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Skyline of West Virginia capital where task force trys to solve sniper deaths. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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See the moment 2022 SG Kyle Cuffe committed to KU basketball
KU basketball landed its first commitment in the class of 2022 — though he is a potential 2021 re-class — in four-star shooting guard Kyle Cuffe. That commitment came in over the weekend, as Cuffe told 247Sports and later announced that he would be committing to the Jayhawks.

Bill Self previews KU basketball's showdown vs. West Virginia
The Jayhawks enter Tuesday's game at No. 3 in the most-recent AP Poll. The Mountaineers are ranked at No. 7. The history between the two teams tells a story of tightly-contested games. Kansas is 14-5 overall against West Virginia, but the teams have played two overtime contests and two other contests decided by one point since the start of 2015.

Las Vegas predicts West Virginia at Kansas
Kansas basketball has proven itself in close contests throughout the Bill Self era, and the Jayhawks have been particularly good down the stretch this season. Kansas may have to continue that trend with West Virginia visiting Lawrence at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

ESPN's BPI ranks college hoops' best teams
About a month into the college basketball season, fans have gotten a pretty solid look at which teams could be separating as the sport's best. And while some of the top contests have been canceled or postponed (please, college basketball gods, give us Gonzaga-Baylor back), enough major matchups have played out on the court to provide some context.

KU basketball thriving in late-game pressure situations
“If I [were] Bill Self, I’d be so happy, because my team was held to 29 percent from the floor and 23 percent from 3 and we win,” Calipari reportedly said. “I love those games, just to [grind] it out. Let me tell you what they did in the second half. They punked us.”

Source: Kansas' James Sosinski enters transfer portal
While Sosinski is likely transferring for his football prowess, he is perhaps most well-known for what he did on the basketball court in the 2017-18 season. A midseason addition to the men's basketball team — which, at the time, had only two available players in the frontcourt — Sosinski logged action in seven games. He scored four points in his season debut and logged action in four postseason games — two in the Big 12 tournament and two in the NCAA Tournament.

Bits o Chalk

How basketball’s first dunker won gold on Hitler’s home court - VIDEO - SBNation.com
While Jesse Owens was putting himself in the history books, basketball was enjoying its first year as an official Olympic contest, and both were under the shadow of Nazi Germany, with the world on the brink of war. It’s here that we circle the timeline and take a look at where basketball got its jam.

Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs Pakistan 3rd T20I 2020 | ESPNcricinfo.com
Pakistan really rate Mohammad Rizwan. Their followers might continue to doubt him. But the team itself is firmly behind the wicketkeeper-batsman. And that belief is a powerful thing. It lifts people and makes them do extraordinary things.

Adam Silver acknowledges possibility of NBA expansion
The NBA hasn't added a team since it expanded to 30 by agreeing to add the Charlotte Hornets -- then Bobcats -- in 2002 (they began play in 2004). Should the league choose to expand, Seattle would likely be first in line. Seattle nearly got the Sacramento Kings in 2013 before Vivek Ranadive bought the team and kept it in Sacramento. Seattle hasn't had a team since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Minnesota Timberwolves' Malik Beasley pleads guilty to felony charge
Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Malik Beasley has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of threats of violence related to a September incident in which he was arrested, his attorney, Steven Haney, confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

Sluggish start dooms Pittsburgh Steelers on MNF as late-season losing skid reaches three games
"I'm not disappointed -- I'm just pissed off," Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward said. "We just lost the damn game. I think that's the way our team feels. We're not feeling sorry for ourselves, but we've got to get the job done. We're two weeks out.

NZ vs Pak 2020-21 - Waqar Younis given leave after Boxing Day Test against New Zealand to be with family
Waqar Younis, the Pakistan bowling coach, has been granted leave after the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui to spend time with his family - he hasn't met them for over six months. They will meet in Lahore after the end of the first of two Tests before Younis rejoins the team by January 17 to prepare for the home series against South Africa.

Eight NBA tiers - Rating all 30 teams, from top to bottom
It's time for another preseason tradition: breaking 30 NBA teams into tiers. Grouping teams -- as opposed to 1-30 power rankings -- nudges you to consider the league holistically. It forces difficult choices, even if you know the boundaries between tiers are fluid (and that you will be wrong): Why is Team X in the inner circle of contenders, but almost-equal-on-paper Team Y one tier lower?

Eraser Dust

John Mulaney in rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse
A source exclusively confirmed to Page Six that the 38-year-old golden boy of comedy checked into a Pennsylvania rehab facility this past weekend.

State Land Board Approves Acquisition of New Flathead Lake Access Sites - Flathead Beacon
The proposed sites would improve access to Flathead Lake, which is girded by private development and currently has only 13 public access sites along its 180 miles of shoreline, 89% of which (excluding islands) is flanked by long stretches of private land, leading to increased congestion at the existing sites.

Trump, House lawmakers plot futile effort to block Biden win
The count, required by the Constitution, is generally a formality. But members can use the event to object to a state’s votes.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said he organized Monday’s session with about a dozen House Republicans who are willing to challenge the results.

In Coronavirus Relief Bill, Congress Also Curbs Surprise Medical Bills : Shots - Health News : NPR
Specifically, the legislation addresses those charges that result from a long-running practice in which out-of-network medical providers — from doctors to air ambulance companies — send insured Americans "surprise bills," sometimes for tens of thousands of dollars.

Oregon police make at least 4 arrests amid COVID protests at Capitol
Protesters broke glass doors at the largely-empty Capitol building, tore tarps from the marble reliefs on the front steps and engaged in a brief standoff with Oregon State Police and Salem Police Department officers.