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“Go ahead, Ralphie. The stranger is offering you a treat.”

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The Rock Chalkboard

How KU basketball won over 4-star 2022 commit Zuby Ejiofor
TCU was calling multiple times per day. Arkansas might have been calling 10, Dr. Andy Philachack, Ejiofor's guardian and former coach, joked to Phog.net. So the two sat down and made a list of five schools to take unofficial visits to.

Atlanta July Evaluation Period: Weekend Recap
ATLANTA, GA -- The first July live period in two years in now in the books. This weekend, Atlanta was the hub of high school basketball hosting three high level events and even more showcases around the city. Lakepoint was the home of the Under Armour circuit and where I spent both Saturday and Sunday with college coaches across the country shuffling in and out all day long.

Marcus Garrett on 2021-22 KU basketball: 'Best team in the country'
“Of course,” Garrett said. “Best team in the country now.”

Bits o Chalk

Team USA falls to 0-2 in Olympic exhibitions after loss to Australia
They lost their second consecutive exhibition Monday, this time bested by Australia 91-83 in Las Vegas. Dating to the 2019 World Cup, where they finished seventh, Team USA has lost four of its past five games. It also has lost two in a row now to Australia, a team expected to contend for the gold in Japan.

Jon Rahm explains short backswing due to adjustments after being born with clubfoot
SANDWICH, England -- Jon Rahm is coming off a victory in the U.S. Open and is playing some of the best golf of anyone in the world.

New York Mets' Pete Alonso repeats as Home Run Derby champion - 'I think I'm the best power hitter on the planet'
DENVER -- Pete Alonso was 10 home runs down with a little more than half a minute remaining in the final round of Monday night's Home Run Derby, but nothing about his demeanor signaled concern. The New York Mets slugger called a timeout, took a casual stroll, then bopped his head and mouthed some of the words to The Notorious B.I.G's "Hypnotize" right before settling back into the batter's box.

IOC president Thomas Bach trips over words, refers to 'Chinese people' in pep talk in Tokyo ahead of Olympics
Bach tripped over his words, referring to the "Chinese people'' rather than "Japanese people.''

Eraser Dust

The Rejection of Myron Rolle - SBNation.com
The NFL wanted him ... until he was named a Rhodes Scholar.

Firefighters make progress in 2 large wildfires in California, Oregon
Firefighters in California and Oregon have made progress battling two large wildfires that have burned around 240,000 acres in an extreme heat wave, officials said Monday.

Rioting, looting continues in South Africa, deaths up to 32
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s rioting continued Tuesday with the death toll rising to 32 as police and the military struggle to quell the looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

Lawyers retreat from pro-Trump election suit - POLITICO
“What they filed in the first complaint in this case was an embarrassment to the legal profession,” Fink said. “It was sloppy. It was unreadable and it was mocked.”

Euros: Liam Gallagher and Dua Lipa lead support amid racist abuse
Gallagher wrote on Twitter, “Love saka”, and later followed it up with another post: “It’s all good Bruv I love you kid we go and smash the World Cup.”

South Korean capital bans fast workout music in gyms as Covid measure - CNN
In the capital Seoul, new rules mean specific workout classes, such as spinning and aerobics, are not allowed to play music that is faster than 120 beats per minute (BPM), since "harsh breathing from intense activities can spatter a lot of saliva," said the ministry in a news release.

Flathead COVID cases on the rise again | Daily Inter Lake
Of the 91 new cases reported statewide on Monday, 25 were from Flathead County. A total of 103 people have died from COVID-19 in the county.

All 13 Marvel TV Shows Releasing After Black Widow | Screen Rant
So far, Marvel has released WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. While the quality of each has fluctuated, they’ve all been buzzy hits that prove Disney+’s model is working. The release of Black Widow turns attention back to the cinematic branch of the MCU for the first time since 2019, but the future remains on the small screen just as much as it is the big one.