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Notebook: Mario Chalmers Mauls Telling About When He Almost Transferred

Ohh, English side ruined. Must use French instructions. ‘Le Grille’?! What the hell is that?!

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Full speed ahead: KU forward Mitch Lightfoot laying the foundation for a bigger role |
His goal, beyond the basketball-specific stuff, is to hit a playing weight of at least 223 pounds by the time the 2017-18 season rolls around. In order to do that, he has to eat. A lot.

KU Final Four hero Mario Chalmers once considered transferring
"After the Maui tournament, I was ready to transfer, go to a different school,” Chalmers told the voice of the Jayhawks Brian Hanni in a recent episode of the Jayhawker Podcast. “I didn't really think I belonged at Kansas and I didn't think I was going to be able to play my game.”

How Kansas' Marcus Garrett developed lockdown defensive mindset
“I would basically say a lot goes into that,” Garrett said on the podcast. “Just my quick hands, knowing scouting report. Coach Self and my teammates, just having someone like [Udoka Azubuike] in the back so you know if you get beat he’s going to cover for you. There’s a lot of different things that helped me become a great defender this year.”

Bits o Chalk

Ex-FIFA boss Blatter has World Cup corruption case dropped by Swiss prosecutors
Switzerland's federal prosecutor is about to end its investigation into former FIFA president Sepp Blatter's deals with the Caribbean Football Union [CFU] to sell World Cup broadcasting rights.

QB Tua Tagovailoa dispels injury concerns - 'It's a part of the game'
"I'm not playing badminton. I'm not on the swim team," Tagovailoa said during an Instagram Live show with Mike Locksley, his former offensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide and the current head coach at Maryland. "[Football] is a physical sport. You're gonna get hurt. That just comes with it. And it was just very unfortunate that I got hurt every season.

XFL suspends operations and lays off employees, no plans to return in 2021
The XFL suspended operations Friday morning, and multiple sources told ESPN that the league has laid off nearly all of its staff -- a handful of executives remain employed -- and currently has no plans to return in 2021.

Eraser Dust

Trump spends Easter weekend pondering the 'biggest decision' of his presidency - CNNPolitics
Instead of joining packed pews at his usual 11 a.m. ET service at the stone Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said this week he'll livestream Easter on a laptop from a megachurch in Dallas. And instead of brunch and an egg hunt on the lawn at Mar-a-Lago, Trump is spending the weekend in Washington anxiously looking ahead to the decision he says is the biggest of his presidency.

Stimulus Checks for Up to $4,700 Begin Arriving in Bank Accounts
Stuart Sopp, chief executive officer of mobile banking startup Current, told The Wall Street Journal that "a bunch of the first wave" of payments from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act have started to appear in their customer's accounts.

Liam Gallagher Announces Free London Concert for NHS Workers
here are two types of celebrity feuds: regular beefs, and what Arrested Development once deemed boyfights. Taylor and Kanye? That’s a feud. Cuomo brothers? Boyfight. Usher and the Weeknd aren’t brothers, so that’s a plain old feud. Noel and Liam Gallagher? Textbook boyfight.

Opinion | Steve Bullock on What It’s Like to Run Montana During the Coronavirus Pandemic - The New York Times
“We need federal support”: A conversation with Governor Steve Bullock of Montana

Kalispell man, convicted of killing wife, dies in prison | KECI
Forsyth was convicted of shooting and killing Karen Forsyth in December 1979 because he was having an affair and wanted to keep her share of the bowling alley they owned. He was tried three times.

Kalispell attorney set to plead guilty to child endangerment | KECI
A Kalispell attorney who officers say crashed his vehicle under the influence with his son inside is set to enter a guilty plea.

Ozone hole three times the size of Greenland opens over the North Pole | Live Science
Scientists have detected what may be the largest hole in the ozone layer ever recorded over the North Pole.