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Notebook: Bill Self Forecasts NBA Draft

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Bill Self excited about NBA outlook for Devon Dotson
“Being very realistic, if [Dotson and Azubuike] could both be backups that would be an unbelievable role for both of them going into a rookie campaign,” Self said. “I don’t think anybody is going to be drafting either one of them and thinking, ‘Well. he’s an immediate starter.’ So they’re going to have to learn to play with others and make others better.”

KU coach Bill Self comments on signing four-star KJ Adams (2021)
“KJ is a jack of all trades,” said Self in the release announcing Adams' signing. “I think KJ is a big guard that can play inside. He’s definitely strong enough. He’s a physically gifted youngster that can defend the five too."

Top 35 prospect Gradey Dick updates his loaded recruitment
Things have continued to remain steady for the class of 2022 wing Gradey Dick of Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.). As of now the schools who have offered have been making pushes for the talented four-star and he currently hears from Kansas, Purdue, and Kansas State everyday and keeps in contact with others. Dick has also taken unofficials to Kansas, Wichita St., Baylor, Nebraska, Kansas St.,Oklahoma, and Iowa St.

Tyon Grant-Foster showcasing 'special' ability in KU practices
You know that children's story? Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? From the sound of things, Tyon Grant-Foster's Wednesday was about as close to the opposite of that as you can get.

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Ivy League cancels winter sports season, delays spring play
"The Council will continue to closely monitor and evaluate the public health climate and consider changes to policies when warranted in order to return to more normal campus operations, including potential spring intercollegiate athletics competition," the Ivy League said in a release.

Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu wins AL MVP award
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the American League MVP award Thursday after helping power the team to its first playoff berth in 12 years.

Braves' Freddie Freeman beats out Mookie Betts, Manny Machado for NL MVP award
Freeman easily won the National League MVP award Thursday, topping off a trying year that saw him become so ill with COVID-19 that he prayed, "Please don't take me.''

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says College Football Playoff delay being discussed
"I am on the CFP operations committee, and we spent some time talking about that," Bowlsby said. "We have not come to any closure on it, but there is some latitude to postpone it if that need should arise.

Golden State Warriors submit plan for home-game coronavirus testing to allow 50% fan capacity
The Golden State Warriors have presented an ambitious plan to state and local officials to reopen Chase Center in San Francisco at 50% capacity for the upcoming NBA season, which owner Joe Lacob believes can be the model for all sports franchises and entertainment venues to safely bring back fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Justice Alito calls Covid restrictions 'previously unimaginable', cites danger to religious freedom
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday sounded an alarm about restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying they shouldn't become a "recurring feature after the pandemic has passed."

China congratulates Biden, but few U.S. policy changes seen
China on Friday became one of the last major countries to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to make few changes to U.S. policy in conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and security.

Kylie, Cher, Nile Rodgers and more share Oasis cover for Children In Need
Joining the singer on the new version are the likes of Cher, Nile Rodgers and Bryan Adams. Gregory Porter, Lenny Kravitz and Paloma Faith also take part in the star-studded cover. Listen to it below.

Man drives through Columbia Falls grocery store
After coming in through the front doors, the man then drove down an aisle to the back of the store, before turning around and driving down another aisle.

Montana Grown at White Raven Winery - Flathead Beacon
The Montana grapes, which are in the vitis riparia category, are bred in Wisconsin and Minnesota to handle cold temperatures. Even though the grapes are meant to survive in Montana, Murphy says Columbia Falls is still a challenging climate for growing grapes because of the unpredictable late spring and early fall frosts. That’s why he also sources about 60% of his grapes from the West Coast.