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Hey, Looney Tunes! This is what Michael Jackson looks like. You look like a big, fat mental patient.

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Joel Embiid named to NBA's All-Defensive second team
A notable season of acclaim for former KU basketball star Joel Embiid continued on Monday, even in the midst of some playoff struggles. The Philadelphia 76ers big man, who is dealing with a knee injury, was named to the NBA's All-Defensive second team on Monday. That marked the third time he has received such an honor.

3-star 2022 CB Jordy Lowery planning Kansas visit
So then, it's no surprise Lowery, a three-star (Top247) corner in the 2022 class, has gravitated to the game. He said he's had some help from his family in terms of getting advice, but there's probably been an even greater pull bringing him to the game.

Three questions entering the summer: Kansas football offensive line
The Lance Leipold-era of Kansas football is fully underway. Announced as the Jayhawks' new coach one day before the spring game, Leipold has assembled a staff in Lawrence with five former Buffalo assistants and five previous Kansas staff members.

Which elite 2023 prospects should top programs call first?
When the clock strikes midnight tonight, college programs will be allowed and will begin contacting 2023 prospects for the first time. Up to this point, prospects were permitted to contact college coaches on their own but now the phone lines will work both ways and a storm of scholarship offers will ensue.

Which Kansas football players could be All-Big 12 selections in 2021?
Athlon recently revealed its preseason All-Big 12 selections heading into the 2021 season. The Jayhawks did not land any players on the projected first team, which wasn't a total surprise after the team went 0-9 last year and lost several key players to transfer.

Oklahoma basketball big man Rick Issanza enters NCAA transfer portal
Oklahoma men's basketball center Rick Issanza has entered the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports can confirmed. The 7-foot-1 center redshirted during the 2019-20 season before appearing in five games over the course of the 2020-21 campaign, averaging 0.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Bits o Chalk

Bothered by ailing knee, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid fades in second half as Atlanta Hawks rally to tie series
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid's second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks went from historical comparisons to the "Big Dipper" -- Wilt Chamberlain -- to a big oh-fer in the second half of Monday's 103-100 loss that tied things up 2-2.

Brooklyn Nets to be without Kyrie Irving, James Harden for Game 5 against Milwaukee Bucks
The Brooklyn Nets' Big Three has been whittled down to just one -- Kevin Durant -- for a pivotal Game 5 of their second-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

NBA competition committee exploring rule changes to restrict unnatural jump shot motions, sources say
The league wants to limit the ability of players -- including crafty stars like James Harden, Luka Doncic and Trae Young -- to lean backward and sideways, for example, to initiate contact and get to the free throw line.

U.S. champion Shelby Houlihan banned four years for testing positive for steroid, blames result on pork burrito
We concluded that the most likely explanation was a burrito purchased and consumed approximately 10 hours before that drug test from an authentic Mexican food truck that serves pig offal near my house in Beaverton, Oregon," Houlihan wrote. "I notified the AIU that I believed this was the source."

Eraser Dust

Trump pressed DOJ to fight election results, emails show: House panel
The oversight panel said that a cache of more than 200 pages of newly released emails from Justice Department officials and White House staff sheds new light on how Trump tried to undermine the results of the 2020 election and advance unsupported voter fraud claims, with the “apparent goal” of keeping himself in power.

Critical race theory invades school boards — with help from conservative groups
But the parent, Shawn McBreairty, grew increasingly disgruntled and soon connected with No Left Turn in Education, a rapidly growing national group that supports parents as they fight against lessons on systemic racism. That action turned a heated conflict with the school board into one that soon drew national attention, mobilized by a new, increasingly coordinated movement with the backing of major conservative organizations and media outlets.

GA Grocery Store Cashier Shot Dead After Mask Argument With Customer
Preliminary information suggested the customer left the store without making a purchase after getting into an argument about his face mask with the cashier, the GBI said. The customer returned and shot the cashier, the GBI said.

Bigfork Fourth of July Parade to honor essential workers
She said the theme of this year’s parade is honoring essential workers. King is asking residents to nominate essential workers from grocery store clerks to nurses to be this year’s grand marshals during the parade.

Paris Jackson Believes She Still Has 'PTSD' From Paparazzi Following Michael Jackson
It's been years now since Paris Jackson has been subjected to the heightened level of media scrutiny she endured growing up alongside her father, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. But she says she believes she still suffers with "standard PTSD" over it.

Board of Adjustment Concludes Whitefish Lake Not Airport - Flathead Beacon
The Flathead County Board of Adjustment at its June 1 meeting came to the conclusion that Whitefish Lake does not qualify as an airport, thus denying a permit application for a floatplane hangar.

The application, submitted by David and Melissa Rubin, a Texas couple with a property at 761 Delrey Road on Whitefish Lake, was an appeal requesting the board to take up discussion over the lake’s status as an airfield.

Montana man gets 65 years in prison for 2017 beheading | Daily Inter Lake
A Montana man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for his role in killing and beheading a man at a transient camp after the victim won $120 at a casino.