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247Sports expert breaks down Kansas' 2021 early-signing class
Kansas basketball is set to bring in a smaller early-signing class for the 2021 recruiting cycle. While the Jayhawks typically might bring in a few names to fill expected departures — last year, the early-signing class had four names — the current KU roster has a bit of uncertainty, and thus KU coach Bill Self recently said the Jayhawks may not be able to add to their class until the late period — outside of landing an elite prospect.

Early Signing Period: Top talent headed to each conference
The Early Signing Period for the class of 2021 has begun. Because of that, a refresher is in order. To kick coverage of the early signing period off, we take a look at the top five players, regardless of position, headed to each major conference according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite ranking. Also included is a sleeper for each who ranks outside of the top 150 of the 247Sports Composite.

Tyler Self named GM of San Antonio Spurs G League affiliate
On Tuesday, the Austin Spurs, the G League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, announced the promotion of Tyler Self, son of KU coach Bill Self, to general manager. Tyler Self was the assistant general manager for Austin last season after spending two years as an assistant in the basketball operations department for San Antonio.

10 dormant college basketball rivalries that need to be revived
Here’s another game that seems unlikely to ever be played consistently again, as these in-state foes faced each other 10 times between 1981 and 1993 but have played just twice outside that span. Kansas didn’t have a choice in the most recent meeting in 2015, as that was an NCAA Tournament game — the Shockers’ victory probably didn’t help their cause in terms of getting this game played regularly.

How are blue blood programs doing on the recruiting trail?
While some programs have risen in recent years both in-terms of on court production and recruiting profile, the blue bloods of college basketball remain very much present. The group of Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA and Kansas tend to dominate recruiting in their area and even nationally, though some at a different level than others.

Bits o Chalk

Wichita State to part ways with Gregg Marshall after allegations of physical, verbal abuse against ex-players -
Wichita State and Gregg Marshall are expected to part ways in the coming days, a source told CBS Sports, confirming a report from Stadium's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday night.

Tony La Russa, appearing incoherent during arrest, said 'I'm a Hall of Famer' to officer
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa flashed a ring at a police officer arresting him for driving under the influence and said "I'm a Hall of Famer baseball person" while being placed into the back of a cruiser, according to an incident report obtained by ESPN.

Sources -- James Harden, Russell Westbrook concerned about direction of Houston Rockets
As the Houston Rockets navigate an offseason of major change, a new challenge is emerging for the franchise -- the uncertainty of former MVP guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their futures with the team, sources tell ESPN.

Sources -- Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder discuss Chris Paul trade
The Thunder have given star players such as Paul George and Russell Westbrook input on trade destinations in the past and have shown a willingness to work with Paul on a trade now, sources said.

Eraser Dust

Donald Trump's administration acting 'more akin to a dictatorship' sparks growing alarm as he denies election defeat - CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump's administration is taking on the characteristics of a tottering regime -- with its loyalty tests, destabilizing attacks on the military chain of command, a deepening bunker mentality and increasingly delusional claims of political victory.

Trump loyalists promoted to powerful Pentagon roles after Esper firing
The Pentagon on Tuesday elevated three Trump loyalists to powerful positions a day after the sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and following the resignations of multiple senior officials in the Defense Department.

Four Seasons Total Landscaping In Philadelphia Cashes In On Newfound Fame : NPR
Four Seasons Total Landscaping wants to "Make America Rake Again."

Just a day after the Philadelphia family business became the unlikely backdrop for a belligerent Trump campaign press conference, its owners cashed in on the viral fame — and even crossed party lines.

'The Vaccine Is On Its Way, Folks,' Fauci Says As Brooklyn Names Him A COVID-19 Hero : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
"The vaccine is on its way, folks, so hang in there, hang tough. We're going to get over this together," Fauci said via video link, speaking to a crowd gathered outside Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Coronavirus live updates: CDC offers stronger endorsement of mask-wearing as U.S. sets another record for new infections - The Washington Post
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a stronger stance in favor of masks on Tuesday, emphasizing that they protect the people wearing them, rather than just those around them. The agency’s new guidance also notes that numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of “universal masking policies.

Supreme Misjudgment on ObamaCare - WSJ
Well, that didn’t go well. At least not for the state of Texas and the Trump Administration as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in their challenge to ObamaCare. A majority of Justices signaled that they didn’t buy the argument that the entire law should be cashiered because Congress zeroed out the tax for not having health insurance.