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The Weekend Mauling: 8.1.2020

I don’t wanna hit a sore spot, but can we talk about herpes?

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The Rock Chalkboard

Analysis: How Miles Kendrick compares to 2019 KU QB Stanley
For the better part of a decade, KU football has dealt with competition at the quarterback spot. Whether it has been deception leading up to Week 1 or a non-existent gap between the first and second string, the Jayhawks have often kept their decision in the dark until late. That likely will be the case, again, in 2020.

Countdown to KU football (28): What's the right number of games?
I certainly would like to be able to give you a record prediction for the Jayhawks in 2020. The over/under totals seemed to be set around 3 or 3.5 — I hate to be a pessimist, but I was leaning toward the under — and yet today is Aug. 1 and we still don't really know who all the Jayhawks will play this year.

What KU basketball gets in new four-star commitment KJ Adams
On Friday, four-star power forward KJ Adams announced a verbal commitment to the Jayhawks. Adams joins four-star power forward Zach Clemence in KU's 2021 class, which now ranks No. 11 in the nation. Both players have been graded out by the 247Sports staff as power forward prospects, but they bring different approaches to the game.

Kansas adds top 100 forward KJ Adams to class
Power forward KJ Adams has made his decision, and the No. 73 ranked prospect in the industry generated 247Sports Composite for the class of 2021 is headed to one of the blueblood programs of college basketball.

Bits o Chalk

DeMar DeRozan: Don't 'vilify' Gregg Popovich, Becky Hammon for standing during anthem
Wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and assistant coach Becky Hammon opted to stand while players and coaches on the Spurs and Sacramento Kings kneeled during the national anthem Friday night.

Sabrina Ionescu exits with ankle injury as Liberty await word on severity
Sabrina Ionescu, the star New York Liberty rookie taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft, rolled her left ankle when she stepped on the foot of Atlanta's Betnijah Laney while bringing the ball upcourt Friday and did not return.

Celtics' Marcus Smart - Refs overturned call so Giannis Antetokounmpo wouldn't foul out
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said that the referees gave him an "excuse" in explaining their decision to overturn a charge call against reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in the closing minutes of Boston's 119-112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, a call that would have caused Antetokounmpo to foul out of the game.

Eraser Dust

Trump says he will ban TikTok through executive action as soon as Saturday
President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters he will act as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States, NBC News reported.

On the First Day of School, an Indiana Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus - The New York Times
One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors during the coronavirus pandemic did not even make it a day before being forced to grapple with the issue facing every system actively trying to get students into classrooms: What happens when someone comes to school infected?

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence vacated, court orders new penalty trial - CNN
Tsarnaev's legal team had pushed to change the venue of the trial to a courthouse that wasn't so close to the site of the bombing, in the heart of a town so affected by the tragedy. The appeals court judges agreed, saying, "One could not turn on the radio either without hearing something about these stunningly sad events."

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack - Times of India
A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier last month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the case.

Daily Inter Lake
The district has received 4,747 responses, and 84.7% of those respondents plan for their children to return to school for on-site learning, with 13.9%, selecting remote learning. The remainder chose an option that they are either moving/relocating to another school district.

Bonehead says a dwarf invaded the stage during Oasis gig | People |
"We had a dwarf jump onstage once somewhere in the USA, right at the end when we were playing 'I am the Walrus'.

"He grabbed Liam's tambourine and started dancing around the stage with it. Freaked us out till one of the security picked him up and threw him back into the crowd."

The English Music Studio Where Oasis Recorded ‘Definitely Maybe’ Album Is On Sale For $2.9 Million
The idyllic English property where Oasis recorded their Definitely Maybe album is on sale for offers over $2.9 million. The historic creekside recording studio in Cornwall also provided inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel The Wind in the Willows.

Long Read of the Weekend

QAnon Is More Important Than You Think - The Atlantic
You know that only Donald Trump stands between you and a damned and ravaged world. You see plague and pestilence sweeping the planet, and understand that they are part of the plan. You know that a clash between good and evil cannot be avoided, and you yearn for the Great Awakening that is coming. And so you must be on guard at all times. You must shield your ears from the scorn of the ignorant. You must find those who are like you. And you must be prepared to fight.

You know all this because you believe in Q.