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The Gameday Mauling

It’s already wiped out the dodo, the cuckoo and the ne-ne, and it has nasty plans for the booby, the titmouse, the woodcock and the titpecker

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The Rock Chalkboard

Scouting report on JD Davison
His official school list is Alabama, Auburn, Kansas, LSU, Memphis and Michigan. Most pundits believe the frontrunners for Davison are Alabama and Auburn. LSU had been thought to be strong with Davison, but perhaps currently not as strong as the in-state schools.

Report: Big 12's December conference games revealed
Much like college football, college basketball is going to have a bit of a unique look to it thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season usually starts in late October or early November, but this year it will be delayed to November 25 because of the pandemic. The NCAA announced the change on September 23.

Recruiting: Randle Jr. ranked as one of 2023's best backs
The sophomore, who checks in at No. 50 in the 247Sports Top 100 for the 2023 class, scored on the very first play for the Falcon offense. Coincidentally, he also found the end zone on their first play of the second half, effectively shutting down his night with three touchdowns. It was a part of a 72-0 drubbing of its City League foe.

Kansas football vs. Oklahoma State (2020): Preview & prediction
Each week before the Jayhawks kick off, will go through the matchup and list three things to look for in the upcoming game. Some of the factors may be the same from week to week, but consider this a guide of sorts to your game-day experience.

Bits o Chalk

The SEC's two major matchups give us the weekend we've been waiting for in college football
We're slowly getting to a point where all Power 5 football is going to be played, and we'll be back to something resembling a normal college football schedule in a world that has been anything but.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, Anthony Davis reach Shaq-Kobe heights in win
But nearly two decades after Shaq and Kobe dominated the early 2000s with their three consecutive titles, the Los Angeles Lakers might have the closest thing to that legendary tandem. James and Anthony Davis dominated the Miami Heat for a second consecutive game, becoming the first pair of Lakers teammates since O'Neal and Bryant to each score more than 30 points in a Finals game.

Titans up to 8 players positive for COVID-19 this week, source says
On Friday, the Titans announced that wide receiver Adam Humphries and practice squad receiver Cameron Batson had been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Also going on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week were starting nose tackle DaQuan Jones, linebacker Kamalei Correa, cornerback Kristian Fulton, long-snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson.

Seattle Storm's Sue Bird sets WNBA Finals single-game assists mark against Las Vegas Aces
Seattle's Sue Bird gave all the credit to her team's offensive prowess. But it was still a milestone game for her Friday with a WNBA Finals- and overall playoff-record 16 assists as the Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 93-80 in the opening game of the best-of-five series in the bubble in Bradenton, Florida.

Erik Spoelstra, Jimmy Butler say Miami Heat can bounce back vs. Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals
Despite staring at a 2-0 hole after being dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers for most of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are holding on to a belief that they can find a way to win. Sure, they played Friday's game without one of the team's leading postseason scorers in Goran Dragic, who tore the plantar fascia in his left foot. And yes, they also were without Bam Adebayo, who had a strained neck and shoulder.

Eraser Dust

3,000 Miles, One Trail and No One in Sight - Flathead Beacon
Four months, two weeks, five days and more than 2,500 miles after setting out, Williams woke up in Polebridge with her hiking companion, Peter “Moonshine” Weinberger. They packed up camp, ate a huckleberry bear claw from the Mercantile, and enjoyed their final 21-mile hike to the Montana-Canada border.

Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger - The New York Times
For years, German officials trusted that a far-right party could never again be elected into Parliament and dismissed the idea of far-right terrorist networks. But some now worry that the far-right structures established in the years after reunification laid the groundwork for a resurgence that has burst into view over the past 15 months.

Noel Gallagher's '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' chat: what we learned
“Often I’ve wondered,” he said, “what’s a fucking 14-year-old getting out of this after all these years, you know when I’d see them at the gigs? What are they fucking hearing? I fucking I understood it today. You know, the words, the melodies. Liam’s voice is fucking on another level on that record. Because there’s nothing, there’s nothing around today that even remotely comes near to it.”

Following Falsehoods: A Reporter’s Approach on QAnon - The New York Times
With QAnon, it became clear to me earlier this year that we’d reached the normie tipping point. I was lurking in QAnon Facebook groups and watched them swell to hundreds of thousands of members. I was hearing from readers whose parents, friends and siblings had disappeared into an online QAnon bubble. The movement’s followers were committing real acts of violence and vandalism, and spreading dangerous misinformation about Covid-19.

Cal Cunningham admits to sending sexual texts to strategist |
Cunningham apologized late Friday for the text message exchanges in which he tells the woman he wants to kiss her and she says she wants to spend the night with him.

How Gender Shapes Presidential Debates — Including Between Two Men : NPR
"Chris Wallace now feels the pain of women in meetings," FiveThirtyEight reporter Clare Malone tweeted. Comedian Sarah Cooper, meanwhile, imagined the overwhelming politeness that would result from two women debating each other.

President Trump's diagnosis throws election into chaos, threatens governing crisis - CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump's diagnosis with Covid-19 presents a stunning new twist in a tumultuous year, throwing an election that is only 32 days away into chaos and raising the grave possibility of more American crises over governance and national security at an already perilous moment.

Trump tests positive: With the President hospitalized, more Covid cases emerge in White House and campaign - CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center early Friday evening less than 24 hours after news broke of his Covid-19 diagnosis, plunging the country into a deepening crisis as the circle of current and former aides to the President testing positive rapidly widened.

Oasis' '(What's The Story) Morning Glory': 25 years on
The songs still get stadium audiences to their feet, have featured in no shortage of karaoke nights, and influenced generations of musicians – and a quarter of a century later, we're still turning Oasis' album (What's the Story) Morning Glory up, not off