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Notebook: How Mitch Lightfoot Spent His Redshirt Season

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CBS Sports predicts 2020-21 Big 12 basketball
Like with the coaches' poll, Baylor guard Jared Butler was the pick for the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year. He's one of just two players returning to college basketball who received at least one All-America vote from the sources that vote on consensus honors. Unsurprisingly, Baylor coach Scott Drew joined Butler on the honor squad; if the Bears capture the Big 12 title, Drew is likely to collect plenty of national honors along with conference coach of the year honors. Cade Cunningham was the pick as the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, an honor he should cruise to if he meets his lofty expectations.

'That's my brother': DaJon Terry, Marcus Harris share close bond
“I think they are doing a great job,” Les Miles said. “Marcus Harris makes some big, athletic plays. [And] if you’re planning on playing a center, you’re going to want to watch [Terry’s] film because he’s a pretty talented guy.”

How KU basketball's Mitch Lightfoot used redshirt season
"For me, I think it was just learning from our coaches, learning from guys on the team, ex players, stuff like that," Lightfoot said. "Being able to develop, maybe score the basketball a little bit better than I had in the past, shoot the basketball a little bit better than I had in the past. Growing as a person as well is something I took away from that."

Bits o Chalk

Diego Maradona's brain surgery successful, in recovery
"I was able to evacuate the hematoma successfully and Diego tolerated the surgery very well," Leopoldo Luque, Maradona's neurosurgeon and personal physician, told reporters outside the Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires province where dozens of fans were gathered.

Jimmy Garoppolo in process of gathering multiple opinions before deciding on ankle surgery
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's latest high right ankle sprain wasn't so much an aggravation of his previous injury as a whole new one, which is why he's expected to miss about six weeks and could be out for the rest of the season.

Dodgers' Mookie Betts headlines Gold Glove winners with fifth straight
After Mookie Betts made spectacular play after spectacular play in the postseason -- including two home run robberies and a key catch of a sinking liner in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series -- it should come as no surprise that Betts is the NL Gold Glove winner for right field.

NFL trade deadline winners and losers - Avery Williamson lands on a contender; no receiver help for Aaron Rodgers
That said, there was a decent amount of activity over the past week, and that counts as trade-deadline movement. So as we like to do when we reach these types of mileposts on the NFL calendar, we're breaking down some winners and losers.

eraser dust

California passes Prop 22 in a major victory for Uber and Lyft | US news | The Guardian
Uber and Lyft have won a major victory in their battle to continue classifying drivers as contractors, not employees, following the passage of a ballot measure that exempts them from a California labor law.

Eddie Vedder talks grunge, Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell | Louder
Vedder shrugged off the radio host’s suggestion – “I probably could have agreed with some of the things he said,” he laughed - but did point out that the phenomenal success which both bands enjoyed following the release of Ten and Nevermind was “a little hard to handle”, noting, “we had a little bit of a difficult relationship with that reality… and that made us a little vulnerable.”

Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine, and New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana - The New York Times
Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. And in New Jersey and Arizona voters decisively passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. Cannabis is now legal across a large bloc of states in the West — from Washington down to the Mexican border — and well beyond.

All members of "The Squad" win reelection
All four congresswomen — Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — have won reelection.