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Um, I’ll have four tax burgers, one I.R.S.-wich, withhold the lettuce. Three dependant-sized sodas and a fica-ccino

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The Rock Chalkboard

Las Vegas predicts Kansas at Texas Tech
No. 14 Texas Tech (6-1) is favored to do just that, with William Hill Sports Book picking the Red Raiders as 1.5-point favorites when Kansas (6-1) comes to Lubbock at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. Statistics website KenPom, which actually has Texas Tech one spot ahead of Kansas in its rankings (No. 8 to No. 9), gives the Red Raiders a 59% chance to win.

Long-term approach key for Les Miles with 2021 recruiting class
At his Early Signing Day press conference, Kansas coach Les Miles noted 20 true-freshman scholarship players appeared in at least one game last season — a number that climbed to 27 when including walk-ons. Eleven true-freshmen, Miles added, started at least one game in 2020.

4-star Devin Neal becomes top-ranked Kansas signee of Top247-era
Devin Neal, a four-star Top247 running back, officially signed with the Jayhawks on Wednesday's National Signing Day, as was announced on the Jayhawks' signing day show. Neal is the No. 213-ranked player, No. 14-ranked running back and No. 1-ranked Kansas player in the Top247. He committed to Kansas out of Lawrence High back in March. His Top247 grade is a 91.

#Run21: Kansas football channels hip-hop theme with 2021 class
Kansas football got creative in introducing its 2021 signees on Wednesday. Headlined with the slogan “RUN 21,” KU coaches and signees dressed in hip-hop attire for posts on social media.

Bits o Chalk

Supermax signed, Giannis Antetokounmpo sets sights on winning a championship with Milwaukee Bucks
"I just want to have kids, being able to raise my kids, and win a championship," he continued while speaking to reporters. "After that, my life's complete. I can retire in five years. Nah, I'm joking."

Congressional proposal would overhaul college sports, require revenue sharing, cover athletes' medical costs
The College Athlete Bill of Rights, proposed Thursday by co-authors Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., would create sweeping changes for college sports, including provisions that would force some schools to share revenue with some of their athletes, guarantee lifetime scholarships to athletes in good academic standing, establish health and safety rules enforced by hefty fines for violators, and set up a fund to cover some out-of-pocket medical expenses for current and former athletes.

AAC commissioner says 'deck is stacked' against Group of 5 college football teams
"I never thought I'd say it, but if this continues, bring back the BCS and the computers because it would be a fairer system than what I'm seeing now," Aresco said. "This is the seventh year [of the CFP], and it does appear the deck is stacked against us and against other [Group of 5 teams]."

Texans players gather at Deshaun Watson's new restaurant's opening in potential protocol violation
Despite the NFL's COVID-19 protocols prohibiting more than three players from gathering, at least six Texans players, including quarterback Deshaun Watson, attended a grand opening for Watson's new restaurant franchise Tuesday.

Manchester United forward Cavani charged by FA for Instagram post
The 33-year-old reposted a message to a friend after scoring twice in the 3-2 win at Southampton on Nov. 29 in which he wrote in Spanish, "gracias, negrito," -- a term that can be interpreted as racist in the U.K.

Supreme Court agrees to hear NCAA athlete compensation case
The high court on Wednesday agreed to review a court decision in an antitrust lawsuit the NCAA has said blurred "the line between student-athletes and professionals" by removing caps on compensation that major college football and basketball players can receive.

Eraser Dust

Preview: KU basketball opens Big 12 play against Texas Tech
“We’ve said this multiple times that this may be the best I’ve seen the league; well, I actually mean it this time,” Bill Self said earlier in the week. “This may be the best that I’ve seen our league.”

McDonald's employee reveals how the McRib is REALLY made | Daily Mail Online
The employee, known only as @thatonedepressedginger, shared behind-the-scenes videos on TikTok that show what the McRib looks like when it arrives at restaurants.

Self-immolation persists as grim form of protest in Tunisia
He’s among hundreds of Tunisians who have turned to the desperate act of self-immolation in the past 10 years, following the example of Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old fruit seller in the town of Sidi Bouzid who set himself ablaze on Dec. 17, 2010, to protest police harassment.

5 songs guitarists need to hear by… Blur | MusicRadar
Coxon has described his own approach to guitar playing as ‘outsider art’, and insists he’s ‘a soundmaker, not a guitar player’: producer Steven Street has said ‘he plays with his feet as much as his hands’, and of his Blur approach, Coxon told The Independent: “I have to try and get as much information out of the melody or the odd lyric that [Damon] had, then figure out the emotional drive of the song and do the guitar work that would suit it.”

2nd round of stimulus checks: Lawmakers close to deal on $900B COVID-19 economic aid bill - ABC11 Raleigh-Durham
Congressional negotiators are closing in on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that would deliver additional help to businesses, $300 per week jobless checks, and $600 stimulus payments to most Americans. But there was no deal quite yet.

Dr. Fauci says U.S. could return to normal by mid-fall if most people get Covid vaccine
The U.S. could return to some semblance of normality, like safely eating indoors at restaurants and going to the movies, by the mid-fall if enough people are vaccinated against the disease, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.

Covid: WHO to investigate virus origins in China's Wuhan - BBC News
Beijing has been reluctant to agree to an independent inquiry and it has taken many months of negotiations for the WHO to be allowed access to the city.

HBO Max finally coming to Roku as "Wonder Woman 1984," "Dune," and more prepare to stream | Salon.com
Roku joins Amazon Fire TV, Comcast, Apple TV, and Playstation 5 as services that offer HBO Max. Many Roku users were holding out hope for HBO Max arriving on the platform after WarnerMedia announced it would be moving its entire 2021 film slate to the hybrid theatrical-HBO Max release model. Similar to "Wonder Woman 1984," tentpoles such as "Dune," "Godzilla vs. Kong," and "The Matrix 4" will stream on HBO Max for 31 days beginning on the same day they are set to open in theaters.