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Mario Chalmers: Facing UNC in 2008 'destiny' after snubbed offer
"Kansas, for me, was [my school because of] Coach Self,” Chalmers said on the podcast. “I was a Coach Self fan when he was coaching at Illinois. But that was my first time following a coach and seeing what a coach was going to do. When he went to Kansas, it kind of put Kansas on my radar.”

KU football 2020 NFL Draft guide: Hakeem Adeniji
Over the past four years, offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji has been an anchor for the KU football program. Adeniji, a four-year starter for the Jayhawks and a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2019, has garnered some serious attention from pro scouts. Some believe he'll be off the board in the first three rounds in the NFL Draft.

Self Perspective Episode 5: A late KU comeback vs. West Virginia
One especially memorable moment from the 2016-17 KU season came in a game against West Virginia, an 84-80 KU overtime win. That was the focus of the latest episode of 'Self Perspective,' the KU basketball breakdown series featuring Self. (You can view the whole episode on the KU athletics website, here.)

Darrell Stuckey praises former KU football teammate Chris Harris
If one were to make a Mount Rushmore of recent KU football defensive backs, Chris Harris and Aqib Talib would be the leaders of the group. Darrell Stuckey would also unquestionably make the cut, and two of those three happen to have one thing in common.

Sporting News ranks Frank Mason on all-time NCAA players list
Of course, the field has since grown to 68 teams with the First Four games that take place in Dayton. And thus Sporting News expanded the list from 64 to 68 players, which just so happened to get a second player from the University of Kansas on the list. (Of course, Kansas great Danny Manning ranked in the top five.)

All-Time NCAA Tournament Performance Rankings
Here are the best programs of all-time based on their ability to advance in the NCAA Tournament (from 1939 through 2020). Given the NCAA decision to void a National Championship (Louisville, 2013), I am again providing two rankings. The first ranking includes all NCAA Tournament results from 1939 through 2020 and the second ranking removes all tournament appearances/finishes that were voided over the years by the NCAA (which hits Memphis, Louisville, Michigan, and a handful of schools harder than others) :

Winningest Big 12 basketball programs of the decade
There hasn’t been any team in any conference in the last decade that has been as dominant as Kansas has. The Jayhawks have won nine Big 12 Championships and 30 or more games overall, six times this decade. Had it not been for some key injuries in 2018-19, KU’s streak of 14-straight Big 12 titles might not have been snapped.

Bits o Chalk

NBA Horse Challenge - Grading every player in quarterfinals
Four players remain in the NBA HORSE Challenge after a first round that saw Atlanta Hawks All-Star Trae Young, 2020 Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings, 2008 NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce and Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Chris Paul knocked out of the tournament.

NYC sports photographer Anthony Causi dies of coronavirus at 48
Anthony Causi, a highly skilled and popular sports photographer for the New York Post who covered the city's teams for 25 years, died Sunday from the coronavirus. He was 48.

Zach LaVine shuts out Paul Pierce in inaugural HORSE Challenge
"I stay ready," the Chicago Bulls guard recently told ESPN in an interview from his offseason home in Washington. "I got about 500 shots up."

Rudy Gobert downplays rift with Donovan Mitchell, says they've talked
Rudy Gobert downplayed apparent friction between him and Utah Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell on Sunday, saying that they recently spoke for the first time since Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus and triggered the suspension of the NBA season.

25-day program as part of potential return plan discussed around NBA, sources say
Under the plan, players would go through an 11-day stretch of individual workouts in which they could maintain some measure of social distancing while ramping up training and activity. Then, if permitted by medical officials, the idea would be to allow for a two-week training camp with entire teams participating.

Eraser Dust

Trump retweets call to fire Fauci amid coronavirus criticism - CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump on Sunday evening retweeted a user who called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired, the latest sign of apparent tension between the two men amid the coronavirus pandemic.

White House still has no road map for restarting the economy - POLITICO
With the White House moving to reopen the economy as early as May 1, top officials have yet to coalesce around a single plan to allow Americans and businesses to safely resume work as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

One of America's largest meat producers has ominous warning about the grocery store supply - TheBlaze
The company announced on Sunday that it was closing its Sioux Falls, South Dakota, plant after nearly 300 employees there tested positive for coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. The plant is one of the largest pork processing centers in America, and is responsible for producing 18 million servings of food per day.

IRS: First batch of coronavirus stimulus checks have been sent
“#IRS deposited the first Economic Impact Payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts today,” the IRS announced in a tweet Saturday.

Public health professionals plead with Trump not to defund WHO - POLITICO
A trio of public health and medical professionals making the rounds on the Sunday morning news shows called for President Donald Trump not to defund the World Health Organization as the administration weighs punitive measures on the public health organization.

Shelters Report Increased Danger Levels for Domestic Violence - Flathead Beacon
Women who were already in an abusive relationship before the pandemic are likely seeing an increased danger level now that they are stuck at home, Shaw said. But now that domestic violence abuse survivors are unable to escape from their abuser while they are sheltered in place, many don’t have an opportunity to use available resources or call for help.

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