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Notebook: Martin Mauls Being Unselfish

People die all the time, just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow. Well, goodnight

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The Rock Chalkboard

Kansas guard Remy Martin's 'unselfish' approach prioritizing wins over shots |
The 6-foot, 175-pound transfer from Arizona State hasn’t been flawless. And he probably will continue to make mistakes on both ends of the floor. But when it comes to executing the oh-so-important adjustment of thinking team-first above all, Martin appears to have that licked.

Former Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike makes first NBA start in Utah win over Denver |
Starting in place of the injured Rudy Gobert, who was out with shoulder inflammation, Azubuike played 16 of 48 minutes in his first career start. Backup big man Hassan Whiteside (concussion) was also out for the Jazz on Wednesday night.

Bits o Chalk

Clinton Portis sentenced to 6 months in prison, 6 months' home confinement for role in scheme to defraud health care benefit program
In a pre-sentence filing Thursday, the Department of Justice said it sought a sentence at the higher end of the recommended 10-to-16 month guideline, given Portis' offense. The DOJ said it sought a longer sentence because Portis continued to deny his guilt until he faced a retrial following a hung jury. The filing also noted Portis did not pay back money to the plan until shortly before sentencing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers release Antonio Brown
"While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday's game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play.

Only two teams remain undefeated in Division I women's basketball after No. 19 North Carolina loses
Coming into Thursday, there were three undefeated teams left in Division I women's basketball. But after No. 5 NC State's 72-45 victory over visiting No. 19 North Carolina on Thursday, only two are left: No. 4 Arizona and Colorado of the Pac-12.

New York Knicks' Julius Randle says thumbs-down gesture meant to shush booing fans at Madison Square Garden
NEW YORK -- Despite helping his team engineer a remarkable comeback from 25 points down against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, star forward Julius Randle wasn't happy.

Eraser Dust

Jan 6 riot latest news: Trump refused ‘stay peaceful’ tweet, says aide | The Independent
Donald Trump hesitated and initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” when his supporters breached the Capitol building and attacked police officers on 6 January last year, it is claimed.

10 Hated Albums That Are a Lot Better Than You Remember
Many rock fans still point and laugh at some of Creed’s more meme-worthy moments back in the day. And even though Weathered shows them trying to recapture the magic of songs like “Higher,” the music is still badass as all hell. If anything, this is the moment where you start to see the rest of the band evolving into something much more sturdy, which we would later see fleshed out in Alter Bridge. People have thrown around the term “butt rock” to describe albums like this, but you’d be lying to yourself if you didn’t think “Bullets” is still one of the most badass things this band has ever done.

Kalispell man struck and killed after crash on snowy highway | Daily Inter Lake
BUTTE (AP) — An 84-year-old man was struck and killed after his vehicle was involved in a crash on a snowy highway in southwestern Montana, the Montana Highway Patrol said Thursday.

Approval of New Library Director to Result in Loss of Certification, Funding - Flathead Beacon
In addition, Cummins is currently working to finish her bachelor’s degree and while she has expressed an intense desire to continue to a master’s degree in library science (MLS), that goal would be several years away.

This education standard was a major concern expressed by library staff, as well as ImagineIF Foundation Executive Director Charlotte Housel, two trustees and members of the public during nearly two hours of discussion.

Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian Had a 'Great' Trip, Kanye West 'Isn't Thrilled,' Source Says | Entertainment Tonight
A source tells ET that Kanye still isn't too thrilled by their relationship, but is doing his best to stay busy with his own life.

Kevin Porter Jr.: Announcer apologizes for mistaken reference to NBA player's father in 'trigger' comments - CNN
"You've got to give credit. Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time," Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor said after Porter Jr. hit a last-second game-winning three-pointer to give the Rockets a 114-111 victory.

Porter Jr.'s father, Brian Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty in 1993 for the killing of a 14-year-old girl, according to a case docket with the King County Superior Court and USA Today. Porter Sr. was reportedly shot and killed in Seattle in 2004.