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KU's Marcus Garrett talks winning Naismith top-defensive honors
"What a blessing," Garrett tweeted upon receiving the honor.

Kansas' Udoka Azubuike named 2019-20 Senior CLASS All-American
The Senior CLASS Award for men's basketball is given out to the top men's basketball senior in the country. It is based off four categories: "community, classroom, character and competition." CLASS is actually an acronym for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School." The All-American teams met the same criteria.

KU's Marcus Garrett named Naismith Defensive Player of the Year
Already having been named Big 12 defensive player of the year and a first-team all-defense standout in the conference, Marcus Garrett was named as Naismith Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, as was announced on CBS Sports Network. Garrett was the top wing defender for a 2019-20 Jayhawk squad that finished ranked No. 1 in the AP top 25 and coaches polls.

Ranking the top 20 graduate transfers
In the age of transfers, one way that college coaches work to solidify their rosters is by adding graduate transfers. This off-season has been filled with talented players hitting the graduate transfer market. Here are the top 20 graduate transfers, where they are going, who they are considering, and what they will bring to their future program.

Bits o Chalk

AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspensions fulfilled in 2020 even if MLB season canceled
Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow will fulfill their one-season suspensions for the team's sign-stealing scandal even if no baseball is played in 2020, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney on Thursday.

R&A still evaluating options for Open, says no decision on cancellation yet
"We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement," R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said in a statement Thursday. "Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve. We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can."

Patriots' plane bringing 1.2 million masks to United States
The New England Patriots' team plane is being used to transport 1.2 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China, to the United States.

Most impactful moves and offseason goals for all 32 NFL teams
Maybe you heard some big-name quarterbacks like Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Teddy Bridgewater (Carolina Panthers) changed teams.

Eraser Dust

US weekly jobless claims double to 6.6 million
The torrent of Americans filing for unemployment insurance skyrocketed last week as more than 6.6 million new claims were filed, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That brings to 10 million the total Americans who filed over the past two weeks.

Coronavirus: Fauci to get a security detail after facing threats
The extent of the threats was not immediately clear, Fauci has drawn criticism from some of Trump's staunchest allies online after some say he has contradicted the president.

44 Texas Students Have Coronavirus After Spring Break Trip - The New York Times
Two weeks ago, amid the coronavirus pandemic, about 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin partied in Mexico on spring break. The students, all in their 20s, flew on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, and some returned on separate commercial flights to Texas.

Abrams Describes Rise Of Skywalker Like Lucas Did The Phantom Menace
Over 20 years later, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker J.J. Abrams expresses a similar sentiment in the film's home video documentary, "The Skywalker Legacy". When talking about the complex arc of Rey and Kylo Ren, Abrams mentioned the mode of thinking behind it. "It's a generational story. And the idea of these grandchildren grappling with the same things as their predecessors. It felt poetic." In many ways, J.J. says the same thing as George here. From the realization of recurring themes in the Star Wars universe to the line about poetry.

Kalispell teacher becomes "Ariel" to bring cheer to her students
Jasmine Chase, a teacher at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, is dressing up as her favorite Disney character and singing, sending positive messages to her students.

The Flipside #1: Oasis' 'Heathen Chemistry' Turns 15 - PopMatters
Believe it or not, at the time of release, I was legitimately stoked to hear this album. Why? Because Oasis has this weird little knack for putting out the best songs as singles. This theory isn't flawless ("Roll With It" is no one's favorite Oasis song and there exists no evidence of such a fan ever ranking it their best -- I checked the archives), but it holds up pretty darn well. "The Hindu Times" is so easily, confidently, conclusively the best song on here that I'm actually kinda disappointed it never became a larger hit. (It was still #1 in the UK, of course.)