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Zounds! I did thee smightily smitely! ‘Zounds’ is a Renaissance English word short for ‘God’s wounds’, but ‘Smitely’, that’s pure Flanders!

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Five thoughts on Kansas football's first camp under Lance Leipold
Kansas held the first football camp of the Lance Leipold era Tuesday, with players piling into the Beatty Family Pavilion on a sticky-hot day. The result was a chance to see Leipold and his staff in action for the first time in a teaching and developmental capacity, with the Jayhawks using the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with a smaller group of campers.

CB transfer Jeremy Webb hearing from Kansas staff, former teammate
"It's kind of been hectic," Webb, listed at 6-4, 205 pounds, told Phog.net. "You know how it is early on, especially with the transfer portal and everything, how it works now. Everything is thrown at you at one time. I'm kind of just trying to deal with it and trying to get back to as many coaches as possible and pretty much just trying to manage the whole situation."

Ochai Agbaji receives invite to 2021 NBA Draft Combine
Marcus Garrett and Jalen Wilson, on the other hand, each have been invited to the NBA G League Elite Camp, which runs June 19 to June 21 in the same city. Previously, top prospects at the G League event have been invited to perform at the NBA Draft Combine, afterward.

Lance Leipold brought Buffalo players together after tragedy
Lance Leipold has forged a bond with players that extends far past the player-coach relationship. One example is wideout Trevor Wilson, who is following Leipold from Buffalo to Kansas

Bits o Chalk

Kevin Durant posts 49-point triple-double to save 'wounded' Brooklyn Nets in Game 5
The Brooklyn Nets signed Kevin Durant two years ago, fresh off the torn Achilles he suffered in the NBA finals, because they believed he could lead them there. Tuesday night, with Brooklyn's season on the line in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Durant proved the Nets' faith in him was well-placed.

Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry highlight All-NBA selections
Jokic and Curry were two of the five players named to the first team, where they were joined by Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard. All three teams were unveiled on TNT's "Inside The NBA" ahead of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Bucks in New York.

James Harden struggles in return for Brooklyn Nets: 'Tried to go out there and do the best I can'
"[I] woke up and was like, 'You know what? Let's go,'" Harden said after finishing with five points in 46 minutes in Brooklyn's 114-108 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night as the Nets took a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series. "I tried to go out there and do the best I can. Hopefully I gave my teammates some encouragement, some life."

Cristiano Ronaldo snub sees Coca-Cola market value fall by $4bn
Ronaldo, an advocate of a healthy diet, moved the glass bottles out of the camera frame and instead held up a bottle of water and said in Portuguese: "Water!"

Coca-Cola saw its share price drop by 1.6% to $55.22 soon after Ronaldo's actions. The market value went from $242bn to $238bn -- a $4bn drop.

Eraser Dust

Noel Gallagher says Oasis' Knebworth documentary is "fucking outrageous"
“Mate, it’s fucking outrageous,” he said. “I did get quite emotional watching it. The sound is fucking great. Liam is at his absolute peak, looked great with great clothes, sounds amazing. And of course being that close to that band, you kind of perceive it differently to everybody else.”

Map of every US state’s favorite state
IF YOU WANT to know how your neighbors really feel about you, the answer possibly lies on Matt Shirley’s Instagram account. Shirley makes a chart every day, and last week he created a color-coded map of each state’s favorite other state, based on input from his 329,000 Instagram followers.

Putin Biden summit in Geneva 2021
One of the most highly-anticipated political events of the year has begun with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden meeting at their summit in Geneva.

US Senate votes to make Juneteenth a holiday - BBC News
The measure now heads to the Democratic-led House, where it is all but certain to pass.

MacKenzie Scott Donates $2.74 Billion to 286 Organizations - The New York Times
Thanks to the soaring value of that stock, Ms. Scott is accumulating wealth faster than she can give it away. Though she has donated more than $8 billion over the past 11 months, primarily through direct gifts to nonprofits, today she is richer than ever, worth some $60 billion, according to Forbes.

China's bitcoin miner exodus
Despite a lack of reserves that caused dayslong blackouts last winter, Texas often has some of the world’s lowest energy prices, and its share of renewables is growing over time, with 20% of its power coming from wind as of 2019. It has a deregulated power grid that lets customers choose between power providers, and crucially, its political leaders are very pro-crypto – dream conditions for a miner looking for a kind welcome and cheap energy sources.

Bus gets stuck in Flathead River at Blankenship | Daily Inter Lake
The bus was apparently trying to get on a gravel bar where people camp for free along the river, but the driver went too far out in the water and became stuck. He was not injured. His name was not immediately available.

Kalispell fire station continues to face temporary closures due to staffing | KECI
“That’s the unfortunate scenario is when our departments are understaffed, and we have those calls for help that stack up on top of each other we have to rely on outside agencies,” he said.