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A Marching Jayhawks' bracelet follows the meme: KU beat Texas in football | Sports | kansan.com
It was the highlight of the season for Kansas football, it's become a commodity on Twitter and Marching Jayhawk Deva Freeman still wants you to remember it.

Bill Connelly for college football commissioner
We need someone we can trust to watch over all of college football. That might as well be me. This is my vision for college football.

Highlights: See video of new Kansas transfer QB Jason Bean
Kansas football landed a transfer quarterback in North Texas passer Jason Bean on Friday. Bean, an on-and-off starter for the Mean Green in 2020, was in his redshirt-sophomore season. He chose to transfer after a year in which he totaled 19 touchdowns (14 passing, five rushing) to five interceptions.

North Texas quarterback Jason Bean announces transfer to Kansas
Kansas football may have a new option at quarterback going into the 2021 season. On Friday, Jason Bean, a quarterback at North Texas, announced his transfer to the University of Kansas

Behind the recruitment of QB Jason Bean to Kansas football
Kansas is hoping to be able to plug Bean into a quarterback-friendly system under Jones and new OC Mike DeBord, and he's currently slated to arrive in Lawrence over the summer. He should have the chance to compete for a starting job against Jalon Daniels, the Jayhawks' returning starting quarterback who was a true-freshman last year, as well as a couple of others in the room. (More on them in a second.)

Bits o Chalk

James Harden backs himself for MVP after another huge performance for Brooklyn Nets
"Do I feel like I belong in it? I feel like I am the MVP," the Brooklyn Nets star said. "I mean, it's just that simple. I don't want to be speaking individually on myself. I am just going to leave it at that."

Texas Longhorns' Shaka Smart named Marquette Golden Eagles' head coach
We undertook an exhaustive national search, during which we discussed our opening with a significant number of highly qualified coaches," Marquette athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. "Throughout the search, one individual continued to rise to the top and that was Shaka. I am beyond excited for our current and future student-athletes who will have the great fortune of being mentored by Shaka. He is a great teacher of the game, while also being a great molder of young men."

Sources - Eastern Washington Eagles star Tanner Groves in transfer portal
Groves, a 6-foot-9 big man from Eastern Washington, scored 35 points and made five 3-pointers in a first-round loss to Kansas last week. The Eagles led the Jayhawks by double-digits early in the second half before Kansas came back to take the lead and ultimately pull away for a nine-point win.

GM Bob Myers -- Warriors would 'love' to keep Kelly Oubre Jr. beyond season, but it 'takes two' to agree
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers is hopeful Kelly Oubre Jr. will decide to re-sign with the organization this summer after deciding against dealing the 25-year-old swingman prior to Thursday's trade deadline despite "high-level" interest.

Will the March Madness 'year of the underdog' continue in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16?
Brackets are busted all over the college basketball universe as March Madness enters the Sweet 16, with the likes of Oral Roberts, Oregon State, Loyola Chicago and even past heavyweights that were not supposed to have the firepower to make it here, such as UCLA and Syracuse, surviving and advancing to the NCAA tournament regional semifinals. At the same time, most of the cream has risen to the top -- No. 1 seeds Gonzaga, Baylor and Michigan, which were the nation's three best and most consistent teams for most of the 2020-21 season, have their national title hopes very much intact entering the weekend's contests.

Oscar De La Hoya to make return to ring after 13 years on July 3
At a news conference for the upstart promoter Triller Fight Club, De La Hoya took the stage alongside Snoop Dogg at the Venetian and suddenly announced that he would be making his boxing comeback July 3.

Eraser Dust

Seth Rogen says there are 'no hard feelings' after Emma Watson walked off This Is the End set
"I mean, I don't look back on that and think, 'How dare she do that?' You know?," Rogen told the publication. "I think sometimes when you read something, when it comes to life it doesn't seem to be what you thought it was."

Suez Canal: Wedged container ship 'could soon be refloated' - BBC News
Yukito Higaki, president of Shoei Kisen, told a news conference on Friday that 10 tugboats had been deployed to dredge the banks and canal bottom.

Effect of Georgia voting law changes will be felt in next elections
Absentee voters — there were 1.3 million in November’s presidential election — will face new ID requirements to submit their driver’s license or state ID number, a small step for many but a difficulty for the 3% of voters who lack that ID. To return absentee ballots, many will have to rely on the Postal Service to deliver them on time since drop boxes will be confined inside early voting locations and banned the last four days before an election.

Postal banking, alcohol delivery could save the U.S. Postal Service, experts say
But missing from his new 10-year plan were two ideas economists, members of Congress and consumer advocates say could generate billions of dollars for the beleaguered service and bring the post office into the 21st century: a return to postal banking and the post office’s entry into the lucrative alcohol delivery business.

Abbie's Way - Flathead Beacon
Abigail Frederick was a peace activist, an ardent pacifist and a devoted Quaker. She founded the newsletter Peaceweaver to articulate “new patterns of peace in the Flathead Valley.” She was a poet and a potter. Turtles became her totem, her mascot for living in harmony with the earth. With her husband Bruce, she was a parent of two boys: Catnip Echo Ridge and Eli Snowind. In late August 1991, when her boys were 19 and 15, a car struck Abbie as she was bicycling to her home, which was halfway between Whitefish and Columbia Falls. She died of injuries related to the accident. She was 38.

George R.R. Martin Inks Big HBO Deal A It Doubles Down On ‘GoT’ Franchise – Deadline
George R.R. Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire saga spawned HBO’s massively successful Game of Thrones and a slew of planned spinoffs, has signed a new five-year overall deal at the premium network and its streaming sibling HBO Max.