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ESPN analysts praise Kansas' dominant second half
“To me it was shocking that West Virginia never actually made a stand defensively to take anything away,” Greenberg said after the game. “They wanted to keep the ball in front. They wanted to take [Kansas] out of transition, but by doing that, they never made Kansas feel their defense, which is shocking to me.”

Parrish: Kansas 'a real threat' to win Big 12 title
After winning 15 Big 12 titles in 16 years, Kansas would seem to be a Big 12 contender every year. But with Baylor returning four starters from a team that went 15-3 in league play and was headed for a No. 1 seed, the Bears have been considered the out-and-out favorite to top the conference this season.

2023 DT Tyler Gant talks first offer
"It meant everything to me, seeing that all my hard work and training was recognized by a Division 1 school who said they’d want me to play for them was a dream come true," he said.

'He was dominating': A look at David McCormack's Tuesday outing
“Honestly, it was a great start,” said McCormack. “It was kind of a mental booster, momentum booster. It kind of got the team going flowing. [It] got us into a good rhythm.”

Tyreek Hill enters Jerry Rice/Randy Moss debate
"Everybody knows I'm going to say Randy Moss," Hill told TMZ Sports. "Randy Moss was my favorite player growing up. Randy Moss is my favorite player of all time! Randy Moss, Randy Moss, Randy Moss!

Bits o Snow

Jazz center Rudy Gobert on what he loves about the game, COVID-19 and the infamous mic-touching incident
Since Rudy Gobert entered the NBA in 2013 as the 27th overall pick of the Utah Jazz, he has been known as an affable French import, a 7-foot-1 "Stifle Tower" -- with a remarkable 7-foot-9 wingspan -- who won consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards anchoring his team's elite defense.

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo laments costly free throw miss, but welcomes being in 'those moments'
But for the NBA's two-time reigning MVP, all he was thinking about after the game was the point he didn't score, as his missed free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining was the difference in Boston's thrilling 122-121 victory.

Emotional Karl-Anthony Towns reflects on how he has changed following first game since mother's death
"I only know what happened from April 13 on. Because you may see me smiling and stuff, but that Karl died on April 13. He's never coming back. I don't remember that man. I don't know that man. You're talking to the physical me, but my soul has been killed off a long time ago.

Houston Rockets' James Harden fined $50,000, 'unavailable' due to protocol violation, NBA says
Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $50,000 by the NBA and was ruled "unavailable" for Wednesday's game due to a violation of the league's COVID-19 protocols after the league reviewed video of him socializing maskless at a club earlier this week.

Daniel Snyder says he's being extorted by minority owner of Washington Football Team
Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder claimed he's the victim of an extortion campaign by one of the franchise's minority owners, according to a court filing Wednesday in Maryland.

Reindeer Dust

John Mulaney's odd 'Late Night' clip before rehab sparked worry
Fears for comic John Mulaney’s sobriety and mental health began after he made a bizarre appearance on Seth Meyers’ show, wearing dark glasses and calling Prince Harry a “dumb ginger” and Meghan Markle a “silly goose.”

House Democrats try to pass $2,000 stimulus checks after Trump supports them
House Democrats will attempt to pass $2,000 direct payments Thursday as the fate of a coronavirus relief package passed by Congress hangs in the balance.

Republicans, however, are poised to block the measure.

Trump issues 26 new pardons, including for Stone, Manafort and Charles Kushner - CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening announced 26 new pardons, including for longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's father, Charles.

Repair work underway at Whitefish Train Depot
Work to repair the wooden deck around the Whitefish Train Depot downtown began last week.

Liam Gallagher: Nightingale hospital should open for homeless over Christmas | Entertainment | insidenova.com
The former Oasis rocker believes that the facilities, which were opened to help cope with patients amid the coronavirus pandemic, should welcome the homeless over the festive season