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Notebook: Covid Mauls Hawkeyes; KU Preps for Baylor

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The Rock Chalkboard

Three-star 2022 TE Austin Terry has a few schools making a big push
"Auburn potentially could offer," said Terry. "Coach Harsin offered as a defensive end and a tight end, so I'm curious to see if they do."

Basketball Snap Judgments and Big 12 Power Rankings
What happened since our last update: Baylor's trip to Morgantown was postponed due to COVID issues at West Virginia, but they followed up with a trip to Lubbock against No. 15 Texas Tech. There, they battled through for a tough win, 68-60.

The St. James NIBC Invitational: Tickets punched, the chase is on and hitting the radar
Just outside of Washington D.C., St. James NIBC Invitational is now one week deep into an ambitious high school bubble featuring top talent from all around the country. On Saturday known players whose tickets are already punched for college like Maryland bound big man Julian Reese stood out. There were also players like five-star Keyonte George for who the chase is on and others who are hitting the radar like unsigned senior guard Yerald Mieses who did their thing during a strong day of action.

2022 OL Griffin Scroggs talks recruitment, early Kansas offer
"I've been able to talk to a few of them," Scroggs said. "They've been very nice and good in this recruiting process. It's helped me out a lot. They offered me early because they really wanted to establish a relationship with me, which meant a lot to me."

Braun: KU basketball 'can't have any more slip-ups' in Big 12 play
KU basketball is not in completely unfamiliar territory. The Jayhawks are a game-and-a-half back in the Big 12 race, but the program has faced similar deficits before — and often emerged atop the conference when all was said and done

The Drive: Can KU basketball still win the Big 12?
The 15th season of The Drive continues following KU basketball's loss at Oklahoma State despite a career day for big man David McCormack. It was McCormack's third-straight game leading the Jayhawks in scoring and posting 17-or-more points, but KU fell despite holding a three-point lead late in the contest.

KU's David McCormack showcasing improved confidence, balance
Early in the 2020-21 season, KU basketball had a David McCormack problem. The Jayhawks entered the year expecting a lot from the big man — both KU coach Bill Self and sophomore wing Christian Braun picked him to lead the team in scoring — but something wasn't working early on.

Tristan Enaruna 'ready to have a bigger role' for KU basketball
Around the semester break, KU coach Bill Self made a prediction of sorts. He listed a couple players who could take a step forward over the back-half of the season. One of those players was sophomore wing Tristan Enaruna.

KU basketball vs. Iowa State postponed due to COVID-19 protocol
No. 6 KU basketball's upcoming game against Iowa State has been postponed, the Big 12 announced on Friday. The Jayhawks were set to face the Cyclones at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan., 16. That game will no longer take place due to "COVID-19 protocols within the Iowa State program," KU Athletics said.

Bits o Chalk

Kansas City Chiefs find way, win behind Chad Henne after Patrick Mahomes' concussion
The Kansas City Chiefs got two big plays from their quarterback near game's end to preserve Sunday's 22-17 divisional-round playoff victory over the Cleveland Browns, but that player wasn't Patrick Mahomes.

LA Clippers hail much-improved chemistry - 'Guys are buying in'
"We kind of felt let down last year," Morris later added. "And the first thing we did before we got together was we let that s--- go. It's a new season; it's a new team."

Sources -- Detroit Lions expected to hire New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell
Campbell would replace Matt Patricia, who was fired in November after less than three seasons with the franchise and a 13-29-1 record, as the club tries to reset from finishing last in the NFC North the past three years.

Pondering retirement again, New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees has 'no regrets' about coming back this season
Drew Brees was still on the Superdome field nearly two hours after what was probably his final game in the New Orleans Saints' historic home building.

NFL playoffs 2020 - Schedule, previews for Buccaneers-Packers, Bills-Chiefs conference championships
The most unusual season in NFL history is down to its final three playoff games: the NFC Championship Game, the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LV. First up are next Sunday's conference title matchups.

Eraser Dust

Bigfork market delivers 'gratitude boxes' to feed those in need
We've just kind of come to realize that not everybody has access to clean and organic food and it's something — well, it's the reason we open the market," said Jenny Evans, co-owner of Max's Market.

Biden to yank Keystone XL permit on first day of presidency - POLITICO
President-elect Joe Biden will rescind the cross-border permit for TC Energy's Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, three sources confirm to POLITICO.

Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT | TheHill
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Pardon-seekers and those lobbying on their behalf have paid allies of President Trump tens of thousands of dollars to press the president to grant clemency, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Biden inauguration: Officials remains vigilant after weekend protests - CNN
Demonstrations in state capitols across the United States were muted this weekend after warnings of armed protests, but officials have indicated they'll remain vigilant in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Montana History Minute

The Great Falls of the Missouri river, pictured above, was one of the major obstacles to the Corps of Discovery.

Great Falls is now home to Mamlstrom Air Force Base.