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Notebook: Kansas Football hits Virtual Recruiting Trail

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3-star DE Tommy Dunn Jr. 'definitely going to visit' KU football
"I'd never talked to the [Kansas] coaches," Dunn recalled to "You know how you talk to coaches and then they ask you questions and they want to know more about you before they offer you and stuff? Kansas didn’t do that."

Three KU football questions entering the summer: Defensive line
Malcolm Lee is the leading returning D-line tackler, as he posted 18 stops in 10 games with one tackle for loss. Sam Burt is close behind, recording 15 tackles (one TFL) in 10 contests, and Caleb Sampson also appeared in all 12 games, closing the year as the starting D-tackle. He logged 12 tackles, two TFLs and two sacks.

KU basketball's Jerrance Howard selected for prestigious seminar
Howard was selected for the 2020 TopConnect Virtual Seminar, which is slated for June 11 and 12. The seminar, originally under the name Villa 7, dates back to 2003. According to the release, it "identifies the top basketball assistant coaches in the country and connects them with mid-major Athletic Directors, providing tremendous networking opportunities for both parties."

Athlon's Preseason All-Big 12 football team
But ask a team like Oklahoma, who has produced two No. 1 overall NFL Draft picks in the last three years. Or perhaps a school like Texas, who pipes in elite recruiting talent every year. All eyes might not be on the Big 12, but if you don’t tune in some, you’re bound to miss some of the great ones

OT Enrique Cruz talks recent virtual visits
Kansas - "Kansas was more of meeting and talking to the coaches. That was great. I met all the coaches at Kansas even Les Miles. They are all cool and nice people."

Podcast: Why national writer picked KU football 8th in Big 12
Since the ranking was a little surprising to some, I called up Marcello to get his explanation. He explained where he thought KU might be better than some of the lower-ranked teams in the conference, and he shared a memorable story from his time covering Auburn that involved KU coach Les Miles.

Bits o Chalk

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker to have six at-large selections
"With all the various changes to the 2020 schedule, it quickly became apparent that we would need to amend our selection criteria,'' Stricker said. "After many deliberate discussions, we collectively agreed that a smaller sampling of 2020 events - including just one major championship - would justify a one-week extension of the qualification window and increase in the number of captain's selections from four to six.

Sources -- MLBPA proposes 89-game season, expanded playoffs
"Out of concern for the players' health, extending the regular season past Sept. 27 won't happen," the source told Ravech. "There is a window of playing between 60 [and] 70 regular-season games, but pay still remains an issue."

Bronny James vs. high school LeBron -- how they compare
They are very similar at this stage when it comes to passing -- both love to be facilitators and can impact the game with their unselfishness. Remember that LeBron could have easily been the all-time leading scorer in the state of Ohio (he graduated at No. 3 all time, and is now No. 5) but was a willing playmaker who possessed uncanny vision and pinpoint accuracy. Bronny has played at a high level and has demonstrated that same affinity for dropping dimes to his teammates.

Sources - USC expected to end Reggie Bush's disassociation from school
After 10 years, former USC Trojans running back Reggie Bush's disassociation from the university is expected to soon come to an end, sources told ESPN.

Michael Jordan, crew enter Big Rock tournament, reel in monster 442-pound marlin
Jordan and the crew on his boat, Catch 23, reeled in a 442-pound blue marlin Tuesday, the second day of the tournament in the basketball great's home state of North Carolina.

Roger Federer out for remainder of 2020 after injury setback
The 20-time Grand Slam champion on Wednesday posted a statement to Twitter to confirm he'll be out of action for the rest of 2020.

Eraser Dust

Opinion | Rethinking the Traditional Police Model - The New York Times
Readers offer ideas for reform, such as incorporating more social services into law enforcement.

US coronavirus: 19 states see rising cases and Arizona is asking its hospitals to activate emergency plans - CNN
"Remember that it is 30% or 40% of the population will not take this vaccine, even if the vaccine effectiveness is 70 or 80%. We will not be in a position to have herd immunity," he said.

White Counterprotesters in Franklinville, N.J., Mock George Floyd's Killing - The New York Times
One man yelled while kneeling on the neck of another who was facedown on the ground. The ugly display drew a fierce condemnation.

Senate GOP shifts on police reform | TheHill
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Senate Republicans are signaling a sharp shift on police reform, raising the chances that federal legislation could actually clear Congress and reach President Trump’s desk.

Suspect in fatal Kalispell fatal shooting dead after confrontation with law enforcement
Two people are dead following a report of a homicide near Kalispell and a police chase that ended in the suspect's death along Montana Highway 35 in Lake County.

Whitefish woman speaks out after protest picture goes viral
"The words of my father that he used to speak to us as children when he would talk about keeping us safe and all of that stuff,” Francine said. “He used to tell us whatever the threat, look them in the eye so they have to acknowledge that you're human. “And in that moment, I felt that I heard that and I lived it. I made sure to take my sunglasses off to look at that man and I did it."

HBO Max Pulls ‘Gone With the Wind,’ While ‘Cops’ Gets Canceled - WSJ
“Gone with the Wind” was pulled from HBO Max while the long-running TV show “Cops” was outright canceled, a sign that entertainment companies are re-examining the content they offer in the wake of nationwide protests for racial justice and against police brutality.

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