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I hope you learned your lesson, Lisa. Never help anyone

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA — JULY 16, 2019: Maxar satellite imagery of Hollywood, California.

The Rock Chalkboard

Bill Self talks bubble-like setup in Kansas City, Indianapolis
“Technically, we haven’t been in a bubble this year like we’re getting ready to go into,” said KU coach Bill Self. “We’ve been in our own little bubble, but still in that bubble you can kind of come and go. We just tried to limit as much contact and access as possible.”

Despite coaching change, Kansas' 2021 class seeking to 'stay together'
"I've always been solid to Kansas," Robinson told Phog.net. "I committed early to Kansas. I've always been strongly growing my relationship with coaches, [plus] coach Miles, so I really haven't had any second thoughts about it or anything."

Analysis: KU basketball's options at the five without David McCormack
On Tuesday, KU coach Bill Self announced that junior forward David McCormack and sophomore wing Tristan Enaruna would miss the Big 12 tournament, as both players are in COVID-19 protocol. That being said, the Jayhawks' starting lineup is going to look a little different on Thursday night when the team faces either Oklahoma or Iowa State.

How involved AD Jeff Long will be in hiring Kansas football's next coach
"We're talking a lot about Les, but the hires at Arkansas weren't successful either," a reporter began.

"In what regard?" Long responded. "I would have to ask in what regard were they not successful?"

"On the field," the reporter responded, also bringing up that Long hired Bobby Petrino to Arkansas. The reporter continued, asking Long what he's learned from those hires and why Kansas fans should have confidence in him making that decision again.

Kansas announces settlement with Les Miles
Kansas football has announced a settlement with former head coach Les Miles. In exchange for the termination of Miles’ employment on Monday night, Miles will receive all regular monthly payment through the end of March and then a settlement of $1,991,062.50 cents to be paid in monthly payments in accordance with normal payroll schedule.

Bits o Chalk

Miami Heat say Meyers Leonard will be away from team indefinitely while NBA probes use of anti-Semitic slur
"I am deeply sorry for using an anti-Semitic slur during a livestream yesterday," he wrote. "While I didn't know what the word meant at the time, my ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong. I am now more aware of its meaning and I am committed to properly seeking out people who can help educate me about this type of hate and how we can fight it.

Sources: Las Vegas Raiders' Trent Brown returning to New England Patriots on one-year deal
The New England Patriots will be acquiring offensive tackle Trent Brown from the Las Vegas Raiders in a trade after agreeing to a restructured one-year contract worth up to $11 million with him, sources told ESPN's Field Yates.

Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Lauren Jackson, Jay Wright among 14 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finalists
Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Michael Cooper, Lauren Jackson, Ben Wallace and Yolanda Griffith are among the finalists in the 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, announced Tuesday on ESPN's The Jump.

Gonzaga stays undefeated, wins WCC men's basketball tournament title after getting 'punched in the face' by BYU
"We needed a game like that," Few said. "We had some adversity and got punched in the face."

Eraser Dust

Arkansas governor signs near-total abortion ban into law - POLITICO
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v. Wade decision but opponents vow to block before it takes effect later this year.

Oasis contract which asked for "sober-speaking" gig staff could reach £1,500 at auction
An Oasis contract that requested “sober-speaking” assistants and “quality lager” for the band and crew during a 1994 gig is to be auctioned.

Alaska Is 1st State To Expand Vaccines To People As Young As 16 : NPR
Alaska on Tuesday became the first state in the nation to make COVID-19 vaccinations available to anyone over the age of 16 who lives or works in the state.

Applicant halts proposed 455-dwelling subdivision in Kalispell | KECI
According to officials, they won’t be moving forward for a number of reasons, including that it's been difficult to find a contractor to do work of that scale this summer.

For now, the lot will remain as rolling farmlands with beautiful mountain views.

Good Morning Britain: Piers Morgan leaving show after storming off set - CNN
Earlier in the day, Morgan walked off the "Good Morning Britain" set after he was skewered by a co-host for his criticism of Prince Harry and Meghan following their blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey.

House Republicans Seek Hearing on Britney Spears’ Conservatorship to #FreeBritney
Some might call him “toxic,” but Rep. Matt Gaetz might just be “stronger than yesterday.”

US House poised to approve Joe Biden's $1.9tn Covid relief plan | House of Representatives | The Guardian
The House of Representatives is poised to give final approval to Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9tn coronavirus stimulus and relief plan, a giant aid package the president has said is critical for lifting the US out of the pandemic and reviving its battered economy.