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The Weekend Mauling: 5.15.2021

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The Rock Chalkboard

Baseball - Jayhawks down No. 6 Horned Frogs to open Big 12 Championship
The Jayhawks (30-26) broke a tie in the top of the eighth, just half a frame after a Horned Frog (39-15) rally knotted the game up, 3-3. Sophomore left fielder Devin Foyle drove in the go-ahead RBI that sparked the four-run rally off TCU relief ace Sean Wymer (4-4), who picked up his fourth loss of the season.

Baseball - Kansas to play No. 6 seed Texas in second round
Kansas (30-26) upset the No. 6-ranked and No. 2 seeded TCU Horned Frogs, 7-3, Wednesday afternoon in its first game of the tournament. Texas (35-20) followed suit and defeated No. 3 seed Oklahoma in the night cap, 8-4, to move on to the second round.

Kansas linebacker Taiwan Berryhill: 'My goal is just to dominate'
"It was a scary moment at first, but I knew I was fine; I just look past it, look forward," Berryhill said. "[It's] not really [something I've thought about]. I just look forward to the future. The next week of practice I was just ready to play."

Eli Davis no-hitter the highlight of KU baseball's doubleheader sweep of Kansas State |
Less than a week after getting no-hit in a home loss to Oklahoma State, the Kansas baseball team tossed a no-hitter of its own in a 10-0 victory that capped a doubleheader sweep of rival Kansas State on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU's Bill Self 'disappointed' in Kansas Legislature's inabilty to pass legislation on name, image, likeness |
“I'm not a politician, I don't understand how it all works,” Self told the Journal-World. “But I know that all the universities (in Kansas) are certainly disappointed that the name, image and likeness did not pass. We are now hoping that the federal government or the NCAA will step in and mandate something that could kick in before (whatever) the state of Kansas (potentially does) would kick in.”

Kansas women's golf coach Erin O'Neil announces resignation |
The Kansas women’s golf program is looking for a new head coach following the Friday resignation of longtime leader Erin O’Neil.

Bits o Chalk

Christian Pulisic exclusive - U.S. star, Chelsea 'excited to get redemption' in FA Cup final
Chelsea will contest the Wembley showpiece against Leicester City -- Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, stream LIVE on ESPN+ -- a little over nine months on from losing last season's rescheduled final to Arsenal, a match in which Pulisic scored, got injured and wound up with a runners-up medal as the Gunners won 2-1.

New York Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu hits winning 3 in season opener
"I 100 percent had a vision of hitting a game winner," said Ionescu, who was wearing mentor Kobe Bryant's Lakers jersey in the postgame news conference. "We were tied walking into the huddle and I was smiling. It was too good to be true. ... I was ready for the moment."

Philadelphia 76ers clinch top seed in Eastern Conference
"It's an accomplishment. I don't want to downplay it, but I told our guys to enjoy, I don't want to call it a moment, I told them to enjoy the second, because it's not what we want, but it's part of what you can get on the way to what you want," Rivers said. "I think for this team, as young as we are, to have home-court is really important. It's nice to have. So we should feel proud of it."

Eraser Dust

Why is violence flaring up in Israel and Gaza? - CBS News
Protests erupted after attempts were made to evict a number of Palestinians from their homes in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Those specific evictions have been paused by Israel's Supreme Court, but they're part of a long-term campaign supported by the Israeli government to move Jewish settlers into Palestinian neighborhoods in the disputed area of east Jerusalem, which was occupied after the 1967 war and later annexed by Israel in a move that has not been recognized by the international community.

Stores drop masks for fully vaccinated after CDC says no masks indoors
Trader Joe's, Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco and Publix were the first to confirm updates to mask requirements, leading the way for mask-free shopping except where required by state or local mandate. In some cases, vaccinated store employees can also go to work without a mask.

IRS starts sending refunds to those who overpaid taxes on unemployment benefits - CBS News
Under the American Rescue Plan, workers who received $10,200 or less in unemployment benefits last year don't have to pay taxes on that money, as they normally would. However, Congress passed the law change in March, after millions of people had already filed their tax returns. As many as 10 million people potentially overpaid their taxes and could be in line for refunds, the IRS said Friday.

Arizona audit divides wobbling state GOP - POLITICO
But other Republicans are speaking out to warn that the amateurish conduct of the audit and the conspiracy theories it has amplified could cause lasting damage to the party. Next year they must defend an open governor’s seat and try to flip back one of the two Senate seats Democrats took in the last two elections.

Rangers rescue two bikers after avalanche on Sun Road | Daily Inter Lake
In a news release, park officials said three bicyclists  — a husband and wife and their friend, all residents of Bigfork — were traveling up the road when they encountered the aftermath of a slide and decided to turn around. Then a second avalanche occurred around 5:30 p.m., spilling more snow over the road and trapping the two men on the uphill side near the Triple Arches, roughly 2 miles from Logan Pass.

Twitter responds to RATM fans who are surprised they’re a political band following pro-Palestine message — Kerrang!
After Rage Against The Machine fans responded in their hundreds and thousands online last June when many people on the internet were apparently confused and surprised about the band’s political leanings, Rage are once again trending on Twitter having spoken out about the current Israel-Palestine conflict.

Seth Rogen and his wife are 'psyched' to be child-free
And Miller, 38, shares her husband's feelings. "I would say she wants kids less than I do," said Rogen. "I could probably be talked into it. She's like, no.'" He adds. "We have so much fun. I don't know anyone who gets as much happiness out of their kids as we get out of our non-kids. Like, we're fucking psyched all the time. We're laying in bed on Saturday mornings smoking weed, watching movies naked. If we had kids, we could not be fucking doing this."

Kalispell Man Given Three-Year Sentence for Meth Trafficking - Flathead Beacon
According to court filings, Daniels was part of a large-scale operation that has been at least partially dismantled by federal prosecutors in the last year, with a handful of confidential informants feeding information to the FBI, leading to several arrests. Daniels allegedly bought large quantities of meth from Leon Paul Kavis, who pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in March. Prosecutors in that case connected Kavis to the Aryan Brotherhood, a notorious white supremacist prison gang that was taken down by federal agents around the time Kavis and another associate were arrested in Missoula.

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