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Official: KU football to open 2020 season vs. Coastal Carolina
The Jayhawks previously were scheduled to face the Chanticleers in South Carolina as one of three 2020 non-conference games, but the pandemic has caused the entirety of the program's schedule to shift multiple times. Originally slated to play New Hampshire, Coastal Carolina and Boston College, the Jayhawks will now have a lone non-conference game as part of the Big 12's 9+1 schedule format.

Countdown to KU football: Two players taking on leadership role
By this point you know all about Les Miles' unity council, the player-elected position leaders who meet separately with the KU coach and then deliver instructions back to the rest of the team. (If you don't quite recall that system, it was covered in this story from March of 2019). But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, things have gone a step further

Former KU star Jacque Vaughn makes case as next Nets coach
Vaughn, who was previously head coach of the Orlando Magic, was promoted shortly before a March 8 contest against the Chicago Bulls. The Nets won, but with Chicago (22-43) finishing around the bottom of the NBA standings, the win wasn't much of a surprise. That was not the case two days later, as Vaughn's Nets took down LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

Jayhawks in the NBA: Notable performances from seeding games
With the play-in round taking place between Portland and Memphis, one former Jayhawk — Josh Jackson — could be in action for the Grizzlies, though Jackson has played more than five minutes in a game only once in Orlando.

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Sources: Cincinnati Reds player tests positive for coronavirus
A Cincinnati Reds player tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, jeopardizing the team's game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and reigniting fear of another outbreak in the sport after a pair of outbreaks severely affected the opening weeks of the season, sources told ESPN.

Sources -- SEC football coaches irked by added opponents
A conference call with SEC football coaches on Thursday became heated when the issue came up of how each team's two additional opponents were decided for this season, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.

Fantasy football Draft-Day Manifesto - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Drafters
As I sat down to think about the 2020 version of the Draft-Day Manifesto, the 22nd edition of the column, I started to think about what should be in it and, of course, what shouldn't. If you've read me for any amount of time, you know I am a creature of habit and the Manifesto is always a perennial favorite of my readers.

Ohio State, Iowa football parents speak out, outraged over Big Ten's 'unfortunate' decision to postpone season
Iowa parents on Friday hand-delivered a letter to the conference headquarters in Chicago, requesting a meeting with commissioner Kevin Warren to ask questions "and get direct answers and to have a say in the decision-making process."

Sources -- SEC football coaches irked by added opponents
A conference call with SEC football coaches on Thursday became heated when the issue came up of how each team's two additional opponents were decided for this season, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.

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The Best Food Truck in Every State
If traditional restaurants are like full-length novels, then food trucks are novellas — concentrated and poignant. The most successful operations boil a specific type of cuisine down to a handful of signature, crowd-pleasing dishes, and in doing so attract legions of loyal followers. And these 50 food trucks are definitely worthy of your loyalty.

What Matters: How to make sure your 2020 mail-in vote is counted - CNNPolitics
Voting by mail is actually very secure, despite what the President says. However, if people don't trust that their votes will be counted, that's a full-blown crisis of democracy. With millions of Americans turning to mail-in voting, many for the first time, because of the coronavirus pandemic, that means doubts about the ability of the USPS to deliver mail equal doubts about the election.

USPS will stop removing letter collection boxes in Western states until after the election, spokesman says - CNNPolitics
In a statement Friday night, Rod Spurgeon -- a USPS spokesperson for the service's the Western region -- told CNN that the service will stop the removal of letter collection boxes in 16 states and parts of two others until after the election.

Bipartisan group of secretaries of state request meeting with Postmaster General DeJoy | TheHill
A bipartisan group of state election officials wrote to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy last week, requesting a virtual audience to discuss concerns they have regarding November's election, but a meeting has yet to be scheduled as tensions surrounding Election Day mount.

States are trying to cap the price of insulin. Pharmaceutical companies are pushing back.
As Hodges, a Democrat, prepared in March to file his bill, he was approached by a lobbyist for Eli Lilly & Co., one of the three multinational drug companies that make insulin for U.S. patients. The lobbyist handed him an amendment, Hodges told FairWarning, and said one of his co-sponsors had already signed off on the changes.

Kalispell Elks Lodge to host standup comedy show | KECI
Event organizers say this will be one of the largest comedy shows that has ever been hosted in the Flathead Valley, possibly in this part of the state.

Trump gives ByteDance 90-day deadline to sell US TikTok operations | Financial Times
Donald Trump has ordered ByteDance to divest TikTok’s operations in the US within 90 days in a move aimed at protecting security that will put further pressure on the Chinese technology group to sell the short-video app to an American company.

NBA bubble: Could play-in games become permanent? - Sports Illustrated
Adopting the play-in game permanently is a no brainer … isn’t it? The end of the regular season is generally abysmal, with teams out of the playoff picture often focused more on improving its lottery odds than winning games. If teams believed they could force a play-in series by creeping within four games of the No. 8 seed, suddenly the final month of the season would become more meaningful.

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