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The 4th of July Mauling

It’s the Curies! We must flee!

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The Rock Chalkboard

KU football suspends workouts after 12 positive COVID-19 tests
KU Athletics announced on Friday that 12 football players and four athletes from other sports — 16 total players — had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The department said that 164 student-athletes have now been tested, with 45 of them (from all sports) currently in quarantine.

Decision day: A preview of 4-star WR Keon Coleman's announcement
Even after cutting his list, Coleman has continued to share graphics from schools outside the apparent finalists, and his recruitment may eventually involve more than one commitment. However, as he put on Twitter Friday evening, the fanbase of one of his finalists will be ecstatic should he announce for their program.

10 Class of 2022 Prospects to Watch in July/August
While there won't be an evaluation period until September at the earliest, Wisconsin will presumably be doing most of their evaluating virtually in the months of July and August. Here are 10 class of 2022 prospects to know going into the travel season.

Bits o Chalk

Pacers' Victor Oladipo to sit out restart of NBA season
"We totally respect and understand Victor's decision to not play in the restart of the NBA season," Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. "The first priority for our players is, and always will be, their health, whether that be physical or mental health. Victor has looked great in workouts. but the timing of the restart and lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult to for him to commit to playing at the high level he expects with regards to further injury. His future health is the No. 1 priority and we look forward to having him back at full strength for the 2020-21 season.

Cleveland Indians to 'determine the best path forward' for team name
"We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality," the team said in a statement that came hours after the NFL's Washington Redskins announced a similar move. "Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community."

Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins deemed higher-risk, won't go to Orlando
Hollins was deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions, the source told ESPN. He will not be present in Orlando but will continue to be an essential member of the team and participate on coach Frank Vogel's staff remotely.

Jimmie Johnson to miss Brickyard 400, IndyCar test after COVID-19 diagnosis
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

31 MLB players positive for coronavirus after first round of tests
Seven staff members also tested positive. The 38 positives represent 1.2% of 3,185 samples collected for the first set of results. For comparison, the NBA on June 26 reported a 5.3% rate of positive tests (16 of 302) among players, while MLS announced a positive rate of 2.7% (18 of 668) among players two days later.

Eraser Dust

Kalispell Regional Medical Center sterilizes N95 face masks for reuse | Regional |
N95 face masks are being worn by healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic because they filter out at least 95 percent of particles. Kalispell Regional Medical Center started sterilizing the masks for reuse.

Bronny James Odds Now Have HBCU School As The Favorite
Duke has long been considered a favorite to land LeBron James Jr., son of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar and living NBA legend. In the wake of today’s monumental Makur Maker news, oddsmakers think that Bronny James may continue the trend of superstar recruits heading to HBCU schools.

A Pandemic Fourth of July Guide - Flathead Beacon
“I’m sure it’s going to be an adventuresome evening,” Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino said. “We usually start (getting calls) at 6 p.m. and it’s nonstop until 3 a.m.”

Dave Grohl Reflects on Nirvana Days & Foo Fighters' Debut Album on Its 25th Anniversary | Billboard
"Well I mean I joined Nirvana, I was their fifth drummer, right?" he said. "They'd had a team of drummers before me and some of them were more, I don't know, more in the band than others. So when I joined the band, I didn't know Krist and Kurt at all. And when we first met and started playing, it was clear that when we got together to play that it worked really well, and we sounded what most people know now to sound like Nirvana. We sounded like that. But you just meet these people and then it wasn't long."

Mt. Rushmore fireworks: Trump uses Mount Rushmore address to rail against removal of monuments - CNNPolitics
"As we meet here tonight there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for," Trump warned