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Five numbers to know about Eastern Washington ahead of matchup vs. KU
The Eagles have shown their ability to score this year, especially over the final 14 games. During that stretch, Eastern Washington tallied 90-or-more points six times. The teams 78 points per game ranks 41st in the nation — ahead of KU, who ranks 125th (73.1 PPG).

Hot Board 5.0: Candidates to replace Jeff Long as Kansas AD
At this point, there's too much to speculate on, but the wording of Kansas' announcement on Thursday strongly suggests — at the very least — that news on the new AD may be coming sooner rather than later. At the very least, that's an 11-day timeline at which point you'd expect some heavy movement.

Kansas football announces dates for practice, spring game
The Jayhawks will kick off their spring slate on Tuesday, March 30, one week back from the original date that was set to be March 23. The reason? The turnover in the athletic department and the potential for a new AD to step in and change things around, if he or she so chooses.

Long-time college football coach Bill Young dies at 74
Young’s career certainly wasn’t limited to the state of Oklahoma. He served as a defensive coordinator for major programs like Ohio State, USC, Miami, and Kansas. As the Jayhawks’ defensive coordinator in 2007, Young was a finalist for the Broyles award for the best assistant coach in the country. The Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl that season.

Scouting report: What I learned watching film on Eastern Washington
Well, if you're hoping to get a better idea of KU's first opponent (tip is set for 12:15 p.m. CT on Saturday), I went through and watched a few games of Eastern Washington at the Big Sky Tournament, plus a matchup against Oregon earlier in the year. I was able to clip some highlights from YouTube for the film study, and I also broke down some individual team aspects that you can read at the end of this story.

Bits o Chalk

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson accused of sexual assault in third civil lawsuit
A third civil lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson accuses the Houston Texans quarterback of sexually assaulting a massage therapist by allegedly forcing her to have oral sex with him in December 2020.

Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma says LeBron James should have 'at least' 8 MVPs
"The NBA MVP is a very political award," Kuzma said after the Lakers' 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday. "Bron should have been the MVP at least eight, nine, 10 times. Everybody knows that."

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards third youngest in NBA history with 40-point game
Rookie Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 42 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 41 and the Minnesota Timberwolves suddenly look like a respectable NBA basketball team.

NCAA's sexist weight room arrangements exposed by Oregon's Sedona Prince: WATCH
The men's gym in Indiana boasted countless dumbells, workout benches, bars and weight racks. The women's facilities, however, were underwhelming. The arrangements were six pair of weights and some sanitized yoga mats at the side with NCAA Women's Basketball branding. The stark contract had WNBA and NBA star's react on Twitter, speaking out about the obvious lack of facilities for the women's tournament.

Arizona's Adia Barnes calls disparity in NCAA weight-training facilities 'not acceptable'
The NCAA said it was "actively working" to enhance existing resources for teams at the women's basketball tournament in San Antonio after social media posts showed a vast difference between weight-training facilities for the women and for the men's tournament in Indianapolis.

Source -- CB Troy Hill signing deal with Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are signing former Rams cornerback Troy Hill to a four-year, $24 million deal, a league source said.

Eraser Dust

Atlanta shootings: Some officials call for hate crime charges in the Georgia spa shootings that left 8 dead - CNN
As investigators piece together the movements and the motive of the suspect in this week's deadly shootings at three Atlanta-area spas, there's a fierce debate underway over whether he should face hate crime charges for the attacks that left eight people dead, including six Asian women.

Top U.S., China diplomats have public spat as Alaska summit opens
The atmosphere was expected to be tense because days earlier the U.S. had slapped sanctions on China for Beijing's crackdown on political freedoms in Hong Kong. But the contentious on-camera exchanges that followed were a clear departure from the light pleasantries traditionally offered before diplomatic discussions.

‘God, no’: GOP immigration allies disappear as crisis mounts - POLITICO
Lindsey Graham introduced a bipartisan immigration bill 43 days ago. But if it came up on the Senate floor today, he wouldn’t support it.

“God, no,” the South Carolina Republican senator scoffed in an interview. “I’m not in support of legalizing one person until you’re in control of the border.”

10 classic Oasis stories that the rumoured new biopic should include
A few months after their fabled Glastonbury debut in 1994, the band headed out on their first US tour, with the show at LA’s infamous Whisky-A-Go-Go proving quite the train-wreck. The night ended up being one of the shakier performances in the bands’ history when they got their cocaine mixed up with crystal meth. Liam recalled in the Supersonic documentary: “I don’t know who fucking got it but it was there and we all thought it was coke. We’re doing big fucking lines of it and it just kept us up for fucking days.”

Discover Kalispell concerned about bed tax proposals | Daily Inter Lake
Visitors to the state pay the 8% tax when they stay in hotels, motels, campgrounds, short-term rentals such as Airbnbs, and other lodgings. Half of that revenue goes into the state's general fund and is spent at the Legislature's discretion, while half is statutorily earmarked for a wide array of tourism marketing and historical preservation purposes.

Facebook planning to create version of Instagram for children under 13: report | TheHill
Facebook is planning to create a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The Top Seeds To Trust — And Avoid — In The Men’s NCAA Tournament | FiveThirtyEight
From the outside, March 16, 2012, was the maddest day in the history of the men’s NCAA Tournament. Before that tourney, only four No. 2 seeds had ever lost their opening-round tilts against No. 15 seeds. On that day, it happened not once, but twice.