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CBS Sports releases Final Four predictions
The NCAA recently allowed teams to hit the hardwood in preparation for the season. As teams gear up for another round of hoops, CBS Sports released their latest Final Four predictions before the season begins. CBS Sports college basketball insiders comprised their top picks. Nine teams were picked, in some combination, as frontrunners to make a Final Four appearance.

2022 four-star SG Kyle Cuffe cuts list to six
Kyle Cuffe, the No. 84 overall prospect in the 2022 247Sports Top150, has cut his list to six - Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, St. John's and Texas A&M - he tells 247Sports.

KU Campus Underground: Hoops, football & recruiting news (11/13)
This week's edition is loaded with KU basketball and football tidbits. We dive into the recruitments of a pair of 2021 prospects — one in football, one in basketball — and start our Big 12 hoops preview. There's also the latest from Bill Self on KU basketball, an update from the 2022 KU football recruiting trail and much, much more.

Bits o Chalk

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger activated from reserve/COVID-19 list
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

New York Giants WR Golden Tate apologizes for 'unacceptable' behavior
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate apologized to the team last week and took full responsibility for self-described "unacceptable" behavior that got him benched for last week's game against Washington.

Report -- Miami Heat hiring Caron Butler as assistant coach
Caron Butler is coming back to the Miami Heat, agreeing to begin his coaching career as an assistant on Erik Spoelstra's staff, a source told The Associated Press on Friday.

Iowa Hawkeyes use 3 timeouts in final seconds of rout of Minnesota Golden Gophers
"They called a timeout, I guess, to get a look at what we were doing and reconsider," Ferentz said. "So we just wanted to make sure we got a good look at what they were doing. No sense in taking them on the bus with us. [The media] have reminded me of that a couple times over the last 22 years.

Eraser Dust

COVID in the Dakotas: A look at how coronavirus is 'as bad as it gets'
South Dakota welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to a massive motorcycle rally this summer, declined to cancel the state fair and still doesn't require masks. Now its hospitals are filling up and the state's current COVID-19 death rate is among the worst in the world.

Trump had a very bad Friday in court with his election cases. They're headed for more action next week - CNNPolitics
The Trump campaign lost six cases in Montgomery County and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania over whether almost 9,000 absentee ballots could be thrown out.

The Trump campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona seeking a review by hand of all ballots because Biden's win wouldn't change.

A Republican candidate and voters in Pennsylvania lost a case over absentee ballots that arrived after Election Day, because they didn't have the ability to sue. A case addressing similar issue is still waiting on decisions from the Supreme Court -- which has remained noticeably silent on election disputes since before Election Day.

Pollwatchers in Michigan lost their case to stop the certification of votes in Detroit, and a judge rejected their allegations of fraud.

Larry David's way of comforting his heartbroken daughter very "Larry David"
On the plane to her sister’s college graduation, David was held by her dad as she “shook uncontrollably in his arms for the entire flight.” She curled up in the hotel’s bathroom, crying and sucking on her weed pens. She woke up “screaming in agony,” her dad pulling her from the bed to stop her spiraling.

“CAZZIE, COME ON!” Larry David told her. “YOUR ANCESTORS SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST!”

Which States Are the Most Obese? | Best States | US News
The report used data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Gallup and the CDC, among others, to compare states and the District of Columbia across three dimensions: obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness, evaluated along 31 metrics.

What Every State in America Is Best—and Worst—At | Reader's Digest
Montana

Best: Raising cats — Cat lovers should probably move to Montana right “meow.” In the Treasure State, cats live longer than they do anywhere else in the country, with an average lifespan of 14.3 which is over two years higher than the national average.

The Most-Iconic Food in Every State | Best Food in America by State : Food Network | Food Network
Don't just settle for the same dish wherever you go: Each state is packed with iconic local flavors that share its history and define its geography. Whether you're craving Alabama barbecue, Alaskan seafood or a deep-fried favorite in Arizona, here are the dishes you have to try in every state, and the best places to find them.

Overall Best States Rankings | US News Best States
Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety, the fiscal stability of state government, and the opportunity it affords its residents.

A look at each state's best county to live in | Home & Garden | starherald.com
Stacker takes a look at 2020 data from Niche to find the best counties to live in each state based on factors like public schools, jobs, and cost of living.

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