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Notebook: Kansas Recruit Cuts List to 8

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The Rock Chalkboard

Unique mentality led to breakout year for Kansas CB Karon Prunty
Karon Prunty's freshman season — all nine games of it — came with big numbers. He posted 26 tackles, the top mark for a true-cornerback on the roster. He led all KU players with 10 pass breakups, plus he had one interception and forced fumble.

Four-star wing Gradey Dick cuts list to eight
One of the top small forwards in the class of 2022, 6-foot-7 Gradey Dick of Bel Aire (Kans.) Sunrise Christian has made the first cut in his recruitment leaving a group of Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Texas Tech standing.

2023 TE Jaden Hamm gets first two offers
"Getting my first offers was a crazy experience," he said. "I was so in shock. I was just like, this is amazing, but I have to keep a mindset where someone is always competing and I have to fight for it."

ESPN's BPI ranks college basketball's best teams
With the shortened season, most of college basketball's top teams have already had a conference test or two. And with non-conference play either finishing or already finished, it's a great time to take a look at which teams have stood out so far.

KU basketball's Christian Braun named Big 12 Player of the Week
KU basketball's Christian Braun has been named Big 12 player of the week by a media panel, the league announced on Monday. Braun hit six 3-point shots in the Jayhawks' win over current No. 9-ranked West Virginia, which was the team's lone game this week.

Kansas football announces contract extensions for two assistants
“Kwahn and Chevis have both been valuable members of our staff since they have arrived, and we’re very happy they will be continuing with us,” said KU coach Les Miles through a release. “They both have shown a strong ability to teach and develop young players in their time here, and that is vital to our success as a program going forward.”

Bits o Chalk

Ranking all 28 teams that have made the College Football Playoff
The seventh College Football Playoff kicks off Friday, with No. 1 Alabama facing No. 4 Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas, and No. 2 Clemson battling No. 3 Ohio State in New Orleans. There are no debutants in this field; these four programs have combined for 18 of the 28 total CFP bids, in fact. But not every Tide, Tigers, Buckeyes or Irish team is a carbon copy of others (Notre Dame excluded, perhaps), and none of these programs fielded the greatest team of the CFP era.

New England Patriots' Cam Newton vents after blowout loss - 'It's extremely frustrating, knowing what you're capable of'
"That's been my schedule for 90% of the time I've been here, so you can kind of understand the frustration I do have when I don't have the outcome, because I'm sacrificing so much. You're talking to a person who hasn't seen his kids in three months," Newton said.

Sources - San Diego Padres set to acquire Yu Darvish from Chicago Cubs
The San Diego Padres are on the verge of making their second trade for a star pitcher in as many days, with the team expected to acquire righty Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Washington Football Team releases QB Dwayne Haskins
The Washington Football Team released quarterback Dwayne Haskins one day after he was benched in a loss to the Carolina Panthers -- and hours after he was demoted behind a player signed to the practice squad less than a month ago.

College basketball AP top 25 rankings updated for Dec. 28
There are plenty of marquee matchups heading into a new week In the SEC, two undefeated, ranked teams clash Wednesday when Tennessee faces Missouri. And Saturday's Jan. 2 slate brings multiple big games, including Iowa-Rutgers, Virginia-Virginia Tech, Florida State-Duke and Texas-Kansas.

Sources - Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant to undergo MRI on ankle; X-rays show no fracture
Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant left the Barclays Center court area in a wheelchair Monday night after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter of Memphis' 116-111 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Eraser Dust

Mitch McConnell faces decision over vote on increasing stimulus payments to $2,000 - CNNPolitics
After the House overwhelmingly voted to both override President Donald Trump's veto on the National Defense Authorization Act and to pass $2,000 stimulus checks, it's Senate Republicans' turn to navigate whether they're willing to cross Trump in his final days in office.

Newt Gingrich: Democrats are trying to 'brainwash the entire next generation' | Newt Gingrich | The Guardian
Some blame Donald Trump. Others blame social media. And those with longer memories blame Newt Gingrich for carving up America into blue states and red states racked by mutual fear, suspicion and alienation.

Hong Kong teenager jailed for China flag insult | Hong Kong | The Guardian
A teenager in Hong Kong has been ordered to spend four months in prison for insulting China’s national flag and unlawful assembly, as Beijing increasingly targets prominent activists from the financial hub.

Kalispell man charged with killing his wife
Bradley Hillious, 34, is being charged with deliberate homicide and is being held on $750,000 bond for the killing of his wife, 31-year-old Amanda Hillious.

Question of the Day

2020 will be remembered as a pretty bad year. What was your biggest accomplishment or what are you most proud of from your personal life that happened this year?