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Notebook: Kansas Mauls West Virginia

You’re too late, Homer. Barney sucked it dry. Cut his gums up pretty bad

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WATCH: Kansas celebrates big win at West Virginia
Maybe the best part of the video was Kansas coach Bill Self congratulating Isaiah Moss, calling him “big time.” Moss scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half, making 3-of-5 3-pointers and big shots when Kansas absolutely had to have them.

Bill Self: Marcus Garrett 'the best player' in Wednesday's win
Everything was set in motion when Udoka Azubuike dunked the ball to cut West Virginia’s lead, which had been as high as nine, down to one. On the ensuing possession, Garrett stole the ball from Jordan McCabe as the guard came off a pick and roll. Garrett did it again the possession after that.

Media impressed with Kansas toughness in victory
Kansas took West Virginia's perfect homecourt record this year and delivered what Jayhawk coach Bill Self called one of the biggest road wins of his career Wednesday. And the Jayhawks did that by following the same formula of the game in Lawrence earlier this year: Keep the game close, then strike when the Kansas defense walls up late in the second half.

Isaiah Moss gives 'big-time' performance in win at West Virginia
Bill Self jumped up and down in jubilation as he entered the locker room following KU basketball's 58-49 win at West Virginia. Eventually the KU coach made his way over to Isaiah Moss, delivering a loud message of support for his graduate transfer senior.

Four-star guard Zion Harmon sets decision date
Harmon will pick between his six finalists – Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Murray State, Seton Hall and Western Kentucky. Harmon has taken official visits to all of his finalists except for Murray State, who he has visited unofficially.

KU basketball at West Virginia: Quick recap and instant analysis
With just over nine minutes to play, West Virginia held a six-point lead and looked poised to upset KU. But over the final stretch of the game, KU locked in defensively and only allowed three points over the last nine minutes of game time. In that time, KU outscored West Virginia by 15 points.

Bill Self reaches final decision on Jalen Wilson's status
The KU basketball freshman was working back from a broken ankle sustained early in the season. He was also dealing with back spasms, which set the timetable for his recovery back, but it was still up in the air as to whether or not a return was possible.

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Dodgers' Andrew Friedman hopes Mookie Betts 'falls in love' with team, city
Andrew Friedman, the Los Angeles Dodgers' president of baseball operations, tried to trade for Mookie Betts last summer. But the Boston Red Sox, at the time still under the direction of Dave Dombrowski, suddenly got hot. They won five of six against the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees near the end of July and decided against a trade.

Raptors' 15-game winning streak snapped in loss to Nets
- For his team to beat the Toronto Raptors, who were riding a formidable winning streak, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that Brooklyn's "effort and compete level has got to be two levels higher" than normal.

Jameis Winston undergoes LASIK eye surgery for nearsightedness
While his status with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going into next season remains up in the air, quarterback Jameis Winston has taken steps to correct his nearsightedness, recently undergoing LASIK surgery.

Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate Olympics are still on despite coronavirus fears
Tokyo Olympic organizers reiterated their message Thursday at the start of two days of meetings with the International Olympic Committee: The 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus that is spreading from neighboring China.

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China confirms 15,152 new coronavirus cases, 254 additional deaths
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that the cabinet will decide on Friday to spend 10.3 billion yen from the country’s budget to respond to the coronavirus, Reuters reported. Steps to tackle the outbreak will total 15.3 billion yen, he added after a meeting of a task force.

IRS Issues New Regulations on Income Tax Withholding | CPA Practice Advisor
In general, the proposed regulations, available now in the Federal Register, are designed to accommodate the redesigned Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, to be used starting in 2020, and the related tables and computational procedures in Publication 15-T, Federal Income Tax Withholding Methods. The proposed regulations and related guidance do not require employees to furnish a new Form W-4 solely because of the redesign of the Form W-4.

Beer Waste Helps Montana Town Save Money On Water Treatment : NPR
Because it's rich in yeast, hops and sugar, brewery waste can throw off the microbes that wastewater treatment plants rely on to remove nitrogen and phosphorus. The two nutrients can cause algae blooms in rivers and kill off fish.

Flathead County Sheriffs Office SWAT responds to an incident off Whitefish Stage Road
Law Enforcement tracked the suspect to the trailer park off Whitefish Stage Rd. Intelligence revealed the suspect was in possession or at least had access to a hand gun and potentially scoped riffles. The suspect did not exit the location after repeated pleas so SWAT was called in.

Court reverses settlement that would give $2.5 million in university funds to protect Confederate monument - CNN
The UNC system announced in November that a statue commonly known as "Silent Sam" would be given to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans along with a $2.5 million charitable trust after the group sued the system over its removal of the monument, according to a 2019 news release.

Five inmates escape from Ohio correctional facility
Five inmates broke out of a first-floor window this week to escape from an Ohio correctional facility, Canton police said.

Kalispell weighs options to combat bird overpopulation | KECI
The city of Kalispell is looking into ways to combat the bird population in Woodland Park. They’ve partnered with Fish, Wildlife and Parks for control methods that would reduce domestic geese and ducks. Control methods include euthanization, oiling, egg removal and flashing beacons.

Sweet Peaks in New Places - Flathead Beacon
The famous flavor infusions of huckleberries, Flathead cherries and local ciders and breweries that Sweet Peaks Ice Cream has been perfecting for the last decade will continue their southern expansion at a new location in Texas this year.

While Sweet Peaks shops have sprouted up across western Montana, Idaho and Washington since 2010, owners Sam Dauenhauer and Marissa Keenan jumped at the opportunity to expand to Dallas.