Doc Rivers agrees to five-year deal to coach Philadelphia 76ers
After a rapid courtship and negotiation, Doc Rivers has reached agreement on a five-year deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

New England Patriots' Cam Newton says Patrick Mahomes is 'changing the game'
Cam Newton will oppose Patrick Mahomes for the first time in his career when he leads the New England Patriots against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS), but he says he has enjoyed watching Mahomes from afar

LeBron James says success with Anthony Davis attributable to no jealousy
"We're not jealous of each other. I think that's the best thing," James said before Thursday's practice, preparing for Game 2 of the Finals against the Miami Heat (Friday, 9 p.m. ET, ABC). "In professional sports, you have guys that join forces -- you can call them alpha males. That's what they call them. Two guys that have been dominant in a specific sport on their own respective teams, and they get together and they talk about how dominant they can be and they talk about this is going to be this and that. I believe jealousy creeps in a lot. And that is the absolute contrary of what we are.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has 13 K's to take out Milwaukee Brewers
Clayton Kershaw's 3-1 slider to Luis Urias sailed high, a rare mistake by the distinguished left-hander. It was the eighth inning, there was one out, the Dodgers led by three, and Kershaw's pitch count was up to 88. He looked toward the third-base dugout, made eye contact with manager Dave Roberts and implored him to stay where he was. Roberts sent pitching coach Mark Prior to the mound instead then watched Kershaw pick off Urias and strike out the next batter, David Freitas, on five pitches to end his outing appropriately.

Eraser Dust

Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro are other world leaders who have contracted coronavirus - CNN
US President Donald Trump is not the only leader on the world stage to have contracted coronavirus.

House Democrats Narrowly Pass $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Without Bipartisan Deal
The legislation, dubbed the HEROES Act 2.0, is a trimmed-down version of the roughly $3 trillion HEROES Act passed in May. At the time, Republicans blocked the legislation—which they called a "wish list"—due to its high price tag.

UPDATED: 81 Additional COVID-19 cases reported in Flathead County
FCCHD Interim Health Officer Tamalee St. James Robinson clarified with MTN News on Thursday morning that 81 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Wednesday.

Donald Trump considering an address to the nation after he and Melania test POSITIVE for COVID | Daily Mail Online
President Donald Trump has 'minor' COVID-19 symptoms and was lethargic on Wednesday night as he flew back from a rally in Minnesota, sources say, but is considering an address to the nation on Friday in an effort to prove to the American people is still fit to lead the country despite being diagnosed with the virus and having to quarantine with First Lady Melania.

Glass Fire: Napa Valley crews brace for weather-fueled surge
Dry, windy weather threatened to propel the Glass Fire on a destructive path through the heart of California’s famed Wine Country on Thursday, as new evacuation orders were issued and worried firefighters on the front lines did all they could to keep the huge blaze at bay.