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Four-star Shaedon Sharpe discusses recent Blue Blood offers
It has been a huge week for Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 42 overall prospect in the 2022 Top150, receiving two blue blood offers from Kansas and Kentucky. The 6-foot-4 and 175-pound shooting guard caught up with 247Sports at the Grind Session on Friday night to discuss his season and his recruitment.

Report: Frank Mason signs Exhibit 10 contract with 76ers
The former KU basketball star has been signed to an Exhibit 10 contract by the Philadelphia 76ers, The Athletic first reported. An Exhibit 10 contract is a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum deal that typically indicates a player is going to be spending most — or all — of their time at the G League level.

2022 four-star SG Kyle Cuffe commits to Kansas
The 6-foot-2 and 180-pound shooting guard out of Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy and the PSA Cardinals chose Bill Self's program over finalists including Georgia, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, St. John’s and Texas A&M.

Coaches made KU basketball 'feel like home' to 2022 Kyle Cuffe
"The coaching staff made it feel like home to me, and my family backed me up every step of the way," Cuffe said. "I knew what I wanted in a school. With COVID going on and everything, I felt like I didn't need to see the school. I didn't take any visits to any schools due to COVID. I felt like I know myself and I know what I want in a school and I want to do, so I was like, 'This is the right school for me.'"

Basketball Snap Judgments and Big 12 Power Rankings
What they've done: They've played some tough teams, eked out some close wins. The Jayhawks have played four games against teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time of the game. That's twice as many as anyone else in the league. They went 3-1 in those games, but had a net score of negative seven in the four contests after winning by one, one, and three, but getting whooped by Gonzaga by twelve. The rest of their schedule? It's not even worth discussing, which is something we will.... well, discuss, again a little later in this article.

2021 punter Grayden Addison talks Kansas football commitment
"There were a lot of things about Kansas that really made my decision easy, but some of the top things were [that] it’s a great opportunity for me to compete and play for some amazing coaches," Addison said. "The coaches also really made me feel like I would be a great fit for the program and throughout this process I’m really liking the relationship being formed with them."

Bill Self praises Dajuan Harris' game, clutch shot at Texas Tech
"I thought Dajuan, just being a ball mover, didn't do anything spectacular, and all he does — other than [Ochai Agbaji]'s shot at the end — he maybe makes as big a shot as there was in the game," Self said. "I thought he played great. Of course, I love his game. I know that he's got to become more aggressive and do some things better. But he's definitely getting better."

The Drive: Ochai Agbaji emerges & KU football signing day recap
The 15th season of The Drive continues following the early-signing period for Kansas football and KU basketball's win at Texas Tech.

2022 OT Nathan Lund seeking 1st offer, tracking Big 12 interest
"Well, I am 6-8, 300 pounds that God gave me," Lund told Phog.net. "I started playing football when I was a freshman. And people were like, 'Oh, you're not that good.' I had friends tell me at my own school that I just wasn't good enough to do anything. ... I just kept on working at it, kept on trying my hardest and right now I'm doing pretty good."

10of12 Top 10: Oklahoma is crowned champion
Around the league, some teams are preparing for bowl games while others have shut down the season or are unsure if they will be bowling. When it's all said and done though, the Big 12 will not compete for the CFP.

Strong and weak: Kansas Jayhawks - Big 12 Blog- ESPN
In terms of depth, talent and experience, wide receiver probably ranks as the Jayhawks’ best spot. But relative to the strengths of other Big 12 teams, it’s the D-line.

Eraser Dust

COVID-19 relief deal: $600 stimulus checks and $300 jobless aid
Lawmakers struck a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus deal Sunday that includes another round of stimulus checks and badly needed jobless benefits for struggling Americans, ending a long standoff in Washington with one of the biggest rescue bills in U.S. history.

Alarmed by reports of new coronavirus strain, nations close doors to Britain. - The New York Times
Britain, struggling to contain an outbreak of what officials said was a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, found itself increasingly isolated on Monday as nations raced to ban travelers from the country, suspending flights and cutting off trade routes.

Biden To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Monday : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
President-elect Joe Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden will both publicly receive their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware on Monday, as the death toll from the disease nears 320,000 in the United States.

Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island - ABC News
In a statement Sunday night, the HVO/USGS said that shortly after 9:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, "the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) detected glow within Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. An eruption has commenced within Kīlauea’s summit caldera."

Kalispell Parkline Construction Planned for this Summer - Flathead Beacon
The Kalispell Parkline has 90% of its design work completed and the Montana Department of Transportation approved U.S. Highway 93 road crossings and is currently working with the city for a free lease agreement on the east trailhead, Kalispell Development Services Director Jarod Nygren said.

Elliot Page thanks fans for support in first statement since coming out as transgender | EW.com
In his first Instagram post since coming out as transgender, Elliot Page thanked fans for their support.

Coronavirus relief bill includes direct payments, tax breaks, airlines aid | Accounting Today
The legislation includes a priority for President Donald Trump: an expansion of the business meals deduction — a tax preference he narrowed just three years ago in his 2017 tax overhaul. Economists have said the change would do little to help struggling restaurants.

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