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The Rock Chalkboard

Dick Vitale reveals his preseason All-America teams
College basketball is less than three weeks away, as the first games of the season will tip off on Nov. 25. Many teams across the country still don’t have nonconference schedules finalized yet due to complications from the coronavirus pandemic — totally unheard of this late in the offseason — although a conference slates continue to trickle out.

2022 Braylin Presley one of the nation's most dynamic playmakers
In a Sooner State showdown, Presley found the end zone five times to lead his team to a 70-21 victory over Booker T. Washington in a game televised on the ESPN platform. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Presley rushed for over 200 yards and had 155 yards receiving including one that went for a 92 yard score.

KU basketball freshman Bryce Thompson already showing maturity
In a mere conversation with KU basketball freshman Bryce Thompson, it's easy to see how he's earned the descriptor of being poised beyond his years. Those who have evaluated him, played with him and coached him laud his maturity and workmanlike approach. Those exact same traits have emerged on the court.

Kansas football 4th-down report: Iowa State (2020)
At the very least, no one has ever accused Les Miles of being too conservative, a fact he reminded me of at a press conference last year when I asked him about the topic.

Bill Self seeking clearer picture on KU basketball rotation
The math for his current Kansas team is a little different — mostly because the Jayhawks will likely play with four guards on the court at the same time, with two big men primarily competing for minutes at the center spot. On Thursday, Self noted Kansas will likely play six guards with a seventh "as a spot person." The Jayhawks will add two bigs, but would "probably max out" at eight players logging double-digit minutes.

Report: Kentucky-Kansas Champions Classic matchup finalized
"Sources: The game between Kentucky and Kansas as part of the Champions Classic is expected to be held in Indianapolis on December 1st," Rothstein tweeted. "The location of the game between Duke and Michigan State is currently TBD."

Bits o Chalk

Detroit Pistons intrigued by LaMelo Ball, moving up in draft
Currently holding the No. 7 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA draft, Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver says that "moving up is definitely an option."

Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams -- 'Fair to say' I'm best receiver in NFL
Davante Adams believes he shouldn't just be in the best-wide-receiver-in-the-NFL conversation. He believes he should start and end the conversation.

NBPA reps approve Dec. 22 start date for 72-game regular season
The National Basketball Players Association board of representatives voted Thursday night to approve a plan for a Dec. 22 start to the season that includes a reduced 72-game schedule, clearing the way for the league and union to finalize details on the 2020-21 season, the NBPA announced.

Sources - NFL fines Raiders, Jon Gruden, takes draft pick for repeated COVID-19 violations
The Las Vegas Raiders have been fined $500,000 and stripped of a sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft and coach Jon Gruden has been fined an additional $150,000 by the NFL for what one source described to ESPN as "brazen and repeated violations of [COVID-19] protocols.

Eraser Dust

Fact check: Donald Trump delivers most dishonest speech of his presidency as Joe Biden closes in on victory - CNNPolitics
On the verge of what appeared to be a likely defeat by former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump emerged in the press briefing room and took a blowtorch to the presidential tradition of defending the legitimacy of the democratic process.

Eta on its way to Cuba, leaves more than 50 dead in Central America - CNN
Dozens of people are dead and hundreds have been evacuated after Tropical Depression Eta slammed into Central America, flooding homes and bringing devastating landslides.

Putin: Russian lawmakers consider bill that would give ex-presidents lifelong immunity from prosecution - CNN
Russian lawmakers submitted a draft bill that could grant former presidents lifelong immunity from criminal prosecution beyond their terms of office, state-run news agency TASS reported Thursday.

Flathead Co. health workers say COVID-19 surge outpaces capacity | KECI
Flathead City-County Health Department workers are unable to keep up with the mounting workload of contacting close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases. Officials now say they will focus efforts on those close contacts in high-risk groups.

Good Company at Bad Rock Books - Flathead Beacon
Hospital asked Rocks and Ritter if they would take her, offering free health care for the rest of her life. Despite her short life expectancy, she still wanders the bookstore eight years later. About a year ago came the arrival of Sweet Pete, an orange longhaired cat providing excellent customer service.

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