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How to watch: TV, radio, game info for KU hoops vs. Washburn
Later today, Kansas will square off against Washburn, with Tuesday's game set to tip in Lawrence at 7 p.m. CT. The Jayhawks, of course, are coming off a 2019-20 season in which they finished the year as the consensus No. 1 squad, amassing a record of 28-3 and going 17-1 in Big 12 play. However, Kansas fell in its 2020-21 season opener to No. 1 Gonzaga, 102-90, before rebounding to defeat Saint Jospeh's 94-72, and No. 20 Kentucky, 65-62.

What Marcus Mbow said about Kansas after reopening recruitment
Three-star offensive tackle Marcus Mbow has reopened things in his recruitment. A former Arizona State commit, Mbow said his offer was dropped by the Sun Devils — "I feel like they didn't want me anymore," Mbow said — thus leading the No. 71-ranked offensive tackle in 2021 to reevaluate his situation.

WR Luke Grimm talks breakout stretch for Kansas football
Grimm — or “Grimm Reaper” — as safety Kenny Logan calls him, is coming off a breakout game against TCU on Saturday. In that game, Grimm recorded four receptions for 72 yards with two touchdowns. His second touchdown catch was arguably his best highlight of the day, as he tightroped the sideline to come up with the catch.

Kansas football punter Kyle Thompson explains transfer decision
On Wednesday, Phog.net reported, via a source, that Kansas punter Kyle Thompson was entering the transfer portal. Thompson also shared the news that he'd be departing the program via social media.

Ten arenas where full capacity crowds will be missed most
“I think it’ll be different,” Kansas senior forward Mitch Lightfoot said of playing in a near-empty arena, according to the Kansas City Star. “You go from playing three to four years in Allen (with) 16,300 every single time to something else. Coach (Bill) Self is a great motivator; I think we’ll bring that same energy to each and every game. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some people in there when it’s all said and done.”

Top Newcomers to the 2021 rankings
Analysis: Podziemski is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who draws comparisons to Tyler Herro. Earlier this year he showed everyone why he deserves this jump with a 52 point performance along with other huge scoring outings. His main skill is his shooting ability but has sneaky athleticism and the ability to take his defenders off the dribble.

Bits o Chalk

NBA says 48 positive for COVID-19 in initial reentry testing
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association jointly announced Wednesday night that there were 48 positive tests for COVID-19 out of the 546 players tested from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30.

LA Clippers' Paul George says team wasn't prepared enough in playoff collapse
Appearing Wednesday on the "All The Smoke" podcast with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, a candid George talked about the Clippers' failure to do anything to stop the bleeding once Denver began its comeback, saying they were "having the same s--- happen over and over again."

Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards agree to Russell Westbrook-John Wall deal
The Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets have agreed to trade two disgruntled star point guards, John Wall and Russell Westbrook, in a blockbuster deal, the teams announced Wednesday.

Anthony Davis finalizing five-year, $190 million maximum contract to stay with Los Angeles Lakers
All-NBA forward Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year, $190 million maximum contract to stay with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, Klutch Sports CEO and founder Rich Paul told ESPN.

Eraser Dust

Trump backers, including Flynn, edge toward a call to 'suspend' Constitution to head off Biden taking office
The day after a group run by a local Ohio tea party leader took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times calling on Trump to declare martial law and have the military oversee a redo of the presidential election using only paper ballots — a call echoed in a tweet by Gen. Michael Flynn — a raucous “Stop the Steal” rally in suburban Atlanta urged Trump supporters to descend on the statehouse on Thursday and demand the resignations of Georgia’s governor and secretary of state.

Trump allies urge Georgia Republicans to sit out Senate runoffs
Attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell told a crowd of Trump loyalists not to vote for either of the two Georgia incumbent Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler or David Perdue, during a "Stop the Steal" gathering in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Pelosi and Schumer back $908 billion bipartisan COVID proposal as basis for talks - CBS News
The bipartisan group of lawmakers rolled out their plan on Tuesday, which includes aid to state and local governments, small businesses and jobless Americans. Like McConnell's bill, this proposal would not include another round of stimulus checks.

Man Cleared in Deadly Kalispell Shooting Arrested by FBI - Flathead Beacon
A man who was arrested but not charged in connection with a fatal shooting on Trumble Creek Road near Kalispell in September is in federal custody after investigators connected him to a drug distribution ring in the Flathead Valley and a notorious white supremacist prison gang.

John Mulaney Was Investigated by Secret Service Due to ‘SNL’ Joke | IndieWire
The joke was about it was a leap year had been started by Julius Caesar to correct the calendar, and another thing that happened with Caesar was that he was stabbed to death by a bunch of senators cause he went crazy. And I said, ‘That’s an interesting thing that could happen,'” Mulaney told Kimmel. “A lot of magazines that I don’t think existed before — patriotic magazines that just suddenly were on Twitter, like Bald Eagle Monthly — were like, ‘This is an outrage!’ (The Secret Service) investigated me and I guess opened a file on me because of the joke. Am I stoked there’s a file open on me? Absolutely. Did I enjoy it in the moment? Not so much.

'World's deepest' swimming pool opens in Poland | CNN Travel
With a depth of over 45 meters (around 148 feet) Deepspot is claimed to be the world's deepest swimming pool, containing 8,000 cubic meters of water -- more than 20 times the amount as a 25-meter pool.